Flanked by hillocks on both sides, Angul the headquarters town of the district of same name, is beautifully carved on an open plain with a garlanding road. It has come to the limelight with the establishment of National Aluminium Company Ltd. (NALCO), the largest in Asia. As an important road junction, Angul serves the ideal base for visiting the places of interest in its neighbourhood.
A small village in the bosom of nature, Tikarpada is strategically situated by the side of "Satakosia Gorge". The meandering Mahanadi flowing closeby amidst bountiful hills forms here the mightiest gorge of India, twenty-two km long. It is acclaimed as one of the World's most enchanting spot. The place is ideal for boating, angling and adventure. The forests and hills around the village have varieties of fauna to fascinate the visitors. A Gharial Crocodile Sanctuary, setup here, has enhanced the importance of the place.
The erstwhile capital of the ex-state of Talcher is one of the fast growing industrial areas of Orissa. The establishment of Talcher thermal Power Station, Heavy Water Plant and the Talcher Collieries (MCL) have greatly enhanced the importance of the place.
Sri Saila Khetra
A beautiful temple complex has been constructed on Sunasagada Hill top at Angul. The main temple has Mukhasala , Jagamohan, Natyamandir and a Garvagriha . Lord Balabhadra, Lord Jagannath and Devi Subhadra are worshiped in the main temple . GodessLaxmi, Bimala, Sarawati are worshiped in this complex . This temple complex attracts a lot of visitors throughout the year.
Bhoomi Puja for the construction of this temple held on 15th Feb, 1994. The foundation stone was laid on 21st Feb, 1996. Ratnamandira was completed on 14th July, 97. Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra were installed on Ratnasinghasan on 22nd Feb, 2002. The first Car festival was observed on 12th July, 02. The main temple has a spread of 7500 sq. ft. It is 111 ft. tall. Car festival and other festivals associated with Lord Jagannath are observed in Sri SailaKhetra. The Temple is managed by a Society headed by Collector, Angul as ex-officio President.
Goddess Budhi Thakurani
The presiding deity of Angul is Goddess Budhithakurani. Angul has earned celebrity as a Sakta Centre since 8th Century A.D. with the rise of the Sulkies on its soil. Goddess Budhithakurani is worshiped in the form of a stone icon covered with vermillion. The shrine draws huge crowd throughout the year. Pilgrims of different parts of Orissa visit the place for a darshan of the Goddess.
Satakosia Wild Life Sancturary & Tikarapada
Greater northern half portion of Satakosia wild life sanctuary is located in Angul district. The sanctuary derives its name from sat (seven) and Kosh (two miles) meaning 14 miles or 22 km. Long. The meandering Mahanadi flowing amidst two beautiful hills form here the mightiest gorge measuring 22 km. Long. The majestic Satkosia gorge is a unique feature in the geomorphology of India. It is acclaimed as one of the most enchanting spots in the country. This region is in fact the meeting point of Chhotanagpur plateau forests, dry deciduous forests and moist peninsular sal forests and is a strong hold of tiger, leopard, elephant, spotted deer, chousingha, sloth beer and varieties of resident and migratory birds and different species of reptiles like gharial, mugger, crocodile, fresh water turtles, poisonous and non-poisonous snakes etc. The place is ideal of boating, angling and other adventure sports. A research and conservation unit was established at Tikarpada(close to the gorge during 1995 for rearing of gharials. So far 38 species of mammals, 128 species of birds, 27 species of reptiles, 4 species of amphibians and 183 species of fish have been recorded in the sanctuary. Tikarpada is connected to N.H. 42 at Badakera (10 Kms. from Angul) through a motorable road of 48 Km. length.
A rock art sleeping image of Lord Vishnu is located at Bhimakanda village about 30 km north of Talcher town and 50 km from Angul& on the right bank of river Brahmani . Now it is situated within the complex of the largest coal based Super Thermal Power Plant of NTPC. The image sleeps on its right side. The image is about 42’ (126.5 CM) long & 8’ wide. The image is the second largest image in India in size, the Gomogteswar in Karnataka being the largest. However, it has the honour of being the largest sleeping image. The period of its construction is assigned to 8th –9th Century A.D.
