A scenic spot 32 km from Bhubaneswar, Barunai attracts thousands of visitors, all round the year, who are drawn to it by shadowy mango groves and the temple of Barunai, the presiding deity set on top of the hill.
Karunei and Barunai were the presiding goddesses of Khurda and guarded the gate of the fort. It is believed that these two sisters were killing the British soldiers with their long sharp swords in disguise. Ramchandra Dev the founder of the Bhoi dynasty constructed the temple for the goddesses. In the temple of Barunai there is no pedestal.
Beautifully carved from two separated blocks of black granite – it represents goddess Barunai and Karunei. The height of each of the idols is 18 inches. The lotus seat on the right side, Devi Barunai holds Dambaru in upper left hand and a Trisul in the upper right hand. They look like war goddesses. Khichidi and Pitah are the main items of Bhoga offered to the deities on leaf plates. The hill side of Barunai is a beautiful spot. It is a place for religious worship and picnic. Barunai hill is only two kilometers from Khurda town