This tenth century
holy kshetra of Orissa state has established for itself a distinct individuality
its own and is standing quite apart from the famous golden triangle of Puri
Bhuvaneswar and Konark temples. It enjoyed the status of capital for Bhajan
Kings and is known to the world over for its historic
monuments in several forms. Its uniqueness lies in tile Bad Deula - main temple
dedicated to Kichakeswari, one of the manifestations of Mother Parvathi, making a
daring departure from the temples at Puri, Konark and Bhuvaneswar in its
architectural style and gives an interesting insight into altogether a novel
type of construction. Additionally there are found several life-size images of
several worshipful deities like Lord Siva, Mother Parvathi, Goddess Durga
along with Buddha suggesting thereby a commendable amalgation of religion and
culture It mirrors the refined religious tolerance of the builders existed as
far back as in the tenth century. The temple is quite vast in dimensions and
majestic in stature and shape.
Mother is a bye word for compassion and as such she has
been drawing devotees-from all corners since its inception. The icon of
archamurti is quite enticing that, the visitors loin palms as soon as they come
into her bewitching sight Regular worship is offered with due rituals according
to Oriyan traditions, but conforming to agamic canons. It is commanding both
international and domestic tourists, besides devout bhakthas. A visit remains
an unforgettable experience beckoning frequent visits.
is in the Mayurbhanj region near Joshipur, accessible by bus.