Nabhi Gaya


Nabhi Gaya in Jajpur of Orrissa State, Shiro Gaya in Gaya of Bihar State, Pada Gaya in Pithapuram of Andhra Pradesh, Matrugaya in Siddhapur of Gujarat State and Brahma Kapal in Badrinath of Uttarakhand State are treated to be the five holy Patriarchal liberating fields in our country. Among the five the abodes of Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva and Gaya, Jajpur and Pithapuram, established on the head, stomach (Naval) and Feet of Domain King Gayasura are famous as Tri (three) Gaya Shrines. Mangala Gowri Sakthi Peeth, Girija Devi Sakthi Peeth and Puruhuthika Sakthi Peeth also enshrined in these famous shrines. The Pinda Pradan to the ancestors of both maternal and paternal sides in the three shrines present Brahma Pada and the result of Gayashraddha is thus blessed to receive Brahma Pada. Lord Vishnu and Mangala Gauri in Gaya with the name of Shiro Gaya, Lord Brahma and Birija Devi in Jajpur with the name of Nabhi (Naval) Gaya and Kukkuteswar and Puruhuthika in PIthapuram with the name of Pada Gaya are famous as Tri Gaya shrines. 

Odradeshe bhuvane
Sri girijanaama samsthitaa
Paalikaakhila lokaanaam
Palladaaruna paaninaa

As per legend shrine on the stomach (naval) part of domain Gayasura treated as Nabhi Gaya. Nabhi Gaya gives salvation to ancestors and release from all sins. Nabhi Gaya is in the temple complex of Birija Temple. The Biraja Temple, or Birija Kshetra is a historic Hindu temple was built with main idol Devi Durga worshiped as Viraja or Girija. The temple gave Jajpur town with the names “Viraja Kshetra” and “Biraja Peeth”. The Durga idol has two hands tickling the chest of Mahishasura in the form of water buffalo with spear in one hand and pulling his tail with the other. The goddess rest one feet is on a lion, and the other is on the domain’s chest. 

Nabhi Gaya Temple- girija devi temple orissa

Ganesh a crescent moon and a lingam images appears on the crown of the idol. There are several shrines of Shiva and other deities in the temple complex. The temple wash away the Rajo Guna from the hearts of the pilgrims as per Skanda Purana and the shrine is called the Viraja or the Biraja kshetra. The person having selfish, egocentric and over confidence having interest on general matters are with Rajo Guna. 

Funeral function and Pitrukarma performed in these Kshetrams gives the soul Moksha. The deity will be decorated with Gold ornaments and Garlands and the face only visible  The deity with all the Golden ornaments and Garlands is so beautiful and devotees felt utmost happy. The devotees arrive here for darshan will perform Pinda Pradhan to their ancestors as Nabhi (Naval) Gaya Kshetram near a well in the temple complex. Vaitharini River flows near the temple. There is the temple of Yama on the banks of the river. There is Swetha Varaha Swamy temple at a small distance. Saradeeya Durra Pooja starts from Krishna Paksha Astami in Mahalaya Paksha and ends on Asvani Sukla Paksha Navami. In the Radha Yatra or Palanquin Festival known as Simhadwaja, a lion flag will exhibits. Navaratri organized here as Aparajitha Pooja. 

Nabhi Gaya, Jajpur, Odisha

The deity will be worshipped daily as Mahisasura Mardhani with Jaipur Brahmins with Tantra and Aagama Sastra. Jajpur Road  Railway Station is in the Chennai to Howrah Railway line. Pilgrims have to travel 32 KM to reach temple by Taxi, or Bus. There are Buses from Cuttack to the temple.  The road journey from Cuttack is 3 hours and from Jajpur Road it takes 1 hour. There is Bus facility from Bhubaneswar also. 

There is a tradition here that people have to pray Birija Devi after offering panda pradan to their ancestors to receive their offerings on behalf of their ancestors instead of praying Lord Vishnu.  Pilgrims from all over India arrive Nabhi Gaya to offer Pinda Pradhan to their ancestors and worship Birija Devi. Thousands of pilgrims arrive during the Pitru Paksha also called as Mahalaya Paksha, the dark fortnight occur in the month of September or Badrapada Telugu month.

The temple will remain open for general public/devotees from 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

 Pinda pradhan ancestor souls Nirvan