Driving some 95 Km from Jagdalpur via Geedam, one can reach this remote village in the midst of lush green sal forests. Founded by Gangavanshi and latar on ruled by Nagavanshi ruler, Barsur was once considered as epicentre of Hindu civilization. Once home of nearly 147 temples and same number of ponds, Barsur was capital till Nagavanshi dynasty. As time passes, in the absence of proper conservation & protection, one can witness now only 5 to 6 temples dating back of 10th or 11th centuries. But still the grand architecture, beautiful intricate carvings on the interior as well as exterior wall of temples in between the lush green forest able to attract travellers all across the world.
Among the many monuments of Barsur, Battisha Temple, Twin Ganesha Idol. Chandraditya Temple & Mama-Bhanja Temple are worth visiting.
Huge courtyard with 32 pillars constructed by Nagavanshi ruler, reflects the architectural grandeur of that kingdom. Without Shikhara, raised on huge square platform, this temple has two sanctum of lord Shiva, which is very interesting and rare. Legends says that King Someshwar Dev, who constructed this temple, had two wives, hence he instructed for the embodiment of two sanctum of Lord Shiva, so that both of his wife can worship at the same time.
Outside the sanctum the well decorated Nandi made of black sand stone looks so beautiful and inviting everyone to come and take blessings and Inside the sanctum, the platform on which Shiv-Lingam is situated is perfect example of an engineering marvel. One can rotate the platform of Shiv-Lingam in 360 degrees, keeping the Lingam constant.