Location of Huma Temple
Huma Temple is located on the left bank of the Mahanadi River in the Indian state of Odisha.
History of Huma Temple
Huma Temple was built during the reign of Baliar Singh, the fifth Raja of Sambalpur District and is dedicated to Lord Shiva or Mahadeva.
Mythological History of Huma Temple
According to legend there was a milkman by the name Gauda who daily crossed the Mahanadi to a place on the bank where the underlying rock emerged out. He went there to worship Lord Shiva and daily offered his dole of milk, which was at once drunk up by the rock. This miraculous incidence led to enquiries, which paved the way for the construction of the temple.
Architecture of Huma Temple
The special feature of the Huma temple is its tilted structure. It is for this reason that it is also known as the Leaning Temple.
Structure of Huma Temple
Huma temple remains tilted in one direction and other small temples are tilted to some other direction. Even within the temple complex everything is found to be in tilted condition including the boundaries. This inclination of Huma temple has not changed since last 40 to 50.
Importance of Huma Temple
Huma is regarded as a popular pilgrimage site that is visited and revered by many devotees from different places.
Eco System near Huma Temple
The visitors also flock to get a glimpse of a special type of fish known as 'Kudo' fish that are found here. It is said that the fishes are so tamed that they will eat sweets and other foods from the hands of those who bathe close to the temple. During auspicious days they are called by their names and given the 'prasad' of the God.
Fair Near Huma Temple
A great fair is also organized at the foothill in the month of March every year on the occasion of Shivaratri near the premises of Huma temple.
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