Monday, August 8, 2016

Jhankad Sarala Temple-Jhankad-Jagatsinghpur-Odisha-Shakti-Shrine

Sarala Temple:

Jhankad Sarala Temple is one the Shakti Shrine temple in the district of Jagatsinghpur, Odisha. Goddess Sarala is also known as Vak Devi, the Goddess of Knowledge and Wisdom.

Goddess Sarala, regarded as one of the most spiritually elevated expressions of Shaktism from time immemorial. Believed as a synthesis of divine figure of Durga and Saraswati.

Maa Sarala patronizes the cultures of Vaishnav and Shakta. Rarely does one find the use of Vilva Patra and Tulasi patra in any temple, as they are symbols of two distinct divisions of Hindu culture.

It is one of the eight most famous Shakta shrines of Odisha. The main idol, carved out of stone is of eight-armed keeping her right feet on the lion in Mahinsha Mardini posture.

Constructed by the legendary Bhauma Kings in the 8th Century. It is also associated with the first epic poet of Odisha,Adikavi Sarala Das of 15th Century.

There are many festivals that are celebrated in the temple, the major ones are: Parbana, Sharadiya Utsav, Pana Sankranti, Dola Purnima, Chandan Jatra.

The people of Odisha are well attached to the goddess that they visit the temple every year, at least once.

How to Reach

By Road: The temple is very well connected with roads network, which is accessible by road from Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack and Paradeep.  It is 35kms from cuttack.

By Rail: The nearest railway station is Cuttack, however there is a small Pessenger Halt at Sarala Road, near Tentulipada.

By Air: The nearest airport is Bhubaneshwar, which is approximately 80 km, it is well connected by road.