Malyagiri range of Pallahara Sub-Division houses a glittering water fall near the village Khuludi. The fall making its spectacular jump from the hilltop and paying homage to Lord Siva is located at a distance of 120 Kms. from Angul and 20 Kms. from Pallahara. It is an ideal site for group picnic and relaxation.
Deulajhari is the ancient citadel of Saivism. Located at 6 Km. Away from Athamallik & 90 Kms. Away from Angul. The temple has been constructed amidst dense indigenous-jasmine forest (locally known as Kiabana) that stands as the high walls around the temple. The uniqueness of the place lies in its hot springs that surround the temple. As per the ancient records there were eighty-four such springs. But many of these have been overshadowed in the jasmine forest. Now twenty-four springs are alive. Among these, the springs bearing the names like Agnikunda, Taptakunda, Himakunda, Amrutakunda and Labakusakunda are prominent ones. The temperature of water in these springs varies from 40 degree Celsius to 62 degree Celsius.
The temple complex covers an area of twenty-four acres of land. The presiding deity Sidheswar Baba adores the main temple.
Goddess Hingula is worshipped with great devotion by the people of the surrounding areas. It is located at a distance of 14 K.M. from Talcher. GoddessHingula is believed to be the agni(fire) in the kitchen of Lord Jagannath at Puri. An open cast coal mine of MCL has come up recently near Gopalprasad. HingulaYatra is observed here for nine days during the month of Chaitra. A lokmohotsav is organized here for a week long period on the occasion of the yatra when tens of thousands of people visit the place.
A village in Bantala Police-Station of Angul sub-division. It lies beside the road to Tikarpada at a distance of about 15K.M from Angul. Formerly, it was the Capital of the Rajas of Angul. The last ruler of Angul Raja Somanath Singh a few years before his deposition in 1848, moved his headquarters to Krishnachakragarh, nearly 16K.M from Purunagarh, which was then given its present name, meaning the old fort. When Angul came under the direct control of the British Government, Purunagarh was again made its headquarters, but as the site was found to be very unhealthy, Angul was made the headquarters. Purunagarh contains some temples, chief among which are those dedicated to Jagannath and Madanmohan. The deity Madanmohan is held in great esteem by people of the subdivision.
Kaliakata a small village under Nisa G.P. of Chhendipada Block. After covering 13 Kms. From Angul on Angul-Bagedia road one has to go about 3 Kms. West to reach this village. The village contains pre-historic sites discovered by Valentine Ball in 1876. The recent investigation has revealed that the sites are very important for study of pre-historic antiquities.
This village is situated at a distance of 28 Kms. On Angul-Bagedia road. The village is known for its shrine dedicated to Goddess ‘RamaChandi’. She is believed to be possessed of great powers. It is believed that by worhiping Goddess ‘RamaChandi’ sterile women will obtain children. On the foundation of the old temple one magnificent temple is under construction by the villagers.
A yatra is held here on the second day of ‘Krushna Pakshya Bhadra’. This yatra is known as ‘Rama Chandi’ yatra or ‘KadualliYatra’ (July- August). This yatra is attended by about 30,000 persons of Angul and neighbouring sub-divisions.
A village in Banarpal Police-Station at a distance of 13K.M from Angul. It contains the shirne of a Goddess called
Lovi Thakurani, where a large Mela is held annually on the full-moon day of Kartik(October-November). The fair, which lasts for two days, a large crowd days. Local tradition says that Goddess Lobhi was first worshipped by Ramachandra.
A village situated in Angul Police-Station at about 22.5 K.M from Angul. It is about 2K.M. north of Mahidharpur which is on the Angul-Hindol road. There is a temple here dedicated to Mahisasurmardini, a form of Goddess Durga. The temple, though not large in dimension possesses some special features of architecture. It has a Mukhasala attached to its front which has a roof supported by pillars. The Temple and Mukhasala have been constructed on a raised platform which adds to the height of the temple. The pillars are similar to those of the Chalkunji at Khiching. The Parswadevata and the deity of the temple are very life-like and are good specimens of plastic art. The local people hold Mahisasuramardini in great awe