Huma Temple, the leaning temple of orissa, 23 km from Sambalpur, Huma a village situated on the left bank of the Mahanadi, is famous for the Leaning temple dedicated to Lord Siva, which was built in the reign of Baliar Singh, the 5th Raja of Chauhan Dynasty of Sambalpur.
According to legend, there was a milkman who used to cross the Mahanadi every day, to worship Lord Shiva. He used to offer milk to the rock idol of Shiva, which consumed the milk every day. The presiding diety is Bimaleswar Siva.
The leaning temple of Orissa known is for its unique structure that tilts to one particular direction while its subsidiary temples tilt towards other direction. And within the temple complex i.e. within the boundaries of temple, everything found to be in tilted condition including the boundaries. No satisfactory explanation to this extra ordinary phenomena is available till now. However with the kind of tendencies it displays, the temple could well be India’s own version of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
The most visited day of this temple is the Shivratri, when a large number of devotees come here for offering milk to the idol of Lord Shiva, present in this temple.
The special type of fish found here are called as ‘Kudo’ fish. They are said to be so tame that they will eat sweets and other foods from the hands of those who bathe close to the temple. During auspicious days they are called by their names and given the ‘prasad’ of the God. Here nobody tries to catch them as they are believed to be the assets of the God.