Alarnatha or Alvarnaatha temple is an ancient temple located in Brahmagiri, is at a distance of 22 km from Puri. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, it is one of the famous temples of Sri Vishnu in Odisha and also one of the must-visited places in Puri, Odisha.
Brahmagiri Alarnath Temple Timings:
Morning: 5:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Evening: 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Brahmagiri Alarnath Temple Rituals Schedule:
Dwar Fita: 4:00 AM
Mangal Alati: 4:15 AM
Abakash: 4:30 AM
Tadaplagi: 4:40 AM
Besa: 5:00 AM
Gopala Ballabha: 5:30 AM
Darshan: 6:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Mandira Shodha: 11:35 AM
Sakal Dhupa: 12:00 Noon
Madhhyan Dhupa: 2:00 PM
Pahada: 2:30 PM
Darshan: 2:45 PM to 4:00 PM
Bhaand(Prasad): 4:10 PM
Darshan: 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Sandhya Alati: 7:10 PM to 7:40 PM
Mailam Besha: 8:00 PM to 8:10 PM
Darshan: 8:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Sandhya Dhupa: 10:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Bada Singhara Besha and Dhupa: 10:50 PM to 11:10 PM
Pahada: 12:00 AM
Brahmagiri Alarnath Temple History:
The current temple of Lord Alarnatha is said to be 200 years older than the Puri Jagannatha temple. The temple is not a big tourist destination, but a famous religious place for all Sri Krishna devotees. Legend says that Lord Brahma came and worshiped Sri Vishnu here on the top of a hill. According to puranas, the rulers of Alwar in Rajasthan had constructed the temple here. The temple was later known as Alwarnath or Alarnath or Alarnatha or Alvarnaatha.
The temple is associated with the visit of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to Orissa. During his stay in Puri, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu used to see Lord Jagannath every day. During the Anavasara period, when Lord and his brothers were taken to the secret room for 15 days, he could not see his beloved Lord. Then, according to legends, the lord ordered him to go to Brahmagiri to visit the temple of Alarnath. It is believed that those who cannot worship Lord Jagannath during the Anavasara period can obtain the blessings of the deity by visiting this temple. During this period, each year, thousands of the devotees visit this Alarnath Temple to obtain the blessings of Lord Alarnath.
Sri Maha Vishnu is worshiped here as Alarnath with four hands holding shankha, chakra, gada and padma. Sri Vishnu’s Garuda vahana, kneels at the feet of the deity with his hands folded in a prayer position. There is a separate shrine for goddess Lakshmi within the temple grounds. The othere deities found in the temple are Rukmini, Satyabhama and Lord Chaitanya.
There is a stone slab in front of the deity which carries impressions of the body of Lord Chaitanya. When Lord Chaitanya lay down with the greatest respect before Lord Alarnath, the stone below him melted with his blissful touch. There is a lake behind the temple where Chandan Yatra is celebrated for 21 days a year.
Brahmagiri Alarnath Temple Address:
Odisha – 75201.