Temple Tour Odisha

Day-1

Upon arrival at BhubaneswarAirport/railway station,transfer to Kakatpur mangala temple.  This is a 15th-century temple and a symbol of the ancient heritage of Kalinga.The temple is built in typical kalinga style and is a major pilgrimage for devotees of shakti cult.pilgrims frequent the temple seeking boons from Maa Mangala.There is a bed made of solid stone on which it is said maa Mangala rests after touring the entire universe every day.As if to attest to this,the bed looks worn out in just in the same way it would if it were in use for centuries.After that visit to Maa Sarala temple. The Maa Sarala Temple is a Hindu temple in the district of JagatsinghpurOdishaIndia. The Goddess “Maa Sarala” was being worshiped in this temple till the end of Hindu rule in 1568 A.D. History, tradition, legend and literature remained as the silent witness to the existence of Sarola Chandi in the Sarola grama (village).Overnight stay at Paradip.

Day-2

Morning after breakfast check out from hotel and proceed to Biraja temple.Biraja temple is situated at Jajpur district.  The present temple was built during the 13th century.  The principal idol is Devi Durga, who is worshiped as Viraja (Girija), and the temple gave Jajpur the nicknames “Viraja Kshetra” and “Biraja Peetha”. The Durgaidol has two hands (dwibhuja), spearing the chest of Mahishasura with one hand and pulling his tail with the other.  One of her feet is on a lion, and the other is on Mahishasura’s chest. Mahishasura is depicted as a water buffalo.  The temple covers a large area, and has several shrines to Shiva and other deities.Then visit to Aradi temple.Aradi temple is situated at bhadrak district of Odisha.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.After visit check in to the hotel and Overnight stay at Bhadrak.

Day -3

Morning after breakfast check out from hotel & Proceed to Panchalingeswar Temple,Balasore. One of the most visited place in North Odisha. Place having historic and spiritual importance. Five lingas of Lord Shiva inside the water stream which can be felt by hand. Beautiful place to visit in every season. The place is full of scenic beauty.Great place for picnic.Then move to khirochora gopinath temple. Khirachora Gopinatha Temple (Odia: କ୍ଷୀରଚୋରା ଗୋପୀନାଥ ମନ୍ଦିର} is in Remuna. It is a little town 9 km west of Balasore railway station, about halfway between Howrah and Bhubaneswar in Odisha. The name “Remuna” is from the word “Ramaniya” which means very good-looking. “Khirachora” in Odia means Stealer of Milk and Gopinatha means the Divine Consort of Gopis. The reference is to child Krishna‘s love for milk and milk products.Over 500 years ago Madhavendra Puri was going to Puri to get some sandalwood for his Sri Gopal deity in Vrindavana. After a few days in Navadvipa, Sri Puri started for Orissa. Within a few days he arrived at Remuna where Gopinatha is situated. Seeing the beauty of the Deity, Madhavendra Puri was overwhelmed.After visit this temple,then check in to hotel & Overnight Stay at Balasore.

Day – 4

Morning after breakfast check out from hotel and proceed to Baripada. After reaching Baripada  Check in to hotel & Fresh up.After fresh up visit to Jagannath temple. Jagannath temple is a famous hindu temple loacated in baripada.This temple is known as the second Srikhetra of Orissa. The Jagannath temple of Baripada is one of the oldest temples of Orissa. Its Rathayatra is the oldest one after Puri and second biggest after Puri ratha yatra. It is being celebrated for last 500+ years. The rituals of Baripada Rathayatra are special. It gives priority to the female devotees to pull Maa Subhadra’s ratha, which is unique and attracts female devotees from the neighbouring states also.After visit free time for shopping & Leisure,then back to hotel & overnight stay at hotel.

Day-5

Morning after breakfast check out from hotel & Proceed to Maa Tarini Temple,Kendujhar.Upon arrival check in to hotel & fresh up. After that visit to Maa tarini temple.It is said by the local people that King of Kendujhar was bringing Tarini Maa from puri to Kendujhar with a condition that if he turn back then she’ll not move further. The King was riding a horse and Goddess was following him to Kendujhar. King could know that Maa Tarini was coming behind from the sound of her ornaments but near the ghatagaon in the deep forest the sound of the ornaments didn’t came and the king looked back thinking that she’s not coming. But Maa Tarini was coming and due to the forest mud her ornaments sounds was not coming. Due to the condition Maa tarini stayed there and worshiped as the queen of Forest.After that  Overnight stay at Kendujhar.

