Famous Temples of Odisha / Orissa
Shri Jagannatha Mandira, Puri, Odisha.
Shri Shri Jagannath Mahaprabhu lord of the Universe is the supreme solace and saviour
of countless devotees around the world. since time immemorial, His monumental and
magnificent Shrine at Shri Purusottam-Kshetra (Puri, Orissa) one of the four major
Dhamas of India has been a most sacred centre of pilgrimage and worship symbolising
and uploading one of the greatest spiritual and cultural heritages of the world.
Surya Mandira (SUN Temple), Konark, Puri, Odisha.
Konark is one of the well known tourist attractions of Orissa. Konark, Konark houses
a colossal temple dedicated to the Sun God. Even in its ruined state it is a magnificient
temple reflecting the genius of the architects that envisioned and built it.
Bhubaneshwar Konarkand Puri constitute the Golden triangle of Orissa, visited in
large numbers by pilgrims and tourists.
Sri Sri Baladev Jew Temple, Kendrapada, Odisha.
Sri Sri Baladev Jew Temple is situated in the small town Ichhapur, in Kendrapara
District, Orissa. Baladev Jew Temple is very famous temple in Orissa and Lord Balabhadra
is the main God of this temple. However Lord Jagannath, Devi Subhadra are also worshiped
here along with Lord Balabhadra in the Ratna Sinhasan in the main temple.Idol of
Goddess Tulasi in sitting position is there after the sacred seven steps.
Architecture and Construction of Baladev Jew Temple Baladev Jew Temple is
constructed over an area of 2 acres of land. There are 2 parts in the total area,
in one part, different temples are there and another part is a beautiful garden.
There is a big boundary around the temple, which is 14 meters high. There are four
main parts of Baladev Jew Temple are Sri Mandir, Natya Mandir, Bhoga Mandap and
Mukhashala. The main temple height is 75 feet and width is 40 feet.
The main temple
has a 7 step construction and heavy baulamalia stone are used in this construction.
There are other small temples inside the premise, where other Gods and Goddesses
are worshipped. All the temples have a beautiful architecture and constructed in
traditional way. The other important parts of the temple are Garuda Stambha, Ratna
Bhandar, Snana Mandap, Mukti Mandap, Jhulan Gruha Rituals Followed in Baladev Jew
Temple The deities of Lord Baladev Jew, Lord Jagannath and Goddess Subhadra wear
different costumes and are decorated in different ways during different important
festivals. This tradition is known as Besha (alankara).The Rath Yatra here is famous
for the Brahma Taladhwaja Rath.
Some Important Alankara are - Sri Raghunatha Besha on Chaitra Purnima Festival.
Padma Besha on Kartik Purnima Festival and Tulsi Vivah in Kartik. Gamhabhisheka
Besha – From Shraavana Sukla Dashami to Purnima,holy srinakshatra ceremony of Lord
Balarama Pushyabhisheka Besha on Pausha Purnima festival Kanchi Kaveri Besha on
Vasant Panchami festival. Suna Besha (Bali Vamana Besha) on Bhadrapad Dwadashi Day
Krishna Balarama Besha on Phalguna Purnima festival
Offerings(Bhog) There are arrangements for 3 main Naivedya offerings ( Dhupa
)and 3 minor offerings (Abakasha) for the deities daily. Morning offering ( Sakala
Dhupa) Offering at pre-noon (Madhhyanna Dhupa) Rice offering ( Dwiprahara Dhupa/
Anna Dhupa) Offering at evening ( Sandhya Aarati Dhupa) Rice offering ( Nisankhudi
Dhupa) Offering at night ( Badasinghar Dhupa) Different types of offerings (Prasad)
are made with trained traditional families,called as Supakara and Mekap are engaged
solely for deities.
Some of the delicacies are highly patronized in different historic
regimes. A comprehensive list of the delicacies is given below. Baula Gaintha, Upana
Pitha, Mithei, Chaurashi Vyanjana(84 vegetable Curry), Makara Chaula, Bhaja,Ghia
Anna, Dali, Phalamula (fruits), Dry sweets, Ghanavarta, Pura Kakara, Rasabali, Potali
Pitha, Chipa Kakara, Karanji, Khaja, Magaja Ladoo, Dalimba, Khuduma, Nishkudi, Mutha
Gaja, Tala, Chhena Chakata are the famous ones.
DevKund , Udala, Ambika temple, Devakunda waterfalls, Mayurbhanja, Odisha.
It is beautiful temple situated near Devakunda. Devee Ambika Temple (Incarnation
of Goddess Durga) is a temple which can spellbound every visitor. It is surrouned
by great waterfalls and think forest. This temple was built by the royal dynasty
of Mayurbhanj in 1940. More to allure you, there are multi colored butterflies and
chirping birds all around. In Devakunda. Large fishes come closer and eats food
offered by the visitors because fishing is prohibited as this place is considered
as the Goddess’ place.
