Dhenkanal: Of all tourist spots in Odisha, Saptasajya stands out as one of the favourites. The scenic beauty with natural backdrop coupled with religious significance has gained popularity for it among people from the state and outside.
The word Saptasajya loosely translates to (Sapta) seven and (Sajya) bed. Just 12 km from Dhenkanal town and 62 km from the state capital, the place holds an important place in the tourism map of Odisha
This place holds a sacred aura with the puranic legend mentioning that the Pandavas stayed here for a few days during their incognito period. Another legend claims that Lord Ram spent several days in this hill during his exile from Ayodhya. It is also believed that the “Saptarishi” had their ashrams here.
Interestingly, a temple in the area, built by the erstwhile queen of Dhenkanal Rani Ratnaprava Devi, has idols of Lord Ram, his brother Laxman, and wife Sita along with the Pandavas.
Besides the religious sentiments attached to the place, the flawless natural beauty has made Saptasajya a must-see destination for the tourists.
Amid lush green forest, a spring of cool water flows down the hill presenting a picture perfect setting for nature lovers. Besides, thousands of species in the forest offer research materials for wildlife enthusiasts.
From early November to February, the place is agog with tourists, picnickers and fun seeking people from all around the state.
Prajwal Prasenjit, a software engineer at TCS Kolkata, said, “Saptasajya is a gift of nature. Nothing can match to its beauty. We often visit this place as it acts as a therapeutic solution for relaxing our mind, body, heart and soul.”
Besides tourist season, people come in other times to spend some relaxing time with family keeping aside their hectic schedules.
Moreover, there is constant flow of devotees to the temple round the year.
“Notwithstanding several folklores regarding Saptasajya, the beauty of the place is unmatched,” said Santosh Kumar Sahoo, a local.
Though the State Government has taken many steps to provide facilities for the tourists like roads, solar light system and rest places, more development is needed to attract the tourists, he added.