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Maa Kichakeswari Devi

Temple History

Kishakeshwari Temple is dedicated to Hindu Goddess Kichakeswari alias Chamunda alias Kali located in Khiching, which was the ancient capital of the Bhanja rulers, located 26 km from Karanjia, 165 km from Balasore, 150 kms from Jamshedpur and 126 km from Baripada in the Mayurbhanj district of north Orissa.

The Goddess Kiscakeshwari was not only which was not only ishtadevata of Bhanj dynasty but also the State deity.The original temple dates back to 7th or 8th Century, with repairs done over the centuries.

Architecture:
The temple, made of chlorite, is architecturally brilliant and well carved from its outer surface. This temple is one of the most impressive temple of Kalinga architecture. The style of the temple is contemporary of the Brahmeshwara and the Lingaraj temples of Bhubaneswar. Height of the temple is 100 feet (30 m) and total area is 1,764 square feet (163.9 m2 ).

The original temple was built somewhere in the 7th or the 8th century old and was in bad shape as it had fallen in hands of vandals. However, the erstwhile and last ruler of Princely State of Mayurbhanj, Maharaja Pratap Chandra Bhanj Deo was appalled of its state. He rehabilitated and reconstructed the temple in the year 1934 spending an approximate amount of Rs. 85,000, taking care not to disturb original sculptures of Parasvadevatas, the Chaitya arches, the amorous couples, the scroll works and the arabesques, which can still be seen in the original portions of the temple.

The temple is made up of black chlorite which faces towards the east and consists of rekha vimana and stands over a high platform of 1.20 meters. The interior is single roomed where the Goddess deity is present and worshipped. The exteriors of temple is highly decorated, with magnificent sculptors like nayakas, naga-nagin, Ganesha, Kirtimukha, Khakharamundi and other divine god and goddess. The huge pillars sculpted with Nagin are unique heritage of this temple.

Inside the complex there is a well preserved brick structure known as Itamundhi.

Museum:
The Khiching Museum is the second oldest museum in the state of Odisha. During the time of excavation by Archaeological Survey of India in the year 1908 several images of gods and goddess where found including the images of Buddha. These are preserved in a museum housed within the temple compound, which was constructed by Maharaja Purna Chandra Bhanjdeo in the year 1922.

 

Additional Information

Baripada and Jamshedpur are the nearest cities to Khiching temple. Buses and Taxis are available to reach this temple. Hotels and accommodation is also available in these cities.

The other attractions of Mayurbhanj include Baripada, Simlipal National Park and Deokund.

Baripada is the nearest city to Khiching. Baripada Bus Stand is 124 kms from Khiching. Numerous buses and private transport is available from Baripada city. Karanjia bus stand is 25.8 kms from the temple.

Tatanagar Jn Jamshedpur - 135 kms is the major railway station connected to all the major cities of Jharkand, Odisha and India. Naranpur Railway Station(58.9 km), Badampahar(70.6 km), Maluka(52.9 km) and Porjanpur(70.1 km) are the other nearest railway stations to Khiching temple.

Jamshedpur Sonari Airport is 147 kms from the temple. Biju Patnaik International Airport is 248 kms.
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