India has a unique style when it comes to architecture and the examples for the same are spread to different parts of the country. From Mughals to locals, we have many who have erected beautiful architectural marvels, that mark the diversity of India. We must certainly have heard of other leaning structures such as Leaning Tower of Pisa but a leaning temple? Not likely. Indians should be proud about this one.
The leaning temple of Huma is located on the banks of river Mahanadi, near a village called Sambalpur in Odisha. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and is one of the unique attractions of the state.
It is said that the side pillars are leaning in different directions and the main pillar in another. There is no particular explanation for the leaning. Some say it was designed so while others believe that this has happened due to the fact that the temple was built on uneven surface and the continuous eroding of land by the river has caused the leaning.
Stories has it that a milkman used to worship Lord Shiva crossing the river, at the bank. This is where the rock cropped out, and when the milkman offered it some milk, it is said that the rock consumed it. This miraculous incident paved way to the construction of the temples.
Shivratri is one of the major festivals that are celebrated in the temple. An annual fair is held at the foothills of the temple during Shivratri, and the fair is attended by the locals and tourists that include foreign visitors. The Government of Odisha has also built a hanging bridge across the river to attract tourists to the fair.
The temple is located around 23km from the village of Sambalpur. You can take the help of public transport once you reach Sambalpur.