Angul (also known as Anugul) About this sound pronunciation is a town and a municipality and the headquarters of Angul district in the state of Odisha, India.
Places of Interest
Budhi Thakurani Temple
It was built on a small hill. A huge Jagannatha Temple known as Saila Srikhetra has also been built near the Budhi Thakurani temple. This Jagannath Temple is the exact replica of Puri Jagannath Temple and has been built on a small hill.
It is 60 km from the district headquarters and 200 km from Bhubaneswar. It is famous for the Gharial Crocodile Sanctuary, which is situated on the bank of River Mahanadi.
Wildlife lovers can watch tiger, leopard, elephant, gaur, sambar, spotted deer, mouse deer, nilgai, four-horned antelope and sloth bear. Wild dogs used to be sighted often. Reptiles seen include the Gharial, mugger crocodile, fresh water turtle. Poisonous and non-poisonous snakes can be sighted.
The site is popular as a trekking hotspot. Tikarapada is also famous for the Satakoshia George of river Mahanadi, and its lush green forest.
Bhimkund is a tourist place, situated about eight kilometres from the town of Talcher. The sleeping statue of Lord Vishnu can be seen on the river bed of Brahmani.
The Shiva temple under the foothills of Malyagiri (also known as Malayagiri) is a place of pilgrimage for the people of the district. Lord Shiva abodes here under the name of Girishwara, meaning the Lord of the Mountains. The word Girishwara forms combining Giri(Mountain) and Ishwara (God).The waterfall near the temple is an attraction it is a small one with a height of 10–12 feet. The Khuludi village is 25 km from Pallahara, 104 km from the district headquarter Angul via National Highway 23 (India) and 153 km from Ispat city Rourkela via SH-10A and National Highway 23 (India).
One more important place from both the religious and the natural beauty point of view is Deulajhari, better known as the ancient citadel of Saivism. The temple has been consecrated amidst lush indigenous-jasmine forest (locally known as Kiabana) that stands as the high walls. To the south of the temple flows the sacred river Chitrotpala, and in the north stands the towering hills of Panchadhara. The uniqueness of the place lies in its hot springs that surround the temple. As per the ancient records, there were eighty-four such hot springs in and around the place. But as of now, there are 24 springs still active. The most popular springs are Agnikunda, Taptakunda, Himakunda, Amrutakunda and Labakusakunda. The temperature of water in these springs varies from 40°C Celsius to 62°C.
It is near to Angul, 5 km from district headquarters. There is an ashram named as Purunapani located in the village. The Mandaragiri mountain is in the village.
Other places of interest are Rengali Dam and Samal Barrage over Brahmani River, the hot water spring at Deulajhari in its Athmallik sub-div, Panchadhara hills, Budhi Thakurani and Lord Jagannath Temple, the puppet dance.