Submerged Temple of Rampela pritamhota
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By Air: The nearest airports are Swami Vivekananda International Airport, Raipur (265 K.M.), and Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar (300 K.M.). 

By Rail: Sambalpur is well-connected by direct trains to major cities across India. There are four Railway stations, namely Sambalpur (Khetrajpur), Sambalpur Road (Fatak), Hirakud, and Sambalpur City in Sambalpur. 

By Road: Sambalpur is connected by National Highway 6. This Highway from Mumbai to Kolkata passes through Sambalpur.
Rampela Bridge – western Odisha’s longest bridge
Are you waiting to see the submerged temples in Rampela Bridge ? Best time to see is only Summer season .

Rampela Bridge :

Rampela Bridge – western Odisha’s longest bridge which is 2.5 km long Sapne bridge. The bridge connects Rengali block in Sambalpur with Lakhanpur block in Jharsuguda running over the Ib river, a tributary of the Mahanadi river.

The bridge has been constructed with a whopping budget of Rs 117.5 crore. The bridge will reduce travel time considerably between the two places. This bridge had been a long-pending demand of the people of both the districts. Its inaugurated by Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik

Rampela village :

As on this date no one knows about that Rampela village, because the entire village has been submerged in the water when Hirakud Dam was constructed in the year 1956. Rampela was a gada which constituted of 42 mouza, as many as 200 villages.

More than 200 hindu temples submerged in Mahanadi after Hirakud Dam which was completed in 1957 , Out of 200 , 150 temple are unreachable only 50 hindu temple are visiable during summer season .

The most ancient and vibrant of temples in North-Western Odisha is under water. The Hirakud Reservoir, that spans about 83,400 sq km, built a few years after Independence, is believed to have submerged about 2500 towns and villages and displaced more than 150,000 families. Exact numbers are still unknown.

Maa Maheswari Temple of Muraa  - Submerged Temple of Odisha - Submerged in Hirakud Dam
Maa Maheswari Temple of Muraa – Submerged Temple of Odisha – Submerged in Hirakud Dam

The dam was supposed to control floods in Coastal Odisha, which it did, and develop irrigation facilities in Central Provinces (today Chattisgarh) which it has. What about our region? Displaced families received negligible compensation then (because Socialism), marginalized and tribal sections didn’t get anything at all. They’re still fighting in court.

Maa Maheswari Temple of Muraa  - Submerged Temple of Odisha - Submerged in Hirakud Dam
Maa Maheswari Temple of Muraa – Submerged Temple of Odisha – Submerged in Hirakud Dam

Our temples were lost, along with our identity and cultural roots. A few domes are visible during summer when the water level is down.

Ancient scriptures have been rediscovered (Shila Lekha) in Padmaseni Temple believed to be in the submerged ancient town of Padampur.

Rampela Bridge -  western Odisha’s longest bridge
Submerged Temple of Hirakud Dam – Image src instagram @a.normal.y

As things currently stand, majority of temples might have already been destroyed. No efforts have been made by the Archaeological Survey of India and Odisha State Archaeology regarding this matter.

In frame- Submerged Temple of Rampela.

Submerged Temple of Rampela pritamhota
Submerged Temple of Rampela pritamhota

What is the Best time to visit the rampela Bridge & Submerged Temple of Hirakud Dam : Best time to visit to see the Rampela Bridge is any time but to see the beauty of submerged temple , then must visit during summer so we will be able to see some temples .

How to reach :

  • Here is the google map link to Rampela Bridge
  • By Air: The nearest airports are Swami Vivekananda International Airport, Raipur (265 K.M.), and Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar (300 K.M.).
  • By Rail: Sambalpur is well-connected by direct trains to major cities across India. There are four Railway stations, namely Sambalpur (Khetrajpur), Sambalpur Road (Fatak), Hirakud, and Sambalpur City in Sambalpur.
  • By Road: Sambalpur is connected by National Highway 6. This Highway from Mumbai to Kolkata passes through Sambalpur.

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