Alarnatha Temple Puri | The mystical abode of Jagannath

Alarnatha Temple
Alarnatha Temple, Temple Location and Timings, Festivals, Rath Yatra Puri, Lord Jagannath

Alarnatha temple is located at around 25 km from Puri in Brahmagiri. It is a famous pilgrimage destination for the worshipers of Lord Vishnu. In Alarnatha temple Lord Vishnu is worshipped as Lord Alarnatha.

History of the temple

The place Brahmagiri was named after Lord Brahma who prayed Lord Vishnu on the top of the hill during Satya Yuga. Impressed by his prayers and will Lord Vishnu appeared and asked him to make an idol for him. The idol would be of him have four arms and holding shankha, chakra, gada, and padma (conch shell, disc, club, and lotus). 
It is said that the Alwars from Rajasthan established this temple here.
Apart from the idol of Lord Vishnu, Gardua can also be found praying at the feet of the deity. Also, idols of Rukmani and Satyabhama can be found.

Location of Alarnatha temple

Brahmagiri, Puri Odhisha752001

Contact Information

0674-2432177

How to reach

The nearest airport is Bhubaneswar Airport which is around 75 km. 
Puri Railway station is the nearest station.
Regular buses and taxis ply from Puri which is around 25 km.

Timings

Temple is open all days of the week from 5 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 9 pm.

Best time to visit the temple

During the Anavasara period of Lord Jagannath after the famous Snana yatra, the temple gets very crowded. It is said that during this period Lord Jagannath resides here. So people come to worship him.

Parking and Camera fees

The parking charge is Rs 30 and camera charge is Rs 5. Taking photos of the main idol is forbidden. 

Things to do
  1. Have the famous prasad of the temple.
  2. Pay your respects to Lord Vishnu.
  3. Look out for the famous Premasila.
  4. During Anavasara period try out the much-hyped Kheeri bhog.
  5. Rest and find your inner soul at the lake behind the temple.
Places nearby
  1. Puri Jagannath Temple
  2. Puri beach
  3. Chilika Lake
  4. Konark Sun temple
  5. Brahma Gaudiya Matha
Festivals

The famous Chandan Yatra (Sandalwood festival) takes place for 21 days at the lake behind the temple.

Legend of the temple

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu visited Lord Jagannath every day at Puri. During Anavasara period for 15 days, no one is allowed inside the temple. So he was directed by Lord Jagannath to go the Alarnatha temple. He prayed to Lord here during this time. Legend has it Lord Jagannath comes here and meets him.

Prasad served to Lord Vishnu

During mid-day Rica, dal, kheer and vegetables are served to the Lord. At night Khichudi and Pithas are given as prasad to the Lord.

Famous Myths
  1. The stone slab bearing the impression of Lord Chaitanya is present. It is said that the stone melted at the first touch of Lord Chaitanya when he lay down to pay his respects to Lord Alarnatha. It is called as Premasila.
  2. Another myth is also there about Kheer bhog. It is said that once a child devotee brought kheer for the deity. In the excitement to taste it, Lord Vishnu dipped his finger in hot kheer and got burnt. The burnt finger can be seen even till today.
Conclusion

I hope I appealed your interests to visit this beautiful temple. Do visit during the Anavasara and Chandan yatra to enjoy the festivities. Feel free to share your experience in the comment section below. 

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