The Biraja Temple, or Girija Kshetra,, is a historic Hindu temple located in Jajpur, Odisha, India. The present temple was built during the 13th century. The principal idol is Devi Durga, who is worshiped as Viraja, and the temple gave Jajpur the nicknames "Viraja Kshetra" and "Biraja Peetha". The Durga idol has two hands, spearing the chest of Mahishasura with one hand and pulling his tail with the other. One of her feet is on a lion, and the other is on Mahishasura's chest. Mahishasura is depicted as a water buffalo. The idol's crown features Ganesha, a crescent moon and a lingam. The temple covers a large area, and has several shrines to Shiva and other deities. According to the Skanda Purana it cleanses pilgrims, and it is called the Viraja or the Biraja kshetra. Jajpur is believed to have about one crore of Shiva lingams.In TantraThe Brahmayamala Tantra has a hymn, "Aadya Stotra", dedicated to Shakti. In the hymn, Vimala is the goddess of Puri and Viraja (Girija) is the goddess worshipped in the Utkala Kingdom, which became Odisha.To visit Maa Biraja Temple on your holiday in Jajpur, and find out what else Jajpur has to offer, use our Jajpur online trip builder .
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The Maa Biraja Temple is a renowned Shakti peeth located in Jajpur around 125 kilometres north of Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. Here Godess Durga is worshipped as Girija-Biraja & Lord Shiva as Jagannath... more »
The trip from bhuvaneswar to jaipur was arranged with the help of the manager of the odhissa tourism office in panthan nivas bhuvaneswar which was comfortable and helpful by all means. the temple is s... more »
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