The secret of best places to visit in Baleswar Odisha
Welcome to the best places to visit in Odisha at Panchalingeswar and Chandipur and remuna in Baleswar district, where i will describe about the finest places to visit in baleswar odisha. Odisha, the state situated on the eastern side of India, is truly a hidden gem for travel. Places that are lesser-known but contain a lot of history and story are well preserved in the lap of The land earlier known as “Kalinga.” Odisha witnessed history take turns, Odisha witnessed Faith’s power every year in Jagannath rath yatra. Odisha enjoys the biodiversity in flora and fauna more than any other state of India
Although every part of this state contains places that I can fit in the category of” Must visit places,” I will be writing about the places in the northernmost part of the state, “Baleswar” or “Balasore,” which is near about 200 km from the capital city of Bhubneshwar so, please tighten your seatbelts as we are in the ride.
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Kshirichora Gopinath temple-Introduction to the best places to visit in Baleswar odisha
We arrived in the city of Balasore, and now we are on the way to the famous Khirichora Gopinath temple.
This mesmerizing temple is situated in the place known as Remuna. Remuna is derived from the word “Ramaniya,” which means good-looking. This good-looking town is situated 9 km east of Balasore. In this town, the temple of “Khirachora Gopinath” is situated. Khirichora Gopinath in Odia means Stealer of Kheer/ Rice and milk pudding, and Gopinatha literally means the Consort of Gopis.
The Main Idols/ Vigrah are situated in the inner sanctum of the temple. Here Lord Krishna is worshipped in three forms. These three forms do mention various attributes of Lord Krishna.
1. Sri Gopinath
2. Sri Govinda
3. Madana Mohana
The Gopinath statue is believed by the locals is very old. Folklore is popular among the locals in that Lord Rama carved out this idol of Gopinath with His arrow, and then Sita worshiped this Deity in Chitrakuta, and later this Idol was bought here .
But in regard to other two dieties, which are black in color, were brought from Vrindavana in about 1938 “Chaitanya Dasa Babaji,” who is the devotee of this temple. After these Vigrah arrived, the worship of all of the three Vigrah happens to be in the same “Garbh gruha” or Inner sanctum of the temple.
Sri Gopinatha stands in a bas-relief form of art, while the other two deities are in a regular form of idols.
An interesting story behind the Deity’s name is as “Khirichora” is very popular among devotees. Khirichora means the thief of Kheera, or in this case, the special offering made to the Deity as “Amrita keli.”
Devotees believe that nearly 500 years ago, an adherent devotee of Lord Krishna, whose name was “Madhavendra,” was going to Puri to get some sandalwood and other worship items for his Sri Gopal deity waiting for him in Vrindavana.
He was making this journey on foot and, after reaching the state of Odisha, arrived at Remuna. Remuna is the place where the ancient Gopinatha temple is situated.
Madhavendra was enchanted by the beauty of the Vigrah situated in the temple and started chanting the name and dancing.
Finally, out of love and devotion, He asked the Pandit who took care of the temple what kinds of food they offered to the Diety.
The priest of the temple replied that “although a wide variety of food items are offered to deities in the evening, The Lord is offered sweet rice in twelve earthen pots. This prasad is so tasty as it resembles Nectar, and hence it is known as “Amrit keli.”
This prasad is so unique that it is not prepared anywhere else in the world, and Gopinatha loves it; hence it is known as “Gopinatha Kheer.”
During this conversation with Priest and Madhvendar, the sweet “Amrita keli” was placed before the Lord as an offering. Madhavendra Puri thought, “If I can get this food before god tests it, I could then taste it and will prepare a similar preparation to offer to my Lord Gopala at Vrindavana.”
But Madhvendara immediately realized his ill thoughts of stealing and repented. that “I am such a bad person who has committed an offense. I am so bad that I desired to taste the preparation which is made for Lord before it was offered to the Lord.” He left the temple and sat beneath a tree
After worshipping the Lord, the priest went to rest in his hut. In the priest’s dream, Lord came and told him to wake up fast and take the Matka”Pot” of khira that he had hidden under his garments and hand over it to Madhavendra Puri. The Pujari went to the temple where a pot of Prasad is near the idol of Deity, and he immediately found the sweet and brought that pot to Madhavendra Puri.