Bus route: Regular private bus services to Udala (59 km). From Udala jeeps
are available to reach at Devakunda (28 km from Udala). The remaining 5 km trail
is through a thick forest surrounded with hills.
Train route: Nearest major railway station is at Balasore/Baleshwara. Local
trains connect to Baripada from where Devakund is more nearer.
Perfect for: Picnic, Wild Photography, Trekking, Sight seeing. Accommodations available
at: Balasore and Baripada Nearby spots: Similipal tiger reserve, Khiching Kichakeshwari
temple, Baripada, Devakunda waterfall, Balasore.
Baliharchandi Mandira, Near Konark - Puri Road, Puri, Odisha.
Baliharachandi is a temple dedicated to goddess Harachandi at 27km south west of
Puri on the national highway 203 leading from Puri towards Brahmagiri and Satapada.
On this road there is a place known as Kathuari chowk, from this chowk take a left
diversion and after 5 kilometers you will reach village Palanka, this temple is
located at a distance of 1 kilometer from the village Palanka. This temple is dedicated
to Goddess Durga and is mounted on a sandy hill near the ocean.
The exact geographical
location of this temple is LONGITUDE 85041’39” E and LATITUDE 19045’28” N. Puri
About this sound pronunciation (Odia: ପୁରୀ ) is district headquarter, a city situated
about 60 kilometres (37 mi) south of state capital Bhubaneswar, on the eastern coast
of the Bay of Bengal in the Indian state of Orissa.
It is also known as Jagannath
Puri after the Jagannath Temple (built in the late eleventh century). It is a holy
city of the Hindus as a part of the Char Dhampilgrimages. It is considered that
a pilgrimage of the temples of India is not complete without making the journey
to Puri. Puri also has one of the best beaches for swimming in India and is also
a popular beach resort, positioned in a unique place so that both sunset and sunrise
can be viewed from the beach.
Panchalingeshwar Temple, Nilagiri, Baleswara, Odisha.
Panchalingeswara Temple is situated on the hilltop of the Eastern Ghats in Panchalingeshwara,
Nilagiri, Baleswar district. It's a beautiful place for picnic, darshan of Shiva
Linga and breath some fresh air from the real nature. You can hire a car from Balasore/Baleshwara
and open your glass while travelling through the countside road to really feel the
actual nature. From Balasore town Your car goes straight till Sergarh. While travelling
the prowdy Swarnachuda Hills of Nilagiri looks foggy and enchanting. After 12 kms
of straight drive you need to take right from Sergarh and go straight till Nilagairi.
There you can stop for a while to taste the mouth watering sweets of at Kuchery
Bazaar, Nilagiri. They are really great. Then you can ask anyone the exact route
to Panchanlingeswara.Then drive through the country road till the waistline of the
hills of Panchanlingeswara. Park your car and start climbing the steps made on the
hills to see a panoramic view of the beautiful hill. It's green everywhere except
the sky and you. You can smell the freshness of wild flowers and twitter of the
winged fauna. A natural bio-reserve of thick flora and exinct fauna could enamore
you for a long time. On the top of the hill there is a hill spring.
You can wash
your hand but not your leg as the water goes and touched Lord Shiva of the temple
there. The five round "Shiva Linga" are worshipped as Panchalingeswara
(Pancha means five in Odia). The whole pllace is a marvelous arrangement of spirituality
and devotoin of God and nature. Bus/Car route- From Balasore/Baleshwar regular bus/car
service is available. It's 12 km from Nilagiri town. Rail route- Nearest railroad
is at Balasore. From Balasore bus/car service is there. Hotel- There are good hotels
available in Balasore town. There is also a Government Panth Nivas available in
Panchalingeshwara. You can find a really good picnic spot for your friends and family.
LingaRaj Temple, Bhubaneswar, Khurdha, Odisha.
Lingaraj Temple is a temple of the Hindu god Shiva and is one of the oldest temples
of the Temple City Bhubaneswar, a revered pilgrimage center and the capital of the
state of Odisha.The temple of Lingaraja, the biggest of all at Bhubaneswar is located
within a spacious compound wall of latte rite measuring 520 feet by 465 feet. The
wall is 7 feet 6 inches thick and surmounted by a plain slant coping.
the inner face of the boundary wall there runs a terrace probably meant to protect
the compound wall against outside aggression. Bhagaban Lingaraj is half Shiva and
half Vushnu. HE is neither worshiped with BEL leaf nor with only TULSI leaf. He
is offered with both BEL & TULSI leaf for puja There is one Bow (Dhanush) on
top of the temple unlike other Shiv Temple where TRISHUL is placed on top of the
other Shiv temples. The Shibalingam in the sanctum of the Lingaraja temple rises
to a height of 8 inches above the floor level, and is 8 feet in diameter. The Bhagawati
temple is located in the northwest corner of the courtyard. There are several other
shrines and temples in this vast courtyard.
