SAMBALPUR: To woo tourists and provide them better facilities, various development works have been proposed to be carried out at Ghanteswari pitha, Chiplima, which is one of the seven identified tourist destinations in the district and located 30 km from here.
The tourism department has proposed to open a souvenir shop and develop rest rooms besides toilets. “A proposal of Rs 50 lakh has been sent to the government for approval,” said district tourist officer Rabindra Kumar Dalei, reports The Times of India.
“It has been decided to exhibit handicraft besides handlooms of this region at the proposed souvenir shop. Tourists from across the state and from neighbouring states visit the pitha. They will get an opportunity to purchase those items, added Dalei.
The proposal of the tourist department to carry out development works at the Ghanteswari pitha has received wide appreciation. “Apart from the tourists, thousands of the pilgrims also visit the Ghanteswari temple every day from across the state. As the name indicates, there are bells (ghanti) everywhere. People offer bell to the goddess after fulfilment of their wishes,” said visitor Sandhyarani Mohapatra.
Sources in the tourist department said, the number of tourists visiting to Ghanteswari temple is increasing every year. Around 1,17,856 tourists visited the pitha in 2013. However, the number rose to 1,22,714 in 2014 and 1,33,842 in 2015.