Chaurasi, alternatively spelled as Chaurashi, is a small village near Puri district on the
right bank of river Prachi. The place is famous for the Varahi Temple, alternatively
spelled as Barahi Temple. This temple was built in the first quarter of 10th century A.D.
during Somavamsi rule. The temple is east facing and built with Sand stone. The area
dimension (L x B x H) of the temple is 15.84 mtrs x 8.23 mtrs x 8.40 mtrs. It is under the
maintenance of Archaeological survey of India. Chaurasi is situated between
Nimapada-Kakatpur road and is at a distance of 30 kilometers from Konark and 14 kilometers
from Kakatpur village. The geographical location of the temple is LONGITUDE 86007’07”E and
Spreading over about 2 acres of land, this shrine is Sakta and the presiding deity of the
temple is Goddess Varahi. She sits in lalitasana on a cushion placed on a plain platform
with her right foot resting on the buffalo mount carved on the pedestal. She is presented as
the pot-bellied goddess with the face of a boar. She has two arms and holds a fish in her
right hand and a bowl in her left hand. A third eye is tightly engraved into her forehead.
Here Barahi is worshipped in accordance with the tantric rituals. Goddess Varahi is offered
fish everyday. Chaurasi is also famous for Amareswar temple and Laxminarayan temple.
The Sakta temples are generally of Khakhara type. The Varahi temple at Chaurasi in the
Prachi Valley with its semi-cylindrical roofs is an example of Khakhara type of temple.
The temple is lavishly decorated with sculptural motifs and scroll work. The super structure
of the temple has a rectangular porch with no supporting pillars and clere-stories. Eight
stages of copulation (sex contact) are depicted in this temple.