29 October 2012


This photograph was taken way back in 1957-58 at Paralakhemundi summer palace some calls it Queen's palace.This statue was brought from some European country by  Maharajah Krishna Chandra Gajapati,
 placed just at the entrance of this beautiful summer palace.There is an underground connection between this palace and the main palace which is around ten kilometers by road.This palace has been taken up by the Orissa tourism department but  very poorly maintained. This statue is now(stolen?) replaced by a water tap.One of the most scenic place but in ruins.Here is  my younger brother, sumanyu  standing on my left(now  Prof of DU) and the youngest one Soyuombhu is in my lap.Its sunset time at Mehandrataneya river banks.My mother can be seen with a white saree under the shadows of the trees.Out of these five (statue included) only two are still living,my mother, the youngest and the statue are no more.Top one was taken in 2011,the whitewashing was done just before the visit of the CM of Odisha but we have no knowledge whether he visited the site or not!

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