The renowned Maa Barunei temple and Karunei Pitha are situated at the foothills of the famed Barunei hills in Khordha, Odisha. Barunei Hill location is just 5 km from Khordha towards the east along National Highway 5. Maa Barunei is one of the presiding deities of Khordha and the temple is known as a Shakti Peetha in Odisha. Built by Ramachandra Dev, the temple has the gurgling Swarga Ganga stream beside it. Barunei Hill also houses lush mangroves that attract picnickers. The iconic prasad is sweet rice pudding.
Maa Barunei temple is a key pilgrimage site near Bhubaneswar and Puri, at just over 20 km Barunei Hill distance. The Rajo Sankranti Mela draws over 50,000 devotees during the 3-day fair. The ancient Maa Karunei Pitha shrine is also present, reached by climbing 200 steps.
Being so close to Bhubaneswar at just 15 km Barunei hill distance, it receives many tourists. Barunei picnic spot is another highlight, where visitors trek uphill to see the round-year waterfall offering panoramic views. The rich history and religious significance make Maa Barunei temple one of the most popular tourist attractions in Khordha district.