Sri Sri Baladev Jew Temple Kendrapara
Sri Sri Baladev Jew Temple is situated in the small town Ichhapur, in Kendrapara District, Orissa. Baladev Jew Temple is very famous temple in Orissa and Lord Balabhadra is the main God of this temple. However Lord Jagannath, Devi Subhadra are also worshiped here along with Lord Balabhadra in the Ratna Sinhasan in the main temple.
Architecture and Construction of Baladev Jew Temple
Baladev Jew Temple is constructed over an area of 2 acres of land. There are 2 parts in the total area, in one part, different temples are there and another part is a beautiful garden. There is a big boundary around the temple, which is 14 meters high.
There are four main parts of Baladev Jew Temple are Sri Mandir, Natya Mandir, Bhoga Mandap and Mukhashala. The main temple height is 75 feet and width is 40 feet. The main temple has a 7 step construction and heavy baulamalia stone are used in this construction. There are other small temples inside the premise, where other Gods and Goddesses are worshipped. All the temples have a beautiful architecture and constructed in traditional way.
The other important parts of the temple are Garuda Stambha, Ratna Bhandar, Snana Mandap, Mukti Mandap, Jhulan Gruha
Rituals Followed in Baladev Jew Temple
The deities of Lord Baladev Jew, Lord Jagannath and Goddess Subhadra wear different costumes and are decorated in different ways during different important festivals. This tradition is known as Besha (Costume).
Some Important Besha are -
1. Sri Raghunath Besha on Chaitra Purnima Festival.
2. Padma Besha on Kartika Purnima Festival
3. Pushyabhisheka Besha on Pousha Purnima festival
4. Suna Besha (Janmastami Besha) on Bhadrab Dwadashi Day
5. Krushna Balaram Besha on Dola Purnima festival