Samaleswari is the tutelary goddess of Sambalpur.[1]

Maa Samaleswari in White Attire
Samaleswari in white attire in the Samaleswari Temple
RegionWestern Odisha

History edit

On the bank of river Mahanadi, the goddess Samaleswari is worshipped from ancient times as Jagatjanani, Adishakti, Mahalakshmi and Mahasaraswati. The region in which the temple is situated has a rich cultural heritage. Sambalpur is popularly known as "Hirakud Dam" from ancient times. Greek explorer Ptolemy described the place as Sambalak. According to French traveller Jean-Baptiste Tavernier and English historian Edward Gibbon, diamonds were exported to Rome from Sambalpur.

References edit

  1. ^ "Samaleswari Temple". Government of Odisha. Retrieved 23 January 2022.

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