Biranchi Narayan Temple

Built by King Srikara Bhanja, Biranchi Narayan Temple, Popularly known as ‘Wooden Konark’ is an ancient shrine located in Buguda, a small town in Ganjam district.

Lord Biranchi Narayan is the presiding deity of the temple, whose image was recovered from the ruins of Malatigarh. The temple is built in the form of a chariot driven by seven horses. The temple is conspicuous for its remarkable wood carvings and wall paintings. Maghasaptami, Samba Dashami, Rath Yatra, Danda Yatra (April), Durga Puja and Kali Puja are amongst the major festivals celebrated here.

At the other end of the main road facing the temple of Biranchi Narayan is a temple which is dedicated to Lord Jagannath. The temple is so built that the devotees can see the ‘Arati’ of both the temples at the same time from any of these two places.