Shri Baladevjew Temple Tulasi Khetra is situated at a distance of 5 km from Kendrapara Town. Here one can see the beautiful temple with other small temples in its side exhibiting the architectural marvel of the ancient Odisha. Lord Baladev is the main deity worshipped in the temple along with his brother and sister. An idol representing Tulasi as Goddess in a seated position is also present after the sacred seven steps. The deities wear different costumes and are decorated in different ways during various important festivals. The chariot on which the three deities mount during the Car Festival is known as “Brahma Taladhwaja Rath”. This is said to be the biggest chariot in the world.
History of Tulasi Khetra, Baldevjew Temple
Baladevjew Temple Tulasi Khetra was Built within 1700 by King of Kujanga and Chhederabaranga Gopinath Narendra and Jagannath Mahapatra. The Manika Debi and Jagannath Temple were built by first Mahanta Ramanuja Das. The total area of this temple is around 3 acres. Height of the main temple is 75 ft, the middle temple is of 40 ft, the height of Jagamohana is 65 ft and of BataMandir is 70 ft. Within the temple complex, there is a Beautiful 45 ft height Sri Mahalaxmi Temple. Baladevjew temple is a famous tourist place in the Kendrapara District.
The Flag on the main temple is known as “Brahma Chirala” or “Brahma Bana”, whereas the flag at the top of the 5 ft high Nilachakra is known as” Brahma Nilachakra”.This place is also known as Tulasi Khetra, Gupta Khetra, Gupta Brundabana, Sri Baladeba Khetra and Manibigraha Khetra. The Rituals and worship of the deities are different from other temples. This is a complete Baishnaba Kshetra, Sri Baladev Jew param Baishnab without any Tantrik Rituals. Sri Baladev Jew is not made of wood, HE himself” MANIBIGHRAHA”. So no Nabakalebara rituals held here.The main festival of the temple is Rathajatra held as Srigundicha and Bahudajatra. The main Naibedya of Sri Baladev Jew is “RASABALI” which is very famous in kendrapara. Baladevjew Mandir is a famous temple in Kendrapara District. (Source)
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