Baladev Jew Temple is situated in Ichhapur (Tulasi Khetra), Kendrapara, Odisha. Baladevjew Temple is a very famous temple of Odisha and Balarama is its main divinity. However, Jagannath and Subhadra are also worshipped in the Ratna Sinhasan in the main temple. An idol representing tulasi as a goddess in a seated position is also present after the sacred seven steps.
The present shrine of Siddha Baladeva Jew was constructed during the Maratha rule in Orissa (1761 AD) of Ichhapur (Kendrapara). It was constructed by the king of Kujanga, Raja Gopal Sandha and Zamidar (land lord) of Chhedara killah, Srinivas Narendra Mahapatra. One saint (Santha) Gopi Das and Sairatak Giri convinced the then Maratha Chief Janoji and constructed the Jagamohan, Bhoga Mandapa of the main temple, temple of Gundicha and compound wall.
It is believed that Khan-I-Duran, the subedar of Odisha during the Moghul Emperor Aurangeb demolished the temple in 1661 and built a mosque on the remains of the temple. Devotees of Lord Baladev Jeu, took the deity in disguise in a boat through the river Govari and kept the deity in a secret place near Baranga (Chhedara) Jungle. Afterwards it was shifted to Balarampur village near Luna river at Sakhi Bata. Later it was transferred to the present day Icchapur temple.
Architecture and Construction of Baladev Jew Temple
Baladevjew Temple is constructed over an area of 2 acres (0.81 ha) of land. There are 2 parts in the total area. In one part, different temples are there and the other part is a beautiful garden. There is a boundary around the temple, 46 feet (14 m) high.
Rituals Followed in Baladev Jew Temple
The deities of Lord Baladevjew, Lord Jagannath and Goddess Subhadra wear different costumes and are decorated in different ways during different important festivals. This tradition is known as Besha (alankara). The Rath Yatra here is famous for the Brahma Taladhwaja Rath.
Morning offering (Sakala Dhupa)
Offering at pre-noon (Madhhyanna Dhupa)
Rice offering ( Dwiprahara Dhupa/ Anna Dhupa)
Offering at evening ( Sandhya Aarati Dhupa)
Rice offering ( Nisankhudi Dhupa)
Offering at night ( Badasinghar Dhupa)
How to Reach
Airports: Biju Patnaik Airport
Kendrapara is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Bhubaneswar at a distance of 68kms.
There is no regular trains to Kendrapara from other major cities of the country. The nearest Railway station is at Cuttack which is located at a distance of 55kms.
Railway Station(s): Cuttack , Radhakishorepur.