Sri Nrusinghanath Temple is located in the sacred Gandhamardan Hills, which according to legends, Hanuman carried on his shoulders from the Himalayas as described in the ancient epic Ramayana, the temple at Nrusinghanath is an important pilgrimage site. It is also an exceedingly fascinating and beautifully located temple and is worth the journey to this rather remote spot. The present temple, located at the source of the Papaharini stream, is a 14th century structure built on a more ancient site. The four pillars within the Jagmohana suggest that the earlier temple was built in the 9th century. The beautiful doorframes have been dated to the 11th century. It is said to be the oldest temple after the Shri jagganath temple, puri. The King of Patna, Baijal Deva laid the foundation of this historic temple in early 15th century CE. It is only 45 feet in height, divided into two parts: the first being the seat of the Lord Nrusinghnath, the second allotted to Jagamohan (antechamber having 3 gates and each supported by 4 pillars.
Around six hundred years ago, a woman Jamuna Kandhuni as referred in the book “Nrusingha Charitra” composed a Kavya that sings the glory of Marjara Keshari in regard to suppression and repression of torture and tyranny of Musika Daitya. According to the legend,when people were greatly afflicted by Musika Daitya (the incarnate Mouse Demon), Vishnu Mani in the appearance(Incarnation) of Marjara Keshari,in His Feline Form,ran to eat the demonic mouse form – Musika Daitya who never came out from the tunnel and Marjara Keshari waited from that day. The temple is reputed from that day with this mythologicla history. This story is symbolic of the grounding the demonic evil power of tyranny and torture that never dared to come out further and Lord Nrusinghnath alias Marjara Keshari has been guarding it since then. According to Huen Tsang, the Chinese traveler, this place was a centre of Buddhist scriptural learning. 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. According to Oriya and Devnagari inscriptions, the temple was built by Baijal Dev in early 15th century AD. The temple is constructed in Orissan style of architecture.
The place have an ancient temple, waterfall, and could do some trekking for those who like it. The ambience is scenic and wonderful, The place is cool due dense forest cover and hilly terrain. It’s a very beautiful place. It has waterfalls. If you go there must take a bath. Many stalls are there to buy things. It is a famous picnic spot also.
The vivacious environs of this waterfall in Odisha are such that travellers flock in numbers every year just to feel refreshed. Nrusinghanath Waterfall is settled close to the famed Nrusinghanath Temple which finds its place at the foothills of Gandhamardan Hill towards the north. Surrounded by dark forests and hilly terrain, the waterfall is a must visit place in Bargarh District for those who love natural settings and like spending time close to mother nature. The best time to visit here is considered to fall between October to March, where travellers can also take a sightseeing tour to Gadadhar, Pitrudhar, Guptadhar, Bhimadhar, Kapiladhar, and Chaladhar which are some other popular waterfalls at Nrusinghanath.
How to reach
By Road: The Temple is situated in Paikmal Block of Bargarh District of Odisha. It is about 110 kms from Bargarh Hqs. Buses also available from Balangir, Nuapada and Raipur.
By Air: One can take flight either to Bhubaneswar or Raipur airport.
By Rail: You can get train from Bargarh, Nuapada, Bolangir, Sambalpur, Titlagarh, Kantabanji, Jharsugda, Cuttack, Bhubaneswa, Raipur(Chatisgarh).