Relaxing, calm, serene yet adventurous- there are the exemplary words defining Dhabaleswar, a majestic island situated in Orissa in the Mahanadi River. The name Dhabaleswar comes from Lord Shiva or Lord Dhabaleswar as the deity is locally known. The island boasts of pleasuring the senses of everyone-those looking forward to seek solace in its religious environs or those who are looking for some excitement in their life. The religious temple at Dhabaleswar has beautiful sculptures as old as the 11th century, while t... read more
The famous Madhava temple is situated on the eastern bank of the Prachi River, about 6-kms from Niali. The area between Niali and Madhava appears to have been the principal centre of the Madhava (four-armed Vishnu) cult in Orissa, made well-known in Sri Jayadeva's Gita Govinda.
The temple is also sometimes referred to as "Durgamadhava" because of the presence of a small 'Durga' image next to Madhava within the sanctum.
This joint worship of Durga and Madhava is unique to Orissan 'Vaishnavism', and is yet, a... read more