Siddha Balaram Temple is an essential figure in the Vaisnava cult in Dhenkanal District of Orissa. This ancient temple is situated in the Dhenkanal. The main temple is 90 ft high. The presiding deity here is Lord Balaram along with Lord Jagannath and Subhadra. Other deities worshipped here include Barahanath, Nrusingha, Vamana, Bakuleswara Shiva, Lord Hanuman, Sri Chaitanya, Radha Krishna, Goddess Lakshmi and Mangala.
Legend and Stories
Legend goes that Anangabhima III brought Sri Balaram from Talmul to Bhimanagarigarh in 12th -13th CAD. While he was taking the image to Puri, Sri Balaram ordered him to give up the effort. Hence, he built Dasakamba Mandala at Chittala pur near Hindol, but with the advent of the Muslim rule the devotees kept the image at Kardabindha village. Subsequently, Sridhar Banja brought the image. Hari singh Vidhyadhara later on defeated the Bhanja King and brought the image of Balaram to Dhenkanal. He started construction of the temple in 1590 AD. The main temple is 90 feet high. Sri Raja Narasingha Bharambar and his son Kunjabihari Bharambar’s period, the construction of gateway, Jaga mohana, the boundary wall were completed. ie. Between 1708 and 1741 AD. From 1906 to 1918, Raja Surya Pratap constructed a separate Jagannadha Temple in the campus of Sri BalaRama temple.
The annual ritual of Rath Yatra is the major draw. Initially the car festival was initiated from the Dadhibamana temple, but Raja Surya Pratap started car festival from Balaram Temple.
How To Reach Dhenkanal
There are no regular flights from other major cities of the country to Dhenkanal. Nearest airport is Bhubaneswar Airport.
Dhenkanal is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular trains.
One can easily get regular buses to Dhenkanal from other major cities of the country.
Siddhha Balaram Temple,
Deulasahi, Dhenkanal District,
Odisha, Pincode - 759001.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Farming related tasks
- Shield from desires
Achutham Keyshavam Rama Narayanam Krishna Damodaram Vasudevam Harim Shridharam Madhavam Gopika Vallabham Janaki Nayakam Ramachandram Bhajey
Meaning -Oh Lord who cannot be perished, who also has names like Keshava, Rama, Damodara, Narayana, Sridhara, Madhava, Krishna, Ramachandra the beloved of Janaki, let me say your name regularly.
Vasudeva Sutham Devam Kamsa Chanoora Mardhanam Devaki Paramanandham Krishnam Vande Jagathgurum
Meaning -I bow to you O Krishna, the ultimate guru, Devaki and Vasudeva's son, and the destroyer of Kamsa and Chanur.
Adharam Madhuram Vadanam Madhuram Nayanam Madhuram Hasitam Madhuram Hridayam Madhuram Gamanam Madhuram Mathuraa Dhipate Rakhilam Madhuram
Meaning -Meaning - Sweet are Your lips, sweet is Your face, sweet are Your eyes, sweet is Your smile, sweet is Your heart, sweet is Your gait, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.
Alokya Mathur Mukha Madarena Sthanyam Pibantham Saraseeruhaksham Sachinmayam Devam Anantha Roopam Balam Mukundam Manasa Smarami
Meaning -I think of this Balamukundan as the one who looks lovingly at his mother's face while taking milk from her, who has eyes similar to the red lotus, who is the embodiment of truth and intelligence and other forms.
The temple is open from 6 A.M to 9 P.M