Kakatpur Maa Mangala Temple

At the back of Ancient River Prachi situated a powerful spiritual center of Goddess Mangala Devi just 20 Kilometer from Konark at a place called Kakatpur. Goddess Mangala is considered as a living deity with benevolence and blessing for the needy. She is central to the Jagannath culture of Odisha, during the change of idols of Lord Jagannath; the servitors receive the divine instructions from Maa Mangala on the location of Neem trees whose timber are used to build the idols of lord Jagannath. This is a 15th-century temple and a symbol of the ancient maritime heritage of Kalinga. It is believed that the idol of Goddess Mangala was found by a fisherman in the river Prachi at a place in river where a crow entered into water and disappeared – the place derives its name from this incident as Crow is called Kaka in Odia.

Kakatpur is famous for cheese based sweets, many spiritual centers such as Mathas or religious monasteries, Shrines, and astrology centers. It’s also famous as a commercial center for Betel Leaves and other agricultural produces. This place is visited by people all across India as a holy place and also for getting reading from an ancient book (Pothi) which can reveal ones future like an oracle.