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Buddhakhol: Buddha & Buddheswar:A tourist destination from Odisha Tourism

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Buddhism had influenced the civilization all along the areas covering Silk route in Central Asia.In the Odisha state of India,there are many such places where Buddhism had flourished. One such place is Buddhakhol where signs of Buddhism has still exist but inside the Shiva temple.

About 70 km away from Berhampur,on the top of a hill,near Buguda, Budhakhol is a scenic spot with caves,waterfalls,green canopy and remains of Buddhism. The name Budhakhol is derived from Buddha and Khol means Caves.There are two caves still present which were being used then by the Monks to meditate. Sidhha Gumpha and Dyana Gumpha as they called it. Apart from the caves as a meditation place for the Monks, there are statues of Buddha which are being worshiped now as Buddheswar.

Lord Buddheswar

There is a perennial source of waterfall attracting picnickers from nearby areas.There are 5 temples, called Panchu Mahadeva which is another attraction for the religious tourists who throng to this place from all over Odisha to worship Gangadhareswar, Sidheswar, Buddheswar, Jagadieswar and Makareswar.

Odisha tourism has developed the site with parks,all weather roads.

Lord Shiva and Maa Parbati

Historical Importance:The place and the caves were a major site of Buddhism learning.Even Lord Buddha is said to have stayed here.The Chinese traveler Huensang too had come to this place to learn Buddhism during his 17 years stay in India during 6th CE.It is said that the King of Bhanjanagar had constructed the temples later and worship of Buddheswar had started.One family of preist wes brought from Puri to worship Lord Buddheswar. Now the family has grown to forty families engaged in daily rituals at the temple as well as another temple called Kuberaswar(another Buddhist site) near Buddhakhol. Recently a Hanuam statue has been erected at the bottom of the hill and the Statues of Shiva Parbati has been donated by Ipsita Pati, an odiya actress.

Major attraction: The Water fall, Treaking,Scenec beauty,Picnic,Temples and the Park are the major attractions.Also at a distance of 3 kms another Buddhist site called Kuberaswar can be visited.

Kuberaswar

Travel advise:One can reach to the hill top through the stairs as well as by car through the newly constructed road.But parking after reaching to the top may be a problem as space to accommodate is less. Place is safe except stiff and slippery stairs.Food shops are not available at the top, so may carry water bottle and light food from Buguda. However Prasad is available at the temple kitchen.I had my lunch at the temple.One can take bath at the waterfall.

Prasad

How to reach: The nerest train station is at Berhampur ,at 70 kms and nearest airport is at Bhubaneswar.One can take a taxi from Berhampur or by byke and reach to Budhakhol through Buguda.Road codition is good.Start from Berhampur to Aska and then from Aska roundabout straight road till Buguda.From Buguda one road at the right side leads to around 5 kms for Buddhakhol.

Accomodation: One accomodation is available at Krushnachandra Yatriniwas.But book it in advance. Otherwise one has to stay at Berhampur or Asika. Good number of budget hotels are available at Aska.For picnic ,utensils are available on hire near the park at bottom of the hill.

Accomodation.

Prefered time: Any day is prefered.But October to January is prefered when climate is not hot or rain is expected.Also during Shivaratri, one can enjoy the gathering.

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Buddhism and Pargalpur,Odisha-

Tibet Settlement in India- Jirang Monastry- Mini Tibet of Odisha-My travel story to Buddhist sites of Odisha

Jaugarh Fort:Major Rock edicts of Ashoka.

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Deomali Hill Top near Koraput.The highest mountain peak of Odisha.

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Situated at a hight of 1672 mtr on the eastern ghats of South Odisha,Deomali hill top is a marvelous scenic beauty with wide range of flora and fauna and inhabited by tribes like Kondh,Bhumia and Malli.On the way to Sunabeda from Koraput it is around 58 kms from Koraput.

The Deomali Hill top

I started from Raygada to Jeypore and Koraput and then after one night stay at Jeypore, went to Deomali.Wide and sometime narrow roads flanked both sides with green stretches of trees,it gives a feel of travelling in a tunnel made of trees.Negotiating the sharp turns and hilly terrain it offers an adventurous journey till one reaches to the hill top of Deomali. Cold winds blowing at the peak of the hill and sitting there at the posts made by Odisha Tourism is something one can cherish the memories of adventurous journey.

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Things to do: Photography lovers can capture some of the beautiful snaps of naturural Beauty.Treaking, Camping and film shoot or simply stitting at the posts and enjoying the nature.

