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| Last Updated:: 02/01/2015

Odisha

 

SACRED TANKS IN ODISHA
 
Bindu Sarovar
The Bindu Sarovar at Bhubaneshwar is believed to be fed with waters from all the holy rivers of India. Large number of temples are located around the Sarovar. Its special sanctity is due to its association with Shri Kapil Dev - an incarnation of God and founder of Sankhya philosophy. It was on the banks of the Bindu Sarovar that Shri Kapil Dev preached the essence of attaining Moksha to his mother.
 
Indradyumna Sarovar
The Indradyumna Sarovar at Puri is considered sacred due to its association with temple of Lord Krishna. It is 396 feet wide and 485 feet long and covers an area of four and a half acres. The tank has a small shrine dedicated to King Indradyumna.
 
Markandeswar Sarovar
The Indradyumna Sarovar at Puri is considered sacred due to its association with temple of Lord Krishna. It is 396 feet wide and 485 feet long and covers an area of four and a half acres. The tank has a small shrine dedicated to King Indradyumna. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is believed to have engaged in water sports ( jala krida) with His associates in the tank.
 
Narendra Sarovar
The Narendra Sarovar at Puri is one of the most sacred tanks in Orissa. It covers an area of 3.24 hectares and is situated north-east of the famous Jagannath Temple. Within this tank, is a small temple on an island about 30 meters dedicated to Lord Jagannath, Balarama and Subhadra. The Chandana yatra or the boat festival is held in the tank. Lord Madan Mohan (the representative of Lord Jagannath) goes for a boat ride on a decorated float, locally known as Chapa.
 
Parbati Sarovar
Parbati Sarovar is the tank attached to the Loknath temple, which is situated about 3 kms from the Jagannath temple. The main deity of the temple, Shri Loknathji is the guardian of Shri Jagannath Temple’s treasure house. He is also known as Bhandar Lokanath. Loknathji (in the form of a linga) always remains submerged in the water from the natural spring at Parbati Sarovar.
 
Rohini Kunda
Rohini Kunda is located inside the temple of Lord Jagannath. It is one of the ‘Pancha Tirthas’ (five holy spots), the other four being Swethaganga, Indradyumna Sarovar, Markandey Sarovar and Tirtharaj Mahanadhi (Puri sea). Pilgrims believe that by bathing in the Pancha Tirthas, they attain salvation.
 
Swethaganga
Swethaganga is a small tank to the west of the Jagannath temple. On the banks of the tank are two small temples, one dedicated to Sweta Madhava and the other to Matsya Madhava, both incarnations of Lord Vishnu.