Temples have a very important and worshipable place in Hinduism. Among these temples, the name Sakshi Gopal Temple, built near the famous city of Puri in Odisha (Orissa) province, is also noteworthy. Sakshi Gopal Temple is situated at a distance of about 50 km from Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha, and 15 km from Jagannath Puri.
There is a popular belief about this temple that the devotee who comes to Puri to have darshan of Jagannath Ji, his journey will be complete only if he visits this (Sakshi Gopal) temple as well. Devotees who arrived in Puri from far and near, after having darshan of Jagannath Ji also bow down in this Sakshi Gopal Temple and show their reverence to the Lord. Before bowing down, devotees take a bath in the sandalwood lake built near the temple.
Here the idol of Lord Krishna made of a rare type of imperishable stone called Braja.
Mythological Story of Sakshi Gopal Temple
The name Sakshi Gopal derived from the mythological story that Lord Krishna came as a witness to testify for the marriage of a young devotee about love, which was in question.
According to the story, a poor village youth fell in love with the daughter of the village chief. But due to his high economic status, the chief opposed the marriage between this young man and his daughter. Villagers including chiefs and youths went on the Kashi Yatra. The village chief falls ill and abandoned by his fellow villagers. The young man tended to her so well that she soon recovered and gratefully promised her daughter in marriage to the young man. As they return to the village, the headman goes back on his promise and asks the young man to produce a witness for his claim.