Khirachora Gopinath Temple
The chief deity here is Sri Gopinath, who stole the sweet rice that was meant for ‘Madhavendra Puri’. Here the visitors get to witness the other alters that are next to Gopinath, which are Sri Govinda, Sri Madan Mohan, Sri Radha-Rasbihari and the famous Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu; along with Lord Jagannath. The visitors also get to see a number of Shilagrams- Shilas. The free standing Govinda and Madana Mohana were brought by a devotee named Chaitanya Dasa Babaji; here. He brought these from Vrindavana in the year 1938. Sri Gopinath is made by black Stone, which is flanked by Sri Madan Mohana and Sri Govinda.
History of Khirachora Gopinath TempleAccording to the mythology, Gopinath was carved by an arrow of Sri Rama, which was worshipped by Maa Sita, wife of Sri Rama, in Chitrakut. One of the kings in Odisha named Langula Narasingha Dev brought this deity from Chitrakut to Remuna; in the 13th Century. Along with that the king dug two big tanks; popularly known as Bajra Pokhari and Kutapokhari.
The story says that more than 500 years ago Madhavendra Puri was on the way to Puri for getting some scented sandalwood, for the Deity Sri Gopal of Vrindavana. But, he stopped for some time in Gopinath at Remuna and he felt very happy to see Gopinath. When he saw the preparation of Kshira, then he wanted to taste that so he may easily complete the preparation of Kshira for Sri Gopal; in the same way. Madhevendra Puri accepted only that food, which were offered to him. But, he was not offered Kshira and thus he did not find its taste and left the temple. When the Pujari (priest) slept after the daily worship of Lord Krishna or Sri Gopinath, then Sri Gopinath told the Pujari in his dream to get up and carry the Kshira; which was hidden by the God himself under his garments forMadhvendra Puri. The pujari got the Kshira under the garment of God and carried it to Madhvendra Puri. As it was hidden by Sri Gopinath himself and thus, the place begun to be known as Khirachora Gopinath. Madhvendra Puri stayed for some time here in an Ashram; established by him. The sandalwood brought by him is worshipped by Pujaris in these days.
Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu came and worshipped Lord Gopinath, while he was doing so; the flowers from the body of Deity fell on the head of Chaitanya. The latter took this as a sign of being blessed by the Lord Gopinath and he danced with joy.
Significance of Khirachora Gopinath TempleRemuna is famous for the Khirachora Gopinath Shrine. A lot of people come from the nearby and far off places to visit here. The beautiful idols of Lord Krishna and others are worshipped by the pujari.
The people or the visitors can easily get ‘Kshira’ here, which is popularly known as Amarita-Keli here. This Kshira is prepared with the help of condensed milk, along with some cream and sugar. Some raisins are also added into it; to add flavor. This is known as the prepared Kshira that was tasted by Lord Gopinath. The Kshira comes to the Lord in different sizes of eatrthern pots. Sri Gopinath is well known by people as Kshira Chora, as he stole a pot of Kshira and hid it for Madhvendra Puri.
Places near Khirachora Gopinath TempleThere are many temples that are situated near Khirachora Gopinath, which many people may visit as well. Some of them are as follows-
Nearest Temples: The visitors can visit various temples here other than the main temple, which are Mahadeb Mandir, Durga Mandap, Bou Mandir, Budhi Basuli Temple, Hanuman temple, Gargeshwar temple, Rameshwar Shiv temple, Maa Andhari Managla Temple and Sidheswar temple. All these temples are located around Remuna and just within 5 km and thus a visitor of Khirocah Gopinath can easily travel.
Pancha Lingeshwar: Here people come to visit the beautiful place where the temple has the five Lingas enshrined together, while water of a stream flows over it.
Nilagiri Hills: The attractive location of Nilagiri Hills can also be used for trekking, by many visitors and people.
Baripada: It is located just at a distance of 30 km from Remuna. Khinching and Jagannath temple are located in Baripada.
Chandipur: At some distance, the visitors can also enjoy the wonder Chandipur Sea Beach famous for the mesmerizing sunrise and sunset.
Other than these places the visitors may enjoy temples and scenery of Bhubaneswar where the temples and the Sanctuary of Nandan Kanan can be seen.
Best Time to Visit Khirachora Gopinath TempleThe best time to visit Remuna and its surrounding places is winter. The visitors can easily enjoy the places from October to February, as the temperature lies between 15 degree and 45 degree Celsius.
How to Visit Khirachora Gopinath TempleRoadways – Visitors can easily visit through roadways as road travel facilities are connected easily. There are many buses running from Balasore to Remuna.
Train Ways- The Baleshwar Railway station is the nearest railway station to Remuna. So visitors can easily travel from station to the temple area.
Airways- The nearest international airport is Kolkata, visitors can easily come from a other countries and catch a connecting flight to Bhubaneswar Airport.
Few Fundamental Instructions
- The winter season is the best to visit this place, but if the visitors come in summer, then they must wear very light cotton clothes to feel good. Umbrellas and the Sun glasses are also important for them.
- They can also use tan solution like sunscreen to protect their skin from harmful UV rays.
- During the winter season they should use woolen clothes, but during the day it is not necessary as the temperature does not decrease more than 15 degree Celsius usually. At night it may be nearly 7-8 degree Celsius.
- Visitors must use moisturizers for their skin.
- Visitors should wear simple clothes as the residents of this area are a bit traditional and conservative.
- They should not bring their pets to the temple area.
Where to Stay in Khirachora Gopinath TempleThere is a guest house for the visitors who want to stay in Remuna, but it has limited room with attached baths. A group of religious ladies have built a guest house and people may stay there. Apart from that many hotels are available in Balasore and the visitors can easily stay according to their need and budget.
Overall, a trip to Khirachora Gopinath Shrine is always an excellent choice for religious tourists as well as the curious travelers. It is certainly a treat to view the old structures and the culture of Odisha.