Madhava Temple is located in Madhab village of Niali block in Cuttack district. It is about 50 km distance from Cuttack and 45 km from Bhubaneswar. Lord Vishnu is worshipped as the main deity in this temple. The temple consists of three buildings in Pancharatha style Vimana, Jagamohana and Natamandapa. This Madhabananda temple was built by the Eastern Ganga dynasty in the 13th century. The architecture of this temple is very similar to that of the Sakshigopal Temple and the Ananta Vasudev Temple of Bhubaneswar. The idol of Dasa-Avatar of Vishnu and a big Sudarshan Chakra made up of Black granite stone, and also the image of Ananta Sayana of lord Vishnu in the walls of Jagamohana and Natamandapa.
Goddess Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Bhagwati, Hanuman, Buddha and Navagraha are worshipped in Madhabananda jew temple premises. The famous festival of this Madhava temple is the Bada Ekadashi Yatra, which falls in the month of Magha, Shukla every year. According to the legend, Puri Lord Jagannath and Niali Madhab is an uncle-nephew relationship. So Lord Madhavan is first invited to the car festival. Inside the temple is a bronze Durga idol of maa Mahishamardini holding a shankh chakra gada padma. A large number of devotees come here to observe it. Niali Madhava mandir is one of the famous temples in Cuttack, Odisha.
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