History:- Lingaraaj means 'the king of Lingas', 'Linga' or
'Lingam' being the symbol of Lord Shiva worship.The temple is more than
1000 years old, dating back in its present form to the last decade of the eleventh
century, though there is evidence that parts of the temple have been there since
sixth century AD as the temple has been emphasized in some of the seventh century
This is testimony to its sanctity and importance as a Shiva shrine.
By the time the Lingaraj temple was constructed, the Jagannath (form of Vishnu)
cult had been growing, which historians believe is evidenced by the co-existence
of Vishnu and Shiva worship at the temple. Bhubaneshwar the capital of Orissa is
a city of temples, several of which are important from an architectural point of
view. The Lingaraj temple is the largest of these. It is about a thousand years
RajaRani Temple, Bhubaneswar, Khurdha, Odisha.
Konark is one of the well known tourist attractions of Orissa. Konark, Konark houses
a colossal temple dedicated to the Sun God. Even in its ruined state it is a magnificient
temple reflecting the genius of the architects that envisioned and built it.
Bhubaneshwar Konarkand Puri constitute the Golden triangle of Orissa, visited in
large numbers by pilgrims and tourists.
Kapilasa Mahadev Temple, Dhenkanal, Odisha.
The temples are situated at a height of about 2239 feet from sea level. The main
tower of the temple is 60 feet tall. There are two approaches for the temple. One
is by climbing 1352 steps and the other is 'Barabanki' or travelling by
the twisting way.King Narasinghdeva I of Ganga Dynasty constructed the temple for
Sri Chandrasekhar in 1246 A.D as indicated in the Kapilash temple inscription.
the left side of the temple the 'Payamrta kunda'and in the right side the
'Marichi kunda' exist. The temple has a wooden Jagamohana. Sri Ganesh, Kartikeya,
Gangadevi, etc. are found in the temple. Patita pavana Jagannath is installed in
the temple as the 'Parsa deva'. Lord Vishwanath temple is also situated
in Kapilas. According to some scholars this temple is older than the Chandrasekhar
temple, hence it is known as 'Budha linga'. There are many legends about
Kapilash pitha and its significance. Tradition describes it as the ashram of Kapila,
to some scholars it is the second Kailash of Lord Shiva. Shridhar swami who wrote
commentary on Bhagavata Purana stayed there. There are some monasteries in the premises.
Maa Tarini Temple, Ghatagaon, Keonjhar, Odisha.
Maa Tarini is the presiding deity for all Shakti and Tantra peeths or shrines in
Orissa. The origin of Shakti or worship of the Earth as a female embodiment of power
is found across many cultures all over the world. In Orissa which has a high density
of tribal population whose religious practices have been assimilated into the mainstream
Hindu faith, the worship of natural formations such as rocks, tree trunks, rivers
is widespread among the tribes. Maa Tarini is always depicted as a red face with
two large eyes and a mark in the middle which serves as an indication for a nose
and also a tilak.
This primitive conception is symbolic of the simplicity of tribal
beliefs and ceremonies. The red colour has been attributed to dyes made out of iron
ores or ocher which are quite plentiful in the state and would thus have been used
by the tribes for anointing and decorating the sacred figures of worship.
letters in the background mean "Maa" or Mother in the Oriya language.
They were a much later addition although the Oriya script did change very slightly
over the millennia. In this form she is very similar to the conception of the Goddess
Kali at Kalighat. Although the two are embodiments of the same divinity, Kali is
the Goddess of death and destruction whereas Maa Tarini is the force of life. Interestingly,
two of the names of Kali are Maa Taara and Tara Tarini.
Maa Samaleswari, Sonapur, Sambalpur, Odisha.
Samaleswari Temple is a Hindu temple in Sambalpur, Western Odisha, India dedicated
to the goddess known as 'Maa', also known among the natives as samalei maa,
meaning Mother Samaleswari. Shree Shree Samaleswari, the presiding deity of Sambalpur,
is a strong religious force in western part of Odisha and Chhattisgarh state of
India. On the bank of the river Mahanadi the mother goddess Samaleswari is worshipped
from ancient times as Jagatjanani, Adishakti, Mahalaxmi and Mahasaraswati.
The region in which the temple is situated has a rich cultural heritage. Sambalpur
region is popularly known as Hirakhanda from ancient times. Ptolemy has described
the place as Sambalak, according to Tavernir, the French traveller, and Edward Gibbon,
the English historian, diamonds were exported to Rome from Sambalpur. The temple
is of Sandhara order.