Travel advice:Good driving skills,warm clothing during winter is must.In addition Stepney is must as no tyre repair shop is nearby and the road puts the vehicle tyre to its extreams.I had a tyre burst near Koraput but fortunately I had a Stepney and a tyre shop near by.Changed the tyre at the store and went ahead.

The tyre shop at Koraput

Food, one need to carry if planning for a camp or trek.Nereby villages are inhabited by tribes who are very cooperative and research scolars can make document on their lifestyle.

Where to stay: The nereby hotel available is at Koraput or Jeypore.I stayed at Jeypore in a hotel named Hello Jeypore with a rent of Rs.1895 plus. Restaurant is attached with the lodging.

Hotel Hello Jeypore.

How to reach:The Deomali hill top can be reached by car and bikes.Nearest railway station is at Jeypore.Nearest airport is Bhubaneswar and Visakhapatnam.

One can plan for travel to Deomali alongwith Gupteswar temple near Jeypore and some good number of waterfalls in Koraput district.

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Chadhei Club – Birders of Sambalpur and the Birdman.

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Sambalpur and the adjoining area has always been a bird’s paradise. Thanks to the green environment with a plethora of flora and the huge waterbody of Hirakud reservoir. Although some industrial units have come up since the last couple of years with their complementary polluting outputs contributing to the destruction of birds’ habitats, there are many breeding and feeding habitats still left for the birds to survive. Though some species are less visible now a days, no particular species has depleted to the extent of extinction. In such a situation,a group of individuals vowed to revive the birders club – Chadhei Club Sambalpur.

The Club was initially founded by Late Sri Surendra Mohan Pradhan in early 2010. Also fondly known among the birders of Sambalpur as the “Birdman of Odisha”, he made a wide range of documents on birds and their habitats. An avid birder and a school teacher, he spent a major part of his life documenting the birds. Spending on costly equipment for birding from own’s pocket was not easy. Since no sponsors were available in those days, he devised his own equipments to collect data or to take snaps of birds. Before his demise, he was able to gather many important documents on birds apart from authoring a book on the nestings of birds. The book was jointly authored by his only son Sri Ashis Pradhan and another Sri Nayar. The book was widely appreciated among bird lovers after being published by the Government of Odisha.

The Birdman of Odisha, Surendra Agyan(Sir) was not only a birder but also a great motivator towards bird conservation. He was able to motivate many poachers to stop poaching and join for the cause of conservation. As narrated by Ashish Pradhan, once during their birding on the banks of river Mahanadi, they noticed a group of teens searching for eggs laid by birds. They were regularly collecting the eggs for food and therefore were a source of information about the nesting sites. Surendra Agyan immediately offered the teens an alternate. He motivated them to refrain from harming the nests and stop collecting eggs. Instead he would offer them eggs purchased from the market.The teens were happy enough and became his friends for lifetime. Later on, the teens became a major source of information about nests and were actively associated against poaching.

After his demise, the club he had envisioned stopped its activities due to the lack of motivation. Efforts to register the club as a society were foiled by a lack of followups and red tapism. Interestingly, once even the official who had come for verification of the club address, didn’t get convinced and insisted on showing the birds. He misunderstood the club as some thing to be a zoo. However, the club was finally registered.

The members of the Chadhei Club again started gathering in remote areas in the outskirts of the town in search of birds. The vigour was slowly returning back with new members joining the club. Regular visits to different sites and creating awareness in the society, the members were tirelessly putting in their efforts to take the Club to a new height. And then, the pandemic of Covid-19 struck upon them. Site visits of the club were again hampered. But the doors were not yet closed.

One of the most important events was pending since long – the launching of a Logo for the club. A logo was finalised by the club which was decided to be inaugurated in a grand manner.A young creative artist Ms Sriya Sibadarshini designed the logo for the club. Struggling against lockdowns and pandemics, the club finally inaugurated the logo. Although a physical gathering was not possible but all members and guests joined on a virtual platform to inaugurate the Logo online.

And finally, on the 5th of Jun, 2021, on the occasion of World Environment day, the logo of Chadhei club was inagurated to the public eye. It was also posted on the social media of Chadhei Club. Chadhei Club with the new logo can now be followed on Koo, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

The Logo
Inagurating the logo on zoom platform

The aim of the club has not changed from what it was envisioned as by the founder and Birdman of Odisha Sri Surendra Agyan. He had left behind him a team of dedicated bird lovers, who in this inaugural function again repeated their vows towards conservation of birds and their habitats.

