It has four gates on four sides
and they are called by different names. The Lion's gate on the Eastern side is
the biggest, and the others like the Elephant gate on the North, the Horse gate
on the South and the Tiger gate on the west come next in size and importance.
pilgrim entering the temple through the Lion's gate has to ascend 22 steps
called the Baisi pahach. In front of the Lion's gate stands a 35 feet high
pillar called Anur pillar and it is presided over by the sun's charioteer-Anur.
Offering prayers first to it, pilgrims reach the interior part, where there are
more than 100 shrines dedicated to almost all the deities found in the Hindu
pantheon; and that is the speciality here. As the temple tradition insists on
one seeing the principal deities first before circumambulating, let us enter the
Bada Deula to feast our eyes with the beauty of the Moola Vigrahas.