The Alarnath Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is one of the most adored temples in Puri, Odisha for Krishna devotees.
Distance from Puri: 20 kms
Village: Brahmagiri, Post/Tehsil/Via : Brahmagiri, District: Puri, Pin: 752011, State: Odisha
It is situated 20 kms from Puri town on the left side of the road while going ahead from Puri to Satapada in Brahmagiri town.
Date of construction:
The precise date of construction of the temple is in 13th century AD During the Ganga rule. The present temple was renovated and rebuilt by Orissa State Archaeology over the ruined temple of the 13th century A.D.
The temple has:
A rekha vimana (also called deul) characterized by a curvilinear tower,
Mukhasala or Jagamohana which is square on plan and
A rectangle Natya Mandapa.
Alarnatha Temple is dedicated to the enshrined four-armed Visnu made of black chlorite. It is located in Brahmagiri, Orissa, near Puri. The temple becomes crowded during krishnapaksha (second fortnight of the month, the period of the fading moon) of Ashadha, right after Snana Yatra (a bathing festival), as lord Jagannath can’t be seen in Puri. This place is visited by local people for marriage, thread ceremony and engagement as well. The temple is about 23 kms from Jagannath Puri. The Temple opens at 6 A.M. and closes at 9:30 P.M.
It is said that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had visited this temple during his stay at Puri in the early part of the 16th century AD.
Although it is not a huge tourist place, however it is a famous religious destination for Krishna devotees. Besides the four-armed idol of Lord Vishnu the idols of Queens Rukmini and Satyabhama and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu are also found inside the temple.