Till today the same Prasad “Amrita keli” is prepared in the temple complex and distributed to devotees.
The temple complex is very colorful and has a big courtyard where people gather and sing melodious Bhajans of Krishna. Major events associated with Lord Krishna are celebrated here with great zeal.
From this Beautiful temple, we are going to a temple which is built recently, but people visit this and enjoy the marvelous structure in Panchalingeswar and Chandipur.
Emami Jagannath Temple– A beautiful best place to visit in baleswar odisha
The tall and beautiful Emami Jagannath Temple is situated at a distance of 4 km from Khirichora Gopinath temple. This temple is a mesmerizing architecture constructed with red stones by the Emami group in the year 2015. This temple attracts a good number of visitors every day. This temple has all the specifications of The Puri Jagannath temple.
The temple is the replica of the world-famous Jagannath temple but with a twist as it appears that it is situated on a chariot. Dring night with the lighting, this temple looks heavenly with beautifully carved statues and designs over it.
After this amazing temple, we are on our way to a temple where you will be amazed by the ancient Shiva Lingas enshrined.
We are on our way to Panchalingeswar Temple.
Situated on a hillock in the Nilagari Hill in the Balasore district, Odisha, Panchalingeswar Temple is the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
We have to climb 260 steps to reach the top of this hill to arrive at the main temple. It makes a surreal surrounding for the visitors to relish. As we are climbing, we witness small water streams and stunning sites of the small villages in Panchalingeswar and Chandipur.
After reaching the temple, We have to bend down in front of a perennial stream of water, which continuously flows. After bending down, we have to look for the Shivlingas inside a pool created by the waterfall.
Devotee notices that there are five Shivlings; hence the place is known as Panchalingeswar and Chandipur. To touch all five Shivlings, one has to lie on his chest over the rock which is near the stream of flowing water.
In this part of Odisha, locals, as well as devotees, have great significance for this temple. Devotee believes that if one touches all the five Shivlings, his wish will get fulfilled. Hence the belief of people makes it one of the most prominent pilgrimage sites in the district.
The place is a great sightseeing choice for nature lovers, not just for devotees.
From this Panchlingeshwar temple, we are on our way to one of the most amazing and of its kind place, a beach.
How can a beach be unique and one of its kind? I will tell you.
Chandipur Sea beach-the finest sea beach in places to visit in baleswar odisha
After a drive of some 25 KM, we are on the seashores at Chandipur sea beach. Chandipur sea beach is a beach where magic happens; magic happens twice a day here in Panchalingeswar and Chandipur.
What if I ask you, Have you ever seen the sea disappear in front of your eyes?
You will surely declare me mad. But let me tell you, this magic happens twice a day due to a unique phenomenon rarely seen anywhere else on the seashores of Panchalingeswar and Chandipur. At this beach, the sea recedes by as long as five kilometers every day. Here you can literally walk on the sea.
It is one of the world’s wonders as the sea recedes massively from the beach during the ebb and returns to the empty space to fill the emptiness during high tide. Seeing the sea disappear and then return is an unforgettable experience.
Besides that, It is one of the less crowded and less visited beaches by tourists. Hence it gives you complete freedom to enjoy the beach and the sunrise over the mesmerizing horizon of the sea and sky.
The Chandipur beach is also popular because of its proximity to the Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO) Integrated Test Range. A large number of missiles have been launched from this site, including the famous Akash, Agni, Shaurya, and Prithvi ballistic missiles.
Odisha is a state which is no less than a wonder, very less explored but with huge potential in tourism. Witness the natural phenomena to the history to archeological wonders, Odisha has all in it itself . Which is your favourite destination, where you wanna go in your next visit do let us know in comment section. Hope you find this travel blog on Panchalingeswar and Chandipur interesting and helpful.