(The club can be contacted by mail to: chadheiclubsbp@gmail.com. The club can be followed on Twitter, Koo, Insta and Fb)

Tapping the Youth power For Bird conservation-The Chadhei Club of Sambalpur

Dubai travel, Photoshoot with Thus Holiday.

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A group of 21 travel enthusiast including children started from Bhubaneswar airport for Dubai on the evening of 22 nd April 2022.Sushree Bhakti from Thus Holidays was our travel guide.Bhakti joined us at Bhubaneswar with all travel documents including passport, visa, accomodation papers and air tickets.Our journey started with AirIndia flight to Dubai with a changeover at Mumbai.

Dinner on flight and we landed at Dubai Airport at 1.30 AM of local time which was lagging by one and half hour from Indian time.In a prebooked bus we reached to Hotel.A nice hotel with breakfast, lunch and dinner arrangement of delicious Indian food in Dubai with all co travellers was like home to all of us.Lot of joy tarvelling to AbuDhabi, Sharjah.Marketing , sight seeing and a safari in the sand dunes was well organised by Thus Travels, Bhubaneswar.

After staying for 4 days 5 nights we returned with memories and happy times spent with co travellers.

Thank you Thus Travels.

Contact No of Thus travels: Ms Bhakti:7381089188.

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Nirmalajhara temple, Khalikot

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Situated at the foothills of eastern ghat the temple was made by the King of Khlikhot Sri Balukeswar of mardaraj dynasty in the year 1676.A Lord Bishnu temple has diffrent ponds that is fed by unadultered perennialwater streams from the eastern ghat hills. A beautiful temple with excellent carvings is surrounded by greenary that offers a cooling environment to the tourists from nearby areas.Situated at a distance of 60 kms from Berhampur and 120 kms from Bhubaneswar.

Ruddy Shelduck, the Love bird Chakwa-Chakwi.

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Ruddy Shelduck is a migratory bird to our place in India which breeds at Mangolia, Tibet region beyond Himalayas.In winter it migrates to warmer places in the planes of South Asia.While migrating it flies over Himalayas and this one is the highest flyer after Bar headed goose another migratory bird from this area to India.

A saffron colour bird like the saffron attire of Hindu Brahmin saints, this is also called Brahminy Shelduck in India.The male has a dark colour ring

around neck. Also a revered bird in Buddhism, it is also named as Lama bird in Tibbet. A strictly monogamous bird it pairs for life.In case one of them dies, the other one too dies soon after starving.So strong is the attachment that they are also called the Lover Bird in India. Most interesting name however is the Hindi name ….Chakwa and Chakwi.The male is called Chakwa and female is Chakwi.

Chakwa-Chakwi.

They fly to India in flocks and then they get separated to live in pairs.During daytime they stay together and in night they gets separated to live alone.This is said that the separation is due to curse from a sage.After getting disturbed by the two lovers, the meditating sage cursed them to reborn as ducks.Also they can not meet.Since then the two love birds stay apart during night.Stay far away and male keeps on calling….Awaaaaa..and the female replies…nawaaa……the pityfull call continue through the night.In the morning again they reunite and continue with feeding and courtship.During breeding session the female becomes excessively aggressive towards any intruder.She chases the intruder making loud noise.If the intruder does not respond, she returns to the male and instigate him to fight back and the male responds obidiently.After all Lover Birds they are….

Few snaps from Manglajudi, Odisha

Spreading the message of love, the Brahminy Shelduck arrives into Indian subcontinent during October and returns to Mangolia, Tibet in Mid March-April.Till then Happy Valentines day to both.

Bar Headed goose and Hindu mythology.

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Bar Headed goose,Anser Indicus.Locally named as Hans , Raj Hans…A winter migratory bird grey in colour with two prominent black bars accross its head.

The Bar headed geese.

In Hindu mythology and Kalidas story of Nala-Damayanti… Damayanti was the beautiful princess of Bidarbha and Nala was king of Nishada.Nala was an able king but unmarried. He came accross the painting of Damayanti and fell in love.Once Nala cought a beautiful bird.The bird pleaded for mercy and promissed to sing story of praises to Damayanti if he is spared.The king agreed.The bird went to Damayanti and told about Nala which attracted Damayanti towards Nala and finally they got married.Damayanti was so impressed with Nala that she rejected even God in a swayamvar and choose Nala as her husband.So the Bird carried the message of love from the Nishad kingdom to Bidarbha, while migrating over the mighty Himalayas.

