Spiritual & Cultural Significance
The river has many temples along or near its bank. The Lakshmana Temple at Sirpur, along the river, was built about 1500 years ago. It is considered among the finest brick temples in India.
The Leaning Temple of Huma, a temple for Lord Shiva, is perhaps one of the few leaning temples in the world! It is nestled on a rocky cradle on the Mahanadi’s banks.