Angul is a place of Sakta culture. The rise of the culture was seen in the 8th century AD. Sakta culture is visible around the Angul Budhi Thakurani temple. The temple is an old one, but the pilgrims visit the place not only to see the ancient sculpture but also to get a sight of the power of the deity here. Temple is constructed in the form of the Jagannath temple of Puri and also called the Jagannath temple of Angul. Besides the main temple, two destinations are around this location. Get a look at those two temples too, which will cover on your same trip.
Near the temple, a replica of the Puri Jagannath Temple is built. It is famous as Saila Srikhetra. The presiding deity of Angul is Goddess Budhithakurani. Goddess Budhithakurani is worship in the form of a stone icon covered with vermillion. The shrine draws a huge crowd throughout the year. Pilgrims of different parts of Odisha visit the place for a darshan of Goddess.
Any reference about Maa Budhi Thakurani and the Dera community is incomplete without a mention of King Harihar Narayan Dev of the Mahuri dynasty. During his visit to Rajamuhendry, he was impressed by their silk weaving skills and wanted to bring the craft to his kingdom. He invited the Dera community to relocate and set up their base at Berhampur thus subconsciously the King Harihar Narayan Dev left an imprint which became the identity of the city “Berhampur – the Silk City”.
Historian Shri. Pradeep Mohapatra opines that the name Mahuri is derived from the Musical Wind Instrument Mahuri. As the first King of the Mahuri dynasty, Sana Raja who became the king of the region between Rushikulya and Bahuda Rivers by King Purushottam Dev of the Gajapati dynasty was fond of playing the instrument Mahuri and thus named his new kingdom after it.
When to visit
The best time to visit the temple is in the month of Chaitra which is between March to April. The month-long festival is celebrated with great ceremony as the homecoming of the Goddess in alternate years. The followed customs focus that the goddess is conceived as a daughter is given away in marriage, visits her father’s house in every two years. Her presence at Paternal home is celebrated as the festival period.
During the day’s town gets a festive look and colorful. The principal attractions during the festival are the giant images of different goddesses and mythological figures displayed in decorated pedals called Raths, folk dance forms, and mimicking of different aspects called veshas.
How to visit
The temple is 179 km from Bhubaneswar. One can avail of transport from Biju Patnaik International Airport that is around 185 km. If a devotee wants the railway route he or she can arrive at Berhampur Railway Station that is just 4 km from the temple.