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Lakhmi Varaha Temple

Sri Sri Lakshmi Baraha Temple or Lakshmi Varahajew Mandira is a 500-year-old temple dedicated to the boar incarnation of lord Vishnu, called Varaha along with his consort Lakshmi instead of Bhudevi.

Lakhmi Varaha Temple

It is located in a small Panchayat of Aul(Oriya) in Kendrapara District. The geographical coordinates are 20° 41' 0" north, 86° 39' 0" east. The nearest rivers are Brahmani river and Baitarani River. Aul is situated at about 146 km from state capital Bhubaneswar. Regular bus services are available from Kendrapara, Cuttack, Bhadrak and Bhubaneswar. The nearest railway station isBhadrak situated on the Chennai–Howrah railway route.

King of Aul was a devotee of Lord Shree Shree Lakshmi Varaha. The Lord was situated initially in the neighbouring Jajpur District in the ancient Yajna Varaha Temple. The king used to go there for offering Puja. One day during the month of Shraavana flood came in the Baitarani River, so the darshan was cancelled. But the Lord couldn't tolerate that. The king had a dream that the Lord wants to come with him to his place to Aul (locally called Alli). And one day the Lord came, following the king's path of return, after puja. As the king was returning through his horse, he was listening the sound of Lords following him. And at Aul at this place around one km before the king's palace the sound of Lord's walking stopped. And in this place the then devotee king built the Lord's holy temple. Still the Yajna Varaha Temple is there in Jajpur from where this deity of Laxmi varaha came here. The present temple was renovated by king of Aul Late Sri Brajasundar Dev during the 20th century which was in a ruined state for the last 500 years

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Bhaktivinod Thakurs Ancestral Village Choti

H.H Gaur Govinda Swami mentions that ,”Srila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura was born with the name Sri Kedarnath Dutta on September 2, 1838. He appeared in the village of Ula, in the district of Nadia, West Bengal, which was his maternal uncle’s home. But the house of his forefathers is in the village of Choti in the Kendrapara District of Orissa. Choti is the shripat, the native place of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, and he resided here. Having been decorated with the dust of Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s lotus feet, this is a very sacred place. But most people have not known about it. This place is now coming to everyone’s notice because of the blessings of Bhaktivinoda Thakura.” 

After completing his studies in Calcutta, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura came to Orissa. Bhaktivinoda Thakura not only obtained a very good education, but also worked to spread it among his compatriots. For the benefit of the oppressed people of Orissa, he started the first English-medium school in Kendrapara. That Kendrapara High School is still there now, and Bhaktivinoda Thakura was the first teacher and headmaster in 1858. 

The Reappearance of The Discovery of the Ancestral Deities of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur Sri Sri Radha & Madhava… Five hundred years ago Krishnananda Dutta, a disciple of Lord Nityananda Prabhu and a wealthy landowner, worshiped deities of Sri Sri Radha-Madhava in his home in Andul. After his retirement from family affairs, Krishnananda Dutta moved to the holy place Jagannatha Puri in Orissa, where he continued worshiping Sri Sri Radha-Madhava. 

The King Donated an Entire Village
After some time he met the feudal king of Ali State, who was impressed with Krishnananda’s spiritual qualities. The king invited him to live in his state, and donated an entire village, named Chhoti (formerly called Chhoti Mangalpur), to the worship of Sri Sri Radha-Madhava. The descendants of Krishnananda Dutta worshiped Sri Sri Radha-Madhava in Chhoti from generation to generation. Eventually the worship passed into the hands of his descendent Kedaranath Dutta (1838-1914), who is well known to all Gaudiya Vaisnavas as Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura. Unfortunately, after his son, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, departure from this world, the worship became neglected, and the Deities resided in a house unknown to the whole of the Gaudya Vaisnava community

Bhaktivinod thakurs ancestral village Choti



Baladev Jeu Temple is situated in Ichhapur (Tulasi Khetra), kendrapara, odisha. Baladev jeu Temple is a very famous temple of Odisha and Balarama is its main divinity. However, jagannath and Subhadhra are also worshipped in the Ratna Sinhasan in the main temple. A deity of tulasi as a goddess in a seated position is also present after the sacred seven steps.


