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Buguda Sun Temple in Orissa

Talk about SunTemple in Orissa, the first thing that comes to our mind is the SunTemple in Konark. But there are two other (even more) sun temples in Orissa. One is in Buguda in Ganjam District and another is at Palia in Bhadrak District. The SunTemple at Buguda is made out of wood and is sometimes referred as the Wooden Konark.
But poor maintenance and other natural causes have pushed the temple on to the verge of collapse. Lack of funds and lack of people with knowledge to repair the 18th century temple are two main impediments in protecting the structure.
The temple is dedicated to the Sun God and is popularly known as the Biranchi Narayan temple. A historical report states that the idol in the temple was found by a cattle herder, who accidentally struck his foot against the idol which was buried underground. People of the area unearthed the life-size image and installed it at the Buguda temple. There is a belief that the idol is the lost idol of Konark’s SunTemple.
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Prisoners make rope for Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple Flag

During the annual Painkuni festival at the famous SriPadmanabhaswamyTemple in Trivandrum, Kerala, fresh cords (rope) for the temple flags are ordered from the Central Prison. It might sound strange, but this is a tradition that has been followed without a break for 120 years. The two set of cords needed for the festival is ordered in three months advance. And the cord will be ready two weeks before the commencement of the festival. The entire process of making the cord is done by the Prisoners at the Central Prison in Trivandrum.Earlier, the prisoners used to make several other items needed for the temple. But now they only provide cords for temple flags and tassels for ‘onnavillu.’