Lord Shiva

Temple History

Nanjundeshwara Temple is also known as Sri Srikanteshwara Temple is located on the banks of River Kapila (also known as Kabini) in Nanjangud, Mysore district. Nanjangud is 24 km from the Mysore city. The town is situated on the banks of the Kapila or Kabini River where a dip in its waters on any momentous occasion is considered to be more meritotious than a dip in the Ganges. It is therefore hailed as Dakshina Kashi. In addition, the waters and the soil around the banks of Kabini/Kapila are believed to possess curative properties and thus, Sri Nanjundeshwara is also worshipped as bhavaroga vaidya.

Nanjangud temple is dedicated to Nanjundeshwara who is Lord Shiva. He is called so as Lord Shiva because swallowed the poison which originated while Great Churning of the Ocean. Nanjunda became Visha kanta and also Srikanta for having digested it. Hence the deity is also known as Srikanteshwara, one cures diseases.

Sri Nanjundeshwara Temple at Nanjangud is one of the ancient temples of Karnataka. The original Nanjundeshwara temple is said to be of Ganga period (325 - 1000 CE). Later, this temple has then been renovated by the Hoysala kings. Both Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan had close associations with this temple. Wodeyar kings have provided various grants to renovate the temple.

Reffered to as Garalapuri in the Puranas, Nanjangudu has been praised as a holy place sanctified by Parasurama and Gauthama. Parashurama, it is said, prayed for the grace of Srikanteshwara to expiate himself of the sin of beheading his mother Renuka. Folk legends call the place as the dwelling of Nanjayya later idenfified as shiva with ballads on Nanjayya describing his romantic interlude with Chamundi of Mysore.

When Tippu Sultan's Royal elephant had lost its eyesight, he worshiped Lord Nanjundeshwara and had faith in Him. The eyesight of the elephant got recovered and Lord Nanjundeshwara was called as "Hakim Nanjundeshwara" by Tippu Sultan. Tippu Sultan then donated a Shiva Lingam made of jade (precious green stone) along with an emerald necklace to the temple. Hakim means doctor, Lord Nanjundeshwara is also called as "Vaidya Nanjundeshwara" and is even today said to be a healer for his devotees.

On the banks of the kapila are the Parashurama Kshetra, and people firmly believe that a pilgrimage to Nanjangudu would be incomplete without a prayer here. There are other temples dedicated to Gauthama, Ganapathi, Dattatreya has also Raghavendra Swami Mutt and Virasaiva Mutts.

Maha Shivarathri, Girija Kalyan, Chikka Jathra, Dodda Jathra, Teppothsava and Laksha Deepothsava are the main festivals celebrated along with other festivals dedicated to Lord Shiva. A major event in the pilgrim town is the Rathotsava or the Chariot festival of Nanjundeshwara held twice every year, locally known as Dodda Jathre and Chikka Jathra.


Additional Information

Devotees can stay at the Sri Girija Kalyana Mandira / Dormitory / V.I.P Cottages by paying a nominal price. Best hotels and lodges are also available at Mysore city.

Mysore city is connected with all the major cities of Karnataka, Tamilnadu and Kerala which is 25 km from the Nanjangud. Buses and private transport is available from Mysore. Mysore City Bus stand is 24 kms. K.S.R.T.C has provided a bus every 10 minutes, for the devotees coming to Nanjangud.

Mysore Railway Junction is 25.7 km and Nanjangud Town Station(Passenger Train) is 1.1 km.

Coimbatore International Airport is the nearest airport which is 167 km. Kempegowda International Airport(Bengalore) is 211 km from the temple.
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