Maa Kalijai temple is located in an island of Lake Chilika. The temple is surrounded by the water of Chilika Lake from all sides. The temple got its name as Maa Kali is worshipped inside the temple. Most of fisherman worshiped Goddess Kali and called her as Goddess of good times.
It is strong belief that once a girl name Jai is traveling along with her father in a boat to the island for her marriage. But the area is a cyclone prone area and at that time a cyclone was hit to them. All the peoples present in the boat survived except the girl Jai. After the incident many fisherman account of listening the voice of that girl. As a result they started worshipping her in a temple. The temple got the name Maa Kalijai from the Goddess Kali and the girl Jai. Whoever travel to the Chilika lake visit this temple as it is belief that visiting this place is a good omen.
Maa Kalijai temple is island by water of Lake Chilika. The scenic beauty of the place cannot be described in words. During winter season many migratory birds come to this place. To witness this migratory birds many tourist from all over India and world comes to this place. It is the largest lagoon in India and second largest in the World. Apart from birds one can see the fishing activities which was going on the lagoon. To go to the Maa Kalijai temple one had to hire boats as it is only reachable through water. The traveling by boat to this temple is also a heart throbbing things as one can witness the beauties of the lagoon.
By Road: Chilika is well connected by road
By Railway: Nearest railway station is Balugaon railway station
By Air: Nearest airport is Bhubaneswar airport