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Baba Kakharua Baidyanath Mandir, Manatri

Baba Kakharua Baidyanath Mandir (ବାବା କଖାରୁଆ ବୈଦ୍ୟନାଥ ମନ୍ଦିର)

Baba Kakharua Baidyanath Mandir (Odia: ବାବା କଖାରୁଆ ବୈଦ୍ୟନାଥ ମନ୍ଦିର) is a Shiva Temple in the Manatri village of Mayurbhanj district in Odisha. Baidyanath Bhanja Maharaja constructed this temple in 1556.

Side View of Kakharua Mahadev Temple, Manatri, Mayurbhanj, Odisha

This 700-year-old temple is around 38 kilometers from Baripada and 30 kilometers from Udala. Coincidentally, the distance between Baisinga, Betanati, and Badashai is 12 kilometers.

The main temple of Kakharua Mahadev Temple in Manatri, Mayurbhanj

The temple complex occupies three acres of land. The main temple stands 63 feet 6 inches tall. During Maha Shivaratri, about a hundred thousand worshippers congregate here.

Baba Kakharua Baidyanath Temple in Manatri, Mayurbhanj, Odisha

The Jagara Mela is held for 15 days. Thousands of people gather during Shrabana to sprinkle sacred water on the Shiva Linga.

Temple at Kakharua Baidyanath Mandir

There is a pond alongside the Temple called Kundi, and legend has it that the Shiva Linga was discovered there near the Kundi under a wax gourd plant. Because Kakharu is a synonym for wax gourd and the Kind Baidyanath erected this temple, the structure is known as the Kakharua Baidyanath Temple.

Ancient Tree at Kakharua Baidyanath Mandir

A food made of wax gourd, or kakharu, is presented to Mahadev here, and it tastes delicious.

Entergate of Kakharua Baidyanath Mandir

Note: All these photographs used in this blog are taken from Rajendra, Ajay Mohanty, and Santosh Biswal. The information written about this place is taken from news articles as well as from Sajeeta Sarangi Tripathy and Sai Prakash.

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