Kuruma is a unique attraction of Konark tourism. Kuruma is the name of a small village located about 8 km from the Sun temple of Konark. The place gained fame after excavations were carried out in this small hamlet from 1971 to 1975.
The findings include a high wall and antique images of Heruka or Dharma, the Sun God, and Buddha. From then onwards, this village has gained importance as a Buddhist tourist spot.
The site was constructed in the 9th – 10th centuries A.D and is believed to have been a Buddhist monastery. The idol of Buddha discovered at this place is seated in a cross legged position. The right hand of the idol is in Bhumisparsa mudra and it has the left hand resting on the left knee.
The image is a decorated one, which has a lovely crown and a wonderfully engraved necklace. Though the monastery stands in an abandoned position now, it still attracts visitors regularly.