Day-6

Morning after Breakfast check out from hotel and Proceed to Sambalpur.After reach in sambalpur Check in to hotel and Fresh up. After Fresh up, you will see Maa samleswari temple. Samaleswari Temple is a Hindu temple in Sambalpur, Western OdishaIndia dedicated to the goddess known as ‘Maa’, also known among the natives as samalei maa, meaning MotherSamaleswari.  Shree Shree Samaleswari, the presiding deity of Sambalpur, is a strong religious force in western part of Odisha and Chhattisgarh state of India. On the bank of the river Mahanadi the mother goddess Samaleswari is worshipped from ancient times as Jagatjanani, Adishakti, Mahalaxmi and Mahasaraswati. The region in which the temple is situated has a rich cultural heritage. Sambalpur region is popularly known as Hirakhanda from ancient times. Ptolemy has described the place as Sambalak, according to Tavernir, the French traveller, and Edward Gibbon, the English historian, diamonds were exported to Rome from Sambalpur.After Visit Samleswari temple,back to hotel & Overnight saty at hotel.

Day-7

Morning after breakfast check out from hotel and visit to Balangir, Nrusinghnath temple. Sri Nrusinghanath, the great temple of Odisha in India, is situated at the foot hills of Gandhamardhan Hill near PaikmalBargarh.  The King of Patnagarh, Baijal Singh Dev, laid the foundation of this historic temple in 1313 A.D. It is only 45 feet in height, divided into two parts: the first being the seat of the Lord Nrusinghnath, the second allotted to Jagamohan (antechamber having 3 gates and each supported by 4 pillars.After Visit to Nrusinghanath temple, then  visit to Harishankar temple. Sri Sri Harisankar Devasthana(Odiaଶ୍ରୀ ହରିଶଙ୍କର ମନ୍ଦିର), is a temple on the slopes of Gandhamardhan hillsOdisha in India. It is popular for its scenes of nature and connection to two Hindu lords, Vishnu and Shiva. As a holy place, along with a stream passing on the granite bed, it has given some visitors a feeling of peace. On the opposite of side of the Gandhamardhan hills is the temple of Nrusinghanath.The plateau between the two temples has been found to have ancient Buddhist ruins, which are considered to be remnants of the ancient Parimalgiri University. The deity of Harisankar was discovered by a Chauhan dynasty king of Western Orissa, during the 14th century. From that time, the deity has been worshipped. A dancing Ganesha image has been found, which can be traced to the early 12th century. The temple was constructed by the order of then queen Durlabha Devi of Maharaja Vaijjal Dev Chauhan.After Visit Check in to hotel & overnight stay at balangir.

Day- 8

Morning after breakfast check out from hotel & visit to Manikeshawari temple. Manikeswari is one of the popular Hindu deity in Orissa. There are many Manikeswari temples present in Western and Southern part of Orissa. Manikeswari temple in Bhawanipatna is well recognized in Orissa. Manikeswari is also the primary deity associated with the royal family of Paralakhemundi in Gajapati. Chhatar Jatra is one of the most popular festivals of Manikeswari at Bhawanipatna.Khandasadhaka is a festival associated with Manikeswari in Paralakhemundi.After visit check in to hotel & Overnight stay at Bhawanipatna.

Day- 9

Morning after breakfast check out from hotel ,transfer to koraput & visit to Gupteswar temple. Gupteswar Cave is a city shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is a pilgrim site situated about 55 km away From JeyporeKoraput District in the state of OdishaIndia. It is a limestone cave, and its main attraction is the gigantic Shiva Linga which is said to be increasing in size. Pilgrims from all over the country come here during the Sravana period, because the yearly Bol Bam yatra is held at this place.Devotees walk to the Gupteshwar during Bol Bam yatra to bath in the maha kund, and then chant near the Shiva Linga.After visit Gupteswar temple back to hotel and fresh up.Then visit to Lord Jagannath temple. Shri Jagannath temple (popularly known as “Shabara Shrikshetra”) is a temple located in KoraputOdisha. 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). t 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 Shabara Shrikshetra in letter and spirit. Everybody has free access to this shrine, which virtually demonstrates the very concept of Jagannath consciousness having tribal bias.After visit jagannath temple,then back to hotel and overnight stay at Koraput.

