Ajaikapada Bhairava Temple


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Ajaikapada Bhairava Temple

Ajaikapada Bhairava Temple is dedicated to Bhairava aspect of Rudra present in Jagatsinghpur district of Orissa, India.

Historical evidence

The archaeological survey has established that the temple was built during early 10th century by the Somavamsi Keshari Kings.Later it was destroyed due to flood and attacks by non-hindu rulers.Present temple was rebuilt during 20th century.


Current temple is a small Pidha deula reconstructed during early 20th century but the Garbhagriha houses the image of Bhairava and a Shivalinga.The bhairava is having one feet and four hands of which lower two are broken.The upper two hold disc shaped structures.The Ajaikapada Bhairava is the ruling deity of the star Pūrva Bhādrapadā.It is evident that someone who was expert in Astrology and Tantra established this temple


The temple is located at a distance of 6km from Alanahat,Sathalapada in Jagatsinghpur,near river Alaka(a branch of Mahanadi).Direct transport is available from Nuagaon too.

Akhandalmani Temple

Akhandalmani temple, at Aradi village, Orissa, India, is dedicated to lord Siva. Aradi is about thirty seven kilometers away from Bhadrak. The present fifty-foot-tall cement and concrete temple structure was constructed replacing a wooden temple some time between 1830-1840 AD.

This famous Akhandalamani temple, the abode of “Lord Siva” is nicely located in the bank of river Baitarani, at Aradi, 37 km away from the district headquarters of Bhadrak towards east by road via Asurali, Kothara and Dhusuri. This place is also linked with Chandabali by boat through the river Baitarani. From Chandabali ferry ghat to Aradi it will take hardly two hours by boat.

There is no such conclusive history available either regarding Baba Akhandalamani or the temple of the lord siva. According to legends around 350 years ago during the rule of Raja Sri Niladri Samara Singha Mohapatra, once in an early morning the Raja sent a peasant to cultivate his Paddy field which was located on the bank of the river Baitarani. While cultivating, the blade of his plough was broken by hitting with some hard material. Then, the peasant was astonished and searched out and found a black glazed granite stone with full of blood which is flowing towards the river Baitarani. Afraid by this incident the peasant ran to call the King. Then the king Niladrisamar Singh hurriedly came to the spot, and found flood of milk in place of blood and a huge black cobra hooding the stone. On that night the king had a dream regarding the arrival of the God Akhandalamani on that place. This news spread like wild fire in the locality.

The next day the king Niladri Samara Singha Mohapatra started worshiping the great god and immediately built a wooden temple on the spot. A large number of devotees from different villages and area started visiting and worshiping the great God. The king invited five Brahmins from a village named Naharagrama of Jajapur district to perform seva-puja (worshiping and taking care) of lord Akhandalamani.

The present main temple of Aradi was built by the King of Konika Shri Harihara Bhanja and his chief queen Satyabhama Patadei.The height of the temple is around 150 ft. All the stones used in this temple were brought from the historic hill of Lalitgiri near Chandikhol.

The entrance main Hall was built by a sage named Shri Narasingha Pratap Kumar and the surrounding wall of the temple was built by a noted sage named Shri Darshan Sekhara Das.

There are many fairs and festivals observed at the temple of Baba Akhandalamani, but the principal among them is the Mahasivaratri. On this day pilgrims and devotees inside and outside the state are assembled and worship Akhandalamani at Aradi. BOOL-BOOM devotees come to Aradi in large number from different areas in the month of Sravana to worship the God and pour holy water over the Linga. The BOOL-BOOM devotees carry holy water from different rivers of India like Ganges, Baitarani, Mahanadi, Salandi etc with a bamboo lever. Lord Akhandalamani is unique and omnipotent.

Ananta Shayana

Sleeping Vishnu statue at Ananta Shayana

The Ananta Shayana murti of Lord Vishnu is situated in Bhimkund, Orissa, India at a distance of about 28 kilometres from Talcher.


The idol is under the open sky. The sleeping image of Vishnu at Bhimakund is second only to Gomateswar (Karnataka) in size. It is the largest sleeping image in India. In spite of its magnanimity, the image contains a natural softness. Recent excavations prove it to be from 8th century. Many pilgrims come to view the statue of Lord Vishnu on Ekadashi and Purnimas.


Anantasaayi Narayana image is a Rock cut colossal image of Narayana built during early 9th Century which resides on the left bank of the Brahmani River. It is easily accessible by road from Saranga in Dhenkanal district. A similar image is found near Bhimkund in Anugul district.After examination of that statue the statue is assigned to 9th century AD.It was built during Bhaumakara dynasty ruling central part of Orissa. The image depicts sleeping image of Vishnu holding Chakra, Shankha, Gada. A lotus sprouting from the navel has sitting Brahma in a meditation pose. The shrine is regularly worshipped by local people. Due to Archaeological Survey of India the statue is being renovated and kept in a good condition. Floods in Brahmani River are the only threat for the image as this is built by Sandstone.

