Maa Mangala Temple, Kakatpur Mangala Temple, Puri

Mangala Temple, Kakatpur
Mangala Temple, Kakatpur

Maa Mangala Temple is Located on the bank of river Prachi in kakatpur village of Puri district, in the state of Odisha on the eastern coast of India. Kakatapur is a tiny village located at 50kms from Puri and the goddess Mangala is the presiding deity of Kakatapur village. This is a 15th-century temple and a symbol of the earliest legacy of Odisha.

There is a popular tale behind the evolution of the name of the deity as ‘Kakatpur’ Mangala and that is believed by the local people.

Goddess Managla has kept herself unseen beneath the deep water of river Prachi. One day a boatman was sailing his boat across river Prachi. At that time the river was out flowing and drowns so he was unable to sail his boat to the middle of the river. He spent whole day and night but not able to sail his boat and during early morning, Goddess Mangala came in his dream and asked him to pick up her from the water and to inaugurate her in nearby Mangalapur village. The boatman jumped into the water and able to find the deity from the deep river. Then as per the direction of the Goddess he established the idol of the deity in a temple in Mangalapur village.

Maa Mangala, Kakatpur, Puri, Odisha

After this the boatman saw a black crow dived into the water and did not come out of the water for several hours and days, the crow delayed  under  the water of river Prachi exactly in the same point from where he recovered the figure of Goddess Mangala. In local oriya language ‘Crow’ means ‘Kaka’ and ‘Delayed’ means ‘Atka’.

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So by joining the two words it becomes ‘Kaka-Atka’, which is literally known as Kakata(Kaka-Atka) pur and the Goddess is known as Kakatpur Mangala.

Kakatpur Mangala Temple, Puri
Maa Mangala Temple, Kakatpur

Also this temple plays an important role in its relation with Jagannath temple, during the Navakalebara. At this time Maa Mangala shown up the priests of Lord Jagannath temple to go for the Wood (DARU) by coming in their dreams and then she tells the exact location of the three holy trees for the three deities. This tradition has been performed from years together without any deviation. This shows the power and energy of the presiding deity Mangala and her blessings for her devotees.

In Kakatpur, Jhamu jatra is a most popular festival, occurring on the first Tuesday of the blessed Month of Vaisakh (April 14 to May 15) every year.On this occasion devotees collect sacred water from river Prachi and pray the deity to get peace and her blessings, then with the earthen pot, filled with sacred water, on their soldier, they are able to walk on the surface of burning fire spread on a long channel on stripped feet. Due to their faith on the goddess and with the blessing of Goddess Mangala , the devotes are safe and sound while performing such a risky custom. Every year thousands of devotees come to Kakatpur to observe the Jhamu festival.

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