Puri is not famous for Lord Jagannath temple but also for several sakta temples those are located inside and outside of Puri. There is a sakta temple,outside of Puri town, dedicated to Goddess Dakshina Kali. This temple is located in Biragobindapur village so it is known as ‘Biragobindapur Kali Temple’ or ‘Biragobindapur Dakshina Kali Temple’. Biragobindapur Kali temple is situated about 19 kms from Puri town on the highway from Puri to Bhubaneswar, just before Sakhigopal you will see a diversion on the right-hand side of the road where you will notice an entrance gate with welcoming message to visit this temple, take that road and travelling approximately after 3 kms you will arrive at the temple.The temple is not so important for it’s architecture but from the religious viewpoint, it is one of the important shrines of Puri.
Kali is worshiped as the kindest and most loving mother throughout India, who protects her devotees from mishaps and bad luck. Dakshina Kali is the most popular form of Kali in the eastern part of India. In local Odia language the word ‘Dakshina’ means ‘South’ corner/direction. There are four directions - East, West, North, South. As per Hindu religious belief, Yama, the Lord of death, is acknowledged as the lord of the South (Dakshina) direction. But when Yama heard Goddess Kali’s name he fled in terror, so those who worship Goddess Dakshina Kali are said to be able to overcome death itself. Due to her terrible form, Goddess Kali is often seen as a great protector of the whole universe.
The temple is located in Biragobindapur village, so the surrounding area is full with lush green natural beauty and atmosphere is very quiet. There is a beautiful pond surrounded by coconut trees near the temple, where devotees have to wash their hands and feet before entering the temple premises. You will find different vendors selling various worshiping items like red clothes (known as Salu Kana in local language), flowers, coconuts, bananas, bangles, lamps etc. on both sides of the approaching road to the temple. Devotees prefer to buy these items as an offering to Goddess Kali to get her blessings.
People have great faith on Biragobindapur Kali and they visit this temple in large numbers every day and during festive occasions. Festivals like Kali Puja, Durga Puja & Deepawali are observed in this temple with great interest and splendor. Natural scenic beauty of this place and blessings of Goddess Kali attracts devotess to visit the temple again and again throughtout the year.
Satellite view of Biragobindapur Dakshina Kali Temple