Leaning Temple of Huma, Sambalpur

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The Leaning Temple of Huma has the distinction of being the lone leaning temple in the world. Around 23 km south of Sambalpur, sits the quaint village of Huma on the banks of the Mahanadi River that houses the Leaning Temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

The construction of the temple is owed to the legend of one milkman. This legendary milkman crossed the Mahanadi River every day. After the trip, the milkman offered prayers to Lord Shiva and then offered some milk which was then consumed by the rock. Word spread soon enough and the Ganga Vamsi Emperor Anangabhima Deva – III initiated the construction of the temple.

The temple was renovated under the aegis of numerous rulers. The reason for the inclination of the temple however, remains a mystery. The temple complex has three separate temples that have each tilted in different directions. Miracle or not, the temple is definitely worth a visit.

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