The ancient capital of the Bhanja
rulers, Khiching lies about 205 km away from Balasore
and 150 km from Baripada. Scores of temples dominate
the place, some of which are still in active worship.
The wealth and antiquities unearthed here clearly
indicate that it was the place where people professing
Buddhism, Jainism and Brahmansim were living side
by side and were maintaining institutions of their
The largest number of ruined temples and sculptural
remains found in Khiching, exist now within the
perimeter of Thakuranis compound. The predominant
deity of Khiching is Kichakeswari, the most sacred
Goddess of the Mayurbhanj chiefs.
The temple dedicated
to Her is built entirely of chlorite slabs and unique
of its kind in India. The sculptures are beautiful.
The small museum here boasts of highly important
historical specimens of sculpture and art.
- By road, 205 km from Balasore, 150 km from