Nilakantheswar temple is situated at Barahatippa in the district of Keonjhar, at a distance of about 39 km from Keonjhar city and 9 km from Dhenkikote. This temple pays homage to Lord Shiva. It was built by Gadadhar Bhanj. The temple is located at a distance of about 1800 ft from the ground level, on the top of a hill. To reach the temple, one has to climb nearly 300 steps up the mountain. The surrounding of the temple is very charming and have a scenic beauty. It is a very popular tourist place. An annual fair is held in the temple in the month of January. Large number of devotees gather at this place on the day of annual fair and other occasions. The major festival celebrated in this temple is Maha Shiva Ratri. People from far off places come to offer prayers to Lord Shiva on this auspicious day.
Nilakantheswar temple can be reached from Keonjhar by road. One can travel in a private or hired vehicle to reach there. Keonjhar is connected to all major cities of Odisha through roads and railways.