It is built of a kind of stone durable as granite, cemented
with lime mortar, the whole building is plastered, but in the course of time the
surface has become mouldy. The temple comprises two separate structures. The square
sanctum sanctorum enshrining the deity is four step below the 10-foot-wide (3.0
m) covered circumambulation, which is supported by 12 stone pillars. Eleven parswa
devis (side Goddess), are embedded on the outer wall of the sanctum, so that the
devotees can worship those deities during parikarma through the vaulted circumambulation.
The Idol of Shree Shree Samalai Devi consists of a large block of Granite rock with
an inverted, trunk like projection at the bottom. A shallow cut on her “Baraha”
like face symbolises her mouth.
Traditional Sambalpuri nose ornament of pure gold
hangs down from her imaginary nose Beaten gold leave fixed on two disproportionate
golden eye like depression on the face acts as substitute for her eyes in an attempt
to define the face of the mother deity on a mass of self shaped rock, the devi’s
idol inspires sublime sentiments of awe, fear, reverence, devotion, love and affection
towards all-pervading motherhood.
Ghanteswari Temple Chipilma, Sambalpur, Odisha.
Maa Ghanteswari's Temple is one of the most holiest and beautiful place in Sambalpur.
As the name indicates, there are bells (Ghanti) everywhere. People offer bell to
Maa after their the fulfillment of their wishes. A large number of pilgrims visit
this place everyday from acrooss the state. This is treated as Heart of Chipilima
(a beautiful picnic spot). The specialty of this temple area is, thousands of bells
hanging all around, the only place of its kind in Orissa.
Temple is located at 33 kms south-west of Sambalpur and on the bank of river Mahanadi.
It was playing an important role for navigation in the past. It was called a light
house without light! The place got its name from goddess Ghanteswari. Earlier there
were some big size bells on this spot and with the help of wind those were creating
enormous sound which made the navigators aware of this trechorous spot and they
never came near it.
This area being the conglomeration of three streams of water
of river Mahanadi, the water current here is very trechorous forming a whirlpool.
Due to this many boats were drowned while nearing this spot. Here the wind blows
quite heavily and with the help of it the bells were producing sound. Now after
the construction of Hirakud dam, this spot became safer.
Charchika Temple - Banki, Odisha.
Not only do people from all over the world come to see Lord Jagannath, but so do
gods and goddesses. It is believed that these devas are most fond of seeing the
last ceremony of the day known as Pahuda, after which Jagannath retires to bed.
This occurs some time after midnight.
Three beautiful beds made of ivory and decorated
with the sweetest-smelling flowers, especially white jasmine, are brought before
the deities. Flowers are scattered all over the beds to the sound of devotional
music, and three miniature golden forms representing Jagannath, Subhadra and Balabhadra
are laid down on the beds to sleep. Then arati-the offering of a lamp is done, the
flowers are scattered all around overhead to be collected by the gods and goddesses
as a token of Lord Jagannath's blessing. So it is also the duty of all the gods
and goddesses to be present at the time of this ceremony every night.
Biranchi Narayana Brahma Temple, Bhadrak, Odisha.
Biranchi Narayana Temple- Located in Palia village of Bhadrak district, which is
17 Kms far from Bhadrak., This is an one and only one old Lord Brahmaa Temple in
World by the god’s creation .Biranchi Narayana Temple draws devotees who are enchanted
with the divine sanctity of the place.
It was rebuilt in 18th century. How to Reach:-
o Air - 130 Kms far from the nearest Airport is Bhubaneswar. o Rail - 17km far fom
Bhadrak Railway Station. o Road - Being on NH.-5 it is connected by all weather
motor-able roads within the state and neighbouring states and this is just 17km
far from Bhadrak.
Gupteswar temple, Gupteswar, Jeypore, Koraput, Odisha.
Lord Gupteswar meaning Hidden God, is a cave shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. Gupteswar
is located in a small town Jeypore in Koraput district of Odisha. The Siva Lingam
is 2m high. It is called Gupteswar(Hidden God) as it was liying hidden for a long
time. This sacred cave is very famous tourism attraction in Odisha. Devotees from
Odisha, Chattishgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh come to Gupteswar during festivals
of Lord Shiva.
On Shiva Ratri the Gupteswar In Orissa is flocked by pilgrims all
day and all night long. Men, women and children visit the temple on that auspicious
day with offerings of flowers, fruits, milk, sweets and bhang. The Gupteswar Jeypore
offers quite a feast for the non believers as well, since the cave shrine offers
a panoramic view of the surroundings and makes a beautiful sight in itself. Gupteswar
Jeypore is located 58 km from Jeypore town and regular buses, taxis and auto rickshaws
are available from the town centre to the shrine.
