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Maa Biraja Temple, Jajpur

#38 of 72 in Historic Sites in Odisha
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The Biraja Temple, or Girija Kshetra,, is a historic Hindu temple located in Jajpur, Odisha, India. The present temple was built during the 13th century. The principal idol is Devi Durga, who is worshiped as Viraja, and the temple gave Jajpur the nicknames "Viraja Kshetra" and "Biraja Peetha". The Durga idol has two hands, spearing the chest of Mahishasura with one hand and pulling his tail with the other. One of her feet is on a lion, and the other is on Mahishasura's chest. Mahishasura is depicted as a water buffalo. The idol's crown features Ganesha, a crescent moon and a lingam. The temple covers a large area, and has several shrines to Shiva and other deities. According to the Skanda Purana it cleanses pilgrims, and it is called the Viraja or the Biraja kshetra. Jajpur is believed to have about one crore of Shiva lingams.In TantraThe Brahmayamala Tantra has a hymn, "Aadya Stotra", dedicated to Shakti. In the hymn, Vimala is the goddess of Puri and Viraja (Girija) is the goddess worshipped in the Utkala Kingdom, which became Odisha.
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  • The heavenly place of Maa Biraja.Very good place for calm and quite. You can also find a numerous temple if god and goddess in a 2 km. Area. You will love to visit the place.  more »
  • Biraja temple was built in 13th century. The idol in this temple is Dwibhujamurthy, having two hands with, Thrishul in one hand and holding Mahishasura tail in another hand. Maa Biraja devi also calle...  more »
  • As i am hindu by diksha i imagine that i could enter the temple.. They didn t allow me to get in...i went to the collector of the city and he can do nothing. ..SO IF YOU ARE A FOREIGNER DON T GO THERE...  more »
  • The Place is full of peace and calm.
  • Very powerful place of inner peace. I felt very spiritual in the temple premises.
  • Nice goddess temple of MAA Biraja! The place is full of peace and calm! I enjoyed a lot!
  • Very nice temple
  • Skanda puran History of lord shiva & maa Durga famously Shakti pitha

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