(Last Updated on : 07/01/2013)
Upper Bagh Devi Temple is located at Kulada in Ganjam District
in the Indian state of Orissa
. It is situated at a distance of almost 8 kms from Bhanjanagar, 140 kms away from Bhubaneswar and 102 kms from Chhatarpur
Legend of Upper Bagh Devi Temple
According to a legend there were three sisters, Bada Raula, Upper Bagh Devi and Bagh Devi. Bada Raula was the eldest among the sisters while Bagh Devi was the youngest. It is said that the three fought among themselves for coconut. One day they decided to divide the region into three parts. They threw three pots in different directions. One of them got fixed at a spot where the Bada Raula temple is located, the second pot got stuck in another location where the Upper Bagh Devi Temple has been constructed but the third pot descended into a pond. Later a notable poet Upendra Bhanja was instructed in his dream by the Devi
to build temples in the three locations. He followed the instructions and gradually built temples for Bada Raula and Upper Bagh Devi. However, the temple for Bagh Devi could not be constructed.
Construction of Upper Bagh Devi Temple
Upper Bagh Devi Temple houses the idol of Goddess Bagh Devi. Pilgrims need to climb almost 210 steps to reach the temple. The foot of the hill houses another temple dedicated to Goddess Bagh Devi. The temple celebrates the Sankranti day on a grand scale. After every three years the Thakurani Yatra is celebrated with much pomp and show. The Rath Yatra
is also organised by the temple in grand way. In the vicinity of the temple few other shrines dedicated to Lord Jagannath
, Mausimaa and Ratneswar Mahadev have been built.
Upper Bagh Devi Temple is well connected with different modes of transport. The nearest railway station is located at Berhampur
at a distance of 88 kms.
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