Pilgrimage to Nrusinghanath

Haridwar, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Varanasi, Ajodhya, Mathura, Brundavan, Dwaraka, Puri, Tirupati, Rameshwaram, Kanyakumari, and so on—there are many well-known places of pilgrimage in India visited by millions of devout Hindus every year. There are, however, some relatively lesser known but no less important places of pilgrimage in other parts of India which too attract a large number of devotees. They have their historical, mythological and spiritual significance. It is a great experience in growing spiritual knowledge and insight to visit these places. One such holy place is Nrusinghanath.

Nrusinghanath temple of Orissa in India is situated at the foot hills of Gandhamardhan Hill. It is situated at a distance of 110 Kms from District Hqrs. Bargarh and 32 Kms from Sub-Divisional Hqrs. Padampur. The temple was founded in 14th Century A.D. Lord Nrusinghanath; the Vishnu incarnate is worshiped here in form of Marjara Keshari ( having Cat-like head and Lion-like body ) waiting to kill Mushika Daitya (mouse demon) who is said to have hidden in the tunnel. This mythological story is referred in the book ‘Nrusingha Charita’. The story symbolizes the grounding of demonic evil power which dared not to come out further as Lord Nrusinghanath has been guarding it since then. The temple of Lord Nrusinghanath is only 45 ft. high. It is divided into two parts; the first being the seat of the Lord and the other Jagamohan. There are statues of Nava-grahas (Nine Planets of Astrology) and incarnate forms of Vishnu viz. Bamana, Baraha and Nrusimha around temple premises. Lord Ganesh is depicted here as ashtabhuja or eight-handed Ganesh. There are statues and sculptures relating to different episodes of Ramayana and Mahabharata on the hillocks surrounding the temple. During the annual festival of Baisakha Mela, a large number of devotees gather in Nrusinghanath to celebrate birth day of Lord Nrusinghanath on Nrusingha Chaturdashi.

Nrusinghanath, besides being a place of pilgrimage, draws the attraction of tourists as a tourist spot with a natural scenic view. Flowing out of the confluence of seven fountains, called Saptadhar the perennial flow ‘Papaharini’ flows through Nrusinghanath which after running some distance merges in the river water of Ong which finally merges with the river Mahanadi. Besides being a home of rare medicinal herbs (many of them are yet to be identified), Gandhamardhan Hill has forest having large number of rare species of birds and animals.

I had my recent pilgrimage to Nrusinghanath on November 16, 2011 during my latest trip to Orissa.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda


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Dr. Mahesh Chandra Panda, M.B.B.S.,M.D. Date of Birth:29.02.1948 Retd. (29.02.2008) Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa India
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25 Responses to Pilgrimage to Nrusinghanath

  1. Satya says:

    Wonderful doctor,
    Please post some photos; it would be nice to feel the same.

  2. Vinod Varma says:

    Thanks for information.

    Sir, Our culture and heritage is so great that it is difficult to learn all that in a lifetime of a person.

    Glad to know of such a pilgrimage place enriching our culture and heritage.

  3. Chandra Kumar Panda says:

    Om Sri Sai Nathaya Namah

    The article on the mystery and importance of Nrusinghanath temple is attractive one so far the mythology of Western Odisha is concerned.Your article on ‘Pilgrimage to Nrusinghanath’ has thrown light on many who have no knowledge about it.

    I am very sorry as I could not be able to have a face to face conversation during the last days of your trip to Odisha but this made me most delighted that even in my absence you had your visit to our Home and gifted two books on Sri Sai.After my arrival at Bargarh I came to know every thing from my wife and loving daughter ‘Rosy’.Rosy is very fond of you and has a great love for you in the deepest part of her heart.This much also I came to know from my wife that when you left our home, Rosy went to the God & Godesses of Home(Mahapurujaga) and had a Pranam (Mundia) requesting the Almighty that you should reach Bangalore safe and sound.

  4. Pilgrimage is a way to take break from work, recharge emotions, relax and achieving mental peace.

    There are tourist cum religious spots at short distances, dispersed through out India.Every spot has its history, scenic and religious significance; correspondingly it draws the tourists.The site mentioned here appears to be culturally great.

    Thanks for the information.

  5. V.Nageswar Rao says:

    Dear Sir,
    Namaskar & Juhar.

    This article on Nrusinghanath is really a great article to know much more about the realistic history of the holy place and GOD Nrusinghanath. During my 7 Years of stay in Bargarh, I have visited 7 – 8 times such a great historical, cultural, natural scenic place during Baisakhamela, Shivarathri and also in normal course.

    Though I know about the GOD, the Importance of the Place and the History; but through your article I got more clarity about Nrusinghanath. If I am not wrong as per my knowledge the Lord Hari Shankar (Lord Vishnu and Shiva) is situated on the other side of the Nrusinghanath Temple and Gandhamardhan Hills, which is near to Khaprakhol and falling under Patnagarh Sub- Division of Bolangir district. Though I don’t know the detail history, but there is a great relation and history between these two famous temples ( Nrusinghanath and Harishankar).

