PLACES TO VISIT IN JAJPUR
BIRAJA TEMPLE: The Biraja Temple is a historic Hindu temple with Devi Durga being worshipped as the main deity here. The primary ritual in the temple is Sharadiya Durga Puja that begins on the night of 'Krishna Paksha Ashtami', which falls before Mahalaya, and ends on Ashwin Shukla Paksha Navami. One can visit throughout the year to enjoy the 13th century temple.
Lalitgiri, Ratnagiri & Udaygiri: Famously referred and well acknowledged as the diamond triangle of Odisha, these three are counted among the most popular places in the state where people can embrace more of the Buddhist art and culture. These are the ideal holy spots for those who believe in Hinduism and Buddhism.
Lalitgiri – It is among the well acknowledged places among Hindus and Buddhist people and is at an about 90 kms distance away from Bhubaneswar city and is situated in Mahanga block of Cuttack district. Also known all around as Nalitgiri, the prime attraction here is the museum where people can see the bones of Gautam Buddha and many other archaeological findings.
Ratnagiri – Situated nearby the Birupa River in the Jajpur district, it is another famous Buddhist centre built by the Gupta King Narasimha Gupta Baladitya during first half of 6th century. There is a main stupa here, encircled by many smaller and medium sized stupas. All the stupas are distinct in the form of their material, structure and construction. There are 2 monasteries also present here.
Udayagiri – Situated in the Jajpur district, it is another famous Buddhist pilgrimage centre and is at an about 5 km distance away from Ratnagiri. There is a big monastery here with so many Buddhist sculptures and stupas available. The other attractions of the place are Dhayani Buddha figurines and Bodhisattva figurines and Buddhist monuments.
Langudi Hill – Langudi hills in Jajpur district in Odisha is another prime attraction visited by many comprising several artefacts, relics, shrines and religious paraphernalia dating back to 3rd century. The location was supposed to be a prominent centre of learning for Buddhist teachings and studies. The place is easily accessible and approachable from public transport and both Archaeological Survey of India and Government have invested lots of efforts in declaring this heritage site to be maintained and preserved for future generations. At the top of the hill, there is a series of 34 rock-cut early medieval Buddhist monuments, stupas and shrines and the most popular of all there is the 7th century Samudra Mudra image of Lord Buddha.
Chandi Temple – Dedicated to Goddess Chandi, Chandi temple is situated in the Chandikhole town in Jajpur district in Odisha. The temple is named after the goddess as she was worshipped by the late monk Baba Bhairabananda Brahmachari who founded the deity here among dense forests and beautiful adjoining hills of Barunei back in 1932. The languages spoken by locals here are Odia, Hindi or English. Holding much religious importance, a large number of tourists come by to seek the blessings of the deity and have a good time ahead.
Mahavinayak Temple – This temple is counted among one of the prime pilgrimage centres in the Chandikhole town in Jajpur district in Odisha. Being known as one of the oldest Ganesha temples of the state, five deities including Shiva, Durga, Vishnu, Sun and Ganesha are worshipped as one deity in the sanctum sanctorum here. This is why, there is no pahada here and rice prasadam is been offered here. A place known for holding both mythological and historical prominence, the temple was constructed during 12th century by the kings of Keshari Dynasty. Festivals including Makar Sankranti, Shiva Ratri and Raja are celebrated with full zeal and fun here, attended by travellers in large numbers.
Chhatia Bata – Being well known as one of the famous Hindu temples of the state Odisha, it is located at Chhatia in Jajpur district in Odisha. Dedicated to Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra, the prime attraction of the temple is the old Banyan tree that is also referred to as Bata in Odia language. The boundaries of the temple are supposed to be very big and the height of the boundary wall is approximate 20 to 22 feet. A beautiful temple to must visit by, each year, thousands of tourists flock from every corner of the world to come here and get the blessings of the deities.
Nearest Airport: Biju Patnaik International Airport (150km)
Nearest Railway Station: Jajpur Railway Station
Nearest Bus Stand: : OSRTC Bus Stand, Jajpur