Only 40 Kms. from Baripada is the time honoured shrine of Kakharua Baidyanath (Temple of Lord Shiva) being surrounded 3 sides by the Water channels of “Kundi” and the Gangahar river. The temple itself is a fine specimen of Orissa’s architecture. This place glows on the occasion of Shivaratri festival and thousands of devotees gather here on auspicious days. Tradition ascribes that a King of Somavansi dynasty was attacked with leucoderma, his whole body being depigmented with white patches like water melon (Kakharu) was subsequently cured by the grace of the deity. Some Oriya inscriptions of Mayurbhanj Royal Family are seen on the temple walls.