Biraja Temple is an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Durga.
Biraja Temple which is also known as Viraja Kshetra or "Oddyana Peetha" is located in Jajpur district of Odisha. Biraja Temple is located at a distance of almost 125 kilometers north from Bhubaneswar. The present temple was built during the 13th century.
The Durga idol has two hands (dwibhuja), 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.
5:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Festivals of Biraja Temple :
Biraja Temple celebrates few festivals, the most important being the Sharadiya Durga Puja celebrated for 16 days. The festival starts before the Mahalaya from the Krishna Paksha Ashtami night. It ends on the Ashwin Shukla Paksha Navami. The festival is also known as Shodasha Dinatatmika Puja. During the Mahashtami and Mahanavami days, the Ratha Yatra of the goddess takes place. The chariot is named as Simhadhwaja as it bears the flag symbol of a lion. Animal sacrifice is known as 'Bali Danam' takes place in the temple during the transition of the lunar phase from Shukla Ashtami to Shukla Navami. On the Dussehra day, the Aparajita Puja is conducted. The deity is worshipped regularly according to the rituals prescribed in Tantra and Agama.
Tourism in Biraja Temple :
The devotees from far off places flock Biraja Temple during Mahalaya and Durga Puja. They bath in the holy water of Baitarani River on the Chaitra Krishna Chaturdasi. The day is known as Varuni Snan Yoga.