Ranipur Jharial is located at a distance of 105 km from Balangir on road via Patnagarh. It is known as Soma Tirtha houses one among the four existing HYPAETHRAL TEMPLES dedicated to sixty-four Yoginis in India. It is a wonderful architecture of archaeological heritage and cultural history of Odisha. Ranipur Jharial was a stronghold of Shakta, Buddhism, Shaiva, Vaishnava and Tantric ideology. According to history, the worship of Yogini began in India in the ninth century. Ranipur Jhariel is one of the four Hindu temples in India.
There are several temples at Ranpur Jhariel. Of these, Someshwar Shiva Temple is the largest. In addition to these temples, there are 56 other temples. There were several other temples in the area before the demolition. But in the heat of the moment, they are in ruins. The main festival of this temple is Mahashiva Ratri, On this day, thousands of devotees come here to worship Lord Shiva. Ranipur Jharial is a famous temple in the Balangir district.
Ranipur Jharial History
According to history, the temple was built by Someshwar Gupta, king of the Som dynasty. In this temple Shiva, Kartikeya, Ghazalakshmi and Buddha are worshipped. This area of Someshwar Manjhir is a famous shrine. According to some historians, the temple was built by the famous Jainist Shivacharya (60-420 AD), named Gaganshiva. Buddhism is said to have influenced some Buddhist idols in the area. There are five villages in Ranipur, Jharial, Bahabal, Balikhamar and Kanshil. It is believed that there was a Buddhist culture here as some Buddhist idols were found at the site. Ranipur Jharial is an ancient heritage site in Odisha.
Another attraction of Ranipur Jhariel is the Indralat temple built in bricks. It is a unique temple built of sandstone, 40 feet long and 36 feet wide. It is 40 feet high. There are no statues inside the temple, statues of Baraha Narasimha and Hanuman are etched on the wall body. So it seems to be a Vishnu temple. It is the highest temple in Odisha, built in bricks. According to some sources, 32 ponds and 120 temples were built here on a 6-mile-long plain, now there are only a few of them left. Somatirtha Ranipur Jharial is a top tourist attraction in Balangir, Odisha.
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