Alarnath's 'kheer' attracts devotees at Brahmagiri
Puri, July 8 (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 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 distributing the holykher of the devotees after offering their bhog.
Everyday about 10,000 liters of milk is used ofr the 'Kheer' to meet the demand of the large number of devotees.
Darshan continue till late night and many noted singers and artists sing bhajans in praise of the Lord everyday at a special podium.