Patali Srikhetra
Location: Subarnapur
Famous For : Jagannath, Balabhadra and the goddess Subhadra
District: Subarnapur
History : Patali Srikhetra is a famous place with significant historical importance for Subarnapur district. This religious place is associated with Shaktism, Buddhism and Vaishnavism. It is located in the foot of Trikut Hill at Kotsamalai of the Birmaharajpur subdivision of Subarnapur district, Odisha. It widely believed that the idol of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra were kept hiding in the caves of the Trikut for a period of 144 years. It is one of the holiest shrines in Odisha. The Madalapanji describe that during the invasion of Raktavahu, a king named Sovanadeva of Odisha escaped with the images of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra. He then reached Sonepur and buried the images at a place called Sonepur-Gopali. After 144 years, a king name Yayati Keshari of Somavamsi dynasty got the images and made new images. He built a temple at Puri and enshrined the idols. Every year celebrated a car festival where thousands of devotees take part in it with enthusiasm and vibrancy. This is the biggest festival for the Kotsamalai people.
How to Reach : It is located 280 kilometers distance from the capital city Bhubaneswar. The state govt bus and private bus is service available to reach to Kotsamalai Patali Srikhetra Temple. The railway facility is available till to Bolangir from Bhubaneswar. From Bolangir, one can pick Mini buses, local transport and private vehicles to reach Sonepur. Also, there is a train to Sambalpur from Bhubaneswar. Then take a road transport to Sonepur. From Sonepur to Kotsamalai, Patali Srikhetra one can hire a private vehicle or use local bus service.To reach to Patali Srikhetra, the Bhubaneswar Airport is the nearest one.

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