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Odisha developing Sakhibata as a tourist spot

Odisha developing Sakhibata as a tourist spot

The  Kendrapada district administration has  started infrastructure development work at the scenic Sakhibata which boasts of a 550 year old banyan tree.

Sakhibata which is situated on the banks of river Luna has already been accorded a tourism tag by the Odisha’s state Tourism department. 

Sakhibata comes under the Marshaghai block just around 2 KM from  Paradip-Daitary Expressway. The site combines a calm ambiance with splendid natural beauty and is also  has spiritual significance as it posesses many historical temples. 

The serene environment  along with more than 600 trunks and sub-trunks of a gigantic banyan tree  that spreads across 1.3 acres attracts hundreds of local tourists throughout the year. 

From a distance the place looks like a forest full of trees. But in reality, it is a single tree with its majestic branches and trunk.There are three temples in the premises of Sakhibata. 

Lord Baladevjew is worshiped at the sanctum sanctorum of the main temple.  On the side of main temple, another temple was constructed where the trinity, Lord Baladevjew, Subhadra and Jagannath, are worshipped. In another temple, Lord Radha Krishna is worshiped.

But it was neglected due to the callous attitude and lack of interest shown by the district tourism department and district administration. In order to increase the footfall and  promote the place, the district administration has taken the initiative  and carried out  the infrastructure developmental work including erection of a boundary wall, construction of  parking place, cooking room, toilets and approach road to provide better facilities for the tourists. 

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