Dhenkanal district is located in the state of Odisha in India. It comprises of dense forest and long hill range. The forests have wide range of flora and fauna. Dhenkanal district is known for its fair and festivals. The most prominent among them is the Gajalaxmi Puja which is celebrated for 11 days from Kumara Purnima. Kapilas range is the major tourist destination in Dhenkanal. At the peak of it lies the shrine of Lord Shiva, also known as Chandrasekhar. This place is flocked by pilgrims mainly during the festival of Mahashivaratri in the month of Feruary-March. There are numerous caves and ruins of medieval fort which are also visited. The deer park and the science park are added attractions of Kapilas. Joranda is famous for its religious significance. Saptasajya is known for its mythological references and has a famous Lord Rama temple built by Rani Ratnaprava Devi.
Saranga is known for its famous huge rock carved image of Lord Vishnu on the rocky bed of River Brahmani. Kualo is a complex of temples dedicated to Lord Baidyanath, Kanakeswar, Kapileswar, Paschimeswar and Balunkeswar. The ancient sculptures on the walls of the temples are itself an archaeological marvel. Dhandadhar is an irrigation project site having a picturesque sight for the nature lovers. Dhenkanal is well connected by roads and railways.
The Anantashayana Vishnu image in the form of open air rock relief art is situated on the left bank of the Brahmani River and lies at an elevation of two hundred feet and can be reached from Saranga Village or from Cuttack via NH 42.read more...