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Alarnatha Mandira, Brahmagiri, Puri

Alarnatha mandira is located in Brahmagiri, in the district of Puri, in the state of Orissa. This particular temple is largely dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

A large number of devotees throng this particular temple during the krishnapaksha of Ashadha, immediately after the Snana Yatra when the lord Jagannath cannot be observed in Puri.

This particular period in Ashada Month is popularly known as ‘Anavasara’ or Anasara which literally meaning “no opportunity to see the lord of Puri” but instead of having whole hearted darshan in Jagannath Temple.

According to the local legends, devotees strongly believe that Lord Jagannath manifests as Alarnath Dev during this time at the Alarnath temple.

Alwar saint Ramanujacharya’s visit to Orissa is largely associated with this temple.

According to the Hindu religious scholars and pundits, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was directed by the Lord to see him at Brahmagiri and visit his important another temple known as Alvaarnath when Lord Shri Jagannatha was kept in secret chamber for 15 days during his stay in Puri.

In this temple, special Purnima and Amavasya pujas and rituals are conducted in these auspicious and religious important days. It is to be noted that the Lord is offered Ball Bhoga, a special type of dish plus rice, dal and mixed vegetable curries with sweet payasam in this temple.

There are many astrological benefits associated with purnima puja conducted in this temple. This particular puja largely reduces the malefic effects of Chandra, Surya and Brahaspati. It really benefits to bring good luck to all the family members in the household.

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