Alarnath Temple – Brahmagiri Alarnath, Puri

Alarnath Temple, Brahmagiri

Alarnath temple is a 14th century temple, its name is derived from Alarnath, and this temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This temple is situated near Brahmagiri, Puri, Odisha. Alarnath temple is around 20kms from Puri. It is believed that this is the place where Lord Brahma worshiped Lord Vishnu on the top of the hill in the Satya Yuga. Lord Vishnu got impressed and asked Lord Brahma to construct a deity of four-armed idol, with shankha (conch shell) on upper left hand, chakra (disk) on his upper right hand, gada (kaumodaki) on his lower left hand, and padma (lotus flower) on his lower right hand, and name the place as Brahmagiri- Brahma’s hill. Garuda with hands folded (in prayer position) kneels at the feet of the idol. The idol of Vishnu in Alarnath temple was made by Lord Brahma with a piece of black stone.

During the period of Anavasara, Lord Jagannath become sick and stays in the sick chamber, nobody is allowed to see Lord Jagannath and his siblings. So, it is believed that this Alaranth temple is the manifestation of Lord Jagannath of Puri, hence, people go to Alarnath temple to worship and get blessings of Lord Jagannath. There is also a beautiful idol of Maa Lakshmi with four hands, darshan of her will soothes your mind and will give inner peace. There is also a lake behind the temple premises where Chandan Yatra of Lord Jagannath and his siblings is celebrated for almost 21 days every year.

Special Kheer at Alarnath Temple, Puri

When you visit the temple, don’t forget to eat prasad which is served to God- the special kheer of Odisha which is a mixture of rice and jaggery is just delicious. There is a believe about the kheer, that one day a devotee offered hot kheer to the Lord. The lord hurriedly dipped his fingers to enjoy the kheer and the fingers of his right hand of got burnt. This thing is clearly visible in the idol. So, ask the Priest to show the burnt fingers of Lord Jagannath in the idol. Hence, the face of Lord Vishnu in the temple is always covered with sandalwood paste which acts as soothing balm, after he ate the hot kheer.

Lord Alarnath Image

Best Time To Visit Alarnath Temple:

During the Anavasara Period of Lord Jagannath at Puri, when gods fall sick and nobody is allowed for darshan of Lord Jagannath at Puri temple, then at that time a major number of people come to visit Alarnath temple to worship Lord Jagannath. This is open on all days of the year. It isn’t a much famous place but a must visit place for all the Krishna devotees.

Lord Alarnath Temple, Puri

Points To Know Before Visiting Alarnath Temple:

  • The temple is near NH 203A, Brahmagiri, Puri, Odisha.
  • The temple timing is from 5am to 12pm in the morning and from 4pm to 9pm in the evening.
  • You can spend up to an hour in the temple.
  • Dress code is not specific but better to wear ethnic, sarees and salwar suits, and pyjamas.

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Places To Visit Nearby:

You can visit Satapada, which is at a distance of 48kms from Puri and nearly 100kms from Bhubaneswar through NH203A, via Alarnath Temple. Satapada is in the eastern coast of Odisha, on the way from Puri to Chilika lake. Satapada is a home to the famous Irrawaddy dolphins.

Jagannath Temple, Puri

It is an important Hindu temple on eastern coast of India. Ratha yatra, the world widely famous festival is the best and auspicious time to visit the temple. It is one of the four sites which comes under Char Dham yatra.

  • Puri Sea Beach:
Puri Sea Beach, Puri, Odisha

Puri beach near Jagannath Dham is great to watch sunset. It is just 2kms from Puri temple. The clean blue sea with golden sands on the shore is worth watching. You can visit the shore at any time of the day. You will get the taste of local life and sea food in the beach.

How To Reach?

  • By Air

The nearest airport is Biju Patnaik International Airport Bhubaneshwar, Odisha. Brahmagiri is at a distance of 88kms from the Bhubaneswar. You can rent a car to visit the Alarnath temple. Bus services are available from Bhubaneshwar to Brahmagiri. 

  • By Train

There are no direct trains to Brahmagiri. Nearest railway station is Puri. From Puri the temple is around 20kms, you can go in local bus or rent a taxi to visit Alarnath temple.

  • By Road

Regular govt. and private bus services are available from Bhubaneshwar city and from Puri to Brahmagiri. 

You can also directly rent a taxi from Bhubaneswar and visit the Alarnath temple and Puri Jagannath Dham. This is a place which can be visited with family and friends. So must include this temple in your list when you visit Puri.

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