9 Jul 2020

Nilamadhava Temple, Kantilo

Nilamadhava Temple, Kantilo

Nilamadhava Temple (Odia: ନୀଳ ମାଧବ ମନ୍ଦିର, କଣ୍ଟିଲୋ) is very old and famous Vishnu temple in Odisha. This temple is situated near to the bank of Mahanadi, in Kantilo. This temple is present near to the twin hills with the surrounding forest.

Nilamadhava Temple, Kantilo

The natural attraction of the spot is a permanent flow of holy water from the feet of Lord Nilamadhava. Another highlight of the place is the presence of Lord Siddheswar.

Nilamadhava Temple, Kantilo

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.

Nilamadhava Temple, Kantilo

Kantilo is situated near the riverbank of Mahanadi which comes in a block called Khandapada, in Nayagarh District. The nearest railway station is Nayagarh Town and the nearest airport is Bhubaneswar.

Nilamadhava Temple, Kantilo

It is advisable that if you are planning to come by train its better get down at Bhubaneswar station because from there you will get frequent buses to Kantilo.

Nilamadhava Temple, Kantilo

Roads are connected to Kantilo which offers regular bus services. It is 73 km from state capital Bhubaneswar and 33 km from Nayagarh District.

Nilamadhava Temple, Kantilo

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.

Nilamadhava Temple, Kantilo

Here, Biswabasu the local Sabara Chief worshipped Kitung, as God was known in the Sabara dialect. According to the Puranas, the deity was originally worshipped in the form of an Indranila gem image known as “Nilamadhava".

Nilamadhava Temple, Kantilo

The Daru Murty came much later. Located near the confluence of three rivers Mahanadi, Kuanria, and Kusumi. The temple structure is like the Jagannath temple of Puri.

Mahanadi near Nilamadhava Temple, Kantilo

It stands on the right bank of Mahanadi. It is called Triveni Sangam of Odisha. As there is Beni-Madhava in Prayag, so as here Nilamadhava.

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