The leaning Huma temple is situated in the state of Odisha. As the name suggests it is situated in a village named Huma. This village is situated on the banks of the river Mahanadi. This temple is precisely situated in Sambalpur, a culturally rich part of Odisha. The temple backs to the sixteenth century.
It is famous for its learning structure. The reason behind this learning structure still remains a mystery. The fact that the edifice leans whereas the pinnacle of the temple is perpendicular to the ground makes this temple a topic of awe and wonder. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Huma Temple is also one of India’s two leaning temples. Thus it is an important tourist destination.
Huma Temple Architecture
Painted in white the Huma temple celebrates Shaivism. Huma Temple was built by the Ganga Vamsi Emperor Anangabhima Deva-III and later was renovated by King Baliar Singh. Apart from the main temple, there exists the Bhairavi Devi temple on the left and the Bhairo temple on the right of the main temple. These temples were built during the rule of King Ajit Singh of Sambalpur.
The reason behind its slanting structure is unknown and a major mystery. Due to this very structure, this temple is very popular among historians, sculptors and architects. The temple is made of stone and sandstone.
The temple wasn’t tilted originally. Some say that natural calamities like earthquake made this temple lean. Then there exist theories which suggest the shifting of plates in the Mahanadi basin.
It is strange to know that not only the main temple but the other temples housed in here are also tilted or lean. But the interesting fact is that they lean in different directions. Even the angle of inclination of these temples as said by the villagers here has not changed. It remains the same since the past forty to fifty years.
This temple is simple and petite. There is nothing extravagant about the temple but the temple radiates remarkable exuberance. The sanctity of the temple is reflected by its white structure. It is an important pilgrimage site.
The legend behind the construction of Huma Temple
The legend associated with this temple revolves around a milkman. It is said that once a milkman while on this daily chore of crossing the Mahanadi observed something unusual. One day he offered his dole of milk to an underlying rock. To his surprise, the rock consumed the milk offered to it. This led to further inquiries and thus Huma temple came into existence.
Major Tourist Attractions nearby Huma Temple
Apart from the main leaning temples there exist other tourist attractions in here. The most famous of them being the annual fair conducted here during the festival of Shivratri. The temple glitters and illuminates during the fair and the festival. There is a lot of hustle and bustle around the temple in the month of March when this festival is celebrated every year.
In order to attract tourist traffic, the government of Odisha has proposed to make a hanging bridge. This has added to the popularity of this place.
The visitors are fed here with a rare type of fish known as the ‘Koda’ fish.
The festival of Shivratri is celebrated with great pomp and show here and attracts a huge number of pilgrims every year.
A Tourist’s Guide to Huma Temple
Huma Temple is just at a distance of 2 km from the main district of Sambalpur. One can easily find public and private transport from here. One can find hotels easily in Sambalpur. The temple is open from morning to evening. Entry is not ticketed. It is a wonderful spot for spiritual people. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva hence, it attracts the people who follow Shaivism. The nearest airport is in Bhubaneswar airport, the capital city of Odisha. The nearest railway station is Sambalpur Railway Station.
This place is the perfect destination for people who are spiritual and in search of peace of mind.