Balangir, May 26 (LocalWire): The Ranipur-Jharial village, which lies in a vast spread of verdant Titilagarh sub-division, some 100 km from Balangir town, is home to many heritage sites.
The village finds mention as “Soma Tirtha” in the scriptures of many faiths like Shaivism, Buddhism, Vaisnavism and Tantrism. According to historians, the Somavanshi kings of Dakhin Koshal had built a number of rare brick temples at Soma Tirtha between 6th and 9th centuries.
The Hypethral temple, one of the seven remaining Yogini temples in India, located there, provides a glimpse into the religious and occult practices of medieval times that are still alive in tribal traditions.
It is one of the tallest brick temples of ancient India. The complex is spread on a vast flat rocky surface. However, due to the continuous exposure to the elements of nature, the structure is slowly wearing away.
Taking advantage of the rich sedimentary rock deposit in the area, the builders may have cut the rock pieces layer-by-layer for use in the temple construction.
There are also some 50-60 Shiva temples in the region, the most popular being the Someswar Shiva Temple and Indralath Brick Temple.
During Shivaratri and the month of Shravan, a large number of people visit these temples.
Next time you visit Balangir, the Ranipur -Jharial village should be on top of your places-to-see list.