Jajpur was previously known as Jajnyapura and was the former capital of the Kalinga kingdom. The district is the prominent place for worship of the Goddess Shakti Biraja peetha, the holy temple of Goddess Biraja is a famous shrine. There are many other holy sites including Sweta Baraha, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu as the white boar.
The Gokarnika temple is located in Jarka of Jajpur. The holy shrine is located at a distance of about 72 KMs from the capital city of Odisha, Bhubaneswar, and about 40Kms from the main town of Jajpur. The temple is located in the bank of river Brahmani. Lord Shiva in the name of Gokarnika is been worshiped in the temple.
Here are the important facts to know before visiting this holy Gokarnika temple –
1. The temple is opened for the disciples at 5 AM.
2. The temple is closed from 1 PM to 3 PM.
3. The Rudrabhishek of the Lord is performed here.
There are many other holy places which you can visit on your next trip to Jajpur. The places include Maa Biraja Temple, Ratnagiri, Lalitgiri, Udayagiri, Olasuni, Kushuma Pond, Dasaswamedha ghatSweta Baraha – the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Saptamatruka are located along river Baitarani. Famous shrines such as Patharajpur, Ashokajhar, Chandikhol, Bhhatia bata, Kuransa, Mahavinayak, Satyapira, Singhapur, Vyas Sarovar, and Baruneswar Peetha.
The ancient scriptures mentioned that Odisha was divided into five religious regions. In the context, Jajpur was known as Shaktikshetra, Bhubaneswar was known as Ekamrakshetra, Puri is called as Srikshetra, Konark is known as Arkakshetra and Chandikhol as Ganapati Kshetra.
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