Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Chhatia Bata - Chhatia Jagannath Temple- Chhatia - Jajpur - Odisha

Chhatia Bata:

Chhatia Bata is one of the famous Hindu temple of Odisha situated at “Chhatia” in Jajpur district of Odisha. The deity of this temple is Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra. The main attraction of this temple is the “old banyan tree” which is known as “bata” in odia language. So the name of this temple is “chhatia bata” due to this old banyan tree which is present inside the temple boundary and beside the main temple of chhatia bata. It is the saint Mahapurusa Hadi Das samadhi pitha. There is a very interesting story about this temple. According to “malika” (a book written by hadidas) states that “on a day when all living animals and human will die and fish will play at the steps of puri temple”. Almost all the peoples of odisha believe this story will be true in the feature.

Because all the predictions of Hadidas in the malika are come true. Such as the super cyclone on 1999 etc. It is believed that on the end of Yuga or when there is the level of “anyaya” will high then lord Vishnu will take the avatar of “kalki” with the 12feet sword named “nandaka” to kill the unsocial people and bring the “satyayuga”. And the journey will be started from here. So this temple is very much famous for this. The boundary of the temple is really big as Lord Jagannath temple of puri. The height of the boundary wall of “chhatia bata temple” is nearly 20 to 22 feet. There are many temples present inside the “chhatia bata temple”, such as Maa kali, Jama(god of death), Ganesh, Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra etc. One more interesting news about chhatia bata temple is the sitting arrangement of the lord jagannath, balabhadra and subhadra.

In puri jagannath temple you might have seen the sitting arrangement of lord jagannath, balabhadra and subhadra. The arrangement is jagannath, subhadra and then balabhadra. But here in chhatia temple the arrangement is jagannath, balabhadra and then subhadra. There is also a interesting story behind this arrangement. When we speak, we say jaganath, balabhadra & subhadra. Hence in this temple the sitting manner is as we speak, which means we should speak the same as we see. As the satya Yuga will start from this place this is the beginning of the truth what we see. Really it is a very beautiful temple in odisha. Every year thousands of people come here from different states. So it is also becoming one of the famous tourist place in odisha. You can also get the “avada bhoga” as in jagannath temple puri. Camera is now allowed inside temple premises. This temple is just side of national highway.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Kapilash Temple - Dhenkanal - Odisha - Lord Chandrasekhar

Kapilash Temple (Lord Chandrasekhar Temple):

The  peak of Kapilas At an altitude of 2,150 ft, otherwise known as Kailash of Odisha enchrines the Temple of Lord Chandra Sekhar at a height of 457 mts. which is a legendary abode of Lord Siva.

One can climb 1352 steps or can drive up through the “Twelve twisting way” to have a Darshan.

Maha Sivaratri is the greatest festival at Kapilas.

The Temple of Narayan, Biswanath, Bhubaneswari & many maths can be worth visiting. Desides that, Kendupania cave, Debasava & the cementry of Sridhar Swami are also attractive spots.

Mahima Gosain the founder of Mahima Dharma is historically associated with the place. Deer Park, Science Park also add to the attraction to the place. The getaway is located atop an undulating lush green hillock close to the headquarters of Dhenkanal district, also called Dhenkanal.

The region was once part of the ancient capital of Keshari kingdom and known as Chowduar. Surrounded on all sides by the Eastern Ghats, Kapilash is quite picturesque.

There is an abundance of sal, segun, kendu, jarul and mohua apart from many other plants. The fauna consists mainly of monkeys, jungle cats, peacocks and squirrels.

The dense forests and the presence of wild animals draws many nature-lovers to this area. Some distance away is a ridge on which stands the relics of a ruined fort and a few ancient caves.

The abode of Shiva comes alive during the most important festival of the region, Shivratri. Thousands of pilgrims gather here from various parts of the state. Some come from as far off as Cuttack. Devotees carry the water of the Mahanadi in earthen vessels on their shoulders. They trek barefoot to the hilltop before pouring the water on the Shivling.

The fair held to celebrate the occasion continues for three days. The deer park was the solitary attraction of the foothills till a science park was built adjacent to it. For children, the two parks remain the top draw of Kapilash.

Maa Mangala Temple - Kakatpur - Puri - Odisha

Maa Mangala Temple (Kakatpur Mangala Temple):

The Kakatpur Maa Mangala Temple is 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 Odisha (Orissa), India. The temple is built in typical Kalinga style and is a major pilgrimage for devotees of Shakti cult.

Evolution of the name of the deity as 'Kakatpur Mangala' hails from a legend believed by the locals of Kakatpur village.

