The Varahanatha Temple, also known as Yajna Varaha Temple, is located on the left bank of the Vaitarani River on an island formed by the river, in Jajpur. The main shrine is dedicated to Varaha, the boar avatar of the god Vishnu. Built-in 15-16th century, the temple is constructed in Kalinga architectural style. Besides the central Varaha shrine, there are numerous subordinate shrines to deities […]
The history of Jajpur dates back to prehistoric times. King Jajati had organized a great yajna called Daswamedha at this place. Jajpur finds mention in ancient Indian mythology texts and the Puranic literature alike where it is referred to as Viraja and Baitarini Tirtha, one of the most important tirthas of India.
The place has also been described in the Kapilasamhita, Brahmanda Purana, Vayu Purana, Brahma Purana, Tantrachintamani, Astapithamahatmaya, and Chaitanya Charitamrita. The place holds great significance among the Hindus as it is considered to be one of the Sakti Pithas where the amputated corpse of Sati, the consort of Shiva, fell having been chopped off by Lord Vishnu.
Jajpur has also been mentioned in the Mahabharat where it is stated that, at the Viraja in the banks of Baitarini, the Pandava brothers had taken holy dip along with the saint Lomash.
Virajakshetra is triangular. In each corner, we find a Siva temple at an equal distance. These are Bileswar, Khiltateswar and Baruneswar. The first two temples have received land grants from king Anangabhimadeva, as is evident from Madalapanji.
The Brahma Purana says that there was one less to one crore Sivalingas in Jaipur area, which indicates the religious importance of the place.
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Chandikhole Chandi Temple, Jajpur
Chandikhole is a town in Jajapur district, Odisha, India. The place has been named after Goddess Chandi worshipped by late monk Baba Bhairabananda Bramhachari who established the deity of Maa Chandi in one of the adjoining hills of Barunei full of dense forest and ferocious animals in 1932. The temple is named Chandikhole Chandi Temple. […]
Narayana Gosain Temple, Jajpur, Odisha
Narayana Gosain Temple, Jajpur, Odisha Date built: – Deity: – Architectural style: – Major festivals – Locale: – District:: Jajpur Address: – Phone – Narayan Gosain Temple is a Hindu temple situated at Singhapur Village in Jajpur district of Orissa, India which is dedicated to the god Vishnu (Narayana Gosain). Architecture The idol of Lord Narayana is kept in a pond known as Madhutirtha […]
Mahavinayak Temple, Jajpur, Odisha
Mahavinayak Temple, Jajpur, Odisha Date built: – Deity: – Architectural style: – Major festivals – Locale: – District:: Jajpur Address: – Phone – Mahavinayak Temple is a major pilgrimage center in Chandikhole in Jajpur district in the Indian state of Odisha. It is one of the oldest Ganesha temples in the state. Five gods – Shiva, Vishnu, Durga, Sun and Ganesha – are […]
Biraja Temple, Jajpur, Odisha
Biraja Temple, Jajpur, Odisha Date built: – Deity: – Architectural style: – Major festivals – Locale: – District:: Jajpur Address: Jajpur, Odisha 755007 Phone 07873904563 Maa Biraja Temple is an historic Hindu temples located in Jajpur (about 125 kilometres (78 mi) north of Bhubaneswar), Odisha, India. Biraja or Viraja Temple is one of the important […]