Vimala Temple, Odisha

The Vimala Temple, also spelled as Bimala Temple is a Hindu Temple in Puri in the Indian state of Odisha. This temple is one great object of pride for the Odisha people. It is indeed a majestic one and that too is an understatement. The temple is a part of the famous and highly revered Jagannath Temple Complex. It is regarded as a Shakti Peeth. The Vimala temple is faced towards the east and is made up of laterite and sandstones. The temple was last renovated in the year 2005 and it is maintained by the ASI (Archaeological Survey of India), Bhubaneswar Cycle. Although the shrine of the Vimala temple is not very big in stature by any means or stretch of imagination, however, the Vimala temple holds huge significance to the goddess oriented Tantric and Shakta worshippers who pay more reverence to it than even the main Jagannath shrine. Vimala is regarded as the Tantric consort of Jagannath and the guardian of the Jagannath temple. It is exactly due to this reason devotees show their respect to Vimala prior to worshipping the main Jagannath shrine.

A pond named Rohini Kund is located nearby the temple. The construction of the Vimala temple is in Deula style. When visited during the Durga Puja, the temple is brilliantly decorated and the celebration goes on for as many as 16 days with great grandeur and pomp. So it is a great time to kill two birds with a single stone as you get to visit the temple and also get to see the grand festivity along with it. Thousands of people flock from different parts of the country to witness and be a part of this wonderful spectacle every year. Puri is easily accessible from any place of India with plenty of transport options available.

Timings

Vimala Mata Temple open at 05:00 AM to 01:00 PM and then 04:00 PM to 11:30 PM

Aarti Timings

05:00 AM to 06:00 AM

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