Thursday, October 27, 2016

Nilamadhaba Temple - Nilamadhav Temple - Kantilo - Nayagarh - Odisha

Nilamadhaba Temple:


Sri Sri Nilamadhava Jew is the presiding deity of Kantilo, Standing elegantly on the banks of the Mahanadi on top of the twin hills with a surrounding of green forests. Lord Nilamadhaba occupies a prominent position in the cult of Lord Jagannath and in Odisha. 


A permanent flow of holy water from the feet of Lord Nilamadhaba to downwards. Lord Siddheswar Temple is also the highlights of the place. Kantilo has the most popular picnic spots in Odisha and is 100 kms away from the capital Bhubaneswar and 33 kms from Nayagarh Town. 


Maghasaptami celebrated here in grand scale. Manufacturing of Brass and bellmetal utensils are famous here. All over the year thousands of people came here to take blessing of Lord Nilamadhaba. Here also Mahaprasad available just like Puri Jagannath Temple, but taste and preparation is different than Puri Temple.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Ladoo Baba Temple - Ladukesh Mahesh - Sarankul - Nayagarh - Odisha

Ladoo Baba Temple:


 Ladoo Baba Shiva Temple is located at Sarankul, 14 kms away from Nayagarh Town stands proud with the 15th century shrine of Sri Ladukeswar Mahesh, popularly known as Ladu Baba. 

The presiding deity here is known to be the combined form of Hari (Vishnu) and Hara (Shiv). 

 The festivals and rituals of Sri Ladukeswar are similar to that of the Lingaraj temple on Bhubaneswar. 

 This shrine is the most prominent one from amongst a good number of Shaivite shrines dotting the region. 

 Pilgrims from all over orissa comes to Sarankul on the occasion of Mahashivaratri.

Maa Bhattarika Temple - Badamba - Athagarh - Cuttack - Odisha

Goddess Bhattarika Temple:

Maa or Goddess Bhattarika Temple is located on the Mahanadi River. Shakta Pitha or Shakti Shrine Maa or Goddess Bhattarika of Badamba in the district of Cuttack is one of the notable holy place of Orissa. This sacred pitha is associated with Devi Maa or Goddess Bhattarika. The river Mahanadi the longest river of Orissa flows in the side of the temple of the Maa or Goddess Bhattarika. The river is deep here. In the foot of the Ratnagiri hill temple of Maa or Goddess Bhattarika is located. River Mahanadi, Ratnagiri hill, temple of Maa or Goddess Bhattarika, and famous places like Narayani, Nilamadhava, Vindhyavasini, Simhanath attract thousands of Pilgrims, devotees and tourists.

According to a popular legend this pitha is established by Parsuram and also he carved the image of goddess in the tip of his arrow. In this pitha As per the Puranic tradition, Parashurama, facing certain defeat at the hands of Saharasjuna, prayed to Durga who appeared on this spot to impart her divine power to his aid.. The Goddess became pleased with him and offered him the desired boom. So the Pitha is associated to the epic age. According to the Ramayan, Ram, Lakshmana and Sita on their way to Panchvati paid prayer to the Goddess Maa or Goddess Bhattarika. The Mankadagadia hill on the other side of Mahanadi where the foot mark of Ram, Lakshmana and Sita are worshipped is also quite significant. Another legend says that Krishna and Satyabhama visited Maa or Goddess Bhattarika and it was revealed to Arjun during his Agyantavasa. The Demon Gosimha kidnapped Satyabhama in disguise during that period. Arjun fought bravely and killed Gosimha demon. After that Krishna, Satyabhama and Arjun prayed Goddess Maa or Goddess Bhattarika; the presiding deity of the Badamba royal family. 

The term Maa or Goddess Bhattarika has different meaning. According to History and legend of Badambagada, Gajapati of Orissa ordered Hattakishor and Mallakishor the two brothers to establish two villages named Sankha and Mahuri. After that they became king in that place. Tribal chief of that area opposed these two brothers when they tried to construct Fort. A terrible battle was fought and finally tribal chief and his wife died in the battle. Before death the wife of the tribal chief advised king Hattakishore to worship the deity Maa or Goddess Bhattarika. Another name of the deity Maa or Goddess Bhattarika is Bruhadamba. The king named his state Bhuhadamba bearing the name of the Goddess. But latter it is know as Badamba Devi Maa or Goddess Bhattarika seated in Lalitasana holding a lotus in one hand and the other hand in Varadamudra. She is suryopasanatatpara. It is seen that the sun God is worshiped here. In the Jagamohan of the Maa or Goddess Bhattarika temple an image of sun god is kept. Another meaning of the Devi Maa or Goddess Bhattarika is respectable lady. Devi Maa or Goddess Bhattarika associated with eight small images, five in padmasana and three in Lalitasana. The associated images are Prabha, Maya, Jaya, Sukshma, Visuddha, Suprabha and Abhaya. According to Buddhist 'Yogachara´ system the Devi is seated in the centre of Chakra associated with eight deties. The priest worships the goddess as Rajarajeswari, Mahamaya, Tripura Sundari, Siddha Maa or Goddess Bhattarika. 

