Situated in the green environs of the Titilagarh sub-division in Balangir district, the twin villages of Ranipur- Jharial bear strong traces of their very old heritage. This is mainly evident in the frequent ancient temples showing by visiting pilgrims to 'Somatirtha', as they called this region. Saivism, Vaisnavism, Buddhism and Tantrism clearly enjoyed a immense deal of influence in the region. Situated on the rocky outcrops of this region are a number of temples that are of great interest to tourists. Situated here is the Hypaethral temple of the 64 'yoginis'. It is one of the four famous Yogini temples in India. The other three are located at Hirapur near Bhubaneswar, Khajuraho and Bheraghat near Jabalpur. The premium specimen of a brick temple is the 20m high Indralatha temple. It is one of the tallest brick temples of ancient India. Significance : Hypethral Temple is one of the four famous Yogini temples in India & Indralatha is one of the tallest ancient brick temple.
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