Annakoteshvara Temple

Annakoteshwara Temple or Urnakoteshvara is located in Latadeipur near Gondia tehsil in Dhenkanal district.The Temple is dedicated to Shiva


The temple is a Pancharatha temple having Rekha deula(Vimana) and a Pidha deula.The temple is decorate with Khakharamundi and Pidhamundis along the main Vimana.Sevaral detached sculptures are kept in care.On the basis of construction the temple can be said to be built around 16th century during Suryavamsi Gajapati rule.The Garbhagriha houses a circular Yonipeetha only.The Lingamurthy is displaced by attacks of Kalapahad who was a muslim invader from the nawabs of Bengal near Murshidabad.The temple can be approached by 22km north of Dhenkanal township via Joranda Gadhi

Bhadrakali Temple,Aharapada

Bhadrakali Temple is located in the outskirts of the revenue village Aharapada which is at a distance of 8 km away from Bhadrak town in the south- west direction.The popular belief is that the name of the Town has been derived from the name of the deity.

The Goddess

The statue of Goddess is of black granite and is seated in lotus posture on a lion. The temple remains open for visitors and devotees everyday from 6.30 am to 1pm and again from 3pm to 9.30 pm.As per the nomenclature of the goddess one tends to believe that it is the goddess Kali who is being worshiped in this Bhadrakali Pitha. However, since the deity is seated on a lion, one school of thought has opined that the goddess can be no other than the goddess Durga.According to legends originally Bhadrakali was worshiped inside a cave in the Meghasana hill of Mayurbhanj district by a sage named Tapasa Rushi. After the death of the sage, one of his pupil namely Bhadranatha brought the goddess to Bhunyamahalla of Bhadrak.To protect the deity from Kalapahad,she was again transferred to present place by the Dikshits.Mostly during Vijaya Dashami and Deepavali crowds gather for seeking blessings of benevolent mother.

Bhagabati Temple, Banapur

The temple of the goddess Bhagabati, the presiding deity of the Indian town Banapur has earned celebrity as a centre of religious activities. Once Banapur was the capital of the Sailodhvaba dynasty, responsible for the construction of the early group of temples at Bhubaneswar. The large number of Buddhist images discovered at Banapur relate the place to the Vajrayana cult of Buddhism.

Animal Sacrifice

On 5 October 2010 the Orissa High Court has directed the state government to make sure that animal sacrifices are not conducted at the temple during the Dussehra celebration. At the Banapur Bhagabati temple such strict direction from the Orissa High Court was not admitted. Due to this the Khurda district administration has imposed Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code on the temple in order to prevent the animal killing and sacrifices in the temple premise.[1]

It has been a tradition to serve the goddess with animal sacrifices during the Dussehra celebrations but after the Orissa High Court ruling, eight platoons of police force have been deployed at the temple in order to maintain law and order.[1] At the same time Maa Bhagbati Parampara Surakhya Mancha, a local organization supporting the traditional rituals, has decided to protest against the district administration and declared a bandh, including a hunger strike.[2]

On 22 October 2010 the temple opened again after consecration by a group of Brahmins from Govardhana matha, Puri.[2]

Biranchinarayan Temple, Palia

Sri Biranchinarayan Temple is in Palia village, which is located 15 km south of Bhadrak, on the way from Bhadrak to Chandabali. It occupies a significant place in the cultural map of Orissa state of India. Today, the standing Biranchi Narayan Temple stands as evidence of the heritage of Surya Upasana in Orissa. Biranchi Narayan is another name for Lord Surya, the Sun God of light and lustre. The existing temple is dedicated to Biranchi-narayan, who is enshrined as a roughly four-faced image of the Sun. A square stone slightly tapering towards the top contains four carved images of the Sun god in relief, on the four sides of a slab. The figures hold two lotuses in two hands, as usual, and are depicted standing on chariots drawn by seven horses.Architecturally, the temple can be dated to the 13th century. It was renovated and reconstructed in the beginning of the 20th century by the generosity of a local zamindar.


In general the structure exhibits the Kalingan style of temple architecture.The peculiarities of the temple include the two door-jambs of the eastern door, which probably originally belonged to a Saiva temple and were reused in the present temple during a renovation. The sculptures and carvings of the two door jambs bear a close resemblance to the Siva temples of Bhubaneswar and Khiching of the 10th or 11th century A.D.


