Shri Ganesha Worship ( Upasana ) at Shrikhetra Puri Dham
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From ancient age, Shri Khetra Puri is the devotional pilgrimage center because the presence of Chaturdha Murti, many God & Goddess are gathered because of the exhibiting of Lord Narayan. Martya Baikuntha is the another name of Shrikhetra, the reason numbers of Sanatani Culture ( Shaiva, Shakta, Vaisnaba, Ganapatya ) always emphasizes their culture centering to Lord Jagannath culture. At Jagannath Temple puri, we all notice the existing Ganapatya Culture with numbers of sculpture and picture art of Shri Ganesha in Bhittara Bedha ( inside courtyard ) & Bahara Bedha ( outside courtyard). Shri Ganesha is sidhidata, bighnaharta and also known as Sarbamangalakarta. Bighnaharta Shri Ganesha who get the first offering before any material ( Loukika ) or Dharmik karma ( Spiritual Deeds ).
1 – There is a small Ganesha established in the entrance Gate of mothers Bimala in dancing posture the face of Ganesha is towards east.
2 -The Ganesha Idol has been established inside the temple Jagmohan of goddess bimala at the right side of entrance gate of inner Chamber of goddess Bimala . Shri Ganesh is facing towards south.
3 – A Ganesh Idol has been placed in the temple of Khira Chora Gopinath. The Ganesha is facing towards north
4 – A black granite Ganesha Idol has been placed in the Hall Of Bhoga Mandapa at the South Wall. He is facing towards south. Out of 36 Nijoga ( Servitory groups of Sri Jagannath Temple ). Two Nijogas – Puspalaka and Pujapanda are offering homage to Sri Ganesh on the day of Ganesha Chaturthi.
5 – One Ganesha has been established at the south wall of God Hari Sahadev, as side God ( Parswa Debata ),
6 – The small Ganesh idols have been placed at the left side of 22 pahacha ( 22 staire case) in Sri Jagananth Temmple. The idols are plced at the right wall of god Kasi Viswanath.
7 – One Ganesha idol has been placed at the left side of 22 Pahacha in the temple of God Narasingh. This Ganesha is looking towards North.
8 – One Ganesha is being worshiped in the Jagamohana of Mother Mangala at the root of Kalpa Bata ( Desire fullfiling bynian tree )
17 – At the main Gate of temple Kitchen ( Rosa Ghara ) a gnesha idol is established at left side wall . The Ganesha is known as Rosa Ganesha. Temple cooks ( Suaras ) are engaged in preparation of food after obesance to Sri Ganesha.
18 – There is a Siva Temple at the right side of Kioli Baikuntah ( burial ground od Sri Jaganantha during Nabakalebara ) namely Baikuntheswara. Sri Ganesh is established at the South side of the temple as side God. This
7 – One large sized Chitra Pratima of Lord Ganesha is seen inside Merada Rosha, inner courtyard south side of Satya Narayan Temple.
8 – Charcha Ganesha is the name of a Large size Chitra Pratima, finds the first pillar near Muduli Dwar of Shri Mandira Jagamohana.
9 – Ganesha Chitra Pratima is seen at 8th and 13th pillar of Jagamohana.
10 – Pancha Mukhi Gannnath, Chitra Pratima is seen at the Jagamohana of Mohalaxmi Temple north side wall.
Numbers of Ganesha Statue & Chitra Pratima in different temples at Puri Shrikhetra as main God & side God. In Pancha Mahadev Temple Shri Ganesha is worshiped as side God. These famous five Shiva temples are Lokanatha, Jameswara, Kapalamochana, Markandeswara and Nilakantheswara together they are known as Pancha Pandavas or the five brothers. Chara Ganesha is worshiped in Narendra Kona, Chara Ganesha is built for the no obstacles occurred in Jagannath Temple Construction. Ganesha Worship is ancient in puri, exciting numbers of Ganesha Statute and Chitra Pratima proved it.