Panchalingeshwar

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Panchalingeswara Temple Nilagiri Baleswar

Panchalingeshwar Temple (Oriya: ପଞ୍ଚଲିଙ୍ଗେଶ୍ଵର) is in Balasore district of Odisha. It named after the five Shivalinga that are enshrined inside. The temple is on top of a hillock near the Nilagiri hill (not to be confused with that of Western Ghats).

The Shivalingas are said to have been enshrined by Sita, the wife of Lord Rama during their exile. Another story holds that King Banasura worshiped the Swayambhu Lingas at this place given its beauty. A perennial stream, which is the main attraction of the area, regularly washes the Shivalingas as it flows over them. To reach to the temple one has to lie flat on the rock parallel to the stream to touch and worship the lingas inside the water stream.

Location[edit]

Panchalingeswar is 25 km north west from Balasore. Geographical co-ordination 21.41 North 86.71 East.

Transportation Facility[edit]

Panchaligeswar comes under Balasore district. Balasore is also the nearest city from Panchalingeswar. A visitor can come to Balasore through Bhubaneswar Airport (200 km) or Kolkata Airport (250 km). There are regular transportation facilities between Panchalingeswar and Balasore

References[edit]

Panchalingeswara Temple Nilagiri