About the Famous Samaleswari Temple of Orissa
Samaleswari Temple is one of the famous and oldest temple of Orissa. This famous Samaleswari Temple is located at Sambalpur district of Orissa. This temple was constructed in the year 1657 by King Chhatrasaya Deb and the construction of the temple was completed in the year 1695. The main deity of the Samaleswari Temple is Goddess Samalei. Pitabali is also worshiped in this Temple of Sambalpur. Pitabali is the God of "Kandhas". So it is believed that they worshiped Goddess Samalei from many years ago.
The Famous Samaleswari Temple is divided into parts. One is Badagudi and the other is Sanagudi. The Sanagudi is also known as the Mandap of the Temple where Lord Ganesh and other Gods are worshiped by facing Goddess Samalei. The most interesting thing of the Samaleswari Temple is all the priests of the temple are Khetriyas. The walls of the Famous temple is filled with the idols of Goddesses such as : Maa Kali, Maa Durga, Maa Mangala, Maa Ramchandi, Maa Banadurga, Maa Barahi, Maa Matangee, Maa Jualamukhi, Maa Ugratara etc.
History of the Famous Samaleswari Temple of Orissa
As Sambalpur was only one place where Diamond was supplying to Rome so the Name of Sambalpur was "Hirakhand" as the local name of Diamond is "Hira". The other name of this place was "Sambalaka". In the year 1540 the King Narasingh Deb and his younger brother Balaram Deb established the Huma State there as the first king of the Area. One day the King was searching for a right place for establishing his Capital. He saw a unnatural thing there. He saw dogs are ran away by seeing the Thekuas. So the King thought that there is a some unnatural power. So he want to make a Temple there. As he built the temple under a "Simuli" tree so the temple was known as "Somel" and then known as Goddess Samalei. It is believed that as the name of the Goddess is "Samalei" so ass her name the Area or district is known as "Sambalpur". Now this place is one of the famous tourist place of Orissa.