Saroj Ku. Behera

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History of Bolangir

The district of Balangir is named after the headquarters towns of Balangir. This town was also the headquarters of the feudatory state of Patna, since the eighties of the nineteenth century. Balaram Deo, the brother of Narasimha Deo, the 12th Raja of Patna, established Balangir. As Balaram Deo is known to have flourished about the middle of 16th century, the origin of the town of Balangir has also been attributed to that period. It is said that the town being founded by Balaram Deo was named after him as Balaramgarh, from which the present name Balangir has been derived. There is however no recorded evidence to support this theory. The district of Balangir is flanked in the North-west by the Gandhamardan hill, and in the north-east by the rock-infested Mahanadi. Many hill streams traverse it. It is the land of Tantrik culture. It is also notable for having experimented in the republican form of Government that was overthrown by Ramai Deo. Ramai founded the kingdom of Patna in the 14th century, which within a short span of its militant career become the head of the cluster of eighteen Garhs. The Chauhan rule ended with the merger of the state of Patna and Sonepur with Orissa on the 1st January, 1948. They together from the district of Balangir.

Tourist Place of Titilagarh

RANIPUR-JHARIAL: There are extensive ruins of medieval monuments at Ranipur Jharial. There is an out-crop of flat rocks on which large number of temples are perched. The out-crop forms a gently rising elevation of about 200 feet at its highest point. In ancient times about 120 temples were in existence on the spot near the bank of the tank. At present hardly 50 temples could be counted and most of them are found in decaying condition. The largest temple of the group is that of someswara Siva TempleRanipur Jharial is known as "Soma Tirtha" in scriptures. It combines a section of religious faiths like Saivism, Buddhism, Vaisnavism and Tantrism. The circular open vault enclosure of sixty-four yoginis, the major attraction of the place, is one of the four such shrines in India. The temple of Someswar Siva is the noted one among a plethora of about 50 temples here. The majestic brick temple of Indralath is said to be the highest brick temple of Orissa.
Distance 15 KM from Titilagarh

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1. NUAKHAI : The Nuakhai ceremony is held some times during " Bhadra Pada" (August- September) when new paddy of the year ripen. This is observed in very Hindu home and people on that occasion offers preparation of the new crops to various Gods and to ancestors after which they take food in ceremonious manner. Both rich and poor wear new clothes and enjoy the day. 

2. BHAIJUUNTIA AND PUAJIUNTIA : The Puojiuntia and the Bhaijiuntia ceremonies are held on the day of the dark fortnight and on the 8th day of the bright fortnight respectively in the month of " Aswina". The former is celebrated by mothers and latter by sisters wishing long life and prosperity of sons and daughters as well as brothers and disters. On the occasion of Puojiuntia all mothers fast for the whole day and night and worship the deity called "Dutibahana". On the occasion of Bhaijiuntia the sisters worship goddess " Durga’. New clothes are presented by son to mother and also by brother to sister.

3. LAXMI PUJA : Laxmi Puja is performed on every Thursday in the month of Margasira