    Thanks a lot to visit us during your visit to my residence at Bhubaneswar on 13th November 2011 during your latest trip to Odisha in November 2011 and for your valuable guidance, advices for my son (Karthikeswar)`s studies, The Approach and Counselling style is mostly linked with the counselling techniques you have used for the Higher Education Studies of all your children ( Son and Daughters), which also I learnt from your article only.

    Jai Sadguru Sainath and Nrusinghanathaya Namah

    With Regards,

    V. Nageswar Rao

  6. Thanks for highlighting about Nrusinghanath.

    Out of 10 incarnations of God, Narasingh incarnation is one of them.

    Based on Nrusinghnath there is an excellent popular koshli play”Kandha jugichhe gandhamardan”.

    It’s a historical,cultural and eco-tourism place.Now-a-days more tourists are coming from Chhattisgarh also.Tourism department of Odisha Govt. should develop this place and conserve herbal medicines.

    Posted by-
    Prakash Padhan

  7. Madhusudan Mahunta says:


    Sir, after reading your article ‘Pilgrimage to Nrusinghanath’, I felt very glad as the article speaks our Western Odisha pilgrim place within a very short passage.

    Really Sir, being Western Odisha inhabitants, we are proud of you because the present and future humanbeings all over the world will know about the pilgrim place Nrusinghanath and detail history of God Nrusinghanath.

  8. Kedarnath Sahu says:


    Nrusinghanath is really a beautiful place of Western Odisha.It has the natural as well as the archaeological significance. This place has been visited four times by me.

    Lord Nrusinghanath

    It is true that such type of place contains a number of myths relating to the place.But myth of this place is proved significantlly true.Sir, it is interesting that in your article,you have described how this place has kept its position in satya, tretaya, dwapar and also kaliyuga. Other thing is the form of God which is half cat half lion Marjarakeshari.

    On the other hand,the significance of the beautiful forest Gandhamardan. A good number of medicinal plants collected by the baidyas of this region cure a number of diseases.

    Sir, this place is the only place where the people get purified after any papa i.e.Gohatya etc.So Sir, really this place is equivalent to Haridwar, Varanasi etc. of the country.

    Sir, after meeting with you I felt that you are really an ambassador of God. The date 14th November 2011 is a memorable day for me, the day I met you in person at Sohela. Your speech relating to the God is not artificial as your article reveals you are a perfect researcher of Yoga and Spirituality.

    Kedarnath Sahu

  9. Satyajit Panda says:

    Respected Dadu,
    I read your article and learnt about the temple Nrusinghanath.
    Nrusinghanath is a very nice tourist spot and religious place.

    Thank You Dadu.
    Yours lovingly,
    Satyajit (Sanu)

  10. Dr.Debadutta Mishra says:

    Respected Sir,
    The Gandhamardhan is the first medical in India.Every plant is a medicine for living beings .In the time of Ramayana it is also proved.

  11. Chittaranjan Dash Pharmacist Paikmal Dist.Bargarh says:

    I read your article. It is very nice.
    Thanks to publish & highlight about history of Nrusinghanath Temple.
    I again welcome you to Paikmal in your next visit to Odisha.

  12. Thanks for highlighting about Nrusinghanath.

  13. Satyajit Panda says:

    Namaskar Dadu,

    We all had went to Haridwar, Mathura and Vrundavan in our trip to North India, thnk u it is very nice to describe such places of pilgrimage in preface of your article ‘Pilgrimage to Nrusinghanath’.

  14. Kiran Babu says:

    This post of yours gives a first hand information about the historic and the religious significance of Nrusinghanath Temple. This abode of Lord Nrusinghanath is on the Northern slope of the Gandhamardhan foothills. This place is a center of Vaishnav cult for many a centuries. The fate of Gandhamardhan mountain range is at high risk as the corrupt politicians along with the corporate entities and the MNC’s are giving a cruel eye to destroy this paradise of nature to extract the rich bauxite and granite rocks.

    Where as please do update your post on how to reach this place, as tourism has not been developed in an organised way on this part of Odisha, neither there are any guides to accompany the tourists.

    E.Kiran Mohan
    Cell # 91-99-371-20565
    Barpali, Odisha

  15. A Very Good Informative Post on Nrusinghanath.


  17. History of Nrusinghanath temple has been put effectively and precisely.
    Very well done Sir, I express my likeness with thanks.

  18. I had Darshan of Lord Nrusinghanath on November 2, 2014 during my visit to Bargarh district in my Odisha trip.

  19. This place needs proper attention sir.

  20. Purnima Panda says:

    Pranam kaka,

    A very nice description about the temple Nrusinghanath. I was a kid when we went there.It is a nice tourist place having natural beauty. Thank you for giving more information and idea about the history behind the temple.

  21. Odisha Diary-Last Visit 2 Years back in Bargarh district-This day November 2, 2014 I visited & had Darshan of Nrusinghanath Temple Paikmal Dist. Bargarh.

    Darshan of Nrusinghanath-November-2-2014

  22. Dhandapani Muthuswamy says:

    Thanks ji for sharing this nice article on Nrusinghanath.

  23. Harin baube ( Papanasini tirth) The perenial fountain of Gandhagiri.

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