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Singhapur Yatra On Vishuba Sankranti In Odisha - Lord Narayan Gosain Taken Out Of Pond - Only Day For Darshan In A Year

Singhapur Yatra is observed at Singapur village near Rasulpur in Jajpur District of Odisha for three days during Maha Vishuba Sankranti (April 14/15) in Orissa. More than 70,000 devotees participate in the annual  Singapur Yatra in which murti or idol of Lord Narayan Gosain is taken out of pond only on this day for darshan.

Every year during this period, the murti of Lord Narayan Gosain which remains under water throughout the year, is taken out of Madhutirtha pond located near the temple in the village.

Why is the murti of Lord Narayan Gosain Kept Underwater?

There is some history involved to the answer to this question. In the 16th century, Kalapahad, a Muslim invader, after destroying numerous temples and Hindu idols reached the region. The then King of Madhupurgarh, to save the idol from Kalapahad, hid it in the pond.

But people and the King were unhappy as the idol remained underwater. A few days later, Lord Narayan Gosain appeared in the dream of the King and asked him to take the idol out of the pond and worship and then to be kept back safely. This happened during Maha Bisuba Sankranti or Pana Sankranti period.

Since then annually, the idol is taken out of the pond on the Pana Sankranti day and worshiped for three days.

The pond has been the abode of the Lord for past 447 years. It is believed that worshipping Lord Narayan Gosain fulfils all wishes made during the three-day festival.