Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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.