Chandi Temple is an ancient shrine situated at Saintala
, about 32 km south of Balangir
road, in Balangir District
. The temple, now in ruins, is of great archeological importance. Goddess Chandi in the form of Mahishasuramardini
is presently worshipped in a modern temple which stands on a mound with the parts of stone temples scattered all around.
It is believed that there were at least two ancient temples in the present site; the two sets of door jambs of unequal length and width stands as a testimony for this belief. The door sets were now utilized for the modern temple.
Many remarkable images are unearthed from here, of which most noteworthy are the dashavatar (ten incarnations) image of Lord Vishnu and broken door jamb with images of Goddess Ganga and Goddess Yamuna.
Saintala Railway Station is the nearest railhead.