Goddess Managla kept herself hidden under the deep water of river Prachi. Once, a boatman was sailing his boat across the river.

At that time the river was outpouring and flooded so he was unable to sail his boat to the middle of the river. He spent whole day and night but was not able to sail his boat.

In the early morning, before the dawn, Goddess Mangala came in his dream and asked him to recover her from the water and establish her in the nearby Mangalapur village.

The boatman dived into the water and was able to find the deity from the bed of the river. Then as per the direction of the Goddess he established the figure of the deity in a temple in Mangalapur village.

After this the boatman saw that a black crow dived into the water and did not come out of the water for hours and days, the crow detained inside the water of river Prachi exactly in the same place from where he recovered the figure of Goddess Mangala.

In local oriya language 'Crow' means 'Kaka' and 'Detained' means 'Atka'. So by combining the two words it becomes 'Kaka-Atka', so during the course of time the Mangalapur village is known as 'Kakata' (Kaka-Atka) pur and the Goddess is known as Kakatpur Mangala.

Every nabakalebara, when the Idols of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra are replaced during the Nabakalevara rite, Priests (Daitapati) of the temple in Puri pray to Maa Mangala in the Kakatpur temple to give them divine guidance.

The goddess appears in their dreams and reveals the location of the three divine Daru Bramha trees from which idols of the deities are made.

Kakatpur is a small village in Puri District and is situated at a distance of 50 kms from Puri, on the Puri-Astaranga road. Situated on the bank of river Prachi, this temple is famous for Goddess Mangala.

Goddess Mangala is the presiding deity of Kakatpur and is worshipped in this temple. The most popular festival of Goddess Mangala is 'Jhamu Yatra'. It occurs on the first Tuesday of the Secred month Vaisakh (April 14 to May 15) every year.

On that occasion devotees collect sacred water from river Prachi and pray the deity to get her blessings, then with the earthen pot , filled with sacred water, on their soldier, they are able to walk on the surface of burning fire spread on a long channel on bare feet.

Due to their faith on Goddess Mangala and their Mother's blessing on them, the devotess are unhurt and uninjured while perferming such a risky custom. Every year thousands of devotees come to Kakatpur to celebrate the Jhamu festival.

Pir Jahania Beach - Astaranga - Puri - Odisha - Astaranga Beach

Pir Jahania Beach (Astaranga Beach):

It is a beautiful beach located in Astaranga. Famous shrine of Pir Jahania just near the beach. Both Hindu and Muslims comes to this for taking blessings of Pir Jahania. This beach is a local attraction for picnikers. A lot of sheds developed by Govt for picnickers. Few handicraft items sold here. This is a very calm beach. It is situated 80kms from Cuttack, 35kms from Konark, 65kms from Bhubaneswar and 91kms from Puri. It lies in the coast of bay of bengal. It is famous for the lovely and long sandy beach. It attracts lots of visitor to enjoy the natural scenery of the beach. The Sunset site of Pir Jahania beach is incredible for tourists. Here visitors can have an panaromic view of the horizon which becomes uncommonly colorful during sunset, justifying its name as 'colorful sunset'.

Astaranga is also a famous fishing center of puri. The small market sits here on the beach where the fishermen sell out their catches to the waiting vendors. The crowd in the early morning consisting of the boatmen returning with their nets from the sea and the intending buyers give a perfect picture of man's co-existence with nature.

The best time to visit Astaranga beach is during October to June. It is well connected and easily accessible by motorable roads.

Varahi Temple - Chaurasi - Puri - Odisha

Devi Varahi Temple:

Devi Varahi Temple is located on the bank of the Prachi River. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Varahi.

This temple made in the year 10th Century A.D. The main shrine or the deul raising to a height of 25feet and it is made of Khakhara order of temples.

The walls are embellished with figures of divinities, decorative motifs and other secular themes.

Though the temple of the saptamatrika and chamunda are very common in orissa, Independent shrine of Varahi is extremely rare.

This Temple is Situated in Chaurasi. The temple is east facing and built with Sand stone.

Spreading over about 2 acres of land, this shrine is Sakta and the presiding deity of the temple is Goddess Varahi, locally called as Matsya Varahi.

She sits in lalitasana on a cushion placed on a plain platform with her right foot resting on the buffalo mount carved on the pedestal.

Here Barahi is worshiped in accordance with the tantric rituals. Goddess Varahi is offered fish everyday.

Chaurasi is situated between Nimapada-Kakatpur road and is at a distance of 30 kilometers from Konark and 14 kilometers from Kakatpur village with easy transport available from Puri and Konark.