Remains of an ancient temple have been discovered from the Balimela reservoir in Chitrakonda area in Malkangiri district. The old remains of the shrine believed to be of a Shiva temple surfaced from the ground of the reservoir after the water level receded.
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While talking to odishatv.in, Nakula Pangi, a resident of Panasput, said, "Ancient idols emerged from the hill forest areas and our generations had been worshipping them. We have been hearing from our grandparents that these idols had been installed by the erstwhile royal dynasty that existed some centuries ago. There were idols of Lord Ganesh, Kartik and others."
“We had been hearing the tale of the idols and the temple from our ancestors. There are idols of Lord Ganesh, Devi Laxmi, Saraswati and others. We want a temple to be constructed there with the installation of these old idols bearing historical importance,” said Jagannath Hantala, another villager.