Some research scholars opine that the place was linked with Buddhism. At the time of Bhaumakara rule the particular place was associated with tantric Buddhism. The Somavamsis who were dead enemies of Buddhism might have converted the pitha into the Hindu fold. The tiny Buddhist image is now placed in the central niche. The present Tara image appears to be a later insertion. The worshippers of the goddess Maa or Goddess Bhattarika are nonBrahmin, this brings about a folk character of the deity. In the daily ritual of the deity the cooked fish is offered. Devi Maa or Goddess Bhattarika is considered as the deity of navigation and the Fisherman community. The popular myths, legends, archaeological evidence prove that Maa or Goddess Bhattarika Pitha has been Shakta Pitha or Shakti Shrine. The festival Pana Sankranti is celebrated here in April, Akshaya Tritiya in May and Dussehra in October.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Budhi Thakurani Temple - Anugul Town - Odisha

Budhi Thakurani Temple:


The temple of Budhi Thakurani is situated in one side Sunasagad hill which is in the middle place of the Angul town, other side Famous Jagannath Temple of Anugul. The idol of the Goddess is made in Black Granite stone and looks like a pillar. It is the symbol of Budha Budhi worship system of tribal culture. The Kandha ruler placed this Budhi Thakurani and worshipped as his Esta Devi and in due course this place was full of deeply forest. In the year 1848 the Angul district was came to under control of British Empire and in the year 1896 they shifted their headquarter from Purnagada to Nuagada and planned the Angul town. They constructed road for convenience of the people. So it was required to clean the forest and at that time the hill came to their notice and they found that one pillar type of Goddess was there inside the deep forest. Then the era was cleaned and from that day the Goddess was worshipped as the Adhistatri Devi of this area and called as Budhi Thakurani. 

In the year 1956 one saint came to Angul and visited the Sakti Pitha and became fascinated to see the Idol of Goddess. Curiosity was aroused in his mind to know what is inside of the Idol. Then he tried to dig the back side of the Idol to find some thing. But he could not get any thing and returned away. In due course the holes had been filled and a Lions statue was placed there. Now this Budhi Thakurani is renowned in the town as well as in the district. Daily thousands of people visited the place and Budhi Thakurani is placed in every persons heart of this district as Easta Devi/ Grama Devi. 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  vermillion.

Rengali Dam - Rengali - Anugul - Odisha

Rengali Dam:


Rengali Dam dam has been constructed across the river Brahmani at Rengali.  

One Hydro-electric power project of 120MW capacity has been installed here.  

It is about 85 KM from  Angul .   Located on NH-250 , Rengali amidst picturesque environs and it is a nice place for group picnic. 

The dam was constructed in 1985. The reservoir formed by the dam is the second largest reservoir in Odisha.

Maa Bata Bayani Temple or Maa Bayani Pitha - Gadamandal - Patrapada - Chhendipada - Anugul - Odisha

Maa Bata Bayani Temple or Maa Bayani Pitha:


Maa Bata Bayani Temple or Maa Bayani Pitha is a shakti pitha in anugul area. 

It is one of the good picnic spot and summer spending places inside greenary of the jungle in Angul district.

The temple inside the jungle called Maa Bata Bayani temple is the most conspicuous among the people. In March-April here is a yatra held, where huge people gathering. 

It is 17kms from Chhendipada on Gadamandala - Patrapada Rd.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Goddess or Maa Ramchandi Temple - Kosala - Anugul - Odisha

Goddess Ramchandi Temple:


Ramchandi Temple is situated at Kosala Village at a distance of 28 Kms from Anugul, 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. There is regular bus service available to Kosala from Angul. Kosala is a Village in Chhendipada Tehsil in Anugul District of Odisha State.

