Sarala Temple is a Hindu temple in the district of Jagatsinghpur, Orissa, India. The temple is accessible by road from Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack and Paradeep. The nearest airport is Bhubaneshwar, which is approximately 80 km, and is well connected by road. The nearest railway station is Cuttack, however there is a small Pessenger Halt at Sarala Road, near Tentulipada. The temple can be reached via Jagatsinghpur, or Tarapur by road, from Cuttack.
Maa Saarala - a Hindu goddess patronizes the cultures of Vaishnav and Shakta. Rarely one finds the use of Vilva Patra and Tulasi patra in any temple, as they are symbols of two distinct Hindu culture.
There is also some controversy regarding the deity, where it is suspected that the deity may be a Buddhist tantric figure, as she holds a book, Veena and hand bell – known Mahayana symbols. It is said that Huen Tsang, the Chinese pilgrim visited Orissa and he had taken a ship from Chilitolo Port to Sri Lanka
, which historians attribute to modern day Tirtol. This may be a possibility as geography shows that Paradip, was an island and the land in and around Kujanga was under water - Sea/River. There is Geographic evidence to support this. To be at a safer side, we may conclude that Sarala represents the Shiva-Shakti cult which evolved from an amalgamation of Shaivism (worship of Shiva), Shaktism (worship of the Mother Goddess) and or Tantric form.