Saturday, 8 August 2009

Biraja Temple


Biraja Temple is one of the ancient Hindu temples located in the Jajpur district of Orissa, India. The main idol is Devi Durga who is worshiped by the name Biraja. It is one of 51 Shakti Peethas and it is where Sati's navel fell. The main temple is that of Birajadevi (Biraja mandir). Mounted on a lion she carries a spear with one arm and holds the tail of Mahishasur with the other. Festivals are held during Durga Puja and Kali Puja. The temple covers a large area, and it has several Shiva linga and other deities. Jajpur is also known as Biraja Kshetra
(Source: wikipedia)

I traveled from Kolkata to Jajpur Keonjhar Road which took me around 6 hours by train. Then i hired a car to Jajpur Town from Jajpur Keonjhar Road train station, which took me around one and half hour. Not bad actually!.

As you can see from the above picture, lion stands above elephant. It simply depicts greatness of Kesari dynasty (Symbol of Lion) than Gajapati dynasty (Symbol of elephant) in Orissa. This temple was built in 13th century by Jajati Kesari a king from Kesari dynasty. Jajati Kesari built this temple in Jajati Nagar (Now Jajpur) which was also capital of his kingdom.

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