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Puri is popular for housing one of the most prestigious and revered temples in the country, the Jagannath Temple. People from all over the country and the world seek blessings from the deity to fulfil their wishes and worship the supreme deity. There is no dearth of stunning temples in Puri, and there is another hidden gem known as the Bedi Hanuman Temple. This small shrine by the seaside is among the best temples in the region because of its immense significance and association with Lord Jagannath. A historically important temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman intrigues tourists and offers a glimpse of the mighty God.

About Bedi Hanuman Temple

The Bedi Hanuman Temple has historical and religious significance

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The Bedi Hanuman Temple is also known by another name, The Daria Mahavir Temple. In the Oria language, ‘Daria’ translates to sea, while ‘Mahavir’ is Lord Hanuman’s other name. The east-facing temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman, who has two arms; one holds a laddoo, and the other holds a Gada. The main festivals celebrated at this temple are Hanuman Jayanti, Pana Sankranti, and Rama Navami. The distinct feature of the temple is that Lord Hanuman is bound by chains. The temple is famous because of its religious importance and historical significance.

Even though it is a Lord Hanuman temple, you can find many images of other deities. On the outer walls of the shrine, you can find a picture of Anjana (Lord Hanuman’s mother), who is lovingly holding a tiny baby in her lap. This image is carved on the western wall of the temple. On the southern side of the temple, you can see the image of Lord Ganesha. On the northern wall of the temple, you can see pictures of many Goddesses on an intricately decorated pedestal. All these images are set to mesmerize you as you enter the temple and worship Lord Hanuman.

Temple Operating Times: 6 am to 7 pm, Monday to Sunday
Temple Entrance Fee: INR 5 for any individual 5 years and above

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Legend Of The Temple

The origins state that Lord Hanuman protects the region from the sea

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The story behind the Bedi Hanuman Temple is captivating. It is believed that Lord Jagannath had given the task of protecting Puri from the Sea God Varuna to Lord Hanuman. Lord Hanuman obliged, and he did his duty diligently. However, one day, Lord Hanuman left for Ayodhya without informing Lord Jagannath, and this was when sea water entered Puri, causing massive destruction to the property and distress to the people. When people prayed to Lord Jagannath, he decided to investigate the matter and wondered how it happened, as Lord Hanuman was supposed to be watching over Puri.

Lord Jagannath became furious and demanded an explanation from Lord Hanuman, who explained his absence when tragedy struck. Lord Jagannath then decided to teach Lord Hanuman a lesson to avoid such a mishap from ever occurring again. He decided to tie the hands and feet of Lord Hanuman so that he would always be present at the seashore, protecting Puri and its people. This is why, to this day, the Lord Hanuman idol is shackled, and this is how the temple got the name of Bedi Hanuman Temple.

Things To Do Near Bedi Hanuman Temple

Sand artwork at the famous Puri Beach close to Bedi Hanuman Temple

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Bedi Hanuman Temple is located close to many other temples and beaches. Here are some places you should consider visiting.

Puri Beach: This beach is close to the Bedi Hanuman Temple, and the golden sands make it a marvelous sight. Listed among the safest beaches in India, it is a perfect place to have a great time with your loved ones. Its calm seashore and green emerald water will soothe your soul.

Jagannath Temple: One of the oldest Hindu temples, construction began in the 12th century AD, and subsequent additions were made. An architectural sight to behold, the temple is dedicated to Lord Jagannath, the supreme Lord of the Universe. Pilgrims from all over the globe come to pray.

Swargadwar Beach: This beautiful beach, which translates to ‘door to heaven’, is near Bedi Hanuman Temple and the Jagannath Temple. Vaishnava saint Sri Chaitanyadev is said to have bathed there, and the waters of the beach are considered holy by many.

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How To Reach

easy to reach by any means convenient to you

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By bus: The closest bus stop is the Puri Bus Stand. The Bedi Hanuman Temple is located just 3 km from the bus stop. You can either walk or hire an auto to reach the temple.

By rail: The nearest station is the Puri Railway Station. The Hanuman Temple is just 1.5 km from the railway station. Depending on your preference, you can hire an auto or walk to the temple.

By air: The closest airport to the Bedi Hanuman Temple is the Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar, which is 60.7 km away. You can hire a taxi to reach the Puri temple directly.

Tips For Visiting Bedi Hanuman Temple

  • You can find shops selling items near the temple premises so you can take back some souvenirs from the temple visit.
  • As is customary in every Hindu temple, you must remove your shoes outside the temple premises. Keep all your shoes together to avoid losing them.
  • Keep the temple premises clean. Do not bring food items inside the temple, and even if you do, do not eat them inside the temple complex.
  • You will find many pandits who recommend special pujas. They will charge extra money, so beware of such scams and avoid getting puja done by them.
  • No dress code is enforced at the temple, but it is best to dress modestly and avoid wearing clothes that show shoulders and knees.
  • Refrain from speaking loudly inside the temple premises. Instead, just do the puja and pray, then come out of the temple to allow others to do the same.
  • Ensure you bathe and wear clean clothes before worshipping Lord Hanuman in the temple.

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Your trip to Odisha must include the Bedi Hanuman Temple because of its significance and unique features. Whether you are coming to Puri for a spiritual journey or to enjoy a peaceful holiday, the Puri temples are must-visit destinations that deserve all the attention they can get. A genuinely thrilling adventure awaits, especially for those who seek the blessings of Lord Hanuman!

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Frequently Asked Questions About Bedi Hanuman Temple

Who built the temple?

It is believed that the Suryavamsi Gajapati Kings got the Hanuman temple constructed in the 15th Century CE.

What is the best time to visit the temple?

You can visit the Hanuman temple in Puri at any time during the year. However, if you want to enjoy a cool climate, the winter season is the recommended time; from October to March.

Is photography allowed inside the temple premises?

You can take photographs as you can take your phone and camera inside the temple. However, note that you will need to worship the God from outside.

How far is the Puri Hanuman Temple from Puri Jagannath Temple?

The distance between the two via road is 3.4 km if you take the Bhanumati Road and then the Chakra Thirtha Road.

How much time is needed at the temple?

It will not take you long to visit the temple unless you are going on public holidays and weekends. You will need at least half an hour to visit the temple and to truly explore it all.

Does daily worship take place at the temple?

Yes, Lord Hanuman is worshipped daily by the priest at the temple. Laddoos are offered as part of the worship.

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