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Kalijai Temple- An Island with divinity in Chilika Lake

Updated: Jun 28, 2020

Kalijai Templeis located on an island in Chilika Lake. It is considered to be the abode of theGoddess Kalijai. Goddess Kalijai is actually Kali, the source and the first 'Mahavidya' of 'Dasmahavidyas'. Highly revered by the local populace, the deity has been venerated in the local folklores and legends. The island provides an excellent destination for pilgrims as well as tourists. Every year in January, a huge gala fair is held during the festival of Makar Sankranti.

History and Belief

“The importance of the island is a special story connected, as the priest said as we enquired curiously, a newly married girl (named Jaai) along with her father was going to her inlaws. As her in-law’s house was on an island in Chilika Lake they had to take a boat to ferry them across the lake.

As we all aware Odisha’s coast is very prone to Cyclones and during this boat trip they were encountered with a severe Cyclone, as a result their boat was sinked in the Chilika Lake.”

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Everyone including the boatman and her father survived but no one could save “Jai”, They searched for her but were unable to find her.

After this accidental death of “Jai”, she became the Goddess of people residing nearby and till now, she is worshipped as an EXCERPT of Kali, And this is how the place got its name.

Really heart touching story… sometimes we flew with time but memories lasts forever.


  • Only local street food available.

  • Don’t forget to have local made snacks and tiffin.

  • There is drinking water provisions and public utility facilities well managed by the local body.

Local shopping Advisory

  • If you are a non vegetarian don’t forget to buy big saltwater crab, Fishes and King prawns.

  • You can also try dry Fishes.

  • Also the Bamboo grass Handicrafts available on very reasonable rates

Useful Tips

There are frequent road transportation available from both major Cities via Berhampur and Bhubaneswar also well connected through rail.

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