Sri Sri Harisankar Devasthana, in India, is on the slopes of the beautiful Gandhamardhan hills, Odisha. It is popular for its scenes of nature and connection to 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.
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.
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.
History of Harisankar:
The deity of Harisankar 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.
An ancient shrine situated in the Balangir District,Harisankar Temple is one of the ancient temples of Orissa Gandhamardan hills, which stand along Balangir-Sambalpur border. This 14th century temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is noted for its charming design and exquisite architecture, which is different from the more well known Orissa style. The foaming waters sparkle vibrantly, acting as a enjoyable contrast to the unmelting hardness of the granite bed from which it cascades through the sun-dappled jungle.Echoing its joyful song, birds and bathers thronging the pool shaped by the swirling waters seem to give thanks to ‘Hari’ and ‘Shankar’, the reigning deities of Harishankar Temple perched on the southern slope of Gandhamardan hill.
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