Manatri

Located at a distance of 36 km from Baripada, Manatri is famous for the temple of Kakharua Vaidyanath. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and boasts of a unique architectural style. One can see inscriptions of the Mayurbhanj kings, written in Odia, on the temple walls. In the western side of the temple, there are remains of an ancient fort.

The temple itself is a fine specimen of Orissa’s architecture. This place aglows 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.