Reaching to Bidharbha
Crossing the Himalayas

Goose and Swan controversy:There is controversy if it was a swan or a goose which carries the message of love from Nala to Damayanti.In Rig Veda and other mythological documents and Kalidas literature it is the Swan which is refered as a Hansa.However Salim Ali at his Azad memorial lecture in 1979 told that in birds are identified by their calls ,plumage , beaks…most of these goose are called Hamsa in Sanskrit texts and Kalidas mentioned about the lake Manas or Manosaravar from where the gooose breeds and migrate..Dave in his explanation lists insatances where Hansa has been refered as Goose.In some other sanskrit literature, there is difference between Swan and Goose.Swan is Hamsa and Goose is Kadamb.

Barring all controversy, what important is ,the migration.The bar headed goose weighing about 3 kls with a comparatively larger wing span breeeds in upper Himalayas, Mangolia, Russia, Tibet the place of Manosaravar.In winter they migrate to Indian subcontinent through Himalayas.It is intresting to note that in stead of passing through the valleys at lower altitude,it prefers to cross the Himalay at it peak height.It requires lot of energy to create lift and also oxygen intake.And the bar headed goose has special abilities to counter these hardships.They have more arteries and special haemoglobin to carry more oxygen in blood.Equipped with all these specialities it crosses at the heights of 8000 ft and reaches to Indian subcontinent with message of love from King Nala on the way from the Nishad kingdom .The special haemoglobin can be a source of scientific reserch for high altitude sickness and heart ailments.

The bird of Hindu mythology spends it’s winter before returning back in mid March every year.Feeding on the seeds of grass lands during night, it congregates in large flocks in the mid of near by water bodies during daytime.One such place where it comes in large numbers is the Rusikulya river of Ganjam, Odisha.

Damayanti did not kill the messager of love.It listened to the bird and it’s praise for Nala, patiently to fall in love with King Nala.A classical example of message for conservation, in the Hindu Mythological texts and Rig Veda.

How to reach:Every year from Nov to March there is a large congregation of this mythological bird at Rusikulya river.Can be reached by road to river bank and then need to hire a boat.

The location

Blackbuck and the Sorodo Village:A story of co-existence

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Blackbuck, also known as Indian Antelope is one of the endangered species are found in Indian subcontinent and Nepal.Once #blackbuck was found all over the subcontinent was reported to be 80000 during 1947 have depleted to 8000 in 1964.The beautiful animal has a distinct colour that differ among sexes.The male are dark black and female are reddish brown with white underparts on both sexes.Male with long curly horns often found in a group of 5-50.Said to be only surviving member of Antelope family are still available in places though in small numbers.One such place is the Sorodo Village in the Ganjam district of Odisha,India.

While travelling by road at places the “drive slow,” caution boards near Aska town rose my curiosity to see them.After Googling on Blackbucks and checking with villagers nearby ,I came to know about the fact of endangered status of the species and also about the conservation of them by the villagers of Sorodo.Also said to be in plenty near Bhetnoi village about 10 kms away from Sorodo.In fact the entire plains of the area is inhabitated by these Anelopes.

On 19th Dec 2021, early morning with one of my friend we started from Berhampur to Sorodo village.Sorodo village is around 60 Kms from Berhampur via Aska.Road was good and we reached at Sorodo village at around 8 AM.One of the villager Mr.Vinayak who we had contacted to guide us was waiting at the village and he took us to the out skirts of the village to see the Blackbucks.It was cold winter and weather too was bit cloudy.My Nikon D500 camera was asking for more ISO and suddenly I saw one well grown male, dark black in colour was sitting alone at a distance of 50 MTR away from the main road. i stopped my car and zoomed my camera to take snaps.He looked at me and posed for some snaps before running into the bushes nearby.Another group of Balckbucks and then many other small groups at a distance of around 200 mts.

I asked Vinayak..how much close we can reach to them…in the afternoon they come very close to village, he told.Even the villagers have made a grass land for them to graze.But do they poach then I asked.Never..he told.Blackbucks are destroying the crops but villagers never kill them.And this is the reason, the number is still good at this area for this endangered species.Sometimes they find calfs which they carefully handover to forest department.The main predators are the dogs from the village.Sometime the dogs hunt them for food.The villagers are their protectors and have set an example of Human-Nature co-existence.

One can reach to this village by road from Aska or Bhanjanagar.Best time to see them is early morning and around 4 PM.

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Professionalism-Not someone’s whim.