It is better to hire an auto for
the to and fro journey if you are in a group of three or four. Gupteswar is surrounded
by deep forest. So, it will be a very interesting trip and you will definitely enjoy
the natural beauty. You can plan for picnic also.
Khirochora Gopinatha temple/ Remuna, Baleshwara, Odisha.
This is one of the oldest temples of Baleshwara district. The temple was built by
Langula Narasinha Deva, the mighitiest king of the royal Ganga dynasty in the 12th
century. The deity worshipped here is the incarnation of Shri Krishna and named
a Khira Chora (“Khira” means the highly condensed sweetened milk/Rabiddi and “Chora”
means the person who steals something in Odia/Oriya) after the incident of the Lord
stealing the Khira Bhoga for his greatest devotee Madhavendra.
The legends say. From those days Khira Bhoga is served to the Lord daily. The temple
also has the landmarks of Chaitanya deva, the founder of Vaishnva sect during his
visit to the Krushna/Jagannatha temples of Odisha. The temple shops have delicious
Bhoga (food offered to god) items like Khira bhoga, Khaja, Sandesha, coconut, etc.
Healthy and delicious Mahaprasada (Meal of God) is available during lunch time in
the temple premises. The mandap for marriages and Vrataponayan are available in
cheaper price in the temple premises.
Alarnath Temple at Brahmagiri, Odisha.
After the Snana Purnima in the month of Jyeshta, Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra
and Lord Subhadra are kept away from public view, for a period of fifteen days,
and all the daily rites in the Shreemandira are suspended. According to Skanda Purana
when Raja Indradyumna installed the wooden deities, he had arranged this bathing
ceremony. During this period, popularly known as 'Anasara' or 'Anabasara'
(literally meaning 'improper time for worship), instead of having darshan in
Jagannath Temple, Puri peoples believe that Lord Jagannath during this time manifests
as Alarnath Dev, at the Alarnath temple in Brahmagiri, which is about 23 km from
Due to ritualistic bathing using 108 vessels(suna garas) of water, there is
a popular belief that the deities get fever and the their idols get discoloured.
So the Supreme Trinity take rest in 'Anasara Ghara' and are treated by the
Raja Vaidya(King's Physician) using Dasamulas(medicine).
During these fifteen
days the Daitas (descendants of Viswavasu, the Savara), repaint and restore the
Deities and Jagannath's fineries. On the sixteenth day, called 'Netrotsava'(festival
for the eyes), the deities give the 'Navayauvana' darshan in their new appearance.
According to the Shilpa Shastras and Agamas, the deities become suitable for worship
only after the rite of 'Chakshurunmilana'(opening of the eyes) Thousands
of devotees visit the temple during the period to have a darshan of Lord Jagannath
as Alarnath Dev and to have the delicious Kheer bhog (Prasad) at the Alarnath temple.
Pujapandas of Puri say as this Alarnath is the alternate besha of Lord Jagannath.
During the 'Anasara' period, the great devotee Prabhu Chaitnya Dev had visited
the temple, and had the Darshan of Lord Jagannath as Alarnath. Historians point
of view , Sri Prabhu Chaitanya Dev was visiting all day to Jagannath Temple for
Lord Jagannath Darshana, but after Snana Purnima was over, Sri Prabhu Chaitanya
Dev was not able to see Mahaprabhu in the temple and asked to all Pujapandas as
where is my Prabhu Jagannath ? Pandas replied to him, as Sri Prabhu Chaitnya Maharaj
ji now you can't see Jagannath as He is suffering from fever ,
then Sri Prabhu
Chaitanya Devji told them that if he would not get to see Him today then he will
commit suicide in the Ocean, this time Lord Jagannath Himself told to Sri Prabhu
Chaitanya Dev- O Chaitnya, I am doing a 'leela' in the form of Brahma in
Brahmagiri, now you come to this place to have My Darshan, It is believed that devotees
get the same 'phal' here as they desire from a darshan of lord Jagannah
The place got prominence when Sri Chaitanya came to see Alarnath as Lord
Jagannath in the sixteenth century. Since then the place has become popular as the
temporary abode of Lord jagannath.During these days, same amount of Prasad is offered
to Alarnath everyday as it happens in Jagannath Temple in Puri.
It is believed that
within these fourteen days if one sees lord Alarnath, s/he is free from all the
sins. Here the lord is offered by 'Payas' or 'Kheer' Bhog prepared
with milk and rice. This temporary abode of lord Jagannath is believed to be another
specialty of Jagannath Cult.
In this temple Lord Vishnu is worshiped as Lord Alarnath.
The deity has four arms, He holds chakra inHIS upper right hand, Lotus in his lower
right hand, Conch in his upper left hand and club in his lower left hand, Lord Vishnu's
carrier eagle , known as Garuda, kneels at the feet of the deity with his hands
folded in prayer position. The deities of Lord Krishna's queens Rukmini and
Satyabhama are also find inside the temple.
