Maa Kalijai Temple Island is located in Chilika Lake. It is a very popular tourist place of Odisha. This island is famous for Maa Kalijai Temple who is considered being the abode of the Goddess Kalijai (Goddess Kali). The name of this temple becomes Kalijai due to Maa Kali and Maa Jaai.
The legend says Jaai was a girl who was going with his father to get married in Parikud Island. The boat on which they are travelling was 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 travel on Chilika Lake safely. The Kalijai temple was built by Sri Jagannath Mansingh (king of Bankad) in the year 1717.
Chilka Lake is a very popular lake because of its size and the migratory birds. It is 1,100 km2 largest brackish lake in Asia spread over Puri, Khurda and Ganjam districts of Indian state Odisha. Chilka Lake is considered as largest brackish lake in Asia and largest coastal lagoon in India and also 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.
Nalabana and Mangalajodi bird sanctuary in Chilika Lake hosts over 160 species of birds in the peak migratory season. During this season thousands of migratory birds from as far as the Caspian Sea, Arab Sea, Lake Baikal and other remote parts such as Russia, Mongolia, Central and Southeast Asia, Ladakh and Himalayas come here and live in this ecosystem. In addition to that tourist can visit Satapada, the mouth of Chilika Lake which is famous for Irrawaddy Dolphins and Rajhans Island. Travel Holidays offers attractive tour packages for Chlilika Lake and Maa Kalijai Temple and makes your vacation memorable.