Mahendragiri, a Famous Tourist Spot in Gajapati District

Mahendragiri Temple, Shiva Temple at Mahendragiri
Mahendragiri of Gajapati district is not only a religious place, also a famous tourist place in eastern Orissa. Mahendragiri is a mountain peak, which is a part of Eastern Ghats at an elevation of 1,501 meters (4,976 ft) from the sea level. Mahendragiri peak is around 56 km from the district headquarter Paralakhemundi. The nearest railway station is Palasa of Andhra Pradesh, which is only 30 km distance via Goppili Road. To know more about this place and other nearby attractions read this article completely.

Legends on Mahendragiri Peak of Gajapati District

Shiva Linga at Mahendragiri Temple, Shiva TempleBaba Parshuram at Mahendragiri, Tumba, Gajapati, GanjamMahendragiri peak of Eastern Ghats is associated with many mythological legends as per Hindu Puranas and stories. It was said since a long as once Lord Parshuram used to stay and meditate Lord Shiva for a long time on this mountain; after which he received the Parsu (double-axle) from the God. In addition, during Dwapara Yug, Mother Kunti along with her five sons used to stay here for a certain time during their 12 years of Vanvas (exile); and Bhima used to worship the Lord Shiva here too.

The holistic place is though famous for the temple of Lord Shiva and Parshuram. Parshuram temple is at below the mountain, near Tumba village; whereas temples of Kunti, Judhistir and Bheema are on the hilltop. In Kunti temple, there is a Gokarneswar Linga (ear of cow shaped); in which whatever amount of water poured, gets disappear.

The main festival of Mahendragiri is Maha Shiva Ratri that occurs in between February and March. A thousand of devotees from around the world travels here and trek onto the peak to worship Lord Shiva on that day and enjoys the tranquil and striking expressions of nature. On the eve of Maha Shiva Ratri, as thousands of people came here to worship, District Magistrate taking care with special preparations; such as Mobile Health Unit, Drinking Water facility etc. however to expose this place world widely, providing good communication to the peak and accommodation nearby, some major steps must be taken by the District Administrator and / or Tourism Dept.

Photo Gallery:

Mahendragiri Temple, Maha Shiva Ratri at Mahendragiri Temple
Mobile Health Unit Vehicle standing at Mahendragiri on Maha Shiva Ratri
Mahendragiri Temple, Gajapati, Shiva Temple
Mahendragiri Temple
Mahendragiri Temple, Mahendragiri Mountain
A Tropical Scene of Mahendragiri Mountain
Mahendragiri Peak, Mahendragiri Temple
The Beautiful Eastern Ghats - Scene from Mahendragiri Peak
Mahendragiri Temple, Maha Shiva Ratri at Mahendragiri Temple, Maha Shivaratri
A Gathering on Maha Shiva Ratri at Mahendragiri Temple

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Naresh Behera said…
Gajapati Utsav and Palli Shri Mela – 2012
The Gajapati Utsav and Palli Shri Mela is going to occur from 25th – 27th November 2012. The festival is going to be an amalgamation of Loka Nrutya (local dance), Adibasi Nrutya (Tribal dance), Music & Cultural Program and Palli Shri Mela along with development fair at the Gajapati Stadium of Paralakhemundi town.
Unknown said…
Hi Naresh, I really miss it. Thanks for sharing with us.
Thanks Sujata for your complements!
Keep visiting!
manojsahuctp said…
Again On the Day Before MahaShivratra, of March 2013.Myself with Some of my Old trek-mates from Karnataka, Gujarat, Chandigarh, Leh, Bangladesh, Srilanka, West Bengal and Chattishgarh were Lay-down a plan for re-camping there on that day.
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Thanks Manoj Bhai for a re-trek planning on March, 2013. Hope this time I most go there. Thanks for intimating us!