etched its name on the pages of history even five centuries before the birth of
Christ and is deemed one of the most important centres of pilgrimage from time
immemorial. Not to have heard, or known Puri thirthakshetra is regarded as a sign of backwardness mentally and spiritually says the local
a beaming face. Among the four Dhams Badari, Dwaraka, Rameswaram and Puri,
this is visited by a stready stream of devotees round the year. Although it is
named a Vaishnava kshetra, it houses in its vast campus as many as forty
subsidiary shrines installed with the most adorable deities of almost all
denominations adorning the Hindu Pantheon. No important worshipful divinity worth
the description is left unaccommodated. That mirrors catholocity of this holy
Khetra Mother land's Sanathana Dharma and builders' refined taste.
Among the nearly forty deities installed in well - built
subsidiary shrines, the Sarvamangala Devi's shrine is one, and
it is worth a visitation.