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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

8th Biennial Circle Conference of AIPEU (Gr C) Odisha Circle at Sambalpur from 18.10.2014 to 20.10.2014.


The 8th Biennial Circle conference of AIPEU (Gr C) Odisha Circle is going to be held at Sambalpur from 18.10.2014 to 20.10.2014. Accommodations for staying at Sambalpur has been arranged in Marwari Dharmasala, Near Golebazar Main Market (adjacent to Golebazar Sub Post Office) for all the comrades who will attain the conference.   


Sambalpur city is well connected by both Rail and Bus.  Comrades travelling by train may get down at the main station at Khetrajpur, Sambalpur or at Fatak station (Sambalpur Road) conveniently.  Distance of MARWARI DHARAMSALA from Khetrajpur station and Fatak station is about 4 KMs and 3 KMs respectively.  They may take city bus or hire Auto rickshaw/Rickshaw from the Railway Station to reach directly to Marwari Dharamsala. Shared Auto is available from Sambalpur Road Railway Station to Golebazar from where it is walkable distance to Marwari Dharamsala.

               Comrades may also travel by both in Govt and Pvt. Buses.  They will get down at the Private bus stand (Ainthapali)/Govt. bus stand and reach by Auto rickshaw.  Regular shared Auto services are available from Govt. bus stand to Golebazar  Chowk, Ainthapali to Golebazar  Chowk.

Distance from Private Bus stand(Ainthapali) to Golebazar = 5 KMs.

Distance from Govt. Bus stand to Golebazar=0.5 KMs

Distance from Golebazar to Marwari Dharamsala = 0.5 KMs

               Comrades may get down at Golebazar Chowk and reach Marwari Dharamsala which is in walk-able distance. 

Facilities available 

               All the Comrades will be provided accommodation for their stay in Marwari Dharamsala. They may contact following reception committee members for Keys of room and other problems. 

Reception cum Accomodation Committee
Com.Nirmal Padhan
Com.Madhab Ch. Padhan
Com.Amitav Mishra
Com.Ganeshram Kuanr
Com.Sangita Bhoi
Com.Saul Lakra
Com.Pabitra Patel
Com.Thandaram Pradhan
Com.Durga Prasad Naik
Com.Raj Kumar Behera
Com.Anjan Ku Hota
Com.Dayanidhi Atti
Com.Margasira Meher
Reception Committee Supervisors
Com.Baneswar Pradhan
Com.Pravat Kumar Pujari

Visiting Places nearby Sambalpur 

Ghanteswari Temple 

The Ghanteswari Temple, also referred to as Maa Ghanteswari Temple, is situated 33 km south-west of Sambalpur, on the banks of River Mahanadi. This temple is famous for its wish fulfilling bells that are offered by the devotees, to the goddess of this temple. These bells are seen all around this temple and were also used to warn and guide early sailors. 

The area around this temple is a conglomeration of three streams. The Mahanadi river used to have many whirlpools in earlier times and many boats used to drown in it. So, to warn any sailor nearing this spot, the bells of this temple were shaken fiercely to produce loud sounds. Due to this, this temple is also called the ‘lighthouse without light’. The place became safer after the construction of the Hirakud Dam, nearby. The Chiplima Hydro Power plant is also situated near this temple. 

Hirakud Dam 

The Hirakud Dam is an important structure, as well as a popular sightseeing attraction of the Sambalpur District. This dam is built across the River Mahanadi at about 15 km from the city. It was constructed in 1956; and today, it forms the largest earthen dam and the longest dam of world, with a length of 26 km. The main purpose of constructing this dam was to check the massive floods and periodic droughts, along with providing its area with proper drainage facilities.

The dam comprises the biggest artificial lake in Asia, with its reservoir of 743 sq km at full capacity and a shoreline of 640 km. The overall length of the main dam is 4.8 km, which is stretched between Lamdungri Hills on its left and Chandili Dunguri Hills on its right. There are also two observation towers present within the premises of this dam, namely ‘Gandhi Minar’ and ‘Nehru Minar’, that provide a panoramic view of the lake.

Samaleswari Temple 

The Samaleswari Temple lies in the Sambalpur District, on the banks of River Mahanadi. This temple is dedicated to Sri Sri Samaleswari, who is the presiding deity of Sambalpur, as well as a strong religious force in the western part of Orissa and Chhattisgarh. In ancient times, Goddess Samaleswari was worshiped as Jagatjanani, Adishakti, Mahalaxmi and Mahasaraswati. The most visited days of this temple include Navaratri and the Nuakhai Festival.

Huma Temple

The Huma Temple, also known as the ‘leaning tower of Huma’, is another popular temple of Sambalpur, situated at 23 km from the district, at the banks of River Mahanadi. This temple was built in 1670, by King Baliar Singh, who was the fifth king of the Chauhan Dynasty of Sambalpur. It is known as a leaning temple because it does not stand upright, but is tilted more towards one side. Every item within the temple complex is also skewed.

The main deity of this temple is Lord Shiva. According to legend, there was a milkman who used to cross the Mahanadi every day, to worship Lord Shiva. He used to offer milk to the rock idol of Shiva, which consumed the milk every day. This miraculous incident led to the construction of Huma Temple in the place. The most visited day of this temple is the Shivratri, when a large number of devotees come here for offering milk to the idol of Lord Shiva, present in this temple.

Ushakothi Wildlife Sanctuary 

Ushakothi Wildlife Sanctuary, also known as Badrama Sanctuary, is a popular wildlife sanctuary situated 43 km north-east of Sambalpur, on the National Highway number 6. This sanctuary was established in 1962, over a total area of 130 sq km; and is one of the smaller sanctuaries of Orissa. This sanctuary also has the popular Hirakud Dam, situated to its west. It is also one of the locations for ecotourism and has accommodation facilities for its travellers, in its premises itself, in the form of the Forest Rest House. This rest house is situated 3 km away from the sanctuary and along with accommodations, it also provides guides and spot lights for nominal charges.

The main species of animals here, include elephants, tigers, leopards, bisons, nilgai, cheetal, wolves, spotted deer, gaur, black panthers, sambar, wild bears, flying squirrels and racket tail dragons. Royal Bengal tigers and wild Asian elephants are the special attractions of this place. These animals can be seen with the help of wildlife safari jeeps, available here. The forests of this sanctuary are mainly dry deciduous, containing trees like Neem, Sal, Acacia, Sandalwood, Casuarinas and Arjun.

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