History of Narayana Gosain Temple
According to history Kalapahada, a Muslim invader in the 16th century destroyed several Hindu temples and idols in the region. Hence to protect the idol of Narayana the king of Madhupurgarh hid it in a pond. After few years the lord appeared in the dream of the king and instructed him to install the idol in the temple. The incident took place during the Mahavisuva Sankranti or Pana Sankranti period. Since then the idol is taken out of water on the Pana Sankranti day and revered for three days.
Rituals of Narayana Gosain Temple
The idol of Lord Narayana is kept in a pond known as Madhutirtha Kshetra throughout the year except for three days. Devotees from far off places visit the temple during the annual ceremony known as Singhapur yatra. During the festival the King of Madhupurgarh first worships the Lord on the bank of the pond. Following this the devotees partake in the ceremony. Earlier the rituals were carried out by the Raja of Madhupurgarh. It was last carried out by the Late Raja His Highness Krishna Prakash Dhir Narendra Singh. However, since 2007 the rituals are conducted by the saints of the temples.
Narayana Gosain Temple is well connected by all modes of transport. It is located at a distance of 20 kms from NH5 that runs between Chennai and Howrah. Buses plying from Bhubaneswar to Jajpur halt at Jaraka and Kuakhia stoppage. Tourists can avail suitable transport for the temple from there. The nearest railhead is at Jajpur Keonjhar Road or Byasanagar.
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