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Alarnath's 'kheer' attract devotees at Brahmagiri

By Staff
Google Oneindia News

Puri, July 08 (UNI) As the presiding deities of Jagannath temple reclined to sick room after Snan Purnima (Holy Bath), devotees make a mad rush to Brahmagiri to pray Alarnath Dev and have a pot of ''Kheer Bhog''.

The famous 'Kheer' served at the temple is the main attraction for a large number of pilgrims, who make hard efforts to get the pot full of kheer at Brahmagiri, abode of Lord Brahma.

According to mythology, the rulers of Alwar in Rajasthan had established the temple here. The temple was later known as Alwarnath or Alarnath.

Though there is no mention of the time and date of construction in the pages of history, the temple, however, became famous after the visit of Sri Sri Chaitanya Dev in 1610 A.D.

Sri Chaitanya had written volumes about the place and temple. He claimed to have visualised the manifestation of Lord Jagannath in Alarnath and camped there for a quite long period in worshipping the deity.

Every day hundreds of devotees throng the temple, 23 kms away from here, to have a glimpse of Lord Jagannath in Alarnath and to taste the holy rice porridge (Kheer).

The temple servitors find themselves busy in disposing the devotees after offering their bhog.

The 'Kheer' is prepared with buffalow milk blending with other ingredients and flavour. Everyday about 10,000 liters of milk is used to meet the demand of the large number devotees.

While the servitors went on earning spree, the transport owners hiked their prices for the trip to Alarnath and back. Darshan continues till late night and many noted singers and artists present 'bhajan's in praise of the Lord everyday at a special podium.


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