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Olashuni Mela

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A huge fair is being held at Magh Krishnapaksha Ekadashi in Olashuni Cave. Olashuni Cave is one of the most cave-like areas in Odisha. Its presiding deity is Olashuni. The fair also attracts people from outside Odisha. Legend has it that the founder of the soul was the unprotected slave whose previous name was Balabhadradev. Arakshit Das was born in Vijayanagar, Badkhemandi, Ganjam district, Odisha, between the ages of 1780 and 1788, and his father, Padmanabha Deva, was the king of the people of Badkhemandi. Despite his father’s claim to the throne, at the age of 18, he renounced his love for Aishwarya and left home in search of the supreme theory of Parambraham. It is said that when the unprotected slave left the palace and went out in search of a great theory, the olashuni hill was visible in the middle of the road. After spending his entire life safely, his last life was spent on the Olashuni hill and was buried on the eleventh day of Magh Krishna Ekadashi in 1837. His Shraddha Day is celebrated as a fair in this Olashuni cave.

The unprotected slave was on his way to the house of the Maharana’s ancestors from the imagination of Lalitgiri. One day, an old woman named Ambi Maharana fell while standing while doing her hair. Auntie, who had long known of Ambi’s intentions, advised her to take the hair and keep it safe. Now that hair has grown into a bunch. On the eve of the great man’s mourning or burial, that hair bundle is brought in a procession to the tomb of Olashuni. It is called Keshayatra. After the demise of the great men, the highest temple of the place is the tomb of the great men. Here Sri Sri Arakshit Das Samadhi is established and worshiped. The Olashuni hill is located near the village of Shukhuapada in the Palei Mouza, not far from the famous Buddhist shrine of Lalitgiri in Jajpur district. To the east is the Ganges, which is home to the legendary Gokarna Butt. The leaves of one tree are ashwattha and the other side is barapatra. Just south of it, the Kalaninadini Gobari River continues to flow. On the west side is the village of Shukhuapoda. Lalitgiri hills to the north. The highway separates Olashuni from the Ganges hills to the east. It is the temple of the legendary Panchupandava, located not far from the south-south corner. Ratnagiri, Kolangiri, Brajgiri and other Buddhist temples are located around Olashuni.

The idol of Jagannath is worshiped on this pedestal. The idols of Radhakrishna and the tombs of seven great men are still worshiped. Mahabir, Ganesha and some Shalgram idols are also worshiped as usual. No legend or history has ever been found by anyone who built the ancient cave on this hill. However, it does not seem to indicate that any Buddhist monks, such as Dhobani or Patra Sauruni, are involved in Buddhism. Here devotees offer burnt cakes as well as wine, fish and dry offerings to great men. Kanjipani has been here since the time of great men as a medicine of grace. People are getting rid of it by using it for stomach and other ailments. It has also earned a reputation for healing cattle.

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