Maa Kalijai Island is located in Chilika Lake. It is a very popular tourist place in Odisha. This island is famous for Maa Kalijai Temple. Maa Kalijai Temple is considered being the abode of the Goddess Kalijai (One form of Maa Kali or Goddess Kali). The name of this temple becomes Kalijai because of Maa Kali and Maa Jaai.
Legend and Stories
Legend has it that a recently wedded young lady (named Jaai) alongside her dad was travelling to meet her better half. As her in-law's home was on an island in Chilika Lake they needed to take a boat to ship them over the lake. Odisha's drift is extremely inclined to Cyclones and amid this pontoon trip they experienced a serious Cyclone, thus their watercraft was overturned in the Chilika Lake. All the boatmen and her dad survived this occasion aside from the young lady Jaai. They looked for her yet were not able find her. After this unintentional demise of that recently married young lady, she turned into the Goddess of individuals living adjacent and till now, she is worshiped as an EXCERPT of Kali. Furthermore, this is the manner by which the place got its name. As indicated by a ballad by Pandit Godavarish Mishra, Jaai was a young lady who would get hitched in Parikud island. The pontoon inverted in the tempest. She met her appalling passing and turned into the god Kalijai. In any case, it's ascribed to the creative energy of the writer and may not be confirm. Dr. Radha Charan Panda says in The History of Parikud (1930) that this temple was constructed by Sri Jagannath Mansingh, lord of Bankad (right now known as Banapur) in the year 1717.
Every year in January, a huge gala fair is held during the festival of Makar Sankranti.
How To Reach Chilika Lake
The nearest airport to Chilka is situated at Bhubaneswar which is 105 km from Barkul, 110 km from Satpada and130 km from Rambha. The nearest railway station for Barkul is located at Balugaon at a distance of 5 km from Chilka. There are no bus routes from other major cities to Chilika Lake. Nearest bus stand is Satapada.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Protection from evil
- Destruction of ego
Jayantii Manggalaa Kaalii Bhadrakaalii Kapaalinii Durgaa Shivaa Kssamaa Dhaatrii Svaahaa Svadhaa Namostu Te
Meaning -We salute the Devi Kali, who is always victorious and always auspicious, we offer salutations to Bhadrakali Devi who wears a skull garland, we salute Shiva's consort and the embodiment of self-control and supports all beings, Devi Durga, who is Swaha as well as Swadha. We offer our salutations to you.
Om Maha Kalyai Ca Vidmahe Smasana Vasinyai Ca Dhimahi Tanno Kali Prachodayat
Meaning -Om the great Goddess Kali who stays in the ocean of life and burial grounds, we focus our energies on you, may you grant us our wishes and bless us
Kaalika Kalahey Gorey Paathuthvaam Parameshwari Mandapey Thathra Mathangi Thatha Sowmya Swayamwarey
Meaning -Let the ever charming, mother of the universe, protect us and stay in this mandap and bestow her blessing on us as mother Mathangi.
Katyayani Mahamaye Mahayoginyadheeshwari Nandgopsutam Devipatim Me Kuru Te Namah
Meaning -Oh Goddess Katyayani, the great vigour of the Lord, the owner of great magical power and the mighty one who controls all, please make the son of Nanda Maharaj my husband. I offer my salutations to you.
The temple is open from 6AM to 9PM.