(Last Updated on : 10/02/2015)
Manikeshwari temple is one of the significant religious spots in the Odisha state of India
. It is situated in Kalahandi district
of the state. The temple
is dedicated to Goddess
Manikeshwari, one of the popular Hindu deities in Odisha. The festival of chhatar yatra and Dussehra
are the highlights of this temple. The Karlapat Wildlife Sanctuary
known for its different species of animals
is located close to the temple.
Rituals of Manikeswari Temple
The shrine has been constructed on the southern side of the town of Bhawanipatna
. The temple is visited by devotees from different places. Majority of the devotees belong to the fishermen community
. The ritual of animal sacrifice is practiced in the temple. Animal sacrifice mainly takes place during the festival of Dussehra that is celebrated on a grand scale.
Festivals of Manikeshwari Temple
Every year Manikeshwari temple organizes the festival of chhatar yatra. Devotees flock to the temple premises during this time to offer prayers at the feet of the goddess and receive her blessings and get their wished fulfilled. They also sacrifice animals to the deity during the festival. The festival of Dussehra is also celebrated on a grand scale.
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