The seat of Shakti worship : Ranipur Jharial’s 64 Yogini Temple
Having great archeological value, the ancient Chausathi Yogini Temple of Ranipur-Jharial of Bolangir district and adjoining temple of Soma Tirtha dedicated to Lord Shiva- the God of destruction, are attraction for religious tourists.
The local population continues to shower their love and faith on these ancient temples. Despite the fact that the monuments are in dilapidated conditions still people visit the seat of Shakti worship with love and devotion.
Located in the delta of river Tel in Bongamunda Block under Titlagarh Sub Division, the description of the seat of Goddess Yogini has found mention in the ‘Bamana Purana’.
Out of 200 temples constructed by the Kings of Soma dynasty, 15 temples are lying in dilapidated condition whereas the rest have been reduced to just rubble, as a result of being neglected for hundreds of years with absolutely no maintenance.
They have urged the Government many times to initiate excavation in and around the sites to unearth the unexplored mysteries.
How to Reach
By Air:Temple city Bhubaneswar can be reached by any airline and then a distance of 322 Kms by road to Bolangir and thereafter 110 kms to Ranipur Jharial.
By Train:8 trains covering a 396 kms from Bhubanesswar to Bolangir are available.
What To See:64 Yogini Temple
, Indralath Temple