Panchalingeswara Temple is situated on the hilltop of the Eastern Ghats and in Balasore district of Odisha which at distance of 45 km, from balasore town. A beautiful stream flows touching down the Lord Shiva in the temple. The five round of natural stone structures called Shiva Lingams are worshipped as Panchalingeswara (Pancha means five in Oriya). To feel the lingas under the stream of water, one has to lie flat on the rock.
Reaching and visit Panchlingeswar is kind of a difficult task and you will need to ascend 263 stairs in order to reach the temple. The stream and waterfall size grow during the monsoons and the Pancha Lingas becomes very difficult to locate by hand.
As per mythology description, it was King Banasura who had a thousand armed of very powerful king. He was the son of Bali and a devotee of Lord Shiva who placed the lingams here to dedicate the beauty of the place.
The approach to the temple is scenic as it is surrounded by a forest. Jagannath temple and the Nilgiri palace. In addition to that two more attractive scene to visit in Balasore is Chandipur on sea which is 17 kms from Chandipur and Khir Chor Gopinath temple which is 9 km north of Balasore. Which are famous Pilgrimage places of Odisha.