Lakshmi Varaha Temple, Ali, Kendrapara

The Sri Lakshmi Varaha Swamy (Odia: ଲକ୍ଷ୍ମୀ ବରାହ ମନ୍ଦିର) Temple is a 500-year-old Indian temple in Ali, Kendrapara, Odisha. This temple is devoted to Varaha, Lord Vishnu's boar avatar.

Lakshmi Varaha Temple, Ali, Kendrapara

The Lakshmi Varaha Temple is located in the Kendrapada district in the Indian state of Odisha. The nearest waterway to this temple is the Brahmani River.

The temple is around one kilometer from the heart of tehsil Ali or Aul, which is approximately 146 kilometers from the state capital of Bhubaneswar. It is 17 kilometers from Pattamundai and 38 kilometers from Kendrapara.

Buses run on a regular basis from Kendrapara, Cuttack, Bhadrak, and Bhubaneswar. Bhadrak, on the Chennai–Howrah railway line, is the closest railway station.

One of the highlights of visiting this temple is the experience of tasting the Anna Prasad, a unique offering of food that has a rich history and cultural significance.

Prasad at Lakshmi Varaha Temple, Ali, Kendrapara

History of Lakshmi Varaha Temple:

Previously, the Lord was housed at the Jajpur district's Maa Biraja Pitha, alongside the Yajna Baraha Temple. The King of Ali was a devotee of Sri Lakshmi and Varaha, and he frequently visited them to do Puja, a Hindu act of worship.

The darshan was canceled because the Baitarani River overflowed one day during the month of Srabana (ଶ୍ରାବଣ). Believing that the Lord would not allow it, the king dreamt that the Lord accompanied him to his residence in Aul (locally called Alli).

Lord Lakshmi Baraha Swamy at Lakshmi Varaha Temple - Kendrapada - Ali

After puja, the Lord appeared one day, following the king's road of return. As the king rode back on his horse, he heard the sound of the Lord pursuing him. The Lord's strolling came to a halt at Aul.

The Lord's sacred temple was constructed here by the loving king. The Yajna Baraha Temple still stands in Jajpur. The current temple was built in the twentieth century by the late monarch of Aul, Sri Brajasundar Dev after the temple had been in ruins for the preceding 500 years.

Lakshmi Varaha Temple - Kendrapada - Ali


The Main Lakshmi Varaha Temple, Ali, Kendrapara

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Odia Traveler and food blogger Manas Muduli

Manas Kumar Muduli, an Odia Technical professional, and a foodie by his passion. He uses to travel to different destinations and loves to taste the good vibes also the foods.

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