Bata Mangala, Sakti pitha at Srikhetra

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The Mangala Temple located at Puri ( Srikhetra ) is an important Sakti pitha although the temple is of very late origin but the iconographic features of Mangala is very old perhaps belonging to the 13th – 14tth century A. D. . Every devotee pay darshan to Bata Mangala before going to the main temple ( Shree Jagannath Temple, Puri ). This Temple houses icons Dasamahavidya images.

Bata Mangala of Puri is enshrined on the gateway to Srikshetra on Jagannath road. She is believed to guide the pilgrims to Srikhetra. She is worshiped in the mantra of Durga and is the same as Mahamangala, Sarva Mangala and Mangala. She is beautiful, two-handed and three-eyed goddess seated in padmasana with smiling face holding consciously pasa and ankusa.



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