Tota Gopinatha Temple Puri (Timings, History, Entry Fee, Images, Aarti, Location & Phone)

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Tota Gopinatha Temple Puri Address: Sandhajaga, Puri, Odisha, 752001, India

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Tota Gopinatha Temple Puri Timings

Day Timing
Monday 6:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday 6:00 am – 7:00 pm
Wedesday 6:00 am – 7:00 pm
Thursday 6:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday 6:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturaday 6:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday 6:00 am – 7:00 pm
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Tota Gopinatha Temple, also known as Sri Sri Tota Gopinatha Mandir, is devoted to Lord Krishna. It is located near a white water tower in the Goudabad Sahi area of Puri and is only a few minutes’ walk away from the Chatak Parbat Purushottam Gaudiya Math.

The uniqueness about Tota Gopinatha shrine is that it is home to the only Lord Krishna’s idol in the world, which is in a sitting posture. In Odia language, the word ‘Tota’ means Garden and the name ‘Gopinatha’ was how Chaitanya Mahaprabhu used to address Lord Krishna as.

History of Tota Gopinatha Temple Puri

As per a story, one day Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was sad, feeling separated from Krishna. In a state of despair, he started digging the garden and surprisingly found an idol of Lord Krishna, and that is how the name Tota Gopinatha came into being. Gadadhara Pandita, who was there when the idol was found, was assigned the service of the idol by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

After the death of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Gadadhara became devastated and soon lost his good health, becoming thin like an old man at the age of only 47. This made it difficult for him to dress Gopinatha and offer him garlands daily. As a result of that he thought of engaging another priest for the service.

On the same night, in his dreams, Lord Gopinatha came and asked him why he wanted another priest to replace him. Gadadhara told him about his condition, to which Gopinatha said that he will become shorter from tomorrow. Next morning, when Gadadhara went into the temple, he was amazed to see the idol was now in a sitting position.

Architecture of Tota Gopinatha Temple Puri

The main entrance of the temple is elaborately carved with sculptures of two peacocks on either side at the top. The temple has a simple architecture with two lion statues guarding it. Inside the sanctum, on the middle altar, the idol of Tota Gopinatha is in the middle, accompanied by Goddess Radha and Goddess Lalita.

On the right altar, idols of Gaura Gadahara and Radha-Madana Mohan can be seen and on the far left altar are Lord Balarama and his two wives, Varuni and Revati.

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Things to do in Tota Gopinatha Temple Puri

Tourists after offering their prayers at the temple can sit and relax in its peaceful atmosphere. Thereafter, they can head to some of the other important holy places of Puri including Loknath Temple, Gundicha Temple, ISKCON Temple, Bedi Hanuman Temple and more.

Tota Gopinatha Temple Puri Timings and Entry fee

There is no entry fee to visit the Tota Gopinatha Temple in Puri. It remains open on all days from 6 am to 7 pm.

How to reach Tota Gopinatha Temple Puri

The Tota Gopinatha Temple lies at a distance of about 3.9 km from the Puri Railway Station and approximately 4.1 km away from the Puri Bus Stand. Puri receives a number of inter-state and intrastate trains and buses on a daily basis. Private taxis, auto rickshaws, battery-operated rickshaws and cycle rickshaws can be availed from the railway station and the bus stand to reach the temple with ease.

The nearest airport to the temple is the Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar. It is located at a distance of about 60 km. From the Bhubaneswar Airport, it takes about 1 hour and 22 minutes to reach Puri by road. Tourists can avail private taxis from the list of top car rental companies in Bhubaneswar or local bus service to reach the city hassle free.

Things to keep in mind while visiting Tota Gopinatha Temple Puri

  • Footwear is not allowed inside the main temple.
  • Photography inside the temple is allowed.
  • Littering in the premises is prohibited.

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