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Panchalingeshwar Temple

Panchalingeshwar Temple, Balasore

Panchalingeshwar Temple is in Balasore district of Odisha, India. 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).Panchalingeswar is situated on a hillock near Nilagiri surrounded by green forests. A perennial stream flows on the five Lingams. The place commands a panoramic view of nature and is ideal for picnickers. ready to climb more than 200 stairs, it is very interesting.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.Panchalingeswar Saiva pitha is situated on a hillock with perennial streams falling on five natural Lingas. Its natural beauty attracts nature lovers and visitors. A number of tourists of Odisha, West Bengal and other states visit here throughout the year for Darshan of Lord and enjoy the scenic beauty.

Location

Panchalingeswar is 27.7 km south west from Balasore. Geographical co-ordinate is 21.41 North 86.71 East.It is located on the top of a hill near Nilagiri mountain. There 5 nos. lord Shiva Linga are inside a small stream which may not be seen from outside but tourist can tough and hold putting hands inside the stream. Tourist has to climb the hill through the stairs about 250 nos. to reach the place. CISF doesn’t allow entering or staying after 5:00pm or dusk as Panther, Bear come after that from the top of the hill. The place is very calm and lonely and believed place of priest.

Transportation facility

Panchalingeswar comes under Balasore district. Balasore is also the nearest city from Panchalingeswar. The nearest NAC to Panchalingeshwar is Nilagiri. Regular bus services are there from Bhubaneswar to both Nilagiri and Balasore. 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.