Biraja Temple on Triveni Amavasya

The Biraja Temple (Odia: ଓଡ୍ଡ୍ୟାଣ ପୀଠ or ବିରଜା ମନ୍ଦିର) is a historic Hindu Shakti temple located in Jajpur. It's about 125 kilometers or 78 miles on the north side of Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. According to our history, the present temple was built during the 13th century.

The main idol of this Temple is Devi Durga, who is worshiped as Viraja or Girija. It's considered as one of the oldest Shakti Pitha in Odisha. As per the name Biraja, the place is called as Biraja Kshetra or Biraja Pitha.

The idol has two hands which people say Dwibhuja. With one hand, spearing the chest of Mahishasura 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 idol's crown features Ganesha, a crescent moon and a lingam. The temple covers a large area and has several shrines to Shiva and other deities. According to the Skanda Purana, it cleanses pilgrims, and it is called the Viraja or the Biraja kshetra.

On Triveni Amavasya or on the Magha Amabasya, the birth anniversary of Maa Biraja is celebrated at the Place. A number of devotees use to visit maa Biraja on this day.

* All the photos are taken by Parsuram Sahoo and his friends.
* All these data are taken from English Wikipedia.

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