Harishankar Temple – Guide
Harishankar Temple is 81 km from Balangir. It is located in Patnagarh subdivision. It is also 220 km away from Sambalpur. The idol of Harishankar is a combination of Lord Shiva and Vishnu which is in the shape of Noorasimha. It is the presiding deity of the local people. Temple Harishankar is situated at the feet of Gandhamarjan mountain towards east and south.
There is a beautiful perennial spring flowing on the north side near the temple. Harishankar Temple and Gandhamardan Hills are one of the popular tourist places in Balangir District. In front of the temple is a Buddha statue presided over by a seven-headed serpent which serves as a reminder of the Buddhist centre of culture and heritage.
Harishankar Temple Timings
|Wednesday||6–11:30 am, 12:30–7 pm|
|Thursday||6–11:30 am, 12:30–7 pm|
|Friday||6–11:30 am, 12:30–7 pm|
|Saturday||6–11:30 am, 12:30–7 pm|
|Sunday||6–11:30 am, 12:30–7 pm|
|Monday||6–11:30 am, 12:30–7 pm|
|Tuesday||6–11:30 am, 12:30–7 pm|
Place to visit near this Temple
Kumuda hills is a beautiful natural site which has immense potential for tourists. This, as the name suggests, is a hill station where Lord Dhabaleshwar descended in a large natural cave measuring 80 feet by 40 feet. There are three more caves nearby. The temple is only 40 feet above the base of the hill. During the months of Shravan and Shivratri, the temple attracts thousands of tourists.
A group adventure destination 98 kms from Balangir. Turricella is important for viewing diverse wildlife such as tigers, deer, bears, foxes, elephants, wild birds, monkeys and wolves. The chirping of the birds sitting on the branches fascinates the onlookers. School and college students, weekend visitors, and leisure visitors come here to celebrate the New Year in the lap of nature.
Jogisarda, 25 km east of Balangir, is famous for its Jogeshwar temple. It is said that those who worship Jogeshwar Mahadev get all their wishes fulfilled. Jogeshwar Mahadev’s linga suddenly awakens, earning it the nickname “Living God”. Devotees from all over the country gather to fulfil their wishes during the Sheetal Shashti Yatra, the marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, which is also celebrated with great pomp and gaiety on the occasion of Mahashivaratri.
How to reach Harishankar Temple
By Air- The nearest airport is Biju Patnaik International Airport, which is located at a distance of about 402 km from Gandhamardan Hills and Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda at a distance of 225 km from this temple. You can easily reach Harishankar Temple by using local transport services from here.
By Train- The nearest railway station is Harishankar Road, which is located at a distance of about 54 kms from Harishankar Temple. From here you can easily reach this temple by using local transport services.
By Road- Nearest bus stop is Balangir, which is located at a distance of about 81 kms from Harishankar Temple. You can also reach here by your own vehicle as its roads are well connected with the other cities of the country.
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