Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Nrusinghanath Temple - Bargarh - Balangir - Paikamal - Padmapur -Patanagarh-Odisha

Nrusinghanath,the great temple of Orissa in India, is situated at the foot hills of Gandhamardhan Hill (Parimalagiri).The King of Patnagarh, BAIJAL SINGH DEV,laid the foundation of this historic temple in 1313 A.D. It is only 45 feet in height,divided into two parts: the first being the seat of the Lord Nrusinghnath, the second alloted to Jagamohan(anti-chamber having 3 gates and each supported by 4 pillars).

This place was also a centre of Buddhist scriptural learning at Huen Tsang era. Lord Nrushinghanath is a much-adored deity of Orissa and a great fair is held in his honour on the 14th day of bright fortnight in the month of Vaisakha.

The Vidala-Nrusimha Temple stands amidst the verdant beauty of the picturesque Gandhamardan hills. Nrusinghanath is a popular and attractive pilgrim point. Coupled with a series of beautiful waterfalls and some sculptures, its location offers an air of serenity and visual delight, making the trip worthwhile. The present temple, located at the source of the Papaharini stream.

The site of the temple is unique. Stone steps wind up the hillside behind the temple, leading past a  waterfall, and eventually curving under the falls to a spot where some beautiful, and very well- preserved relief sculptures are found.

The climb to the carvings and return journey will take about an hour. Since shoes are not permitted on these sanctified pilgrimage steps, those with tender feet should take along a pair of heavy socks for the climb. On the opposite slope of the hill on which the temple is located, is the Harishankar Temple. Between the two temples there is a 16 km plateau, littered with Buddhist ruins that scholars feel may be the remains of the ancient university of Parimalagiri.

In temple complex you can see Chaldhar (waterfall), Bhimdhar (Waterfall), 9th and 11th Century God and Goddess Sculptures. A 16km stone step going towards Harishankar Temple, in the way you can visit Sitakunda, Panchu Pandav Caves, Kapildhar (Waterfall), Suptadhar (Waterfall), Satyaamb, Bhim Madua, Happy Point(Top Hill).

There is also a excellnt garden named Hanuman Vatika just near the temple. A small market is placed their, where you can buy toys, bangles,  some local gifts and religious items. You can take Prasad just outside of Temple Main Gate (Singha Dwara or Lion Gate).

A huge number of monkeys are inside temple complex, so beware to them for your cameras, food items, Prasads etc.. You also can get accomodation in temple complex.


You can also get Free Parasad (HARIHAR PANGAT) at 12 pm inside Temple complex. Temple remain open from 4 am to 12 pm and then 2 pm to 6 pm.

How to reach: From Balangir take road towards Padampur. Then on Padampur left turn towards Paikamal (25kms). On Paikamal take left turn towards Nrusinghanath Temple Rd (3kms).

Harishankar Temple- Balangir-Odisha-A Famous Picnic Place

Sri Sri Harishankar Devasthana in the slope of the beautiful Gandhamardhan hills, Bolangir district, Odisha, India. The place, Harishankar, is noted for the Hari Shankar temple that is unique in itself not only because of its antiquity and design with inscriptions in Porto-Oriya on the outer walls but also for being one of the rarest temples of its kind in the entire country where both Vishnu and Shiva are worshipped together. A natural spring of water appends to the beauty of Harishankar.

As a holy place along with a beautiful stream passing on the granite bed give the visitor feeling of natures peace on its opposite of side of the Gandhamardhan hills is the temple of Nrusinghanath. The plateau between the two temples is found with ancient Buddhist ruins. As a cool resort in the lap of nature, Harishankar is a panacea for the heat of the summer season. On the Northern slope of the Gandhamardan hills lies Nrusinghanath in Bargarh district. Both the places are connected by a hill top road of 16 kms., which the pilgrims cover in a day on foot during Nrusingh Chaturdasi. Harishankar is connected by an all weather good moterable road (81 Kms.).

In Harishankar Devasthana Temple Complex, you can get lunch at a cost of Rs.30 from 12.30 pm to 3.00 pm. Some other temples like Hanuman Temple, Jagannath Temple, Ram Temple also present in side temple complex. Beware of monkey in this area, as they can take all food items from you. You can get Prasad (Nadia Bhog) inside from temple complex. A beautiful stream flowing where you can take bath. This place is ideal for picnic. There is also Dharamsala inside Temple Complex. In Harishankar you also can visit a Herbal Garden where you can get more than 1000 herbal trees.

How to Reach: From Balangir Town you have to go to Patanagarh. Then from Patanagarh, You have to take Harishankar Rd.