Maa Dhamarai is a new Odia movie based on the story of Goddess Dhamarei. The temple of the Goddess Dhamarai is at Dhamara, a small coastal township, where the river Dhamara meets the Bay of Bengal. The place is about 60 km from the Bhadrak district headquarters.
The upcoming mythological film stars Meghna Mishra, Sonali, Samir Tripathy, Babu Pradhan, Om Prasad, Jayiram Samal, Laxman Sahu and others. Satyabrata Sahoo produced the movie under Mahimamani Production.
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.
According to one of the folktales – Maa Dhamrai had five sisters and was residing at a place called “Satabhaya”. Her five sisters were carnivorous in contradiction to her being purely vegetarian, which had angered her sisters and they pushed her deep in to the sea.
Floating on the water Maa Dhamarai came towards Chandinipala and is believed to have been caught in the fishing net of one Sanatana Dalai and Bulei Behera who had rescued her and started worshiping keeping her in their house.
Later on it is believed that on the same night the queen of the then King of Kanika, Sailendra Narayan Bhanjadeo saw a dream where in Maa Dhamarai ordered her to build a temple.
The temple built by the then king Sailendra Narayan Bhanjadeo by the year 1953 got destroyed and the remains even was washed away into the sea. During the said period the people worshiped the deity keeping her inside a thatched roof house.
It was around the year 1980 when some local influential persons seriously thought about constructing a temple for the deity and 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 but it took around 8 to 10 years to actually construct the temple. A re-elected committee presided by one Sri Nityananda Majhi was responsible for the present day temple.