Where Shiva and Vishnu are One

Harishankar, Balangir

Queen Durllabhā of Pātanā believed in the unity of Shiva and Vishnu, but the pundits in her court did not. They held long arguments to find who was greater. Everyday the queen prayed to get a sight of the composite form of the gods. She was then instructed by a Brahmin in a dream to look for her desired god on the other side of the great hill. So she did and there she saw the unified deity. A temple was erected for the image and it was called Hari-Shankara, Vishnu-and-Shiva. Eventually, the place came to be known after the deity.

(Collected from Odishara Kimbadanti by Dr. Prasanna Kumar Mishra)