The district of Boudh is also known as Bauda. This district is located at the central part of Odisha. The Boudh town also serves as the district headquarters. It’s the Mahanadi River that uses to flow at the southern side of this district. This also forms the northern and western boundary of this district. Right at the other side of Mahanadi River, the Balangir district is located. At the northwest side of this district Subarnapur and the north east side to this district Angul is located. Well, the Nayagarh district is located at the south east side of Boudh. On the south side Phulbani borders its and on the southwest, Kalahandi borders this district.
It is also the district of Odisha that is still receiving the funds from Backward Regions Grant Fund Program after it was declared as the most backward district in the year 2006. As far as transport is concerned, this district can be well accessed via train and bus services. From the state capital of Bhubaneswar, you can find daily bus services to Boudh town. From the state capital, the Boudh town is located at a distance of 240 km. as per the census of 2011; the population of this district was recorded to be 439,917. Boudh as a district of Odisha is also popular for its tourist attractions.
Ramnath Shiva Temple
This is not a single temple. Rather there are three temples located in group right here at Ramnath. This place is also called as Rameswar. These temples date back to ninth century AD and they are popular for the special features assigned for them. These temples are very popular for the decorative motifs as well as plastic work done for them. These works are considered to be superior to the works done for Lingaraj-Ananta-Vasudev group of temples. The planning done for making these temples is considered to be the unique one. Particular attention was given to come up with such plan and work. These temples are loaded with the eight-rayed stars.
These temples are constructed while using red sand stone. The craft work for these temples was done during the mid part of ninth century AD. The curved surfaces and rich texture of these temples are making them look really awesome. Each temple located here is standing on its own platform. Each of them uses to have their own cell as well as attached portico. Here, you can also find the shade and amazing effects of life. It’s the Archeological Survey of India that has preserved this temple as well.
Jogindra Villa Palace
This palace belongs to the ex-ruler to Boudh district and local used to call it as the Rajabati. During the reign of King Jogindra Dev, this palace was constructed. He is known as the most generous ruler. This is a stunning palace and from its strong building you can get the most picturesque view of River Mahanadi.
From the town of Boudh, this place is located at a distance of 16 km. close to the village named as Gandhradi, there are two famous temples are located. These are the twin temples and known as Sidheswar and Nilamadhava. During the ninth century AD, the Bhanja rulers have constructed this temple. Both these temples are constructed on a single platform and they are quite similar to each other. The Siddheswar temple is where Lord Shiva is worshiped and the sikhara of this temple is also surmounted by the Siva linga. It’s the 2nd temple which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the sikhar of this temple is where you can also find the wheel of the blue chariot. The plan associated to the construction of both these temples is slightly different from others. The roofs of these temples are constructed on the cantilever. It also appears that 12 different pillars use to support the roofs of these temples. These pillars are arranged in the hollow square manner. At each side there are four pillars located. However, the central ones located here are equipped with a flanked opening. When you look at both these temples, you can get the feel like these temples are open from all the sides. The ornamentation work done for these temples appear to be amazing enough.
Lord Buddha Statues
In the district of Boudh, you can see three different Buddha statues. These are the most remarkable Buddha statues and these images suggest that fact that Boudh was once used as the center for Buddhist culture. One of the most prominent Buddha statues is located right at the town of Boudh. This statue is loaded with a height of 6 feet and 9 inches. There is also a seated figure of Buddha that is loaded with heights of 4 feet and 3 inches. The whole structure was built in sections and loaded with the carved stones. There are also two attendant figures located at the side of this statue and these belong to two Gandharvas that are flying with the garlands in hand. The location of this statue is considered as the remaining of the Buddhist monastery and the remaining can be still seen.
From the Boudh town, there is another statue of Buddha is located at a distance of 40 km. this statue is located at the village named as Shyamsundarpur. The height of such statues is five feet and it has the same posture like the statue located in Boudh town. This image is build with the help of sand stone. Locals here used to call it as the Jharbaudia Mahaprabhu. At the village named Pragalapur, another Buddha statue is located. This place is located at a distance of two km from Shyamsundarpur. This statue is having a height of 3.5 feet. At the right side of this statue there are five images located which are called as Ugratara.
The Hanuman temple of Boudh has become so popular for its unique location. This temple is located right at the mid section of River Mahanadi. At the east side of Boudh town this temple is located. As per the history of this temple it was built by one religious mendicant. The whole shrine is constructed on a very large stone. From this temple you can also get the most stunning view of the river and sidewise locations. This type of view can become really prominent during the rainy days when the River Mahanadi acquires its full bloom.