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Reaching shrine of Sri Kapotesa

(Ref: Skanda Purana - Purushottama Kshetra Mahatmya - 12 to 13)

Jagannath temple, Puri, Puri district, OdishaMeditation: I meditate on Sri Kapotesa who performed penance on Hari and reduced himself to the size of a kapota (dove).

Reaching shrine of Kapotesa and Bilvesa: On the second day the king reached Kapotesa and Bilvesa. Kapotesa was full of ponds and trees. Bilvesa was on the eastern side on the sea shore.

Legend of Sri Kapotesa: Sage Narada told the legend of Sri Kapotesa to Indradyumna. Formerly the place was known as Kusasthali which was only filled with Kusha grass and was devoid of trees. Lord Shiva performed penance over there on Lord Vishnu. During the course of the severe penance the Lord was reduced to the size of a kapota (dove). Hence the name Kapotesa. Lord Vishnu was pleased with the penance and the place was made beautiful with ponds and lakes like Vrindavan.


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