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LORD AKHANDALESWAR TEMPLE ; The Landmark of Aradi for Lord Shiva Temple , Bhadrak, #Odisha #Temple

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On the bank of river Baitarani, the Akhandalamani Temple is the abode of Lord Shiva.Sri Sri Akhandaleswar Mahadev bije Aradi  is popularly known as Akahnadalamani Mahadev. The temple of the Lord is situated at Aradi which comes under Chandabali Block, Chandabali Tahasil and Dhusuri Police Station in Bhadrak Sub-Division of Bhadrak District, Odisha.

Odisha is known as the ‘Land of temples’. All the temples give you a glimpse of the fine architecture, history, and listen to fascinating tales from mythology.
     Being a localite of Bhadrak, i grew up listening to The Stories, The Myth, The Heritage, The Beliefs of Lord Akhandalamani and the place called Aradi pitha. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Great god Lord Shiva is the presiding deity inside this temple.This place is around 39 KM from Jajpur town, 37 km from Bhadrak town And around 130 km from Bhubaneswar .

Akhandalamani temple is one of the most famous religious sites in Bhadrak district. The Temple has a custom of applying milk, curd, banana, coconut, honey, gud, ghee directly on the Shiva Linga ( idol ).. And the mixture is called ” Gharsana”. The main Prasad of Baba Akhandalamani.

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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 plough was broken by hitting with some hard material. The peasant was astonished and found a black glazed granite stone full of blood flowing toward the river Baitarani. The peasant ran to call King Niladrisamar Singhm and he hurriedly came to the spot, finding a flood of milk in place of blood and a huge black cobra hooding the stone.

That night the king had a dream regarding the arrival of the God Akhandalamani on that place. This news spread like wild fire in the locality. The next day King Niladri Samara Singha Mohapatra started worshiping the great god and immediately built a wooden temple on the spot. 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 (worshiping and taking care) of lord Akhandalamani.

The place is known as “ARADI” pitha. Believed that the name came from that stone incident… While the farmer pushing his plough towards the black glaze stone again and again, there was a sound “Aaaaaaaaaaa” coming from that stone.. Because of that stone roaring ( Radi ) like “Aaaaaa”.. From that day this place is called”Aaaaa+Radi ( Roar)” = ARADI. 

Then the king of Rajkanika Shri Harihara Bhanja Deo was suffering from a severe eye disease. All the treatments are failed, one day his wife Rani Satyabhama patta mahadei decided to came Aradi and keep dharana (Spiritual concentration).. Then Baba Akhandalamani appeared in King’s dream and told him the remedy.. At last king Harihar Bhanjdeo cured from that disease.. As per The Queen’s “manasika” ( offering promised) The King built a Main pucca ( solid) Temple for Lord Akhandalamani… He dug a large pond near the Temple named ” Shiv Ganga”. The pond is connected to the River Baitarani…

There are many belief systems, folklores about this Temple. With a minimum and limited knowledge about The invisible Shiva and his mystery, some people here realized the presence of Baba, and this thing pulled devotees closer to Lord Akhandalamani. People here strongly believe baba Akhandalamani as ” The living god”.. A place Worth visit for.

The present main temple of Aradi was built by the King of Konika Shri Harihara Bhanja and his chief 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.

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A number of rituals are celebrated in a year in the temple of mysterious Lord Aakhandaleswar. According to Hindu’s calendar a year starts from the month of Baisakha.

  • Panaa Sankranti:Thousands of devotees visit to the temple on this occasion, becauseGharshana on this occasion is unique and fruitful. Only on this occasion,Sebayats (the priests of this temple) offer Gharshan of their own expenses. In the evening different cultural programs are celebrated.
  • Chandan yatra:In these twenty one days of celebration, Chandan Purnima (full moon day) is the most important day of Chandan Yatra. According to the local belief, trough this divine boating Lord escapes from the intolerable heat of the summer. But in real, it is the suitable time for the congregation of human and god. The Lord himself comes out from the temple to appear before the devotees and to make the devotees free from all pain and agonies.
  • Siva Vibah (The wedding ceremony of Lord Siva):Shiva Vibah (marriage ceremony of Lord Shiva) continues for the whole night and ends with emotional union of bride’s and bridegroom’s fathers. On behalf of this occasion, different cultural programs are arranged in this night. Different types of delicious foods and drinks are served to the guests.  The sacred occasion is completely arranged by the temple administration.
  • Maha Shiva Ratri (Jaagara):The month of Falguna the famous Jagara Yatra is celebrated. The fruitfulness of the day is equivalent with all the rituals celebrated in the whole year. With the Aalati in the dawn, the king of Kanika offers Gharshan and Khichudi is offered after gharshan. Lord Shiva appears in Digambara complexion and a number of devotees comeS to behold the charming beauty of Digambar. The worshiping starts from the firstprahara of Jagara. All the devotees and priests remain awake to perform Sodasa Upachar Abhisekh and yagnya. After the last prahara of worship and Abhisekh, the Mahasnana ritual starts. The priests pour one hundred and eight pots of water collected from the river Ganga on the deity of Lord Aakhndaleswar. Then lord Shiva is embellished with highly cost gold ornaments. Other gods and goddess wait eagerly to see this beautiful complexion of lord Shiva. This ornamented stunnings appearance of lord Shiva is priceless for all the gods, goddesses and human beings.

As Per Wiki:

Akhandalamani Temple at Aradi village, Odisha, India, is dedicated to Lord Siva. Aradi is about 37 kilometers away from Bhadrak. The present fifty-foot cement and concrete temple structure replaced a wooden temple some time between 1830-1840 AD. The temple is just 8 km away from the famous Kali mandir of Rameswarpur village.

How To Reach:

  • From the New Bus stand of Bhadrak Town the Akhandaleswar Temple is at a distance of about 39 Kms. To the south side of the town after 2 Kms from the said Bus stand one will find Akhandalimani Chhak (Square) at Gelpur to the left where from the way to Lord Akhandaleswar runs. On the left hand side of it, a milestone stands stating the distance to Aradi in the Odia language.
  • The Lord’s Temple is located near about 42 Kms away from Bhadrak Railway Station. Coming to the NH-5 at Charampa from the railway station and moving south on NH via servcie road near Bus Stand at Bonth Chakk one will come to Akhandalamani Chakk (Gelpur) where from left turn will be taken on Bhadrak-Aradi road to the Holy place of the Lrd.
  • Nearest Airport Bhubaneswar.

𝗠𝗮𝗷𝗼𝗿 𝗳𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗮𝗹𝘀  – Mahashivratri, Shamba dasami, Bol-Bom, Panna Sankranti, Chandran Yatra (chandana chapa), Kartika Purnima, dipabali Amabasya, shiva vivah.
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