Wandering Destination: Hanuman Vaatika, Rourkela

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Wandering Destination: Hanuman Vaatika, RourkelaHanuman Vatika is a beautiful garden Temple devoted to Lord Hanuman. It is spread on the Thirteen Acres of land. It has got the tallest statue of Lord Hanuman and several other temples. The Vatika is full of garden which makes the whole complex calm and relaxed. The Vatika was setup by Hanuman Vatika Trust and the initial initiative came from Sri. Dilip Roy.Main attraction: tallest statue of Lord HanumanHanuman Vatika named after one of the highest statue of Hanuman. Inaugurated in the year 1994 by the then Chief Minister of Orissa, Biju Patnaik. Here a statue of Hanuman is constructed with the height of 75 feet. The Hanuman statue was built by Sri Lakshman Swami of Hyderabad.Garden surrounds the statue and entrance inside is strictly prohibited. Temples in the Vaatika:Other temples inside the premises are 12 Jyotirlingas, Batta Mangala Devi, Sarala Devi Temple, Jagannath Temple, Lakshmi, and Santoshi Mata Temple.   The newly established Sai Baba temple has become the favorite of the devotees, the idol of which is very similar to the idol of the one situated in Shirdi Sai Baba [1].Every temple has priests, whom I have seen reading religious material, chanting and worshiping for the visitors. Security is quick enough and guides you appropriately.Many new temples are coming up, normally a replica of the older ones. I could not see a reason why to build so many new temples. New temples are better in aesthetics. Floors are reflective. Sitting area is large and clean. It is supported by grand pillars with wall sculptures.Often, the entrance of the temple is innovative and design includes animals. Lions on wither side is common. A big statue of Nandi is a notable attraction.Frightening entrance to one of templeTrust office is beside this templeServices available at the Vaatkia temples and the charges :A large Kalyan Mandap is also here for various social functions like marriage  etc . Every Day a lot of devotees from Rourkela and outside visit this place. Prasad in food packets are available here for devotees and tourists on payment.Tips for Photography:1. Photography inside the premises is charged by the trust office as per the device used. Receipt of paymentmay be obtained from the office located in one corner of the premises.2. Please ask the priest before taking photos of temples insides. Many refuse to admit you inside to take photograph.3. Temples, shops and visitors are the limited subject I could find for candid photography. However, few fares are organised which could be a good prospectus.Display at shops outside vaatika:-)How to reach:This place is merely 5 kilometers from the railway station. Share auto, buses can drop you at the gate in merely 5 to 10 Rs.For private vehicle owner, here is the map: Reference:[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanuman_Vatika
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