Maa Hingula Temple - Gopalprasad - Talcher - Anugul - Odisha - Shakti Shrines

Maa Hingula Temple:


Maa Hingula or Goddess Hingula is worshipped with great devotion by the people of the gopalprasad and surrounding areas. 

It is located at a distance of 14 K.M. from Talcher. Goddess Hingula is believed to be the agni ( fire) in the kitchen of Lord Jagannath at Puri.  

Hingula Yatra is observed here for nine days during the month of Chaitra. A lok mohotsav is organized here for a week long period on the occasion of the yatra when tens of thousands of people visit the place. 

The holy place (peetha) of the Goddess Hingula is situated on the bank of the river Simhada in the West of Talcher.  

As per legend, The fifty two portion of body of Sati which were chopped off by Sudarsan Chakra fell at 52 places and all became sacred spots. 

Out of his Satis Brahma randhra (Source of energy) fell at Hingula. So from that day here Maa Hingula worshipped. 

The Goddess of Talcher mother Hingula is the centre of devotion for the people of Angul, Athamallik, Hindol, Dhenkanal, Pallahara & Deogarh, etc. This being a primitive Sakti Peeth, special worships are being offered during both the autumn and the spring. However, the worship during the spring assumes, greater importance and it is a more festive occasion.

Lobhi Thakurani Temple or Lovi Thakurani Temple - Garhsantry - Santry - Anugul - Odisha

Lobhi Thakurani Temple or Lovi Thakurani Temple:

Lobhi Thakurani Temple or Lovi Thakurani Temple is situared in village garhsantry 13kms from Anugul Town. Lobhi or Lovi Thakurani yatra, the annual ceremonial function of Goddess Lobhi or Lovi, is observed every year on Kartik Purnima day.  

Garh Santry, 13 kilometers away from the district headquarters town Anugul, is the village abode of the presiding deity Lobhi or Lovi.The deity stands out from other idols of Hindu faith and belief because of Her peculiar name that is Lobhi or Lovi, which denotes greediness. 

However, the people of Garhsantry have to say that the meaning of the name is something deferent from what we generally mean in a negative way, rather it has a positive meaning that is greediness to devotion, offerings and all the more the sacrifice of egoism. 

The annual festival is organized by the twin villages of Garhsantry and Tulsipal, where thousands of people all over the state congregate to offer their puja on the full moon day of Kartika when the sacred symbol of the deity is brought from aalam ghar the daily offering house situated at Tulsipal village with a ceremonial procession to the temple at Pidha sahi of Garhsantry. 

The grandeur of the procession includes mass and huge drum bits, holding up of chati taraas in addition to folk dance of Paikas. The dehury, the priest, holding the symbol of the deity on his shoulder, walks through out the procession of five kilometers along with a huge follower of devotees. 

When he reaches to the temple which is already surrounded by a large number of temporary stalls, put the sacred symbol on a ceremonial dais and starts puja for two days consecutively. A large number of devotees start flocking in with offerings to have a darshan. 

Some of the devotees of the local area have their child mundan for this occasion in a belief to get blessings of the Goddess so that they would lead a long and healthy life. The fare at the temple continues for 2 consecutive days and on the last day the symbolic representation of the deity returns to its original domicile. 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Anantashayana Vishnu - Aishynaneswar Shiv temple - Saranga - Talcher - Dhenkanal - Odisha

Anantashayana Vishnu:


Anantashayi Vishnu, also known as Anantashayana Vishnu, is a large open air rock relief of the Hindu god Vishnu, carved during the early 9th Century in the Saranga village, under the Parjang police station, in Dhenkanal district of Orissa, India. 

It is located on the left bank of the Brahmani River. It is the largest such exposed rock cut structure in the horizontal position measuring 51 ft in length, in the whole of India. It is situated 67 Km. from Dhenkanal, 23 Km. from Angul and 3 Km. From Talcher.  

The image is carved out of natural rock of sandstone formation. He has four arms, holding a Chakra in the upper right hand, a Shankha in his upper left hand, a Gada and a symbolic lotus on its lower left hand. The hoods of the serpent Shesha (Ananta) covering the head of Vishnu. 

The Vishnu image has a sharp chin, distinctive nose and wears a crown on its head, called kiritamukuta (a tall conical crown, typically worn by Vishnu). A lotus design shown sprouting from his navel has the creator god Brahma, sitting in meditation. There is also a Shiva Temple called Issaneswar Shiva Temple, which is another attraction of this place.