DAY 10

Morning after breakfast check out from hotel and proceed to Rayagada district.After reach Rayagada district check in to hotel and fresh up.After fresh up Visit to Majhigharini temple. Majhighariani Temple is an important shrine for Devi in the Rayagada township of Odisha. It is a famous shrine where many people come from ChhattisgarhAndhra Pradesh along with people from Odisha also. The legend says Devi is worshipped from centuries whereas the temple is a new one. Every Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday the temple draws a large crowd from nearby area. Dussehra in October and Chaitra parva is most famous in March–April. The nearest railhead is Rayagada. People who have unfulfilled wishes come here and stay for many days for worship.After visit the temple, then back to hotel and Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 11

Morning after breakfast check out from hotel & proceed to Ganjam district.After reach Ganjam district check in to hotel and overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 12

Morning after breakfast visit to Tara tarini temple. Tara tarini Temple on the Kumari hills at the bank of the River Rushikulya[1] near Brahmapur city in Ganjam District, OdishaIndia is worshiped as the Breast Shrine (Sthana Peetha) and manifestations of Adi Shakti. The Tara Tarini Shakti Peetha is one of the oldest pilgrimage centers of the Mother Goddess and is one of four major ancient Tantra Peetha and Shakti Peethas in India.Then visit to siddha vairabi temple. Siddha Bhairavi temple is a shrine situated at Mantridi in Ganjam district of Odisha India. The presiding deity is the goddess Bhairavi. Carved in crude fashion, the idol features one leg and four hands. It is said that this idol was excavated from a ploughed field. and was enshrined as such in a new temple in 1937. All the Sankranti days in every month of the Hindu Calendar and Tuesdays are considered auspicious here. The temple houses 108 sub shrines dedicated to all Hindu gods present from Kashmir to Kanyakumari like the 12 jyotirlingas, Vaishno DeviDashavataraVenkateshwaraRanganathaMeenakshiBadrinath.A big shrine is also present which houses Lord Jagannathalong with his siblings. It is believed that at the end of Kaliyuga Bhairavi devi will accompany Kalki Avatar in restoring Dharma.Then Proceed to Narayani temple. Narayani Temple is dedicated to ten armed goddess Narayani or Lakshmi and is located in Narayani village situated near KhalikoteOdisha, India. The temple is popular for Durga Puja and a fair held in the Indian month of Chaitra. The temple was renovated by the zamindars of Khalikote in the early 18th century. The style of the temple is a Khakhara Deula, like Vaital Deula. It is supposed to have existed before 12th Century AD. The temple is known for the scenic beauty of the surrounding countryside’ including Chilika Lake.After visit to Narayani Temple back to hotel and Overnight stay at Hotel.

DAY 13

Morning after breakfast check out from hotel and Proceed to Puri District.After reach in puri district check in to hotel & fresh up.After fresh up visit to Lord Jagannath temple.Shree Jagannath Temple of Puri is an important Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Jagannath, a form of lord Maha Vishnu , located on the eastern coast of India, at Puri in the state of Odisha. The temple is an important pilgrimage destination The present temple was rebuilt from the 10th century onwards, on the site of an earlier temple, and begun by King Anantavarman Chodaganga Deva, first of the Eastern Ganga dynasty. The Puri temple is famous for its annual Ratha yatra, or chariot festival, in which the three principal deities are pulled on huge and elaborately decorated temple cars. These gave their name to the English term Juggernaut. Unlike the stone and metal icons found in most Hindu temples, the image of Jagannath is made of wood and is ceremoniously replaced every twelve or nineteen years by an exact replica. The temple was built by the Ganga dynasty king Anantavarman Chodaganga in the 12th century CE, as suggested by the Kendupatna copper-plate inscription of his descendant Narasimhadeva II. Anantavarman was originally a Shaivite, and became a Vaishnavite sometime after he conquered the Utkala region (in which the temple is located) in 1112 CE. A 1134-1135 CE inscription records his donation to the temple. Therefore, the temple construction must have started sometime after 1112 CE.After that visit to Gundicha temple, Sonar Gauranga Temple. Then back to hotel and overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 14

Morning after breakfast visit to Sun temple at Konark. Konark Sun Temple is a 13th-century CE sun temple at Konark about 35 kilometres (22 mi) northeast from Puri on the coastline of Odisha, India. The temple is attributed to king Narasingha deva I of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty about 1250 CE. Dedicated to the Hindu sun god Surya, what remains of the temple complex has the appearance of a 100-foot (30 m) high chariot with immense wheels and horses, all carved from stone. Once over 200 feet (61 m) high,[1][5] much of the temple is now in ruins, in particular the large shikara tower over the sanctuary; at one time this rose much higher than the mandapa that remains. The structures and elements that have survived are famed for their intricate artwork, iconography, and themes, including erotic kama and mithunascenes. Also called the Surya Devalaya, it is a classic illustration of the Odisha style of Architecture or Kalinga Architecture. This temple was called the “Black Pagoda” in European sailor accounts as early as 1676 because its great tower appeared black.After visit to sun temple move to Ramachandi temple. Ramachandi Temple, is on a beautiful spot on the banks of the Kusabhadra River where it flows into the Bay of Bengal. It is only 5 km away from Konark in the Puri District of Odisha. Goddess Ramachandi, the deity of Konark is thought by some to be the presiding deity of this temple, while others thought it to be the temple of Mayadevi, wife of Surya(Sun God). Ramachandi is popularly believed the presiding deity of Konark, and the most benevolent Chandi known. It is certainly more ancient than the Sun Temple at Konark. From the architectural point of view, the temple of Ramachandi is not important but from the religious point of view, it is one of the famous Shakti pithas of Odisha.After visit the temple back to puri and overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 15

