Story behind the temple, mode of transport and accommodation at Jajpur (NABHIGAYA )| Road map and driving directions to Jajpur from Cuttack, Orissa
Jajpur in Orissa which is one of the Astadasa sakti peetam is also called ‘Nabhigaya’. Deity here is Viraja devi or Parvati.
Once there was a demon Gaya. Though he was a demon, he was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. He did penance and got the boon from Lord Vishnu that whoever touches him will attain moksha. Everyone started coming to touch him. Everyone went to heaven after touching the demon. Yamadharmaraju had no work as everybody attained moksha. So all the other Gods including Yamadharmaraju went to Trimurthulu – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva and requested them to solve the problem.
Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva went to meet Gaya and asked him that they are about to do a Yagnam, a Vedic ritual. They wanted the demon’s body to be the fire pit for Yagnam. They also laid a condition that Gaya should not move his body till the end of Yagnam. Demon Gaya happily agrees for this. Yagnam was to be conducted for 7 days. The demon did not move his body till the seventh day. Lord Siva then took the form of a cock and cried. Thinking that seventh day is completed Gaya tried to move his body. Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu punished him by cutting his body into 3 pieces. Head part of the demon fell in Bihar and that place is now called ‘Sirogaya’. Waist part fell in Jajpur, Orissa and is called ‘Nabhigaya’. Demon’s feet fell in Pithapuram, Andhra Pradesh and is called ‘Padagaya’.
Devotees will have to get down at Keonjhar Jajpur railway station which is 70kms in north direction from Kulu. Distance between Jajpur and the railway station is 30kms. Tourists will have to take a bus to cover this distance. There is a small village and a few lodged near the railway station. Two more lodges are situated beside the temple in Jajpur which provide accommodation to devotees.
Road map and driving directions to Jajpur from Cuttack, Orissa :