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The Professional, an International best seller by Subroto Bagchi, published by Penguin, Rakesh was reading when he came across an interesting episode. Received a call from one of his colleagues. …..and then the clash of ego which could add another chapter to the best seller.

The colleague was Mt.Sanjota and was senior in Rank but equally positioned in a different department of a clerely defined structural verticals under a single boss to both of them.Both report to one boss and both have different roles.Rakesh has an advisory role where as Sanjota has the operational role.But Mr.Sanjota has knowingly or unknowingly a grid for power which landed him to a situation of avoidable ego clash with Rakesh.

A professional must always know the Organisational structures,its instructions which enables oneself in discharging better.Secondly encroaching to peers area of work not only creates enemity,distrust but also infringement of organisational instructions.

In a similar manner, Mr Sanjota unknowingly crossed his domain and was objected by Mr.Rakesh.The objection by Rakesh was rightful, bcaz a professional must know where to say NO.It may hurt someone’s ego and exactly what happened.Mr Sanjota lost control of himself and kept on going unprofessional.Although he realised latter but ego is something never fades away.Willingly or unwillingly he obeyed the organisational instructions.But in the entire episode,he lost credentials of self among his peers.

An organisation always have a clear goal for which it has a clear set of instructions.It is the man which interprete and implement the instructions.A profesional approch for implementation of instructions enriches the organisation.On other hand an unprofessional approach hampers the organisation,create poor Interpersonal Relationship,lack of humour in workplace.

As the situation moves on, the story may be another page on the best seller book.Till then organization should be run by professionals not on someone’s whim…..

(Disclaimer: Names of character are not real.Any similarity is coincidence.)

Gopalpur Beach-A tourist destination-Gopalpur on Sea.

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During my stay at Berhampur,Odisha, on holidays I travelled to nearby tourist attractions.Away from home and family, holidays are difficult for time pass.So to make the holiday a memorable one, I decided to explore the lesser known places nearby with historical importance and highlight them for a better tourist inflow.After all Odisha is “India’s best kept secret”.One such destination is the Gopalpur -on- Sea.

History of Gopalpur:A 15 Kms ride from Berhampur,Gopalpur ,a sleepy town on the beach of Bay of Bengal has been named after the Gopalji(Lord Krishna) temple built by a trader in 18 th century. Those days, traders from Odisha would sail to Burma,Java,Sumatra from this place.One such successful trader after earning huge profits,decided to build a temple in the name of Gopal or Krishna.Slowly the area became populated with more fisherman and traders settling here.The temple is located just near the beach and I could not resist my temptation to see the historical monument.

Later during British rule the place had seen major activities on the port by way of rice import from Burma.Now the old port have been modernised and trading activities have picked up.

The Beach: Gopalpur beach is one of the beautiful beach of India located in South Odisha . Mangroves,long strech of Cashew nut and coconut trees adds to the trill of blue horizon accross the sea.The light house is another major attraction,one can see the entire Gopalpur from the top.

Small food stalls selling Coconut and fishfry on the beach adds to the joy of foodies like me.Not much crowded during morning hours become a most sought-after place for the nearby people who gather here in the evening and enjoy the sea food sitting on the newly constructed sitting arrangements on the beach.

Coconut selling

It was half past noon and climate was hot.Even the crow was serching for shade.I decided to go to a restaurant for lunch.Rice,Dal, chicken biryani and sea fish was on the menu card.I prefered Chicken biriyani and a coke.

The crow searching for shade.

What are the things to enjoy: Gopalpur beach has been developed by Odisha tourism recently,like water sports, beach festivals and sitting arrangements facing the deep blue sea.One can simply sit there and watch the sea or the sea crabs fighting on the sand dunes.Water sports and bird watching are other things one can enjoy.

Water sports
Brahmy kite
Brahmy kite and large egret
Kentish plover
Large egret.

Children can enjoy in newly opened childre park on the beach or can try beach kabbadi.

Beach kabbadi
A crab on the sand dunes.

Photography lovers can go around for some beautiful snaps

After lunch, I went for birding and captured on my Nikon camera some shots of birds and the beautiful beach.

When to visit:Well for a traveller there is no particular time to visit a destination ,I feel,but it is better to consider a visit during October to December when one can enjoy the beach festival and also not to worry about rain during that time.

Where to stay:There are many budget hotels costing Rs 2000/- onwards and also some premium hotels like Mayfair and others facing directly towards the sea.Also one can stay at Berhampur.

Some budget hotels on the beach.

