On the northern slopes of the Gandhamardan hills is the temple of Nrusinghanath located 165 km from Sambalpur. The hills of the Gandhmardan are considered as sacred as the historical temple that lies on them . Although the temple dates back to the 14th century, many historians claim a more ancient past to the place ascribing it to be an important Buddhist pilgrimage centre during the 5th century that was even visited by Hiuen T’sang. Mythological references of the hills are found in the Ramayan where the hills that are said to have possessed some magical herbs is carried to Lanka by Lord Hanuman to have the injured Lord Ram & Laxman treated.
The waterfall at Nrusinghanath, a chain of four different falls in fact, is not only spectacular but also amazingly beautiful. A murmuring rivulet engirdles the shrine forming these waterfalls at different stages. Bhimadhar, Gadadhar, Guptadhar, Pitrudhar, Kapiladhar and Chaladhar are picturesque waterfalls at Nrusinghanath. Green forests where wildlife roam free, the spectacle of the Harishankar temple on the ranges just opposite to the Nrusinghanth temple and many picturesque Buddhist monument in between these two opposite ranges make a travel to this place really worthwhile. One can enjoy the waterfall and offer his devotion to the Lord at the same time. Needless to say, the place ranks high among tourists and picnickers.