This is not just a religious place. Over the time, it has managed to develop as a prime tourist hub in the eastern part of Odisha. Originally, Mahendra Giri is the mountain peak and it is also a part to the Eastern Ghats. It is located at 4,976 feet above sea level. From the main town of Paralakhemundi, the peak of Mahendra Giri is located at a distance of 56 km. in order to access this place by train you need to reach at the nearest railway stop at Palasa which is in the state of Andhra Pradesh. This railway station is 30 km away from such spot.
Mahendra Giri as a part of the Eastern Ghats is backed up by several mythological beliefs. These stories are taken from the Puranas. It’s been believed that here Lord Parshuram meditated and stayed for a long time in order to get the power from Lord Shiva. After this meditation, Lord Shiva has offered him the Parsu or the double axle. Apart from this, during the Dwapar Yug, Pandavas along with Mother Kunti stayed here during the twelve years of Banavas. During that time, Bheema also worshiped the Lord Shiva. Now, this holistic and sacred place has become popular for the temples of Parshuram and Lord Shiva. The temple of Parshuram is located at the foot hill near to the village of Tumba.
The Kunti, Bheema and Judhistir temples are located right at hill top. At the temple of Kunti, you can see the Gokarneswar Linga. This linga is very significant and amazing as when the water is poured on it, it uses to disappear every time. At Mahendra Giri, the prime festival is Maha Shiva Ratri. During this time, you can see thousands of devotees use to come here in order to worship the lord and to admire the natural beauty of this place. District Magistrate use to take care of all the activities during this festive time.
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