Morning after breakfast check out from hotel and visit to Dhenkanal district.After reach in Dhenkanal check in to hotel and fresh up.After fresh up visit to Kapilash temple. The Temple at Kapilash known as the Chandrashekhar Temple is situated in the north eastern part of Dhenkanal town, Orissa, India at a distance of 26 km from the district headquarters. 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 to the temple. One is by climbing 1352 steps and the other is thru Barabanki or travelling by the twisting way.  King Narasinghdeva I of Ganga Dynasty constructed the temple for Sri Chandrasekhar in 1246 CE as indicated in the Kapilash temple inscription.  The temple has a wooden Jagamohana. Sri GaneshKartikeyaGangadevi, etc. are found in the temple.After visit to Kapilash temple back to hotel & overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 16

Morning after breakfast check out from hotel & Move to Nayagarh district.After reach in Nayagarh check in to the hotel and fresh up.After fresh up visit to Nilamadhab temple. Sri Nilamadhava Temple  is very old and famous Vishnu temple which is near to the bank of Mahanadi, in Kantilo. which is present near to the twin hills with a surrounding forest. A permanent flow of holy water from the feet of Lord Nilamadhava is another attraction of the spot. Lord Siddheswar is also present which is another highlight of the place. Lord Nilamadhav occupies a central position in the cult of Lord Jagannath.Even now also Lord Nilamadhava shrine is present on the right side of Lakshmi temple in Puri Jagannath Temple. It all initiated in a small cave in the Brahmadri hills situated on the banks of Mahanadi, which is known as Kantilo of Nayagarh district today. Here, Biswabasu the local Sabara Chief worshipped Kitung, as the God was known in the Sabara dialect.After visit to Nilamadhab temple then proceed to Cuttack,Check in to hotel  and Overnight stay at Cuttack.

DAY 17

Morning after breakfast check out from hotel & visit to Dhabaleswar temple. Dhabaleswar Temple is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. It is situated at a distance of 27 km from the city of Cuttack, in the exotic island of Lord Dhabaleshwar. It is one of the famous weekend tours from Cuttack. The temple, located in an island on River Mahanadi, is embellished with stone carvings that date back to the early 10th and 11th century. The serene ambiance, in which the temple is situated, inspires spiritual feeling among one and all.After visit to Dhabaleswar temple move to Bhubaneswar,check in to the hotel and fresh up.After fresh up visit to Ram Mandir.Ram Mandir,in the heart of Bhubaneswar, near Kharavel Nagar, Janpath, is a temple housing beautiful images of Lord Rama, Lord Lakshman, and Goddess Sita. The high rising spire of the main temple visible from many parts of the capital city, is its main attraction. Built and managed by a private trust, the temple complex also comprises shrines devoted to ochre-painted marble idols of Lord Hanuman, Lord Shiva and other gods.After visit the temple,back to hotel and Overnight stay at Hotel.

DAY 18

Morning after breakfast visit to Lingaraj temple. Lingaraja Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva and is one of the oldest temples in Bhubaneswar, the capital of the East Indian state of Odisha. The temple is the most prominent landmark of Bhubaneswar city and one of the major tourist attractions of the state. The Lingaraja temple is the largest temple in Bhubaneswar. The central tower of the temple is 180 ft (55 m) tall. The temple represents the quintessence of the Kalinga architecture and culminating the medieval stages of the architectural tradition at Bhubaneswar. The temple is believed to be built by the kings from the Somavamsi dynasty, with later additions from the Ganga rulers. The temple is built in the Deulastyle that has four components namely, vimana (structure containing the sanctum), jagamohana (assembly hall), natamandira (festival hall) and bhoga-mandapa (hall of offerings), each increasing in the height to its predecessor. The temple complex has 50 other shrines and is enclosed by a large compound wall.After that visit to Mukteswar temple(This temple that this become famous as “Gem Of Odisha Architecture” ), Kedar Gouri Temple,Raja Rani Temple,Parsurameswar temple(first temple to have an additional structure called jagamohana, compared to the earlier temples that had only the vimana. Though the temple is dedicated to Shiva, it contains sculpted images of Shakta deities, which are otherwise normally part of Shakta temples).Then back to hotel and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 19

After breakfast check out from hotel, then drop at Bhubaneswar Airport/Railway Station for your on wards journey with sweet memories of Odisha.

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