Sakshi Gopal Temple, Puri is a Hindu temple in Odisha, and the presiding deity is Lord Sri Krishna. Sakhi (also called Sakshi) (Sakshi) Gopal Mandir. Don’t miss when you visit Puri Jagannath Mandir. The sight of the beautiful Lord Sri Krishna and Goddess Radha in a standing posture looks very charming. The temple is modeled after the Jagannath temple.
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 is made of a rare type of imperishable stone called Braja.
Mythological Story of Sakshi Gopal Temple
The name Sakshi Gopal is 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 is 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.
Lord Gopala, impressed by the youth’s devotion, agreed to testify on one condition: the youth would lead and he would follow, but the youth would never look back. He crossed the sand pile and took the road to the village. As they left, the man turned back, not hearing the deity’s footsteps. Immediately the Lord turned into a stone image on the spot.
The villagers so impressed that the Lord himself supported the young man’s claim that the young men were then married; He later became the first priest of a temple built in honor of Lord Gopala, who came as a Sakshi.
Another story like this. It believed that King Prataparudra Dev brought the image of Lord Krishna after his victory at Kanchi. The idol of Lord Krishna depicts him with a flute and Radha standing to his left. It believed that this temple is a miniature of the Jagannath temple of Puri. This temple is located in the town of Sakshi Gopal in Satyabari near Puri.
The temple has the Kalinga style of temple architecture. The main temple has a two feet high idol of Lord Krishna made of silver-plated marble. The silver doors of the temple are another attraction here. It said that the doors of Gopal temple stolen by Mahmud of Ghazni. These later restored by Mahadji Shinde.
Prasad made with wheat instead of rice in the Sakshi Gopal Temple. This is one of the exceptional Vishnu temples around the world.
Anla Navami (Amla Navami) The main festival, Radhapada Darshan Festival also held on the same day. Thousands of devotees visit the temple for the annual Radhapada darshan in the month of Kartik.
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