Maa Kalijai Island of Chilika
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 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.
A poem written by Pandit Godavarish Mishra describes the story of origin of Kalijai Temple. According to Pandit Godavarish Mishra’s poem Jaai was a girl who was going to get married in Parikud Islan, the boat on which they are travelling that capsized in the storm. In this incident she met her tragic death and became the deity Kalijai, people believe that if they worship Maa Kalijai then they can ravel on Chilika Lake safely. The temple of Maa Kalijai was built by Sri Jagannath Mansingh (king of Bankad) in the year 1717. That place Currently known as Banapur).
Chilka Lake is a very popular lake because of its size and the migratory birds. It is a brackish water lagoon, spread over the Puri, Khurda and Ganjam districts of Indian state Odisha, at the mouth of the Daya River, flowing into the Bay of Bengal, covering an area of over 1,100 km2. Chilka Lake is the largest coastal lagoon in India and the second largest lagoon in the world, so this is a very popular place among tourist. Every year thousands of visitors come to see the natural beauty of Chilika.
Chilika Lake provides best ecosystem, so large fishery resources are observed here. Chilika Lake hosts over 160 species of birds in the peak migratory season, during this season thousands of birds from as far as the Caspian Sea, Lake Baikal, Aral Sea and other remote parts of Russia, Kirghiz steppes of Mongolia, Central and Southeast Asia, Ladakh and Himalayas come here and leave in this ecosystem.
As these is a lots of things are available to see, so is it a very suitable place for tourist. Tourists from different parts of the world come to visit this heavenly place and enjoy its natural beauty of it. Tour and travel agencies of Odisha helps those tourists in visiting the place in an enjoyable way.
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