One of the popular tours from Cuttack conducted by the tourists, is to the city of Bhattarika. Bhattarika is situated at a distance of 108 kilometers from Cuttack. The shrine of the Goddess Bhattarika attracts a large number of pilgrims every year.

The temple at Bhattarika is situated in the Athgarh sub-division of the district of Cuttack. The temple lies at the foothills of the Ratnagiri Mountains. It is believed that the Goddess Bhattarika imparted her power to the reincarnation of Lord Vishnu, Parasuram who was losing the battle against Saharasjuna. With the blessings of the Goddess, Parasuram won the battle against Saharasjuna.

The date of construction of the temple of Goddess Bhattarika is yet unknown. The temple is believed to be constructed between the 6th and the 16th century. The festival of Pana Sankranti is celebrated in month of April in this temple. Some of the other festivals celebrated in Bhattarika are Dusshera in the month of October and Akshaya Trutiya in the month of May.

Last Updated on 30 August 2012