Deity of Lord Chaitnya is also founded
inside the temple. There os a stone slab in front of the deity which bears impression
from Lord Chaitnya body. When Lord Chaitanya first lay in full respect in front
of Lord Alarnath, the stone below Lord Chaitnya melted from His blissful touch .
There is a lake behind the temple where Chandan Yatra is celebrated for 21 days
in every year.
Sarala Temple, Jhankada, Jagatsinghpur, Odisha.
The Sarala Temple is located 75 km from Bhubaneswar, at Jhankad in Odisha/Orissa.
It is 15 km away from Jagatsinghpur town. The main deity of the temple is Goddess
Sarala. Here Goddess Saraswati is worshiped as Goddess Sarala. Mahabishuba Sankranti,
and Raja Sankranti are the main festivals celebrated here.
If you wish, then visit the holy shrine and seek the blessings of MAA SARALA.The
Celestial Mother always fulfills the wishes of her devotees. She is the goddess
who blessed Sarala Das and he became the renowned poet.
Nilamadhava Temple, Kantilo, Nayagarh, Odisha.
Kantilo nilamadhaba temple is very old and famous Vaishnav temple which is near
to the bank of Mahanadi temple. which is present near to the twin hills with a surrounding
of green forests A permanent flow of holy water from the feet of Lord Nilamadhaba.
Lord Siddheswar are the highlights of the place. Lord Nilamadhaba occupies a prominent
position in the cult of Lord Jagannath. Lord Siddheswar are the highlights of the
Best for: The most popular picnic spots in Orissa which is 100 kms away from
the capital and 33 kms from Nayagarh town.90 and 12 km from Khandapara. * Best place
for Bol Bom Siva devotees , taking water from Mahanadi. Famous for: 1. Maghasaptami
Festival is the best festival over here. 2. It's famous for Brass and bell metal
How to reach:- * 100 km from Bhubaneswar , by bus. * 33 km from Nayagarh.
* 12 km from Khandapara.
Tara Tarini Temple, Ganjam, Odisha.
Goddesses Tara-Tarini have been regarded as the presiding deity(Ista-Devi)in almost
every house in South Orissa. This important and famous Shakta Pitha is situated
on a hill top at a distance of 30 Kms towards north of Brahmapur on the south bank
of river Rushikulya. The height of the hill is approximately 708ft. and the total
area spreading over 180 Acres of land. The hill is popularly known as Tara Tarini
Hill(Parvata) and is surrounded by natural beauty .
The picturesque scenery of the temple,from the hill top down to the bank of river
Rushikulya gives immesse pleasure and a thrilling experience of nature and divinity
to each pilgrim - visitor and often captivates its mind and soul. There are 999
steps on the front side of the hill leading to the temple and also a pucca road
for vehicle on the backside of the hill facilitating devotees to reach at the Pitha.
Provisions of electricity, drinking water and a small market complex at the site
with articles of puja /archana are additional features of this Pitha.
Akhandalamani Shiva Temple (ଆଖଣ୍ଡଳମଣି ମଂଦିର), Aradi, Bhadrak, Odisha.
This famous Akhandalamani temple, the abode of "Lord Siva" is nicely located
in the bank of river Baitarani, at Aradi, 37km away from the district head quarter
of Bhadrak towards east by road via Asurali, Kothara and Dhusuri. This place is
also linked with Chanbali by boat through the river Baitarani. From Chandbali ferry
ghat to Aradi it will take hardly 2 hrs by boat.
Biraja temple, Jajpur Town, Jajpur, Odisha.
This temple is also called Biraja Devi or Girija Devi temple. It is one of 51 shakthi
peethams and it is where Sati's navel fell. The temple was built in 13th century.
Jajpur town has grown around temples. The main temple is that of Birajadevi(biraja
mandir). Mounted on a lion she carries a spear with one arm and holds the tail of
Mahishasur with the other. Festivals are held at Durga Puja & Kali Puja.
Jajpur is another Hindu pilgrimage. It was named after king Jajati Keshari. In course
of time this became Jajpur. It was once the capital of Orissa. Its distance from
Calcutta 337 km, Cuttack is another 72 km and Bhubaneswar 100 km more. Navi gaya
is found here inside the temple. The materials put in the Navi Gaya is supposed
to go to Samudra(Sea). Car festival is also seen here during Durga Puja.
Harishankar and Nrusinghanath, Odisha.
With out considering the tourism potentiality, when state government is interested
for mining in the Gandhamardhan hill, the decision of the Chhattisgarh government
to spend Rs.two crores for the development of the Nrusinghnath, natural tourist
spot located on the foothill of Gandhamardhan makes everyone happy.
the famous range of hill which covers Nuapara, Bargarh and Balangir district of
the state is well-known for its medicinal value of having thousands of rare species
of medicinal plants.
