Jharsuguda Travel Guide

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Jharsuguda district has a rich and developed cultural heritage. Various fairs and festivals observed round the year for centuries, indicates its cultural and religious richness. Though many of the fairs and festivals are common to other parts of Orissa there are few which are distinct and special. There are (1) Ranjta Festival (2) Ratha Jatra of Kukurjunga (3) Famous Gokulastami Jatra of Rajpur and (4) Makar Rathajatra of Belpahar. Sambalpur was established in the 16th century by the Lt Chauhan king ‘Balram Dev’ a clansman of ‘Prhtivi Raj Chauhan’ the last independent Hindu king of India. During the rule of Chauhan kings, Ranjta festival was started in the capital town of Sambalpur and in vassal states and Jamindaries of Sambalpur. This festival is observed every year on the night of 10th day of Suklapaksha of the month of Aswin. In the district the festival is observed in Jharsuguda town and Kolabira. The descendants of the Jamindars move in procession around the village or town along with ‘Patakhanda’ or (Royal sword).
During the royal robs the Jamindar along with his subjects parade in the village with weapons such as sword, muskets, spears, bows & arrows, which remind the valor of the ancestors and the family deity is worshipped the whole day. The common people also take part in this Ranjta Utsav. They demonstrate the martial skills learnt from the erstwhile soldiers of the Jamindars, to the sound of the martial drum-beating. Thousands assemble to witness the festivals. Famous Ratha Yathra of Kukurjanga

 As per the ancient tradition of Utkal the reigning deities of Puri Shri Jagannath Temple, Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra & Devi Subhadra visit the house of their aunt (Mousimaa) in the respective Chariots namely Nadighosa, Taladwhaja & Darpadalana through the ‘Badadhanda’ on the 2nd day of the bright lunar fort night of the month of Asdha’ and return to Shree Mandir on the 10th day of the bright lunar fortnight. This festival known as Rathajatra is observed through out Orissa and also in many places outside Orissa. In a small village known as Kukurjanga, 7 kms away from Jharsuguda some specialties are observed in the Rathajatra festival. Here every year, the Rathajatra starts from 2nd day of the bright fortnight of ‘Ashada’, but the Bahuda Jatra continues up to the Ashada Purnima. In the Kukurjanga village under the erstwhile Rampur Jamindari, the Jagannath temple had been constructed in the 17th Century and since then the Rathajatra festival is organised every by the “Managing Committee”. The Rath of Kukurjangha is a massive structure with 16 wheels. Thousand of pilgrims from the nearby areas assemble at Kukurjangha to witness the gala Rathajatra Festival every year. Sabita Rathajatra of Lord Jagannath at Belpahar

Every YEAR ON THE OCCASION OF Makar Sankranti ‘Sabita Rathjatra’ is organised by the man committee of the Jagannath temple of ‘Gumadera of Belpahar, 22 kms away from Jharsuguda town. On this day the Sun (Sabita) dwells in Makara Rasi, hence the chariot Lord Jagannath of Gumadera has been named ‘Sabita Rath’ or the ‘Sun chariot’. On the day of ‘Makar Sankranti’ at about 10 a.m. 3 deities of Jagananth temple ride on the Sabita Rath & travel to their Mausimaa (Aunt) house. During the festival thousands of pilgrims assemble and take part in this festival, amidst chanting of Bhajan, Kirtan & Dancing. At about 3 p.m. the Gods start their return journey from the Mausimaa temple. At that time Lord Chandrasekhar of Gumadera travels in a separate chariot towards the main road (Badadanda) near Batamangala on the Sabita rath & the chariot of Lord Chandra shekhar which is known as ‘Harihara Bheta’. To witness this unique meeting of the lords a large crowd gathers in the Badadanda. A colorful fair takes place at Gumadera during ‘Sabita Rathjatra’. District Industries Centre , Jharsuguda has started functioning independently for Jharsuguda Revenue District from January, 2000. Prior to this all the industrial activities of the district were looked after by the District Industries Centre, Sambalpur. FUNCTION OF DISTRICT INDUSTRIES CENTRE

Basically the District Industries Centre is a promotional agency. The functions of DIC are : 1) Identification of project and entrepreneurs for setting up of S.S.I. units. 2) Issue of provisional Registration Certificate to prospective entrepreneurs. 3) Recommend for loan/allotment of shed/allotment of raw material etc. for S.S.I. units. 4) Issue of Permanent Registration Certificate of SSI UNITS. 5) Recommend for different incentives for SSI units as per provision of Industrial Policy Resolution. 6) Provide marketing support to SSI units by recommending the cases to Directorate of B.P.M. for registration/rate contract and M.C.L / NALCO for ancilliarisation. 7) Implementation of PMRY scheme for providing self employment to unemployed youth of Jharsuguda District. 8) Implementation of special Employment Programme under village industries scheme for providing self employment to rural youths of Jharsuguda District. Places of Tourist Interest

1. Rock Painting and Lithography of Bikramkhol.

2. Ruins of Hill Forts of Ulapgarh

3. Padmasini Temple of Padampur

4. Ramchandi: An ancient Shaktipitha

5. Koilighughar water fall (Lakhanpur)

6. Ancient Siva Shrine of Jhadeswar Temple, Jharsuguda

7. Shree Pahadeswar Temple, Jharsuguda

Part or or all of this text stems from the original article at: http://jharsuguda.nic.in/home.htm

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February 09, 2006 change by vijay

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