Balunkeswar Temple is an ancient shrine, located at Gaisama
, about 13 km south-east of Baragarh
, in Baragarh District
. It is one of the Astha Sambhu (eight Shiva
temples) in Baragarh and Sambalpur
The presiding deity here is Lord Shiva. The temple, built during the Chauhan period, is an outstanding example of the exquisite Chauhan architecture. The temple is situated on the banks of Jira River - a tributary of river Godavari.
By road, Balunkeswar Temple can be approached from Baragarh and Sambalpur. Bargarh Road Railway Station, served by the South Eastern Railways, is the nearest railhead.