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Mahaprabhu in Jajpur

by Krishna Das

Posted August 16, 2012

A long time ago when Srila Goura govinda Swami Maharaj was present, Iskcon Bhubaneswar had occupied a piece of Land at Viraja ksetra or Jajpur town. From that time nobody has taken enough interest to start something there. Few days back some interested local devotees came to Bhubaneswar Iskcon temple and met temple president H.G. Dhruba Maharaj Das and H.H. Gourav Narayan Swami to express their intense desire to start some preaching activities in Viraja Kshetra by using that occupied land as a base. One of odiya devotee H.G. Krshna das who had already stayed many years in Iskcon Bhubaneswar after that at Iskcon Mayapur and recently staying at Iskcon Mumbai (Juhu) has taken lot of interest and effort to build a small temple with preaching activities.

Importance of Varaha Kshetra

1.SHRI CHAITANYA MAHAPRABHU who stayed here for a day or two and offered worship to Lord Varaha on his way to Puri in the first decade of 16th century.

2.Jajpur is very close to Kapilesvara, the birthplace of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s grandfather. It is the place from where His grandfather’s family had moved to west Bengal.

3.Lord Sri Krishna Caitany’s Lotus foot print by the melting of stone at varaha kshetra inside Varaha temple.

4.Jagannath Temple at bank of Vaitarani River.

5.Four Varaha Deva: Yajna Varaha, Sveta Varaha, Lakshmi Varaha and Padma Varaha deva. In satya yug varahadev appeared here who killed demon Hiranyakhya, in other kalpas also different varahadev appears here, and because of that this is called Varaha Kshetra.

6.One of the four most holy places (Char Dhams) in the religious tradition of Vaishnavism or Hinduism located in Odisha. According to the tradition, Lord Vishnu after killing the demon Gayasura (at Gaya city of Modern Bihar), to commemorate the glory of His victory, placed his Sankha (Conch) in Puri, Chakra (Disc) in Bhubaneswar, Gada (Mace) in Jajpur and Padma (Lotus) in Konark and they were later known as Sankha Kshetra, Chakra Kshetra, Gada Kshetra and Padma Kshetra respectively in spiritual and religious tradition.

7.Dasawasamedha ghat: Combination of all 64 holy places water present in Baitarani River. Whoever takes bath in this ghat get Vaikuntha liberation with four armed form. The well known Dasaswasamedha Ghat built by the Soma Vansi King , Jajati Keshari , where the great Aswamedha Yajna was performed during the 10th century still exists under the piles of sand. Seven form of Durga Devi (Suvadra Maharani or Yogamaya …………..) known as seven sister, resides on this ghat.

8. Viraja Temple where the deity Viraja Devi( the goddess of viraja river, the consciousness) is yogamaya herself stays in Jajpur. Orissa has two kshetras one is ShriKshetra Puri where Supreme Personality of godhead stays. Another is this Viraja Kshetra where Yogamaya (Virraja Devi) the supreme potency of Lord Jagannath stays, so it is complete dham.

9. According to the Linga Purana, Viraja originated from the sacrificial altar where Brahma made a yajna at Jaipur. Brahmakunda of Jajpur is believed to be the site of yajna. Since then, Viraja kshetra was famous all over India and it is believed that seven generations of ancestors get salvation when one visits the pitha of mother Viraja. There are other 68 subsidiary tirthas at Jajpur to heighten the glory of Viraja.

Any devotee interested to visit or help the new Namahatta centre at Varaha Kshetra please contact H. G. Krishna das. E-mail- daskrsnadas@yahoo.co.in

HARE KRISHNA
Thank you very much
Yours in the service of Srila Prabhupada.
Krishna Das


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