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Delegation of the Archaeological Survey of India visited the Niali Madhab Temple

Bhubaneswar:8/7/23:A delegation of the Archaeological Survey of India visited the Niali Madhab Temple in Odisha’s Cuttack district on Saturday.

A 7-member team of the ASI studied the feasibility of the ancient shrine to empanel it as one of the National Protected Monuments.

The team during their go-round studied the antiquity, artifacts and the resemblance of the temple with the Puri Shree Jagannath temple in order to include the shrine as a national spiritual heritage.

The Madhab Temple at Niali is one of the shrines of the Prachi Kshetra, related to the Shree Kshetra in Puri. It is termed the Uncle’s House of the Trinity. Its presiding deities are Madhab and Durga. Here, Shankha, Chakra, Bludgeon and Lotus are also adjacently worshipped as the symbols of Lord Jagannath and side deities. Apart from it, the ancient monument is related to Saint Shree Chaitanya and Shree Jayadev in many ways.

According to legends, Shree Chaitanya, the prophet of Gowdiya Vaisnav Dhama and Jayadev, the enunciator of the Geeta Govinda had visited the Madhab shrine on their way to Puri. Since then, the Geeta Govinda has been regularly recited here in the morning along with other rituals, traditionally performed in the Shree Mandir.

Worth mentioning, Union Minister of State, Meenakshi Lekhi on her visit to Odisha was given a memorandum by the locals of Niali, urging the ASI to take up the Madhab temple for its conservation and development.

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