Lakhmi Varaha Temple

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Sri Sri Lakshmi Baraha Temple or Lakshmi Varahajew Mandira is a 500-year-old temple dedicated to the boar incarnation of lord Vishnu, otherwise called Varaha along with his consort Lakshmi instead of Bhudevi.

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It is located in a small Panchayat of Aul(Oriya:ଆଳି), in Kendrapara District. The geographical coordinates are 20° 41' 0" north, 86° 39' 0" east. The nearest rivers are Brahmani River and Baitarani River. Aul is situated at about 146 km from state capital Bhubaneswar. Regular bus services are available from Kendrapara, Cuttack, Bhadrak and Bhubaneswar. The nearest railway station is Bhadrak situated on the Chennai–Howrah railway route.

Legend of Varahajew[edit]

King of Aul was a devotee of Lord Shree Shree Lakshmi Varaha. The Lord was situated in the Maa Biraja Pitha at the Jajpur District along with Yajna Varaha Temple. The king used to go there for offering Puja. One day during the month of Shraavana flood came in the Baitarani River, so the darshan was cancelled. But the Lord couldn't tolerate that. The king dreamed a dream that the Lord wants to come with him to his place to Aul (locally called Alli). And one day the Lord came, following the king's path of return, after puja. As the king was returning through his horse, he was listening the sound of Lords following him. And at Aul at this place around one km before the king's palace the sound of Lord's walking stopped. And in this place the then devotee king built the Lord's holy temple. Still the Yajna Varaha Temple is there in Jajpur. The present temple was renovated by king of Aul Late Sri Brajasundar Dev during the 20th century which was in a ruined state for the last 500 years.

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