The town of Khiching, which is now a rather remote
destination in the northern area of Orissa, was
obviously once a religious center of some importance. The temples, which
remain today, although interesting in their own right, are but the humble
remnants of a more glorious past.
The large temple of "Kichakeswari", originally probably dating back to the 7th or 8th century, was reconstructed from the ruins of an earlier temple in the early 20th century. The reconstruction, which used the traditional technique of moving large stone elements up a huge earthen ramp, proved that the ancient skill of temple building and architecture survived into the current century.
Unfortunately, scholars feel that the constructed temple does not reflect the true form of the original, and that the shape now is a bit disproportionate. Nevertheless, the sculptures on this and other Khiching temples are exceptionally beautiful. Large, tall images, they are slender and graceful, reflecting a remarkable sophistication and deftness of touch. In addition to the temples, there is a small museum in Khiching with some very fine images.