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Biraja temple, Girija Kshetra | Odisha, Jajpur

In the city of Jajpur, Odisha, beside the river Vaitaraṇi, stands an ancient temple dedicated to the power of Goddess Shakti. Here, in the Baraja temple, the Devi is depicted as Mahishasuramardhini, the destroyer of the demon Mahisha. No historical data is available regarding the exact origin or age of the temple. The temple is described in the Vanaparva of Mahabharatha. She was initially worshipped as an altar, later as a pillar, and it was in Gupta period in the 4th century that her idol was created. The original temple is believed to have been destroyed and later renovated during the rule of various dynasties. There are many inscriptions in the temple from 4th to 15th centuries, many of them significant of the Bhaumkara period.

Legend

The legend of the Shakthipeethas is associated with the immolation of Sati devi. When her father Daksha insulted her husband Shiva, Sati jumped into the yagna fire and immolated herself. Shiva, his wrath manifesting as Veerabadhara killed Daksha. The Lord's ire then translated into the celestial dance, the Tandava, and the universe trembled under his feet. Lord Vishnu, with his Sudarshana Chakra cut the corpse of Sati into various bits, to calm t...View more

Architecture

The Durga idol in the Biraja temple, has two hands (dwibhuja), one hand pushing the spear into the chest of Mahishasura and the other pulling his tail. She is on a lion with one of her feet on the chest of the buffalo demon. The temple covers a large area, and has numerous shrines for Shiva and other deities.There are 108 Shivlingams in the temple. The Nabhigaya/Navigaya is the place where rituals to the ancestors are offered and is inside the te...View more

Darsan Info

Biraja temple timings : 5.30 AM to 9.30 PM. Since the temple is regarded as Navigaya, 'pind dhan' or rituals to the departed are performed here.

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Location and Contact

Near Budha Bridge, Jajpur, Odisha
+91 6728223900

By road - Jajpur is a major city of Odisha and is well connected by road from Bhubaneswar, Cuttack etc.                                                       

By rail - Keonjhar is the nearest railway station form where the temple is a 30 minute drive.                                                            
By air - Bhubaneswar airport is well connected to all the major cities of the country. From airport, buses and taxis ply to Jajpur. It is about 100kms from the airport.

Darsan Dresscode

Devotees are advised to wear clean and conservative attire

Culture

Jaipur was once the capital of Kalinga Kingdom. It is today, an archeologically as well as religiously prominent site.

Language Spoken:Oriya

Additional Info

  1. Temple guest house provides a/c and non a/c rooms.
    Other accommodation are Orion hotel (06784 242 825)
    Hotel Blue Vine(06784 251 727)
    Toshali Pushpagiri Hotel(078944 56444)
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Temple Rituals

The priests perform regular pujas and rituals to the deities.

Regular Offerings

Flowers, coconut, clothes, Pana, sweets

Special rituals

Devotees bind colourful threads in the sacred tree to fulfil their wishes

famous Festivals

March - Dola Purnima
April - MahaVishuva Sankranti, Akshaya Trithia
September -Pitripaksha (Sept/Oct)
October - Navarathri
November - Diwali
December - Vakula Amavasya

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