Temples Near Hastidwara ( North Gate ) of Jagannath Temple




The  Hastidwara (Aisvraya)  or  the  elephant  gate  on  the  north  opens  upto   aflight  of  13  steps  of  Khandalite  leading  to  inner  enclosure,  the  deities  of  Lokanth,  Uttarayni, Laxmi, Nrusimha  and  Varaha  and  Sitala  have  been  installed  in  the  outer  enclosure. A  sacred  well  known  as   Suna  Kuna  exists  here.  The  water  of  the  well  is  so  sacred  that  it  is  reserved  for  the  bath  of  deities  only  once  in  a  year  during  Snana  Yatra (festival)  that  is  performed  with  108 pitchers  of  water  collected  from  this  well  during  the  annual  cycle  of  the  festivals  on  the  full  moon  day  of  Jyestha (june).  On  the  eastern  side  stands  a  banyan  tree  on  a  raised  platform.  On  right,  inside  the  outer  enclosure  located, the  Koili Vaikuntha (the  Heaven  of  Vishnu).  And  a  sacred  place  where  during  the  Navakalebara  period,  the  old  images  of  the  deities  consecrated  in  Madhavikunja.  The  place  is  filled  with  Tulasi  plants  and  almost  all  pilgrims  visit  this  hallowed  part.

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