Maa Vindhyavasini at Sankrida
Jay Maa Vindhyavasini
A thing of beauty is a joy forever. If you want to feel the calmness and serenity of nature and the divine feeling of divinity, you should once go to any place situated in a hilly area or mountain area. One of the most revered and calm places in our locality that you would love to visit is the temple of Maa Vindhyavasini at the top of a hill named after the goddess Maa Vindhyavasini.
The temple is located in a village named Sankrida in the Bheden block of the district Bargarh. Bargarh district is located in the state of Odisha. The village Sankrida is 35 km away from the district headquarters. It’s nearest popular village is Thuapali which is only 4 km away from it situated on the west side of Sankrida as well as the temple.
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The temple is located on the top of a small hill. This is not traditional in structure and is open on its roof, as the hill is open so the temple is. From the temple, you can have a 360-degree view of open spaces with paddy field goes to the horizon. Small villages surrounding the hill can be seen from here. During a festival in summer, you can see people coming from those villages through the paddy field on foot. It is a very magnificent scene to watch.
The hill itself is very magnificent to roam around. Some parts of the hill are very barren with a rocky surface and some other parts are full of trees and plants. The hill forms strange landscapes in different seasons. In summer it becomes very dry and hot while in rainy season some parts of the hill become greenery. It also forms a stream on rainy days. Sunrise and sunset spent at different seasons of the years on the hill near the temple is a very rare divine feeling which only can be obtained by being there.
Maa vindhyavasini is the goddess worshipped here and has a tremendous religious influence on the people of this locality. Every year, during the middle of summer, a great festival is observed on the top of the hill where the temple is located.
The festival, in fact, starts 5 days before on the occasion of Dashami and culminates on the full moon night. It is observed on the day of Chaitra Purnima according to Odia calendar.
The festival is observed wholeheartedly by the people of the locality. The festival is for one whole day and after eight-day, there is another whole day observation. Although it occurs during the scorching heat of summer, it attracts a large number of visitors from the surrounding villages to celebrate the festival on the hill.
Maa Vindhyavasini is worshipped on these two days with animal sacrifice. People pray for the wellness of their family and relative to maa Vindhyavasini. After one month there is village parikrama of maa Vindhyavasini throughout the village Sankrida from where it originated, then she goes to nearby villages all overnight. People with their family members of those villages get ready to receive the grace of Maa Vindhyavasini. They treat her like their mother. Maa Vindhyavasini is given respect as the mother of the nearby villages.
There are many stories regarding the origin of maa vindhyavasini at sankrida village and the hill how it is named. The history of residence of sankrida village has a great influence on the festival. The hill which is named after maa vindhyavasini covers an area of 200 acres along with 50 acres of pastureland at the foot. The villagers have also had a great contribution of 27 acres of land for the management of the rites and rituals of the Goddess. The faith and respect given by the people of villages here for maa vindhyavasini are immeasurable.