Nrusinghnath in one side and Harisankar on the other side attract
lakhs of pilgrims every year. But over the past, state government does not give
much attention on the development of these spots because it is interested on the
bauxite that reserves in the hill.
Cuttack Chandi Temple, Cuttack, Odisha.
Chandi Temple (5 km)The temple of Goddess Chandi, the presiding deity of the city,
to the south of the Barabati area is visited by hundreds of devotees everyday. The
image of the deity is older than the temple. The present piece of land, where the
holy temple is located, was lying fallow before.
Late Sri Hansa Panda, who happens to be the Purohit of the then King of Kanika,
used to graze cattle’s and sheep’s in the land. One day Sri Panda was feeling tired
and took rest on a heap of dry mud present there. While taking rest,he experienced
a strange unusual feeling within himself.
Surprisingly on the same night, The Goddess
“Chandi” appeared in his dream and requested him to take her out of the land. There
after he went to the King and told everything about the strange experience he had
that night. With the help of the king, Late Hansa Panda dug up the same piece of
It is being said that around forty numbers bullock carts of Red Sindoor came
out while digging and then emerged The Deity of Maa Katak Chandi. Then the temple
was built on the same land. Here in Cuttack, people strongly believe Maa Katak Chandi
as The Living Goddess.
Kakatpur Mangala Temple, Odisha.
The Kakatpur Mangala Temple is a temple in Kakatpur, Puri, Orissa. Dedicated to
Goddess Mangala a manifestation of the Mother Goddess Durga, the Temple is located
in the town of Kakatpur in the Puri District of Orissa. The temple is built in typical
Kalinga style and is a major pilgrimage for devotees of Shakti cult.
the temple seeking boons from Maa Mangala.There is a bed made of solid stone on
which it is said Maa Mangala rests after touring the entire universe everyday.As
if to attest to this the bed looks worn out in just the same way it would if it
were in use for centuries.
Dhabaleswar, Cuttack, Odisha.
The name Dhabaleswar ( Dhabala or White + Eeswar or God ) is attributed to a miracle
performed by Lord Shiva. Once a thief stole a black bull calf from a village and
fled to a Shiva temple. He hid himself with the calf in the sanctum while the angry
crowd waited outside the temple. The crowd could clearly hear the calf calling out.
The thief prayed fervently to Lord Shiva to deliver him from the crowd.
on him, the Lord appeared as a Sanyassin before the crowd and asked them the cause
of their agitation. On being told that they suspected the thief of hiding in the
sanctum along with the black calf, the sanyassin brought the calf outside to dispel
The calf turned out to be white, seeing which the crowd let the thief
go. The sanyassin disappeared and the thief realized who had come to his aid. He
confessed and apologized to the crowd. He took a vow to spend the rest of his life
in the service of the Lord. The act of turning a black calf to white caused Lord
Shiva to be also known as Dhabaleswara.
Goddess Hingula, Talcher, Odisha.
It is located at a distance of 14 km. from Talcher . There is a temple Goddess Hingula
here .Hingula Yatra is observed here for 9 days during the month of Chaitra . In
the fifteenth Century A.D., the illustratious poet Sarala Das has described Goddess
Hingula in his Mahabharat as the Manifestation of the Goddess Sarala. In fact he
always worshipped Goddess Sarala asGoddess Hingula. It is believed that one can
achieve his desired object if he/she worships or mediates on Goddess Hingula. It
is also believe that cooking foods become delicious through the blessings of the
It is described in the Mahabharat that Goddess Hingula was worshiped by
King Nala of Surya Vanshi. It is by her grace that king Nala was able to prepare
Gouri-Sauri Paka . Thus the name of Goddess Hingula is associated with cooking with
The successors of king Nala of Vidarbha also worshiped the Goddess Hingula.
As Nala was the King of Vidarbha, his successors are worshiping Goddess Hingula
from generation to generation. The holy place (peetha) of the Goddess Hingula is
situated on the bank of the river Simhada in the West of Talcher.
Budhi Thakurani, Angul, Odisha.
The temple of Budhi Thakurani is situated at Angul town. Near the temple , an exact replica
of Puri Jagannath Temple is built . It is famous as Saila Srikhetra .
The presiding deity of Angul is Goddess Budhithakurani .
Angul has earned celebrity as a Sakta Centre since 8th Century A.D. with the rise of the Sulkies on its soil.
Goddess Budhithakurani is worshiped in the form of a stone icon covered with vermellion .
The shrine draws huge crowd throughout the year.
Pilgrims of different parts of Orissa visit the place for a darshan of the Goddess.
Sri Ladukeswar, Nayagarh, Odisha.
