Maa Samaleswari temple is positioned on the reservoir of the river Mahanadi, Sambalpur district, Odisha It is a famous Shakti Peetha. It is very well-known among the people of Odisha and Chhattisgarh state. Maa Samaleswari is worshipped as a form (deity) of Goddess Durga. The Goddess is famously known as 'Shree Shree Samalai Devi' or 'Maa Samalai'. The icon of Maa Samalai is made out of granite rock. Few decades before, animal (buffalo) sacrifices were done in the temple, which has been stopped now. Local people have a strong belief in 'Maa Samaleswari'.
Sambalpur is located in the eastern county of India at a distance of 320 k.m. from the Orissa Capital Bhubaneswar. The Temple is situated in the central area of the city Sambalpur. Whereas it used to be known for its importance as a diamond trading center, nowadays it is mainly known for its textiles. It's a good place from which to explore the surrounding forests and spot some of the rare species still roaming the area in one of the wildlife sanctuaries, such as the well-known Badrama sanctuary.