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Huma , Asia first Leaning Shiva Temple , Sambalpur – Temple Of Lord Shiv- Odisha Temple Trip

The abode of Lord Shiva worshipped as Vimaleswara is located on the banks of River Mahanadi, 23KM from Sambalpur and is a revered place of worship in the region. The highlight of the temple is its leaning structure, not only the main sanctum sanctorum is in an inclined position, but all the other shrines including the boundary wall are in a leaning position within the temple premises.

Huma temple, situated on the left bank of the Mahanadi, 23 kms south of Sambalpur, was established in the year 1670. The temple was built by the King Baliar Singh, the fifth king of the Chauhan dynasty of Sambalpur.

Huma,the Leaning temple dedicated to Lord Siva. It is popularly known as the Leaning Temple of Huma, as it does not stand upright and is tilted towards one side. Infact, almost everything within the temple complex is skewed.

Surprisingly the main temple leans to one direction and the smaller temples in the premises lean to other direction . But the interior including the pinnacle of the temple is perpendicular to the ground.

Huma , Asia first Leaning Shiva Temple , Sambalpur - Temple Of Lord Shiv- Odisha Temple Trip eodishaorg
Huma , Asia first Leaning Shiva Temple , Sambalpur – Temple Of Lord Shiv- Odisha Temple Trip eodishaorg

As per the records of the British era, the temple can be dated somewhere around the middle of the 16th Century AD. The legend of the leaning nature of the temple has many theories attached to it. However if one goes by science, the structure of the temple is based on the simple principle of “Centre of Gravity” for a leaning structure to remain stable- its center of gravity should be located as low as possible & secondly the foundation area should be broad. The temple structure conforms to both.

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History behind the construction of the Huma temple

There is an interesting history behind the construction of the Huma temple. People say that there was a milkman, who used to go across river Mahanadi to worship Lord Shiva. He used to offer milk to the Lord everyday. One day, to his surprise, the rock idol consumed the milk offered by the milkman. This miraculous incident paved way for the construction of temple.

Apart from the leaning temple, a kind of reddish fish (popularly called Kudo) in the river is another attraction for tourists. Here nobody tries to catch them as they are believed to be the assets of the God. One can also feed the fishes which have become very good pets over the years. Feeding these fishes is considered very sacred. Besides, one can also have a boat ride in the river Mahanadi to many small islands in it.

Lord Vimaleswara is regarded as one of the Asta Sambhu’s of the region and hundreds of devotees flock the temple to seek his blessings every day.

Whoever may be the reason for the leaning structure of the lord Bimaleswara Temple at Huma, it is a unique architectural feat at the fag end of the Odisha Temple Architecture and over the years has become the temple’s identity.

The fish pond located within the temple premises is an added attraction to the people who congregate and feed the fish.

Location:
23 kms south of Sambalpur, Orissa

Travel Information:
1.Nearest rail station head is at Sambalpur.
2.By Air- The nearest airport is Bhubaneswar which is 290 Km away.

Best Time To Visit: November-February

Location: Sambalpur, Odisha

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Reference : Odisha Tourism