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Charchika Temple at Banki in Cuttack District, Odisha

Located on the banks of Renuka River, Charchika Temple at Banki is an important Shakti shrine in the region. The temple is around 53 km from Cuttack in Odisha. Goddess Charchika is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti.

Charchika Temple is one of the eight important Shakti shrines in Odisha. Goddess Chamunda is known as Charchika in this part of Odisha.

The murti worshipped in the shrine is that of the fierce form of Chamunda. She has eight arms. She is seated on a prostrate human body and wearing a garland of human skulls. She displays khadga, shula, katari and varadamudra in her four right hands whereas the four left hands represent severed head, blood-cup, damru and leaving a finger of the remaining hand soaked in blood.

The celings, walls and pillars of the temple are noted for its carvings from stories in the Puranas and motifs.

The most important festivals observed here are Durga Puja and Kumar Purnima.