Maa Sarala Temple is one the biggest Hindu temple in the district of Jagatsinghpur, Odisha. Goddess Sarala is well known as Vak Devi, the Goddess of Knowledge and Wisdom.
The fragment of the old temple is not visible, but custom goes that it was at Badasarol, a place where the Ganesha Temple stands as witness, where the old temple stood. 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 Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, and Cuttack districts are well attached to the goddess that they visit the temple every year – at least once.
The temple is reachable by road from Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, and Paradeep. Bhubaneshwar is approximately 80 km from Jagatshingpur, and it is well connected by road.
The nearest railway station is Cuttack; though, there is a small Passenger Halt at Sarala Road, which is near Tentulipada. Maa Saarala is a Hindu goddess.
As per historical clue, it is believed that this famous temple of Sarala Chandi was built in Sarola Grama in the 8th Century. The Goddess “Maa Sarala” was being worshiped in this temple till the end of Hindu rule in 1568 A.D.
History and literature remained as the witness to the existence of Sarola Chandi in the Sarola grama (village). In this situation, one among the great verses of Oriya Mahabharat may be quoted here.
How to Reach
The temple is very well connected with roads network, which is accessible by road from Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, and Paradeep. At least every day three buses are plying from Cuttack (Badambadi bus stand) to Sarala peetha.
The nearest railway station is Cuttack, however, there is a small Passenger Halt at Sarala Road, near Tentulipada. Two trains are plying daily between Cuttack and Paradeep and one can avail of this facility to visit Sarala Temple.
The nearest airport is Bhubaneshwar, which is approximately 80 km, it is well connected by road.
Located in: Jagatsinghpur
Nearest Airport: Bhubaneswar
Nearest Railway Station: Cuttack
Best Time to visit: Around the year