Kishakeshwari Temple is the temple of Hindu Goddess Chamunda alias Kali located in Khiching, which was the ancient capital of the Bhanja rulers, located about 205 km from Balasore and 150 km from Baripada in the Mayurbhanj district of north Odisha.
The image of Kichakeswari, now being worshipped at the main temple at Khiching is the grim figure of the Goddess Chamunda. This figure, although broken into three parts has been joined together and inspires awe and fear among the devotees.
According to N.N Vasu, this image is one of the forms of Bhima, the emaciated body disclosing a hideous skeleton with the bones and ribs all laid bare. The Goddess is seated on a lotus issuing from the naval of Purusa. Over the head and back of the Goddess rises the figure of Airavata.
The main temple opens to devotees early at 5 a.m. and closes down at 10 pm. It, however, remains closed from 12 noon to 3 pm. Just near to temple, a museum build. The Khiching Museum is the second oldest museum in the state of Odisha.
During the time of excavation by Archaeological Survey of India in the year, 1908 several images of gods and goddess were found including the images of Buddha. These are preserved in a museum housed within the temple compound, which was constructed by Maharaja Purna Chandra Bhanjdeo in the year 1922. Khiching is 50kms from Keonjhar and 190km from Balasore.
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