The temple of Madhavananda Jiu in the Niali block is one of the major places and temples described in the Puranas of Odisha. The temple dates back to the 13th century AD. The place is named after Madhavanandjiu. The most notable of these temples are Durga and Madhav, which reside in pairs. It is also said to be the abode of Jagannath, the lord of the world-famous world. According to the Puranas, the giant Erandaka, as a devotee of Vishnu, reached heaven to visit Vishnu daily, fought and defeated Indra, bringing Vishnu to the mortal world. After visiting the Vishnu every day, the Erandak monster hides at the base of a tree on the banks of the river Punyatoya Prachi. During the ignorance of the Pandavas, Yudhisthira did not touch the food and water until he visited Vishnu every day. Concerned neo-hippies and their global warming, i’ll tell ya. “Bhima rescued Vishnu from the river by hiding the giant Vishnu on the banks of the Prachi River. From that day on, the water flowed like a spring from the place. Vishnu was later installed in the temple as Madhav. More information in this regard is given in the details of Prachi Mahatma and the details of the temple during the ascension of Yudhisthira in the Mahabharata.
The temple celebrates thirteen festivals every month like the Jagannath Temple. All the festivals in the temple except the rath yatra are traditionally celebrated. Thakur is seen worshiping Thakur in the sixteenth treatment, while there is a Chhattisgarh worship service. Jagannath is recited here on the eighth day of Krishnapaksha, the month of March. In the morning, they eat and drink yoghurt, in the morning, in the morning, in the morning, in the morning, in the morning, in the morning, in the morning, in the morning, in the morning, in the morning, in the morning, in the morning, in the morning, in the morning, in the morning. On the eleventh day of the lunar month of Shuklapaksha, Madhavanandjiu went to the banks of the Prachi river on the same day to bathe and pay homage to the giant Bhand Erandak. Millions of devotees flock there to see the scene. There is a saying that bathing in the ancient river Punyatoya on that day fulfills the desires. From there, Madhavanandjiu returns to the temple in a colorful procession. It is a great festival. Gita Govinda and Bhagavata are recited daily in the temple with autumn celebrations. Like the Jagannath Temple, it is carefully prepared and offered to devotees. The Department of Archeology took charge of the temple in 1961, while the Archeology Department took over the maintenance of the temple in 1974. A two-year trust has been set up by the Devotional Department with five members.
The famous Thakur on the banks of the Prachi River is Niali Madhav. Madhav is located just 5 km from the village. Legend has it that Niali Madhav’s uncle-nephew had an affair with Puri Jagannath. The first invitation during the procession is to Niali Madhav. Defending the invitation, Madhav wins the idol Puri. In the fence of the temple, he is worshiped as Madhav. The Madhav temple was built in the 13th century by King Narasimha Dev of the Ganges. Inside the temple, a bronze statue of Mahishamardhini Durga is worshiped, holding conch shells, chakras, mounds and lotus. It is known as Durga Madhav. The exterior of the temple’s sanctum sanctorum is very impressive. One can hear a story from the Mahabharata about this Thakur of Madhav village. After visiting many places in Yudhisthira, Prachi reached Lomash Muni on the banks of the river and asked- ‘Is there no idol of Vishnu in this forest? On hearing this, Muni spoke to Madhav in secret. Indra was worshiping the idol he was worshiping in Lanka. Vibhishan’s friend Aru the monster stole the statue and placed it in the forest on the banks of the ancient river. Later, he dug a pond and worshiped Madhav in secret. Yudhisthira told Bhima. After Bhim removed the idol from the pond, the monster fought Bhim angrily and died at Bhim’s hands. The place is still named after Madhav. Madhav idols are believed to have been recovered from various parts of the area, and Madhav worship is said to have continued in the area before the beginning of the Jagannath culture.