Harishankar, A hindu Pilgrimage
Harishankar is located on the southern side of Gandhamardhan hills in Balangir. It is 165 km from Sambalpur, 81 Km from Balangir. The Harishankar dazzles with a series of bewitching waterfalls cascading on the hillslopes.
Sri Sri Harishankar Devasthana, in India, is on the slopes of the beautiful Gandhamardhan hills , Orissa. It is popular for its scenes of nature and presence of two Hindu lords, Vishnu and Shiva. As a holy place, along with a beautiful stream passing on the granite bed, it has given some visitors a feeling of peace. On the opposite of side of the Gandhamardhan hills is the temple of Nrusinghanath. The plateau between the two temples has been found to have ancient Buddhist ruins, which are considered to be remnants of the ancient Parimalgiri University.
Harishankar is a place of pilgrimage, well-known for its infrequent scenic charms and the presence of Hari and Shankar, the dual deity of the Vaishnav and Shaivite sects of Hinduism. As a cool resort located within the lap of nature, Harishankar is a panacea for the heat in the summer.
Temple in the slope of the beautiful Gandhamardhan hills popular for its scenic of nature and presence of two Hindu lord Hari & Siva. As it is one of the cool place with a beautiful Stream passing on the granite bed give the visitor felling of natures peace: on its opposite is the temple of Nrusinghanath.The plateau between the two temples is strewn with ancient Buddhist ruins. Which are considered to be remnants of the ancient University Parimalgiri.
The deity of Harishankar was discovered by a Chauhan dynasty king of Western Orissa, during the 14th century. From that time, the deity has been worshipped. A dancing Ganesha image has been found, which can be traced to the early 12th century. The temple was constructed by the order of then queen Durlabha Devi of Maharaja Vaijjal Dev Chauhan.