4 Apr 2021

Lakshmi Varaha Temple, Ali, Kendrapara

Sri Lakshmi Varaha Swamy (Odia: ଲକ୍ଷ୍ମୀ ବରାହ ମନ୍ଦିର) Temple is a 500 years old Indian temple situated in Ali, Kendrapara, Odisha. This temple is dedicated to Varaha, the boar incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

Lakshmi Varaha Temple, Ali, Kendrapara

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

The temple is about one kilometer away from the center of tehsil Ali or Aul, which is situated about 146 kilometers from the state capital of Bhubaneswar. It is 17 km from Pattamundai and 38 km from Kendrapara.

Regular bus services are available from Kendrapara, Cuttack, Bhadrak, and Bhubaneswar. The nearest railway station is Bhadrak, on the Chennai–Howrah railway route.

Prasad at Lakshmi Varaha Temple, Ali, Kendrapara

History of Lakshmi Varaha Temple:

Previously, the Lord was situated in the Maa Biraja Pitha in the Jajpur district, along with Yajna Baraha Temple. The King of Ali was a devotee of Sri Lakshmi and Varaha and often went there to offer Puja, which is a Hindu act of worship.

One day during the month of Srabana (ଶ୍ରାବଣ), the Baitarani River flooded, so the darshan was canceled. Believing that the Lord couldn't tolerate that, the king dreamed that the Lord came with him to his place to Aul (locally called Alli).

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

One day the Lord came, following the king's path of return, after puja. As the king was returning by horseback, he listened to the sound of the Lord following him. At Aul, the sound of the Lord's walking stopped.

In this place, the devoted king built the Lord's holy temple. The Yajna Baraha Temple remains there in Jajpur. The present temple was renovated by the late king of Aul, Sri Brajasundar Dev during the 20th century after the temple had been in a ruined state for the previous 500 years.

Lakshmi Varaha Temple - Kendrapada - Ali

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