Hingula Temple is dedicated to Mother Goddess Hingula also known as Hinglaj Mata, or Hingulei or Hingulaksi. The shrine is located at the Gopal Prasada Gada village in Angul District in Odisha. There is also an equally important murti (idol) of Lord Jagannath in the temple.
It is believed that Goddess Hingula arrived with King Nala and King Gajapati at Gopal Prasada Gada – they were on their way to Puri. Mother Goddess decided to stay at Gopal Prasada Gada.
Goddess Hingula has no other form except fire and she is linked with the Agni Kona (South East direction). For worship, there are murtis of Goddess is in various sizes in the shrine. There is also the utsava murti which is carried around during festivals.
The most important ritual and festival in the shrine is held on the Bishnu Damank Chaturdashi, which falls on the fourteenth day of the bright phase on the moon in the month of Chaitra (March – April).
Numerous festivals are organized through the year at the shrine. Food offering is an important part of the festival and rituals in the temple. Goddess Hingula mata is associated with cooking.