Balunkeswar Temple is located at Gaisama, a village 13 km south-east of Baragarh district of Orissa, on the bank of Jira River (a tributary of river Godavari). This temple was built during the chauhan period in Orissa. It is an ancient shrine, and one of the Astha Sambhu (eight Shiva temples) in Baragarh and Sambalpur district. Balunkeswar Siva is worshiped in this temple.
How to Reach Sambalpur
There is an airport which is under construction as of now in Jharsugada (50) Km. so, till that airport is fully functional, there is Swami Vivekananda Airport which is 262 Km from Sambalpur. Sambalpur has four railway stations, namely Sambalpur (khetrajpur), Sambalpur road (fatak), Hirakud, Sambalpur city. These railway stations are well connected to all major metro cities, but for Indore, Dehradun, Lucknow and Guwahati there aren't any direct rail connections. Roads in Sambalpur are well connected with nearby cities. Rourkela - Sambalpur state highway 10 is under construction to transform this from a two lane highway to a four or even six lane highway. There are buses leaving in every fifteen minutes to Jharsuguda and Bargarh from the terminal.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.
The temple is open from 6AM to 9PM.