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Mahavinayak Temple

God : Ganesh

Address :Chandikhol, Jajapur, Odisha, India

Locality/City/Village: Jajpur

State : Odisha

Country: India

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About

Mahavinayak Temple is the oldest Hindu temple of Lord Ganesha in Odisha. It is located in Chandikhole of Jajpur district. The specialty of this temple is that the five Gods (Shiva, Vishnu, Durga, Sun and Ganesha) are worshiped as one deity in a single Garbhagriha. Lord Ganesha's other name is Binayak. For this the temple name is Mahavinayak. But this place is popularly known as a Shiva Khestra. This temple is also called as Shri Shri Mahavinayak Shaiv Peeth.

History and Architecture

This temple was constructed by the kings of the Keshari Dynasty of Odisha during the 12th century. The temple is made up of double-colored bricks- red and yellow.

The wife of Kamadev, Rati Devi is worshiped here to the release of her husband from the curse of Lord Shiva. While she was praying to Lord Ganesh, five hands simultaneously stretched out towards her to receive her offering, putting her in a dilemma. She then prayed to Bramha who clarified that the five Gods, Ganesh, Sun, Vishnu, Shiva, and Durga had been pleased with her prayer and simultaneously stretched their hands to receive her offering. Kamadev was released thereafter, and that day a large granite stone emerged from the earth, containing the divine power of the five gods. During the Mahabharat battle, mother Kunti also offered Golden Champa flower to Lord Shiva from this place for the victory of her sons.

Specialty

Mahavinayak enshrines the five godheads in one Lingam. The special of Mahavinayak temple is that the five Gods Shiva, Vishnu, Durga, Sun and Ganesha are worshiped as one deity in a single Garbhagriha. A few years back a new beautiful Hanuman temple has been constructed near to the entrance of Mahavinayak temple. This is the latest attraction added to the already famous tourist location.

Puja and Festivals

Festivals such as Maha Shivratri, Makar Sankranti, and Raja are celebrated here. Maha Shivratri is celebrated for five days with Yagna and Homa every year. In the month of Shravan, especially on Shravan somvar Shiva devotees offer holy river water to fulfill their wishes.

How to Reach

By Air: Nearest Airport is Bhubaneswar which is 65 Kilometer.

By Train: Nearest Railway Station is Cuttack.

By Road: Buses are also accessible to reach the temple 

Temple Timings

Day Morning Evening
Monday - Sunday 06:00 AM 08:00 PM

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