Tulasi Kshetra – Kendrapara is one of the five holy Kshetras of Orissa. It houses the temple of Lord Baladeva Jeu in the heart of this Kshetra. The same rites and rituals of Lord Jagannath at Puri are generally followed here which makes Kendrapara equally attractive. It is only 95 Km away from the state capital Bhubaneswar. Literature like Brahma Tantra written by Vedavyas and Padma Purana speak the glory of this place. Here Lord Balabhadra married Tulasi, the daughter of the demon king Kandarasura and resided here secretly. So this place is called Tulasi Kshetra or Gupta Kshetra. It is also known as Brahma Kshatra, Kandarapadi or Kendarapada.

The deity holds club (Musala) in his right hand and plough in the left. Balabhadra is known as elder brother of Vasudeva. Rebati Raman, Talanka, Musali, Hali, Kamapal, Kalandi Vedan, Pralaghna, Achutagranja, Bala, Rohineya, Nilambara, Sirapani , Halayudha, Baladeva, Balarama and Sankarsana are the sixteen other names of Balabhadra .

History of the Place-
There are several stories surrounding Lord Baladeva Jeu at Kendrapara. Kandarasura, a demon king, destroyer of Yajnas (sacrifices) , was ruling over the area surrounding Lalitagiri and Assia mountain ranges. Tulasi kshetra Mahatmya reveals that he lived near Lalitagiri – Alatigiri and was terrifying people. Lord Balabhadra defeated him in a fight as a result of which he left the place, went to Kapilas mountain near Dhenkanal and lived in disguise in the nearest mountain ranges as he was an ardent devotee of Lord Siva. Lord Balabhadra thoroughly searched every nook and corner of the hill and lastly ploughed the hill with his plough (hala) as a result of which one perennial spring emerged from the hill, which is now called 'Langal Siar Jharana' (spring of the plough). After persuading him from Kapilas, Lord Balabhadra killed the wicked demon Kandarasura in a fight and threw his slain body all over nearby places by cutting it into pieces.

It is a popular belief among the local people that the scattered body was fallen at Asureswar, Balagandi, Kamar Khandi, Navi Khanda which places are named after the head (Aswa Sira), trunk (Gandi of Aswa) waist (Kamar-Khanda) and Naval (peice of Navi) of the demon Kandarasura respectively. It is also believed that the Siva temples of Swapneswar at Kantia, Lankeswara of Gualisingh, Bileswar of Kagal were founded by Baladeva over the face, neck and waist of the demon respectively, Balagandi, the place where the trunk of Kandarasura had fallen is called Kandara padi (Kendrapara). According to his name, the place name 'Kandharapara' or 'Kendrapara' has been derived.

Before killing the demon, Lord Balabhadra at first killed Madhudaitya, the chief military general of Kandarasura at Lalitagiri through his war weapon plough. The blood gushing out from the body of the general formed a river named Madhusagar (now Gobari river) which flow towards east by the side of Kandarasura Menhir and ultimately meet the sea.

Lord Balaram married Tulasi, the only daughter of Kandarasura on the 12th day of the bright fortnight in the month of Magha which is observed with pomp and ceremony every year as 'Tulasi bibaha day' (marriage day of Tulasi) in the Baladeva Jeu Temple, Kendrapara. The place where this marriage was performed is renamed as Tulasi Kshetra. The deity of Tulasi Devi is worshipped in a temple near village Gochha on the northern side of the road from Kendrapara to Ichhapur.

The Deity of Baladeva Jeu– It is said that after the departure of Lord Balarama to his own abode, he established himself as a deity to be worshipped here. This deity was worshipped by Devatas (demigods) at the door of Patalpuri which is identified with Lalitagiri in Dwapar Yuga. When Kali yuga appeared Buddha Dharma (Buddhism) spread over the area. At this time, this deity of Baladev jeu was hid in water of Madhusagar (river Gobari). After many years, a great devotee of Lord Balaram of the name Gopal Siddha Das, who was a cowherd boy discovered this deity of Balabhadra near Siddha Sarobar. Since then, this deity is worshipped at Kendrapara. The deity is also worshipped as Siddha Baladev Jeu after the name of Gopal Siddha Das, who discovered the deity first for all people to worship. The present shrine of Siddha Baladeva Jeu was constructed during the Maratha rule in Orissa

(1761 AD) by Maratha chief Janoji. The stone Deity of Lord Balabhadra and wooden deities of Jagannath, Subhadra and Sudarsan are all worshipped here according to the rituals of the temple in Lord Jagannath at Puri.

