Biraja Temple, Biraja Kshetra Shakti Peeth Jajpur Odisha

Biraja Temple is one of the beautiful temples of Jajpur, located in the Indian state of Odisha.  This holy shrine is dedicated to Sati, who incarnated (Shakti) as Biraja Maa. Situated on the riverbank of Baitarani, the temple is famous as one of the 51 Shakti Peeth in India. An enshrined deity of Lord Sweta Baraha, famed as Lord Vishnu's manifestation as the white bridegroom, is beautifully placed near the temple.

It is considered that Mother's naval fell in this place. The Devi's idol in the Biraja temple depicts Her standing on Mahishasura. Maa Biraja's crown is adorned with engravings of Lord Ganesh, a Shivling, and a crescent moon.

The Legend Says

History says- While Lord Shiva was carrying the corpse of Mother- Sati at this holy place, her navel had fell, and hence got its name after her. The Biraja temple is made of white coloured stones and has a red flag on top of the temple. The idols of two lions are installed on either side of the temple's main gate. The temple is whitewashed and has divine sculptures engraved on the outer walls.

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Biraja Temple Jajpur Architecture

There is evidence that a Biraja temple was built during the Gupta period in the 2nd or 1st century CE. Additionally, another temple was constructed in the 13th century CE. The temple complex also had multiple other temples dedicated to various goddesses. Unfortunately, the temple complex was destroyed by invaders in 1569 and remained in ruins for quite some time. However, it was eventually rebuilt around 1840 by a wealthy landowner.

Famous Festivals of Biraja Temple Jajpur 

Navratri and Durga Puja are religious festivals celebrated inside the Biraja temple twice a year with utmost enthusiasm and devotion.

1. Triveni Amavasya

The goddess Biraja's birthday ceremonial - is one of the most prominent temple celebrations. The day occurs on the new moon day in Mgha (January-February).

2. Dola Purnima

Dola Purnima is celebrated on the full moon day of Laguna (February-March).

3. Vrui Festival

Vrui is an auspicious day during Chaitra (March-April).

4. Mahvshiuva Sankranti 

On the first day of the solar month of Vaishakha (April-May), the Biraja temple hosts Sankranti.

5. Chandana Purnima 

On the Chandan Purnima day in May-June, the face of Maa Biraja's goddess is smeared with sandal paste. As a result, the day is significant for devotees. 

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Other Places to Visit Around: 

  • Jagannath puri Temple
  • Konark Sun Temple
  • Ratnagiri and Lalitgiri

Biraja Temple Timings: 6: 00 AM to 1: 30 PM and 3: 00 to 8: 30 PM

Best Season: January to December

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How to Reach 

1. By Road

The nearest bus stop is Jajpur Bus Stand, 2 kilometres from the Biraja devi temple.

2. By Rail

The nearest railway station is Jajpur Keonjhar, which is 30 kilometres away from the temple.

3. By Air

Bhubaneswar Airport is 103 kilometres distant from the Biraja temple.

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