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Sarala Devi – Information about Goddess Sarala Devi Worshipped in Orissa

Sarala Devi is a manifestation of Goddess Durga (Mother Goddess Shakti) and she is mainly worshipped in Orissa and eastern parts of India. Goddess Sarala Devi is the goddess of knowledge and wisdom. She also amalgamates the Shiva and Vishnu traditions in Orissa.

The most famous temple of Goddess Sarala Devi is located at Jhankad in Orissa. Here she is worshipped in three different forms including the Mahishasura Mardini form.

Legend has it that it was with her blessings that a small farmer named Sidheshwar Parida, became Sarala Das the author of Mahabharata in Oriya language.

The goddess is also known as Jhankad Vasini Sharada, Maa Sarola and Maa Sarala.