Brahmapur is city situated in the Ganjam District of Odisha. Brahmapur is an Odia word which means ‘The Adobe of Brahma, The Creator‘. This city is also called Berhampur which is supposed to be the English translation of ‘Brahmaputra’. The city also goes by the name of the Silk City as it produces incredible and beautiful hand – woven silk. Brahmapur can be called a very religious city as well. The place is replete with temples like Thukurani temple, Jagannath temple and Nilakantheswar Shiva temple. Apart from temples, Berhampur has many museums that ought to interest people keen about the history of the city. Tourists who love shopping will also have a great time exploring the market of the city. Described below are some of the places you must visit if you ever visit Brahmapur.
1. Gopalpur Beach
This beach is situated at a distance of about 16 km from the city of Brahmapur. Gopalpur Beach is a great place to visit with your family and friends to have a relaxing time away from the chaotic everyday life. When the water waves kiss the sand, producing a rhythm, it would definitely make you feel calm. Watching the sunset from the beach is something you might not want to miss. Activities like cruising, horse riding and body massages are offered here. Just like old times, a lighthouse situated here still spots light at night to direct the ships sailing afar. This beach is one of the ‘un-spoilt’ beaches of India.
2. Aryapalli Beach
Aryapalli is a popular beach of Odisha that is situated just 32 kms away from Brahmapur. People who like the Gopalpur Beach often find this beach equally alluring. The climate here is perfect to spend a day relaxing and pampering yourself. Surfing is also an option here. Visiting this beach during the sunset will give you the opportunity to see the gorgeous high tides. One can also opt for swimming or sun bathing. Nature lovers would definitely not want to miss out this spot for the beach has enchanting casuarina plantations all around it.
3. Taratarini Temple
This temple is one of the Shakti Peeths (Shakti Peeths are supposed to be the places where different body parts of Goddess Sati had fallen) of India. Taratarini temple is located at a distance of 32 km from the main city and is dedicated to Goddess Tara and Goddess Tarini. They are twins. Rushikulya, a sacred river also flows through the vicinity of the temple. Apart from adding to the religious sentiments, it also helps in enhancing the beauty of the locality. Reaching the temple includes climbing the hill through 999 steps. It is not easy but people find it very exciting. The temple is very crowded on the Tuesdays of the Chaitra month of Hindu calendar.
4. Mantridi Siddha Bhairavi Temple
Mantridi Siddha Bhairavi Temple is another Shakti Peeth located in the small village of Mantridi which is at a distance of 18 km from the city of Brahmapur. It is said that the idol of Goddess Bhairavi was discovered by a farmer while ploughing his field. A temple was built thereafter and this idol was placed there in 1937. The fascinating feature of this idol is the fact that it has only one leg and three limbs. The idol was installed in the same condition as when it was found. People from Andhra as well as Orissa come to visit this temple and it is most crowded on Tuesdays. Sailors and travellers usually visit this temple to seek the Goddess’s blessings before beginning their voyage.
Mahendaagiri is a 1500 m tall hill found in the middle of the dense green forests. This adds to the natural beauty of the city. This station is not just appreciated for its beauty and culture but also because of its importance in the history of Hindu religion. Many incidents of Mahabharata and Ramayana seem to have taken place here. This hill has been mentioned in the scriptures innumerable times. Every Hindu wishes to visit this sacred place at least once in their entire lifetime. Many remains of temples and other structures can been seen here and there. People believe that these remains are from structures once built by the Pandavas. One should definitely come here during the time of Shivratri when the entire town rejoices and celebrates the festival with great pomp and show.
The best time to visit this city is between the months of October and June. The weather is pleasant at the time and a number of festivals are also celebrated. Visiting during the festivals will make you see the town at its best. There are colors and enthusiasm all around. Brahmapur is more than just a religious place. The city offers a number of different activities and modes of entertainment for people of all kinds.
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