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Khirachora Gopinath Temple

Khirachora Gopinatha Temple (Oriya: କ୍ଷୀରଚୋରା ଗୋପୀନାଥ ମନ୍ଦିର୍) is in Remuna. It is a little town 9 km east of Balasore. The name "Remuna" is from the word "Ramaniya" which means very good-looking. "Khirachora" in Oriya means Stealer of Milk and Gopinatha means the Divine Consort of Gopis. The reference is to child Krishna's love for milk and milk products.
Lord Khirachora Gopinatha
Lord Gopinatha, flanked by Sri Govinda and Sri Madana Mohana, is made of black stone. Sri Gopinatha stands in bas-relief. Govinda and Madan Mohan, who were brought from Vrindavana in about 1938 by a devotee named "Chaitanya Dasa Babaji", are standing freely. It is said that Sri Rama carved Gopinath with His arrow and that Sita worshiped this deity in Chitrakuta. During vanvas to show the next avatar vigraha to Sita.
King Langula Narasingha Deba, the king of Utkal, brought this deity to Remuna in the 13th century from Chitrakuta. This king is also said to have arranged to dug two big tanks, Brajapokhari and Kutapokhari for the Temple.

History of the Temple

Over 500 years ago Madhavendra Puri was going to Puri to get some sandalwood for his Sri Gopal deity in Vrindavana. When he stopped at Remuna and saw Sri Gopinath, his heart was filled with devotion and joy. When he saw the delicious khira (stuffed milk) offered to the deity, he desired to taste some so he could offer the same preparation to Sri Gopala. Madhavendra Puri would only accept food that was spontaneously offered to him, and he seldom asked anything.
Khirachora Gopinatha Temple
Khirachora Gopinatha Temple
Because he was not offered any of the khira he left the temple without tasting it. After finishing the worship to Gopinath the Pujari rested. In a dream Gopinath told him to get up and take the pot of khira that he had hidden under his garments and to give it to Madhavendra Puri. The Pujari got up, found the sweet, and brought it to Madhavendra Puri. The Pujari told him For you Sri Gopinath has stolen khira. There is no other fortunate man like you. This is how the deity got the name "Khira Chora Gopinatha". 'Khira' means milk, and 'Chora' means thief. The current temple structure is said to be built around 1300 AD.
Khirachora Gopinatha Temple
Khirachora Gopinatha Temple