Dam Damani: Nature’s cool amidst summer sweat
Come summer holidays and we plan for the destinations to spend time with our family and friends. And if you are a adventure lover then her is a place not too far from the capital city, to mesmerize you with its beauty.
Just about 16 kms from Choudwar and near about about 55 kms from the temple city of Bhubaneswar, Odisha is the famous site of Goddess Dam Damani. Surrounded with hills and the dense forest offers you to experience the adventurous walk in the calm and cool atmosphere relaxing yourself.
The Forest Goddess known as Dam Damani resides inside the hill commonly known as Hatimunda or Sunamunhi. Mangarajpur grampanchayat a smaller one though yet has the famous Goddess just at the entry point of the village. Near it is a stream adding to the beauty of the blue hills as well as the dense green forests.
It is believed that the Pandavas resided here and they built up the temple. Yet it is said by some that West Bengal King Jyoti Prasad Singh Deo who came up with this temple of Goddess Dam Damani. Whatever be the truth the people out their believe that the Goddess is their sole protector. Be it the elephants or the hilly snakes, the villages are always safe amidst the Goddess blessings. One of the uniqueness of this temple is that not the Brahmins rather it is the ‘Sabar’ or the ‘Dehuri’ community, which perform the rituals of the puja.
After darshan one can proceed towards the hills and forests. As you go along with the hills, the beauty of its greenery and the environment will encourage you to go further deep and encounter the manifolds of the nature. With your sports shoes on your feet you just don’t feel like coming back from the serene atmosphere.
The best time to visit this place is from December to April. Every year thousands of tourists throng this place to witness the nature at its best. Most of the locals during this time come for picnics but there is a strict restriction for non veg foods and wine.
How to reach:
By Air: Nearest airport is Biju Patnaik International Airport. From there it is almost 60 kms.
By Rail: Cuttack is the Railway station and from there Dam Damani is just 15-16kms.
By Road: One can hire Taxi’s, travel the 15-16 kms distance, and enjoy the ride with stop over while relishing the Cuttack famous Dahi Bara Alu Dum and Chaat, with Dabs(Green Coconut).