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Odisha CM Inaugurated SAMALEI Temple Project in Sambalpur

Utkarsh Classes Last Updated 27-01-2024
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Odisha's Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik, recently inaugurated the SAMALEI project in Sambalpur. 

  • The SAMALEI (Samaleswari Temple Area Management and Local Economic Initiative) Plan will comprehensively develop the temple precinct to provide a unique spiritual experience to visitors and pilgrims. 
  • The project includes the peripheral development of the shrine, the construction of a heritage corridor, pilgrim amenities, improved access to the temple and the development of the Mahanadi riverfront, among other things.

About Samaleswari Temple

  • Shree Samaleswari is the presiding deity of Sambalpur, a religious hub in the western part of Orissa and Chhattisgarh states of India. 
  • Located on the bank of the river Mahanadi, the mother goddess Samaleswari has been worshipped since ancient times as Jagatjanani, Adishakti, Mahalaxmi, and Mahasaraswati. The temple is situated in a region that has a rich cultural heritage. 
  • The Sambalpur region has been popularly known as Hirakhanda since ancient times. Ptolemy has called the place as Sambalak. 
  • According to Tavernier, the French traveller and Edward Gibbon, the English historian, diamonds were exported to Rome from Sambalpur. 

About Mahanadi River

  • The Mahanadi River is the biggest river in Odisha and the third largest in peninsular India, after Godavari and Krishna. Its catchment area extends to Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Jharkhand and Maharashtra. 
  • The river basin is surrounded by the Central India hills to the north, the Eastern Ghats to the south and east, and the Maikala range to the west. 
  • The river originates near Sihawa, close to Raipur in Chhattisgarh, south of Amarkantak. 
  • The Seonath, the Hasdeo, the Mand and the Ib join the Mahanadi from the left, while the Ong, the Tel and the Jonk join it from the right. 
  • The Hirakud Dam is considered the longest dam in India. Other major projects include Ravishankar Sagar, Dudhawa Reservoir, Sondur Reservoir, Hasdeo Bango and Tandula.


Answer: Odisha

Answer: Mahanadi River

Answer: Originates near Sihawa, close to Raipur in Chhattisgarh, south of Amarkantak

Answer: Sambalpur
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