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Akhandalamani Temple, Aradi, Bhadrak

Baba Akhandalamani Temple, Aradi, Bhadrak - ବାବା ଆଖଣ୍ଡଳମଣି ମନ୍ଦିର

The Akhandalamani Temple (Odia: ବାବା ଆଖଣ୍ଡଳମଣି ମନ୍ଦିର) in Aradi of Bhadrak district in Odisha is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

This location of this temple is on the banks of Baitarini (Odia: ବୈତରଣୀ), about 37 kilometers from the district headquarters Bhadrak. Between 1830 and 1940 AD, the current temple was constructed.

Odisha Tourism Board at Akhandalamani Temple

History of Akhandalamani Temple:

Legend has it that around 350 years ago, during the reign of Raja Sri Niladri Samara Singha Mohapatra, the Raja sent a peasant to cultivate his paddy field on the banks of the river Baitarani. While cultivating, he accidentally broke the blade of his plough by hitting it with a hard object.

AKhandalamani Temple Side View

The peasant was taken aback when he discovered a black glazed granite stone dripping with blood and streaming toward the Baitarani River. The peasant raced to summon the King, who arrived at the scene to discover a stream of milk in place of blood and a massive black snake encircling the stone.

AKhandalamani Temple

That night, the monarch had a dream about Lord Akhandalamani arriving in that location. The following day, King Niladri Samara Singha Mohapatra began worshipping the great god and constructed a wooden temple on the location.

Hanuman Idol inside Akhandalamani Temple

A vast number of devotees from various villages began to come to the God and adore him. The king summoned five Brahmins from the village of Naharagrama in the Jajapur area to perform Lord Akhandalamani's Seva-puja.

Outside of Akhandalamani Temple

The current Baba Akhandalamani temple was constructed by Kanika's King Shri Harihara Bhanja and his queen Satyabhama Patadei. The temple stands at a height of about 150 feet. All of the stones of this temple were transported from Lalitgiri, a historic hill near Chandikhol.

Festivals:

The Baba Akhandalamani temple hosts a number of festivals, the most prominent of which is Mahasibaratri or Jagara. On this day, pilgrims and devotees from all across the state gather at Aradi to worship Akhandalamani.

Paduka Kunda t Akhandalamani Temple

Bolbam worshippers, also known as Kaudia, flock to Aradi in big numbers during Shrabani Mahotsav in the month of Sravana to worship God and pour holy water over the Shiva Linga.

One Saint at Akhandalamani Temple

Other festivals held in Akhandalamani Temple include Pana Sankranti, Chandan Jatra, Shiba Vivah, Jhulana Yatra, Ganesh Puja, Durga PujaKalipuja & DiwaliKartika Purnima, Gita Jayanti, Dola Jatra, and others.

Shivalinga at Akhandalamani Temple

The major prasad of Baba Akhandalamani Temple is Gharsana. This prasad is made up of a variety of elements that we generally use to make Pana on Pana Sankranti, however this prasad is offered to Baba Akhandalamani on a daily basis.

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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