Charchika Temple


Charchika Temple is a 19th century old temple situated in Banki town of Cuttack district in Odisha. Goddess Chamunda is worshipped in the temple. She is an eight-armed goddess, who is a manifestation of Maa Devi Durga, seated on a prostrate human body and wearing a garland of human skulls. She displays khadga, shula, katari and varadamudra in her four right hands whereas the four left hands represent severed head, blood-cup, and leaving a finger of the remaining hand soaked in blood. She is called as Maa Charchika by local people. This temple is situated on the top a hillock whose name is Ruchika Parvat on the bed of the Renuka river.
Legend says that the Maa Charchika idol was created by Parashurama.In the temple there is a pidha vimana, jagamohana and a wooden mandapa known as "sunyavahini mandapa" that reflects Kalingan architecture. The ceiling of the mandapa is carved, painted with animals and birds like - elephant, duck, parrot, peacock, etc which made of wood whereas the pillars are in stone.

Travel Info:

Best time to visit: Oct-Feb

District: Cuttack

Elevation: 44.7m

Open Time: 6AM-6PM

Popular Cuisine: Prasad of goddess Charchika includes fish

Attractions: Best Kalingan architecture, Carvings and paintings made in the wooden mandapa, Ansupa Lake

Nearest Bus Stop: Banki

Nearest Railway Station: Cuttack

Travel Options: Train, Bus, Taxi

Nearest town: Banki

Distance from Bhubaneswar: 64 km

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