Bimala Temple, also named as Vimala Temple is located inside the Jagannath Temple complex at Puri in Odisha. Bimala Temple is one of the four major Adi Shakti Peethas in India. The Shakti Peetha is a place of worship to Goddess Shakti also called Goddess Sati, the main deity. Goddess Sati is the embodiment of Goddess Shakti (goddess of harmony) and also called such as Goddess Durga (goddess of strength) and Goddess Kali (goddess of destruction of evil). It is said that the four major Shakti Peethas are created from the limbs of Goddess Sati‘s corpse.
Apart from the following four Shakti Peethas, there are 51 other famous Peethas found from the religious books. The body part or ornament of Goddess Shakti that fell to the earth, is the place where the Adi Shakti temples are built. The four major Adi Shakti Peethas are:
- Bimala Temple
- Tara Tarini Temple
- Kamakhya Temple
- Kalighat Kali Temple
The Bimala Temple is one of the Shakti Peetha temple which is situated in Puri at Odisha. The temple is made of sandstone and laterite, and the temple faces towards the east direction. Bimala temple is located to the right of the Jagannath temple, and next to the holy Rohini Kund.
The Goddess Bimala, the sign of Mother Goddess Parvati (another name of Goddess Shakti), is considered as Shakti of Lord Jagannatha. Goddess Bimala (or) Goddess Vimala is the main deity of Bimala temple. The idol of Goddess Bimala has four hands, who holds Rosary in the upper right hand, lower right hand with blessing gesture, holds a Pitcher filled with amirtha (celestial elixir of life) in Her lower left hand.
The other deities of Bimala temple are Brahmi, Maheswari, Andri, Kaumari, Vaishnavi, Varahi and Chamunda. The sacred food offered to Lord Jagannatha is said to be consecrated only after it is presented to Goddess Bimala.
The mythology says that Lord Shiva had a dance of destruction (Rudra Tandava) carrying half burnt body of goddess Sati after goddess Sati’s self-immolation. To stop the dance of destruction performed by Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu threw His Chakra (Sudharshan Chakra) on Goddess Sati’s body which dismembered Her body into 52 parts. Each body part or ornament of Goddess Sati that fell on different places of the earth, and is the places where the Adi Shakti temples are built.
The Vimanam of the temple called Rekha deula stands at a height of 60 feet and its outer wall is divided into five parts namely pabhaga, talajangha, bandhana, upara jangha and baranda. And it is said that the feet of Goddess Sati fell here and the goddess is worshipped as a peaceful form of Goddess Shakti. The temples comprises of four main components. They are:
- Vimanam (temple tower)
- Jagamohana (assembly hall)
- Nata mandapa (festival hall)
- Bhoga mandapa (offering hall)
The temple will be open from 5.00 AM to 12 in the mid night.
- Durga Puja (celebrated for 16 days) – September or October
- Navaratri – September or October
- Vijayadashmi – October
- Location and Transportation
Mini buses run by the state transport department connect Puri with Bhubaneswar while jeeps are available to and from Konark. There are two bus terminuses within the city at Baramunda and opposite Ashok hotel while private buses are also available at the junction of Grand Road and Hospital Road.
Puri has its own railway station which connects it to cities such as Kolkata, New Delhi, Ahmedabad and Vishakhapatnam while Bhubaneswar (a 1.5 hour drive from Puri) is also connected to most of the major Indian cities.
The nearest airport is located at Bhubaneswar which is 56 km away from the temple.
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