Sitabinji– A famous visiting place of Keonjhar district #Odisha #Art #Cave #Keonjhar
Sitabinji– A famous visiting place of Keonjhar district #Odisha #Art #Cave #Keonjhar ( by Debendra Bal, Anandapur, Keonjhar )
Sitabinji, famous for fresco paintings on a Rock Shelter called Ravan Chhaya, lies at a distance of 32 Kms from Keonjhar. In particular, it is situated a few kilometers south of Keonjhar -Anandpur road, about 32 km from Keonjhar and 22.5 km from Dhenkikote.
More About Sita Binji….
Located in the Ghatagan Police station the twin villages Sitabhinji and Dengaposi stand on the river Sita which contain ancient fresco paintings on a number of natural rock shelters in the hills. The chief antiquities of these places are a tempera painting on the ceiling of two huge boulders famous as “Ravanchhaya“,(which takes after a half open umbrella providing sun shade) a Mukhalingam and a number of short rock inscriptions. The tempera painting stands far a Royal Procession which depicts a royal figure seated on an elephant with a sword in his hand. A band of footmen lead the procession followed by a horseman and a dancing woman. The royal figure is depicted as being followed by an attendant woman too. A line of painted writing is inscribed below the scene which reads the name of the king as Maharaja Sri Disabhanja.
Story and History of Sita Binji….
These rock shelters of Sitabhinji date back to the 4th and 5th century AD. Several rock inscriptions testify that they once attracted the Shiva ascetics. Historical records evidence that Maharaja Sri Disabhanja of Sitabhinji may be the earliest Bhanja king who flourished in the 4th and 5th century AD. It may well be believed that the Bhanjas were ruling in Orissa almost continuously since the fourth or fifth century AD. The territory called Bhanjabhumi or Bhanjabhum, which includes the persent Mayurbhanj was evidently named after the Bhanjas.
The antiquity of the area is established by a large number of microliths and some neoliths. In a subsequent period the place was undoubtedly a flourishing Saiva centre. Near Ravanachhaya are a number of half buried boudlers with short inscriptions on them. The inscriptions are characters, a few of them ornamental, which can be assigned to the 5th and the 6th centuries A.D. Five of these inscriptions refer to Saiva followers. Near these records are a number of ruined brick structures, the historicity of which are yet to be established by excavation. The deity worshipped here and referred to in these inscriptions might be the character of Mukha Linga(or the linga with the four faces of Siva) now enshrined in a temple. Fragments of old pottery and large-sized bricks are found scattered all over the place. A few Kushan coins are also said to have been recovered here.
To the further south is a cave with a linga inside. The local people associate the cave with Sita and her sons, Lava and Kusa. The inscribed boulders are also connected with many stories and traditions.The name Sitabinji may have originated from Sita, now worshipped in the cave, or from the name of the rivulet flowing close-by which is also called Sita.
Sitabinji Nearest Place to Visit :–
- Ghatagan Temple—one can go to Ghatagan Police Station ( which is near to Ghatagan Maa Tarini Temple ) and can ask for the guidance to go to Sitabinji.
- By Road :- Rout Guide for Sitabinji :-More Specific People coming from Bhubaneswar,cuttack or from Jajpur side via Anandapur or Ghasipura, come to Ghatagan, as Ghatagan comes 1st in the way. Then you can go to Dhenkikot ( straight on the road ).After reaching at Dhenkikot, you can ask the people for Sitabinji Path. Here people are very good and they must help you without any hesitation.
- By AIR :- Nearest Airport is Bhubaneswar AirPort.
Double Happiness Double Enjoyment :- People who have planning to visit Sitabinji, they can get double benefit with visiting Maa Tarini Temple at Ghatagan. You can enjoy the Sitabinji place and while returning in your way you can take the blessings of Maa Tarini by visiting the Tarini Temple at Gatagan.
Where to stay for Sitabinji:-
- Hotel Ajanta, Ph: 33723
- Hotel Plaza, Ph: 2246;
- Labanya Bhawan, Ph:2507
- Hotel Baral, Ph:2725
- Hotel Mayur, Ph: 22451