The temple of the Goddess Dhamrai is at Dhamra, a small coastal town-ship, where the river Dhamra meets the Bay of Bengal. The place is about 60 km from the district headquarters. It is surrounded by Chandbali in the West, Basudebpur in the North, Kalibhanjadia in the South and Bay of Bengal in the East.
Legends / History
There are a number of folk tales and legends regarding the deity and the temple. According to one of the historical legends, one merchant namely Dhaneswar who often traded with the Singhalies (Srilanka) had brought a deity namely “Pashana Mangala” from Srilanka and had established the same at Dhamara on his way back home. The said deity later on came to be known as ‘Maa Dhamarai’.
It was around the year 1980 it was decided that a temple should be built for the deity to regularly organize the rites and rituals related with the customs and traditions of Maa Dhamarai that included Makara Mela etc. However, though a committee had been formed and the foundation stone for the construction of the temple had been laid, it took around 8 to 10 years to actually construct the temple.