The beautiful temple built right in the middle of the lake isn’t just a beautiful place it also carries an equally heart-warming story. It is an uncommon story of a common village girl.
The legend has it that a very beloved daughter of a village near Chillika called Banapur village was going to get married to a boy of the Parikud island. Her name was Jaai, and she was said to be the only daughter of her old father. The night she was going to get married, she had to travel by boat to the other side of the lake to get to the isle. But something very tragic happened as it was directed by destiny. As the coastline of the Odisha state is very prone to cyclonic storms, that night a storm hit the village and the boat which had Jaai her father and the boatman in it capsized all but the girl come out alive.
A girl who was the only one her father had, who was loved as a dear daughter in the entire village, a girl who was all dolled up to start her new married life, dies all of a sudden in a cyclonic storm that came without a notice disheartens the entire village.
To add to which all the men began searching for her body which too was nowhere to be found. It appeared as if God just took her away in a blink of an eye. The people were not only saddened but also angry with the way God had taken away their adored daughter seemed very cruel.
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So the villagers decided to honor her by building her a temple and making her the sole protector of the village and an absolute incarnation/ expert of Goddess Kali, hence the name Kalijaai.
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