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Kakatapur Temple, Konark

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Kakatapur Temple is located in a small village called Kakatapur on the Puri-Astaranga road in Puri District of Odisha. The village stands at a distance of 30 km from Konark. The Kakatapur temple was constructed on the banks of river Prachi. The temple was built to worship the Goddess Mangala.

Goddess Mangala is the chief deity of Kakatapur. The Kakatapur temple has a link to Puri’s famous Lord Jagannath Temple. On the occasion of the Navakalebara or the festival of Restoration of the Idols, the priests from the Lord Jagannath temple come to Goddess Mangala at the Kakatapur Temple and pray to her to help them find the sacred trees to create the new idols for Jagannath, Subhadra and Balabhadra.

Jhamu Yatra is a popular festival celebrated in the Kakatapura temple. It falls on the first Tuesday of the Hindu calendar month of Baisakh, during April 14 to May 15, every year.

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