How to reach: From Berhampur it is only 15 Kms journey, one can hire a taxy or can prefer the buses plying frequently from Berhampur.Berhampur is a South Odisha town connected by train and roadways from Chennai,Kolkota and Bhubaneswar.The nearest airport is Bhubaneswar.

Food preferences:All types of vegetarian and Non-vegetarian food is available and is influenced by South Indian taste.Idli and Dosa are favourite for breakfast.

Clothings: Climate is pleasant and not cold to carry winter garments.Being a costal area ,rain can be expected anytime and thus may prefer to carry an umbrella.During noon hours it is bit hot and thus may advise to carry loose clothing,goggles and hat.

There is another sea side tourist place at Chilka, the largest salt water lake near Berhampur.Some other day again a travel diary to Chilka.

Another tourist place on the hills of Koraput, visited recently….Deomali Hill Top near Koraput.The highest mountain peak of Odisha.

When visiting Gopalpur,one can add the Jirang BuddhistMonastry in the visit list.Tibet Settlement in India- Jirang Monastry- Mini Tibet of Odisha-My travel story to Buddhist sites of Odisha

Kandhara:The well and Mahima dharma of Bhimabhoi.

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On the way to Baudh from Rairakhol in Odisha state of India, a lesser known place of Kandhara.A small Mutt and the famous well there.From inside the well the famous lines of Bhimabhoi once uttered, now written on the walls of United Nations…… A Mahima sanyasi at the Mutt there narrates me the teachings of Bhimabhoi.

In 1850, Bhimabhoi also known as the Blind poet and Santha kabi was born in a Kondh clan of Jatesingha, now in Subarnapur District of Odisha.Being from a very poor family, in search of livelyhood, once he reaches to Kandhara village.He plead for a job in front of the landlord there.After initial reluctance,the landlord later agreed to keep him as the care taker of the cattle folk.Bhimabhoi would take the cattles to the jungle for grazing and return in the evening.He was blind since birth.Once while coming back, he fell into a well.Cattles returned back to the village,but one calf didn’t.The calf stayed there at the well, waiting for Bhimabhoi to come out.The landlord sent someone to find out the missing calf.The man reaches to the calf and found Bhimabhoi inside the well.The villagers reaches to the spot and tried to bring Bhimabhoi out.But Bhimabhoi refused to comeout….who had made me fall here only( he meant God) will take me out…he insisted. Failed to pursuade Bhimabhoi ,finally the villagers returned back, leaving him inside the well.

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The famour well at Kandhara.

Seeing the pain, God himself went to the well to take out Bhimabhoi.God extended his right hand into the well but Bhimabhoi again refused.How can I believe you without seeing you my God…..Bhimabhoi told.There are many who had come here to help me come out.You may be one among them.But I want him to help me who had made me fall here.

Bhimabhoi being blind since birth could not see.He asked God to give him eyesight, so that he could see himeself and believe.God agreed and gave him eyesight.Bhimabhoi, then agreed to hold God’s right hand and come out of the well……but he immediately requested God to take back the eyesights…and uttered the famous lines…..

…….witnessing the plethora of plights on earth how one could bear with; let the world get redeemed at my cost” ( ପ୍ରାଣୀଙ୍କଆରତ ଦୁଃଖ ଅପ୍ରମିତ ଦେଖୁ ଦେଖୁ କିମ୍ବା ସହୁ ମୋଜୀବନ ପଛେ ନର୍କେ ପଡ଼ିଥାଉ ଜଗତ ଉଦ୍ଧାର ହେଉ।)The lines are now written on the walls of United Nations.

Mahima Dharma: Swami Mahima Gosain was the original founder of Mahima Dharma.But the credit of spreading it to places around Odisha, Andhrapradesh,Assam,Bengal, goes to Bhimabhoi.He would narrate the messages through catchy poems and his four followers, Basudev Panda,Harihara Panda,Markanda Dash and Dharmanada Dash would write them.Bhimabhoi himself had no formal education,but his teachings are now tought in Universities.Recently Sambalpur University has introduced a separate chair for study on Bhimabhoi.His teachings narrates extensively on socioeconomic,caste and religious discrimination prevailing in society those days.He tought the idea of one God, one religion,one society.God is present everywhere,in every thing. His idea was to take out the society out of this discrimination and thus wrote many poems which helped the Mahima Dharma spread among the opressed and discriminated sector of the society.United Nations and santhakabi Bhimabhoi.

Kandhara: The place can be reached by road from Rairakhol,15 Kms towards Boudh.Odisha,India.There is no hotel/lodge available.However one can stay and have food as prasad(offering) in the Mutt.

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