  • Ratha Saptami or so called Maagha Saptami.

  • Samba Dashami


Bhadrak is the nearest railway station which is between Bhubaneswar and Howrah.Lots of taxies and bus facilities are there for Paalia.

Chausath Jogini Temple

Chausath Jogini Mandir (64 Joginis Temple) is situated in a hamlet called Hirapur, 20 km outside Bhubaneswar, the capital of Orissa state of Eastern India.

The temple is believed to be built by the Queen Hiradevi of Bramh dynasty during 9th century.

It's built in a circular fashion, completely put together with blocks of sand stone. The inside of the circular wall has cavities, each housing the statue of a Goddess. There are almost 56 such idols, made of black granite, inscribed within the wall cavities, centring on the main idol which is the Goddess Kali, who stands on a human head representing the triumph of the heart over the mind. The temple houses a central altar (cuboid) which has the remaining 8 Goddess idols on all 4 sides.

64 Joginis Temple is a tantric temple, and is completely open on the top, as tantric prayer rituals involve worshipping the bhoomandal (environment consisting all the 5 elements of nature - fire, water, earth, sky and ether).

The legend behind the temple according to local priests is of the Goddess Durga taking the form of 64 demi-goddesses in order to defeat a demon. After the fight the 64 goddesses (Joginis) asked Durga to commemorate them in the form of a temple structure.

The Jogini idols are generally representing a female figurine standing on an animal, a demon or a human head depicting the victory of Shakti (Feminine power). The Idols express everything from rage, sadness, pleasure, joy, desire and happiness.

Such temples are also seen at Ranipur-Jharial site of the Balangir district in Orissa and seven other places in India.

Gupteswar Cave

Gupteswar is a cave shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located near Jeypore,Odisha state India, at the top of a limestone hill which is about 500 metres above sea level.

Surrounded by a dense forest of sal trees and flanked by Kolab river, a 2m high lingam stands in the cave. The shrine is called "Gupteswar" which means the "Hidden God". It is so named because it was lying hidden in the cave for a very long period. One can reach it by climbing the 1000 steps flanked with rows of champak trees. The entrance of the cave is about 3 m wide and 2 m in height. There are also several other caves nearby. Inside the second cave there is a large stalactite. People worship it as the udder of God Kamadhenu (the divine cow) and wait under it with outstretched palms to collect drops of water which fall only at long intervals.

Popularly known as "Gupta Kedar" in the vicinity, this sacred place, endowed with unusual natural beauty, is associated with Shri Rama of the epic Ramayana. The nearby hill has been named "Ramagiri". According to mythology, the lingam was first discovered by Lord Rama when he was roaming in the then Dandakaryana forest with wife Sita and brother Laxman and later worshipped it calling it "Gupteswar". The poet Kalidas too, described the scenic beauty of Ramgiri forest where the cave temple is referred to in his famous Meghadutam.

However, with the passing of time, the temple was abandoned. Later, in the last part of the 19th century, a hunter of the Ramgiri area found the lingam. Since then the lingam has been worshipped by the tribes of Koraput region. In Shivaratri (a Hindu festival) Gupteswar Temple draws over 200,000 devotees from Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Chattisgarh. People suffering from incurable diseases come here to worship the God and remain here for months in the hope of getting cured.

Jagannath Temple, Koraput
Sri Jagannath temple (popularly known as "Sabarasrikhetra") is a temple located in Koraput, Orissa. It is not only built as an altar for worship, but also as a multipurpose area for Jagannath consciousness. Jagannath consciousness is the main theme of Jagannath which can not be confined within the limits of a traditional religious theological order, because it is a cult (or even a philosophical system).

It is originated from the tribal culture, and it has no antagonism towards any religion, caste or creed, Practice of tolerance in the real life of the individual and the society wedded to this ideal, is one piece used in the cult. This is practiced at Sabarasrikhetra in letter and spirit. Everybody has free access to this shrine, which virtually demonstrates the very concept of Jagannath consciousness having tribal bias.

Jagannath Temple,Nayagarh

Nayagarh jagannath

Jagannath temple at Nayagarh, was erected by Vinayak Singh Mandhata in between 1788 and 1808 AD. It is unfinished, the architect of this temple was the father of the poet Yadumani. Jagannath temple at Laxmi Prasad area was erected by Jadunath Mangaraja, a king of Khandapada. It was reconstructed in 1972 by one Sri Nilakantha Sahu. Jagannath temple at Khandapada was erected by the king of Khandapada. The temple is in pancharatha rekha deula style, while the Jagamohana and Natamandapa are in pidhi style. The idol of Jagannath called DadhiVanana was brought from the temple at Tikiripada and installed here. The idols from this temple were installed there. Jagannath temple at Tikarapada was constructed with the stones of the tomb of Gosanga Daitya, a demon ruling in this area in the past. The first temple was constructed in 1850. It was due to the flood of the Mahanadi in that year. The Jagannath temple at Ranpur was erected by King Udhaba Singh in 1324-1363 AD. The Jagannath temple at Daspalla is also an old one and Rajapratisthita. Jagannath temple at Sikharpur (Saranakul) is a unique one where bread (Roti) is offered to the Lord, his queen built the Mukhashala. Main festival here is Rath Yatra and Snana Yatra.


Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra in Nayagarh temple,another shrine for Jagannath

Joranda Gadhi

Joranda Gadhi is a unique temple built in area of meeting of three villages Joranda,Natima and Patna.The temple is dedicated to Surya as Shunya Gosain belonging to a sect of Hindus called ascetics of Mahima Dharma.

Temple Design

The temple was built in early 20th century,but the shrine existed from early 14th century.It is the Samadhi Peetha of Mahima goswami,who spread the Mahima Dharma.The principles of the sect includes doctrines of Jainism.They think Bhagavata Purana as very sacred too.They respect all Gods.The sect belongs to a group of ascetics.As the ascetics of this sect are not supposed to spend more than two consecutive nights in one village,by staying at the meeting point one can change the position to other corner of Temple.It is a Rekha deula having some sub shrine and dedicated to Surya as Ananta,Nirguna Brahman.No image worship is done inside.Currently ascetics belonging to this sect saty here.Every year Maagha mela attracts lots of ascetics.It is located just 30km North of Dhenkanal town.


Kalijai Temple is located on an island in Chilika Lake. It is considered to be the abode of the Goddess Kalijai. Highly revered by the local populace, the deity has been venerated in the local folklores and legends. The island provides an excellent destination for pilgrims as well as tourists. Every year in January, a huge gala fair is held during the festival of Makar Sankranti.


A girl was newly married and was going to her husband in a boat.As her in-law's house was inside an island in Chilika Lake it took a lot of time to reach.Orissa coast is much prone to Cyclones and suddenly such a cyclone came and the boat drowned inside the lake.All the Boatmen with her father were alive except that Girl Jai undiscovered.After the accidental death of that newly wed girl whose name was Jaai she became goddess of people residing nearby area.And till now she is worshipped as an Amsa of Kali,hence the name of the place.

Kapilash Temple

Kapilash Temple is situated in the north eastern part of Dhenkanal town, Orissa, India at a distance of 26 km from the district head quarters.

Location and architechture

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. Narasinghdeva I constructed the temple for Sri Chandrasekhar in 1246 A.D as indicated in the Kapilash temple inscription. In 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.

Kichakeshwari Temple

Khiching was the ancient capital of the Bhanja rulers, located about 205 km from Balasore and 150 km from Baripada in the Mayurbhanj district of north Orissa.


The largest temple of the town is dedicated to Goddess Kichakeswari, the family goddess of the ruling chiefs of Mayurbhanj. The temple, made of chlorite, is architecturally brilliant and well carved from its outer surface. This temple is the most impressive temple in Khiching. The original temple was built somewhere in the 7th or the 8th century and was reconstructed in the 20th century from the ruins of an earlier temple. The shrine contains a large ten-armed skeletal image of Chamunda with striking veins, ribs and sunken belly, wearing a garland of skulls and seated over a dead body. The Parasvadevatas, the Chaitya arches, the amorous couples, the scroll works and the arabesques can still be seen in the original portions of the temple. The style of the temple is contemporary of the Brahmesvara and the Lingaraj temples of Bhubaneswar.


There is a museum at Khiching, which is housed in the temple compound. The museum has the life-size images of Durga, Ganesha, Parsvanatha, Tara, Parvati, Ardhanageswar, Vaishnavi, Nandi, Kartikeya, Avalokiteswar, Dhyani Buddha, Mahishasuramardini, Uma-Maheswara and female devotees on display. The museum has exhibits like the copper and iron implements, terracotta figurines, seals, ornaments, potteries, coins, stone tools and various fragments of the temples. The courtyard of the museum has several sculpted parts of ancient temples on display in open.

Ladoo Baba Temple

Ladoo Baba Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva worshipped as Ladukeshwar but affectionately called Ladoo Baba in the town of Sharanakula in Nayagarh District of Orissa, India. The temple dating back to medieval times shows a fusion of kalinga and dravidian temple architecture. Unlike most other Hindu temples the prayers have traditionally been conducted by priests belonging to low caste.The temple is an important pilgrimage for Shaivites in southern Orissa.Mahashivaratri is the major festival

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