Friday, September 6, 2019

Siruli Mahavir or Hanuman Temple, Puri District, Odisha, India - A Famous Hanuman Temple

Siruli Mahavir Temple:

Siruli Mahavir Temple, which is situated about 33 kms on the north east of Puri town on the way from Puri to Bhubaneswar-Chennai Highway on Jagannath sadak.

It is one of the important shrines of Odisha.

A huge figure of Lord Hanuman is enshrined in the sanctum who is the presiding deity of the temple.

The image is carved on a single piece of stone in standing posture .

He holds a short dagger in left hand and gandha mardana mountain in right hand.

The figure of Lord Hanumana has been designed in the attitude of destroying Murasura (a demon).

Anjana, the mother of Lord Hanumana is carved to the right side of the pedestal.

The height of the figure is about 10 feet and made of black chlorite stone.

A legend regarding the deity is ever fresh and popular among the locals, the left side eye of Lord Hanuman is set towards Lord Jagannatha temple of Puri and the right eye is set towards Lanka, the native place of Ravana.

A Shiva Linga canopied by seven hooded serpent is carved on top of the head of the figure. The figure of Lord Mahavir exhibits Lord Rama and Goddess Sita in his tearing heart.

The temple faces to south and is built with both laterite and sand stones.

Two huge lions are installed on both sides of the main entrance gate. The outer walls of the main temple contain figures of Hanumana, Ganesha, Mahisamardini Durga, Siva Linga and bull. The figures of nine planets (navagrahas) are carved above the eastern side entrance of the temple. There is a very old Peepal tree (Ashvastha tree) in front of the temple.

Local people say that the temple was built by Anangabhima Deva - III, the Ganga ruler of Odisha.