Light and sound show at historical Samaleswari temple by Feb


    Phanindra Pradhan

    Sambalpur, Jan 09: The work on the much-awaited light and sound show at Samaleswari temple, the abode of presiding deity of undivided Sambalpur district Goddess Samaleswari, is likely to be completed by the end of February this year.

    President of Samaleswari Temple Trust Board, Sanjay Baboo said the work on the project began in the month of November last year. Currently, the work is going on in full swing. If everything goes as per the plan, the work will be completed by the end of February, he said.

    He also informed that the light and sound show will be held in three languages including Odia, English and Hindi. They are also planning to prepare script in Sambalpuri language, he said.

    The duration of the show will be around half-an-hour and matters like history of Samaleswari temple, rituals and festivals celebrated in Samaleswari temple besides history of Sambalpur and culture of Western Odisha will be exhibited in the light and sound show, he added.

    The show, which will be held on the premises of Samaleswari temple, was announced by the state government in October, 2017. The state government had even sanctioned Rs 7 crore for the project in the same year.

    While the Odia show is intended for visitors from Odisha, the use of Hindi and English languages aimed to educate tourists from outside the state and abroad about the history of Sambalpur and the shrine.

    The objective behind the show is to attract more tourists to Samaleswari temple, a prominent ‘Shakti Pitha’ of the State.

    Balram Dev, the first Chauhan King of Sambalpur, constructed Samaleswari temple in the 16th century. The temple, constructed in proto-Nagara style, is located on the banks of river Mahanadi and attracts thousands of devotees and tourists from across the state, besides neighbouring Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.