(Last Updated on : 06-08-2015)
Nilamadhava Temple is an ancient shrine situated on the right-bank of the river Mahanadi
which is believed to have been worshipped by the Tribal. It is also believed that the temple
has been constructed and worshipped earlier than the construction of lord Jagannath temple
. Therefore, this holy land claims priority over Srikshetra (Puri). Another attraction of this place is the Singhanath Temple.
Location of Nilamadhava Temple
It is located in Nayagarh district
in the Indian state
of Odisha. It is situated on the right-bank of the river
Mahanadi in a block called Khandapada. The nearest railway
station is Khurda.
History of Nilamadhava Temple
It is believed that in the ancient days, it all started in a small cave in the Brahmadri hills
situated on the banks of Mahanadi. As per scholars, Biswabasu, the local Sabara Chief worshipped Kitung (as the God
was known in the Sabara dialect) in this cave. Puranas
say that the God was originally worshipped in the form of an Indranila gem image known as Nilamadhava.
Attractions of Nilamadhava Temple
The main attraction of this temple is architecture
as it resembles the structure of Jagannath temple of Puri. It is called Triveni Sangam
of Odisha as there is Beni-Madhava in Prayag, so as here Nilamadhava.
The other attractions are the various festivals celebrated here. Amongst all, Maagha Saptami festival or Ratha Saptami
is the most popular one. Another famous festival of this temple is celebrated on 'Pausa Purnima' when Lord Neelamadhab is decorated with Gold ornaments'. A fair is organized on the Ekadashi
of the month of Maagha
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