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Sakshigopal Temple, Puri

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In possession of a vast Hindu history, Sakshigopal Temple is a medieval temple dedicated to Lord Gopal. Here you will see many of the religious priests known as ‘Pandas’ that will provide you with information on the temples history. Reminiscent of Kalinga style architecture, the temple houses statues of King Vajra 16 idols. Be sure to check ahead in case of any events that may overlap your stay such as Amla Navami, the festival dedicated to touching Radha’s feet. Take a look at our Puri itinerary maker to schedule your visit to Sakshigopal Temple and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Its a small temple and the whole visit will take less than 60 minutes. The locals say in order to complete and register your visit with Lord Jagannath you must visit here after u go to the PURI temple...  more »
  • Poorly maintained, Chaotic, dusty and not very clean when it comes to surroundings, which is a shame given that it is a place of worship. Felt disappointed by the priests scattered all around who want...  more »
  • it is located in sakhigopal town on the puri bhuvaneshwar highway an auto is enough to go over there 10 re from puri bus stand The deity is lord gopinath and after seeing jagannath temple one should v...  more »
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  • Beautiful temple. Famous for both Krishna and Radha. Be aware of priests, some are touts.
  • Once I have read the story about this temple it is said that Sri Krishna came to her to prove his devotee before the villagers of this sakhigopal
  • Poorly maintained, Chaotic, dusty and not very clean when it comes to surroundings, which is a shame given that it is a place of worship. Felt disappointed by the priests scattered all around who want to grab your money in return for favours from God.
  • Im just giving it a 4 star , because this is the only pokestop in our area....
  • Sakshigopal Temple is a medieval temple dedicated to Lord Gopal located in the town of Sakshigopal on the Puri Bhubaneshwar highway in Odisha, India. The temple is built in the Kalinga style of temple architecture. Origin It is said that a poor young man of the village, later named Sakhigopal, fell in love with the daughter of the village headman. However, being of a higher economic status, the headman opposed marriage between this young man and his daughter. The villagers, including the headman and the young man, went on a pilgrimage to Kashi . The village headman fell ill and was abandoned by fellow villagers. The young man tended to him so well that he soon got well and, in gratitude, promised his daughter in marriage to the young man. As soon as they returned to the village, the headman went back on his promise, asking the young man to produce a witness in support of his claim. Lord Gopal, impressed by the young man's devotion, agreed to come and bear witness to the promise on one condition: that the young man lead the way and he would follow, but the young man must never look back. He led the way to the village, passing a mound of sand. As they passed, the man could not hear the Lord's footsteps and turned back. Immediately the Lord turned into a statue of stone rooted to the spot. The villagers were still so impressed that God himself came to back the young man's claim that the youngsters were married off; they were later appointed as the first priests of the temple built in Lord Gopal's honor who came to bear witness (known in Sanskrit as Sakshi). Deity's idol made by Vajra (grandson of Krishna) King Vajra (the grandson of Lord Krishna) had 16 idols of Krishna and other gods carved from a rare, imperishable stone called Braja and built temples to house these idols in and around Mathura so as to feel the presence of Lord Krishna. The four presiding idols of Braja Mandala are Sri Harideva of Govardhan , Sri Keshava Deva of Mathura, Sri Baladeva of Baladeo, and Govindaji of Vrindavan . There are two Naths—Sri Nathji, who was originally at Govardhan and is now in Nathdwar, Rajasthan , and Sri Gopinath, who is now in Jaipur . The two Gopals are Sri Madana Mohan, who is now housed at Karoli Rajasthan, and Sakshi Gopal, who is now moved to the town of Sakshi Gopal, Orissa, near Puri. Amla Navami The temple is famous for celebrating the annual Amla Navami Festival (Amla = gooseberry ; Navami = ninth day in a lunar cycle). The festival is associated with the practice of touching Radha 's feet (Radha was the legendary lover of Lord Krishna). Legend has it that the temple was originally without a statue of Radha. But when a girl named Lakhmi claimed to be the incarnation of Radha, and it is believed that Lord Krishna (here as Gopal) should not be without his true love Radha, a statue from northern India was installed here. The statue had originally Ghagra and Choli adorned but when it was clad on a traditional saree of Odisha, the feet of the statue was visible and the priests took it for a holy sign. From that day Amla Navami is celebrated and Hindu pilgrims are allowed inside the temple to touch the goddess's feet. Daily food offerings The food offerings at Sakhigopala temple are made of wheat instead of rice. This is one of exceptional offerings among the worshipping processes of Vishnu temples all over the world, which is called prasad