Mahanadi’s Flood Water Enters Bhattarika Temple, Deity Shifted

Bhubaneswar: Floodwater of overflowing Mahanadi river entered the premises of Bhattarika temple in Baramba area of Cuttack district on Saturday.

As per the tradition, the idol of Goddess Bhattarika was immediately shifted to a shelter house on nearby Ratnagiri hill. The Goddess will be worshipped at the shelter house till the flood water recedes. All day-to-day rituals of the Goddess would be performed at the shelter house.

As per the tradition, the presiding deity of the temple shifted to the cyclone shelter after flood water entered the temple on Saturday.

According to reports, flood water from the Mahanadi River has entered the sanctum sanctorum (Garba Gruha) of the temple.

Mahanadi is flooded because of continuous rains in the upper catchment area and opening of 20 sluice gates of the Hirakud Dam.

Bhattarika temple is a famous Shakti Peeth in Odisha, is located on the banks of Mahanadi at Sasanga village under Baramba tehsil in Cuttack.

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