Jajpur in Odisha
There are very few people who know the place where , one of the Astadasasakthipeetham is actually located. It is said that the deity is at place called Odhaanyam.
There is a small station named keonjhar Jajpur Road from 72 km from Cuttack, on the Visakhapatnam – Calcutta rail route. There is a small village beside the railway station. There are two separate road ways to two villages Keonjhar and Jajpur hence the name for the railway station. Jajpur village is at a distance of 32 kms from the railway station. Buses and auto rickshaws are available from the station. It takes about 45 minutes to reach Jajpur.
Jajpur is a small village in the forest area. It is district head quarters. The temple is on the other side of the village. The vicinity of the temple is big but the temple is small. The deity here is called ‘Virajadevi’. In the idiomatic usage of Orissa people it has become ‘Birajadevi’. The history of this temple is very big. There is a river ‘vitharini’ near the temple. According to the sthalapuraanam performing ceremonies to the deceased ancestors is the important ritual at this river. There is an Orissa Government Tourism guest house and one or two private guest houses to provide accommodation to the tourists.
There is a place called ‘Chatiyawata’ at a distance of 20 kms from Jajpur. Lord Balarama has taken the form of a Tree stem here. The temple is an architectural wonder with beautiful shilpakala. Do visit this place if there is a chance.