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June 2009

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Chandipur Panchalingeswar Information 

Panchalingeswar was a big disappointment. No, not because the place was not good, but because all my plans for Panchalingeswar went haywire. The plan was an overnight stay there and walk around in the Nilgiri hills and Kuldiha forest in the morning for about 4 hours before starting back for Kolkata.

Around Balasore

Nilagiri Palace at Balasore

Remains of Nilagiri Palace at Balasore

Panchalingeswar is 30 Km from Balasore and the route from Chandipur to Panchalingeswar is via Balasore. On the way we visited the Vainsavite temple at Remuna and the Jagannath temple at Nilagiri. The palace ruins of Nilagiri makes us realize how dynasties rise and fall with the passage of time. Unfortunately, temples are attractive to me not because of the gods but because of their architecture. As both these temples were mundane in their appearance, they did not create any impression in my mind.


There was a big disappointment waiting for us at Panchalingeswar. At OTDC Panthasala, we woke up the caretaker from his sleep. He informed that there is no power since the night before. So it was up to us if we want to stay. They have a generator, but it can run for a few hours only. We were the only residents, so they cannot operate it for the whole night. Well, staying without power in summer in a closed room is ruled out. At that point, there was no option left but to give up the idea of spending the night there. We decided to visit the temple and then go back to Balasore.


Midway to Panchalingeswar

Midway to Panchalingeswar

As with any other place of worship, Panchalingeswar is also has its fair share of mythology associated with it. Legend has it that these lingams were installed in this beautiful abode by King Banasura himself.

Greenery along the way to the temple

The first thing to strike as we started for the top is the greenery. The mountains were lush green in color. It was so contrasting to the barren sea bed at Chandipur. As we headed for the temple, a local person offered to be our guide. I always prefer a guide at any place, as they give a different dimension to the trip by their narration of stories and mythologies of the place. Our guide was not any different, and immediately started filling us with the stories about the place. To reach the temple one needs to climb 256 steps. On the way we bought coconut and sweets from a shop(belonging to our guide) to offer at the temple.

Nilgiri Hill Top viewed from Panchalingeswar

Nilgiri Hill Top viewed from Panchalingeswar

Panchalingeswar has a Shiva temple, which has five lingams submerged under a flowing stream. To touch the lingams, one needs to almost lie down on the stone and stretch the hands to the extent possible. After the puja was completed by the priest there, our guide took us around the hills. But it was getting dark, so we had to cut short our trip and come back. My daughter was disappointed and so was I, but there was no other alternative. Atleast 2 days needs to be spent here to enjoy the place.


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  1. K.P.Mukherjee said:

    Ni ce trip . I will love to go there soon……….At least for the CRABS……….

    Posted on August 25th, 2009 at 12:53 pm

  2. Britishraj said:

    Chandipur! pretends to be a seaside resort. It’s like the ‘pub with no beer’ why, I truly believe the tide goes out and sometimes forgets to come back. I think if one was looking for a beach resort near Cal. then Digha and the ‘surrounding area’ is a better option. Puri is my favourite.

    Posted on September 16th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

  3. admin said:

    >> I truly believe the tide goes out and sometimes forgets to come back
    Nicely put. It feels so strange at times. Around Kolkata, my favorite remains Sankarpur – for some unknown reason.

    Posted on September 17th, 2009 at 4:38 am

  4. S S Dalpat said:

    very soon I will visit that places with my family in Dec last week

    Posted on December 18th, 2009 at 5:04 am

  5. admin said:

    Have a nice trip!!

    Posted on December 18th, 2009 at 6:23 am

  6. sankarpur said:

    [...] Orissa. Address : Khunta, San Khunta, G.b. Nagar Mayurbhanj Orissa India Dipploma Course …Chadipur | Travel Story BookChadipur is around 250Km from Kolkata and 16Km from Balasore, the nearest town. A small beach [...]

    Posted on March 30th, 2010 at 6:51 pm

  7. Jagannath said:

    The red crabs that you saw at Chandipur are not horseshoe crabs. The horseshoe crabs are bigger and have a long antennae like rod. Sadly, there are no horseshoe crabs in Chandipur as all of them have been wiped clean due to indiscriminate fishing.

    Posted on December 9th, 2010 at 9:37 am

  8. siddhartha pati said:

    dear,jagannath,,,,,,i sure u r wrong bcoz chandipur is one one good habitate og horseshoe crab in india….even two types of these species found here,T.gigas is one species..and also found over here in large number…..

    Posted on August 16th, 2013 at 5:36 pm

  9. eesit pradhann said:

    Which one is better- chandipur or gopalpur?

    Posted on January 10th, 2014 at 4:35 am

  10. Shakuntala said:

    This marvel of Nature gives the bathers an unexpected pleasure of fearlessly walking into the sea and happily playing with the waves.

    Posted on September 2nd, 2014 at 12:53 pm

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