- Vidal Nrusingha Mandir
Despite lying close to Andhra Pradesh, the citadel of Narasimhopasana, Orissa possesses no big temple of Narasimha
worth the name, or match the glory of such august divinity, who readily comes to the succor of any bhakta, irrespective of
the age of the adorer or time of the call. This lone ancient temple built in the fifteenth century is keeping alive the memory of
that incarnation by celebrating the periodical festivals on a grand scale. It lures thousands of pious Narasimhopasakas,
whose lusty participation ignites the bhakti instincts and visualizes the splendor of the lord and his inimitable compassion for
the ardent, but, lo! the zeal ends soon after the completion of the function. Although the wall panels and niches are adorning
his image in the premier temples of Orissa, the adoration extended to the deity of his standing is despairing to speak the
truth. The archamurti of course, true to his name is fierce looking, but infinitely well disposed towards his worshippers, the
Oriyas say, but their zeal for adoration is lacking in. A sad state. Several kinds of special prayer services are offered only on
this Nrusinga Chaturthi day. So this yearly feature is much eagerly looked forward and soulfully prayed for.
It lies 164 km off Sambalpur in Orissa state, accessible by bus or train.