18 Oct 2021

Akhandalamani Temple, Bhadrak

Baba Akhandalamani Temple, Aradi, Bhadrak - ବାବା ଆଖଣ୍ଡଳମଣି ମନ୍ଦିର

Akhandalamani Temple (Odia: ବାବା ଆଖଣ୍ଡଳମଣି ମନ୍ଦିର) is a Hindu temple in Odisha dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is situated at Aradi, one village of Bhadrak district.

This place is located on the bank of Baitarini (Odia: ବୈତରଣୀ) which is about 37 kilometers away from the district headquarter, Bhadrak. The present temple is built between 1830 to 1940 AD.

Odisha Tourism Board at Akhandalamani Temple

History of Akhandalamani Temple:

According to legend, around 350 years ago during the rule of Raja Sri Niladri Samara Singha Mohapatra, one early morning the Raja sent a peasant to cultivate his paddy field on the bank of the river Baitarani. While cultivating, the blade of his plow was broken by hitting with some hard material.

AKhandalamani Temple Side View

The peasant was astonished and found a black glazed granite stone full of blood flowing toward the river Baitarani. The peasant ran to call the King and he hurriedly came to the spot, finding a flood of milk in place of blood and a huge black cobra hooding the stone.

AKhandalamani Temple

That night the king had a dream regarding the arrival of Lord Akhandalamani in that place. The next day King Niladri Samara Singha Mohapatra started worshiping the great god and immediately built a wooden temple on the spot.

Hanuman Idol inside Akhandalamani Temple

A large number of devotees from different villages started visiting and worshiping the great God. The king invited five Brahmins from a village named Naharagrama of Jajapur district to perform Seva-puja of lord Akhandalamani.

Outside of Akhandalamani Temple

The present temple of Baba Akhandalamani was built by the King of Kanika Shri Harihara Bhanja and his queen Satyabhama Patadei. The height of the temple is around 150 ft. All the stones used in this temple were brought from the historic hill of Lalitgiri near Chandikhol.

Festivals:

There are many festivals observed at the Baba Akhandalamani temple, but Mahasibaratri or Jagara is the important one. On this day pilgrims and devotees inside and outside the state are assembled and worship Akhandalamani at Aradi.

Paduka Kunda t Akhandalamani Temple

During Shrabani Mahotsav, Bol bam devotees or Kaudia come to Aradi in large numbers from different areas in the month of Sravana to worship God and pour holy water over the Shiva Linga.

One Saint at Akhandalamani Temple

Other festivals like Pana Sankranti, Chandan Jatra, Shiba Vivah, Jhulana Yatra, Ganesh Puja, Durga Puja, Kalipuja & Diwali, Kartika Purnima, Gita Jayanti, Dola Jatra, etc are celebrated here in Akhandalamani Temple.

Shivalinga at Akhandalamani Temple

Gharsana is the main prasad of Baba Akhandalamani Temple. This prasad is a mix of different ingredients from which we people usually prepare Pana on Pana Sankranti, but this prasad uses to offer Baba Akhandalamani every day.

AKhandalamani Temple Inside View

I've clicked all these photos and collected this information from different books and journals. You can find similar words on Wikipedia because I've written there too.

- Sangram Kesahri Senapati
Founder, My Photography

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