Located 14 kms away from Nayagarh, Sarankul stands proud with the 15th century shrine of Sri Ladukeswar, popularly known as Ladu Baba.
The presiding deity here is known to be the combined form of Hari (Vishnu) and Hara (Shiv) as is the case with Sri Lingaraj in Bhubaneswar.
The festivals and rituals of Sri Ladukeswar are also similar to that of the Lingaraj temple.
This shrine is the most prominent one from amongst a good number of Shaivite shrines dotting the region.
Pilgrims from far flung places flock to Sarankul on the occasion of Mahashivaratri.
Tourists can avail medical facility at CHC, Odagaon which is nearest to the place. SBI Odagaon is the nearest Bank to the spot.
Tourists can reach Sarankul by choosing the state highway that is connected through Bhubaneswar Odagaon road.
It is located approximately 100 kms away from state capital Bhubaneswar and 14 km away from district head quarter Nayagarh.
Sri Hanuman Vatika, Rourkela,Sundergarh, Odisha.
The garden was renovated and inaugurated by the chief minister,
the late Biju Patnaik of Odisha. The height of the statue is 75 feet.
Every year on 23 February it celebrates its foundation day.
Other temples inside the premises are 12 Jyotirlingas, Batta Mangala Devi,
Sarala Devi Temple, Jagannath Temple, Lakshmi, and Santoshi Mata Temple.
One Kalyan Mandap is built to accommodate public gatherings and functions.
The Hanuman statue was built by Sri Lakshman Swami of Hyderabad.
Chandaneswar Temple, Digha,Baleswar, Odisha.
Another 6 km towards west from Digha, there is Chandaneswar, which is famous for a Shiva Temple.
In the month of Chaitra i.e., in the last month of Bengali calender year, an annual fair is
organised around this temple. Pilgrims from all over the country, especially from Orissa, Bengal,
Bihar come to this fair.
There are bus/rickshaw services from Digha to Chandaneswar.
Apart from this, Calcutta-Chandaneswar, Howrah-Balasore, Digha-Baripada buses ply via Chandaneswar.
Information:Chandaneswar is located 88 Km from Balasore and famous for Chandaneswara temple.
Description:Chandaneswara temple is a holy place. About 4 km from Chandaneswar and 4 km from Digha
in West Bengal is the tranquil beach at Talasari, surrounded by casuarina groves.
Manikeswari Temple, Bhawanipatna,Kalahandi, Odisha.
Manikeswari is one of the popular Hindu deity in Orissa.
There are many Manikeswari temples present in Western and Southern part of Orissa.
Manikeswari temple in Bhawanipatna is well recognized in Orissa.
Manikeswari is also the primary deity associated with the royal family of Paralakhemundi in Gajapati.
Chhatar Jatra is one of the most popoular festival of Manikeswari at Bhawanipatna.
Khandasadhaka is a festival associated with Manikeswari in Paralakhemundi.
Belkhandi Siva Temple, Bhawanipatna,Kalahandi, Odisha.
Situated on the confluence of the river Tel and Uttei, two tributaries of the river Mahanadi,
Belkhandi has gained prominence as a centre of religious activities and archaeological importance
with a picture-sque site. Besides the temples now standing therein, ruuins of 12th Century monuments
have been excavated from there in the recent past.
Among the sculptures unearthed images of Sapta
Matruka (Seven Mother Goddesses) and Uma Maheswar arenote-worthy. The ruins of Belkhandi are
preserved in a small museum adjacent to the temple premises. It is also an ideal site
for an outing. This place is 67 K.Ms from Bhawanipatna.
Goddess Ramchandi Temple, Angul, Odisha.
This village is situated at a distance of 28 Kms, on Angul- Bagedia road. The village is known for
its shrine dedicated to Goddess Ramchandi. She is believed to be possessed of great powers.
It is believed that by worshipping Goddess Ramchandi sterile women will obtain children.
On the foundation of the old temple one magnificent temple was constructed. A Yatra is held here
on the second day of Krushna Pakshya Bhadra.
This Yatra is known as Ramchandi Yatra or Kaduali
Yatra (July- August). This Yatra is celebrated with big ceremony every year. Thousands of people
attend this Yatra.Kosala is 28 Kms away from Angul. One can reach Angul by bus or train.
There is regular bus service available to Kosala from Angul.
Bhimakanda Sleeping Vishnu Temple, Angul, Odisha.
A rock art sleeping image of Lord Vishnu is located at Bhimakanda village about 30 km north of
Talcher town and 50 km from Angul & on the right bank of river Brahmani . The imagedates back to
8th – 9th century A.D. and has the distinction of being the largest sleeping idol of Lord Vishnu.
The image reclining to its right is about 42 (126.5 CM) long & 8 wide.