Jwalamukhi Temple Baripada
Jwalamukhi Temple is one of the 51 Shakti peeths of Goddess Shakti, which is devoted to the “Goddess of Light” or Goddess Jwalamukhi or the Flaming Mouth. This temple has a burning blue flame coming out of a rock chamber, which is prayed as a sign of the deity. Though one of the most sacred Hindu temples, Jwalamukhi temple has a dome made of gold that was gifted by Akbar, the Mughal Emperor. The best time for tourists to be there is from beginning of April- middle of October, which is during the Navratri festival.
The Jwalamukhi fair is held twice a year during the Navratri of Chaitra and Aswin. The devotees go round the 'Jwala Kund' in which the sacred fire burns, making their offerings. The 'Gorakh Tibbi' a centre of the Gorakhpanthi Naths is placed near the Jwala Kund. Folk-dances, songs, plays, wrestling matches and athletics are some of the important attractions of the fair. The Jwalamukhi Temple in Kangra becomes the venue for the major fair.