Places of Interest
Koilighughar water fall :
The Koilighughar water fall is situated 55 km away from Jharsuguda in the Lakhanpur block near the village Kushmelbahal. It is a picturesque beauty spot with Sylvan backdrop. A rivult named Ahiraj takes origin from the Chhuikhanch forest and while flowing through rocky belt falls from a height of 200ft creating the waterfall of the Koilighughar. After the fall the rivulet flows west words to merge into the river Mahanadi, it is a picturesque beauty spot. There is a Shivalayam known as Maheshwarnath inside the fall. The submerged lingam is not visible. If somebody tries to see it from inside the water in winter and summer the lingam is visible under the reflected sunlight hence from the benefit of the pilgrims another Shiva lingam has been created outside the waterfall. Every year a fair sits in Koilighughar on the occasion of Shivaratri.
Jhadeswar temple :
The Jhadeswar temple is located at a distance of about 1 km. from the Jharsuguda Railway station beyond the old town Purunabasti inside a small forest. There is a self appearing Sivalingam here the actual age of which is unknown. But during the reign of Govind Singh Jamindar of Jharsuguda the lingam was being worshiped inside a hut made up of leaves. In 1916 a Gujarati contractor named Mulju Jagmal erected a small temple here. The Jamindar of Jharsuguda arranged Savayats for daily worship and donated agricultural lands for maintenance of the temple and puja.
Pahadi Mandir :
Pahadi Mandir is located at a distance of 3km from Jharsuguda Railway Station & 3.5 km from bus stand on a small hilltop.Lord Shiva is worshipped at the temple. A beautiful view of Jharsuguda town can be seen from the hilltop.
On the Jharsuguda-Lakhanpur Road at about 25km. from Jharsuguda there is a village known as Banjari. In the vicinity of the village the ancient cave of Bikramkhol is located. In this inaccessible dense forest ancient people lived surviving on fruits, roots and animal meat. During 4000 BC there was evolution of human civilization in the region and a script was developed by them.There are some ancient script engraved in the wall of Bikramkhol and also paintings of animals. Circular holes have been dug in the wall where weapons, dress and other articles of use were being kept suspended. Even on the floors circular holes have been dug to pound the grains. Bikramkhol has been declared a tourist spot by the Central Government and tourists, historians and researchers from all over the country and abroad.
Bikramkhol Cave is a favorite tourist destination situated on the Jharsuguda-Lakhanpur Road at about 25 km from Jharsuguda. It is a famous cave which contains pictographic inscription dating back to 1,500 BC. According to the historians, these prehistoric inscriptions are of great importance. The replica of these inscriptions are seen at Odisha State Museum, in Bhubaneswar.
It is located about 30 km from Jharsuguda Railway Station at Brajarajnagar. Goddess Chandi is worshipped here and the Chandipitha is located inside a natural rock cave on the banks of river IB. One can get down to the temple one can get down to the temple by the iron stairs. And from the temple one can have a beautiful view of the natural surroundings of the banks of the river Ib. It is a very nice picnic spot.