The Ratha Chariot The chariot on which the three Deities of Baladev Jew Temple go out on Their yearly car festival is known as Brahma Taladhwaja Ratha. This is said to be the biggest chariot in the world. Every year, some parts of the chariot are built anew, unlike the chariots of Puri Car Festival, which are completely rebuilt each year. When Sri Brahma Taladhwaja Ratha rolls out, it appears like a grand temple on wheels. Car festival (Rathyatra) of Lord Balabhadra in the Tulasi Khetra is celebrated on the 2nd day of bright fortnight in the month of Asadha just like the Car Festival of Pur

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Here are some of the specifications of the Chariot:
Total no. of wheels: 14,
which signifies the 14 universes (bramhanda)
Height of the wheels: 6 feet 6 inches
Total no. of log pieces used: 1013
The height of the chariot: 65
feet Height of simhasana from ground level: 12 feet
6 Inches No of Axels (akha): 7, which signifies the 7 elements
No. of horses: 4 (2 black and 2 white) Names of the horses: Teevra, Ghora, Dirghashrama & Swarnanabha Rope of the Chariot: Vasuki The covering of the chariot is of seven colours Total no. of ropes:
7, of 40 feet each The name of flag (neta): Unnani Divine attendants in front of the Chariot: Garuda & Hanuman Gatekeepers ( Dwarapalas): Surya & Chandra In murdhi: Ketuprabha At the door: Rudra Chariot Keeper (rakshak): Vasudev Sankarsan Side deities (parshwa devata): Harihar, Tripurari, Laxman, Siddha Vinayak, Nrusingha, Vasudev, Chamunda, Bhadrakali, Mangala, Banimangala, Bhairavi, Chakra Basulai, Natambar, Durga, Shesadeva. Besides this Rathyatra festival, the festival of Makar Sankranti, Mahabishuva Sankranti (Pana Sankranti), Chandan Jatra and Snana Purnima, Shravan Purnima (Baladeva Janma) and Maghasukla Dwadasi (Tulasi Bibaha) are some of the main festivals observed in the Baladeva Jew temple at Kendrapara with devotion to Lord Baladeva : "Barsanam Bharata Shresthah Desanam Utkal Tatha, Utkale Shrestha Tirthani Krushnak Parvati Harah. Yatrayam Halayudha Gachheta Tulasi Kshetre Tisthatah, Utkale Pancha Khetrancha Badanti Muni Punga Bah." (Brahma Tantra) 


Offerings ( Dhupa)
Morning offering ( Sakala Dhupa) 9.00 AM to 10 AM
Offering at pre-noon (Madhhyanna Dhupa) 11.00 AM to 12 Noon
Rice offering ( Dwiprahara Dhupa/ Anna Dhupa) 2.30 PM to 3.30 PM
Offering at evening ( Sandhya Aarati Dhupa) 6.00 PM to 7.00 PM
Rice offering ( Nisankhudi Dhupa) 8.00 PM to 9.00 PM
Offering at night ( Badasinghar Dhupa) 9.30 PM 10.00 PM


Architecture and Construction of Baladev Jew Temple
Baladev jew Temple is constructed over an area of 2 acres of land. There are 2 parts in the total area, in one part, different temples are located and another part is a beautiful garden. There is a big boundary around the temple, which is 14 meters high. There are four main parts of Baladev Jew Temple which are Sri Mandir, Natya Mandir, Bhoga Mandap and Mukhashala. The main temple height is 75 feet and width is 40 feet. The main temple has a 7 steps and heavy baulamalia stone are used in this temples construction. The other important parts of the temple are Garuda Stambha, Ratna Bhandar, Snana Mandap, Mukti Mandap, Jhulan Gruha, Laxmi Mandira, Anand Bazar, Bhairabi Mandir, NabaGraha Mandir, Kasi Biswonath, Astasambhu Mahadev, Sri Ram mandir, Sidheswar Mahadev, Mukti Mandap, Ganesh mandir, & adhistati Devi Tulasi Temple.

Bhoga offering 
Different types of bhoga offerings are made by traditionally trained families, known as Supakara and Mekap, who are engaged solely in seva to the Deities. There are many historically famous preparations offered, among others, including: Baula Gaintha, Upana Pitha, Mithei, Chaurashi Vyanjana (84 vegetable curry), Makara Chaula, Bhaja,Ghia Anna, Dali, Phalamula (fruits), Dry sweets, Ghanavarta, Pura Kakara, Rasabali, Potali Pitha, Chipa Kakara, Karanji, Khaja, Magaja Ladoo, Dalimba, Khuduma, Nishkudi, Mutha Gaja, Tala, Chhena Chakata…. Bhoga like "Rasabali" is famous in Baladeva Jew temple.