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“Varanasi of the South”

Srikanteshwara Temple
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New Delhi, India
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43 reviews
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“Varanasi of the South”
Reviewed June 21, 2014

Sprawling premises, clean and well maintained with typical south Indian architecture. Well worth a visit.

Visited June 2014
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“Spiritual Experience”
Reviewed June 1, 2014

This is an ancient Temple of Sri Hari Vishnu is resting position.

Must visit if you are passing Srirangapatnam.

Visited May 2014
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“Great temple but disorganized”
Reviewed May 21, 2014

It is a very ancient temple and has a lot of history and lot of sanctity.
Like any other big religious places in India, it is a bit disorganized, long queues many times,
Mondays are very crowded. Go on weekday other than monday just around the time temple opens and you will have good darshan. This is a great Shiva temple and you should visit once.
It is 23 km south of Mysore and takes about 35 mins to drive from Mysore. There are small lodges but depending your taste, it is better to stay in Mysore.
We ate a place called Ramaprakash on the main road and is pretty clean and decent.

Visited May 2014
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Bengaluru, India
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“Nanjangud temple and Banana”
Reviewed May 13, 2014

Nanjangud, a town in Mysore district in Karnataka is situated on the banks of the river Kapila, which is also known as Kabini. Nanjangud is famous as "Dakshina Kashi" (Kashi in south). You will taste the rarest of rare bananas by name “Yalakki bale” largely grown in this region. The Nanjundeshwara temple has occupied an area of about 560 sq. meters. It is built in Dravidian style. It is about 163 km from Bangalore and well connected by Government as well as private buses. Inside the temple you can see the idols of Lord Subrahmanya, Saraswathi, Ganesha, Dakshinamurthy, Parvathi and other gods.. The several forms of Shiva made in sculpture are lined up inside the temple. As you enter the main gate of the temple you will see a big size Nandi (Bull god) and the Gopuram Lord Lakshminarasimha. There are Navagrahas which are famous for fulfilling the aspirations of the devotees. Annual festivities like jathra and Rathotsava are special features of the place that attracts thousands of devotees from all parts of India.
Sri Nanjundeshwara means one who swallowed poison; (nanju=poison unda= drinking or swallowing Eswara=God". The mythological story is that once the gods and demons had agreed to churn the ocean to get nectar. During the course of churning the first thing that came out was poison. In order to save the world being destroyed by that poison Lord Shiva voluntarily swallowed it. Shocked by the act of Shiva his consort Parvathi pressed his throat preventing the poison from going into the stomach of Lord Shiva. Thus the poison remained at the throat of Shiva. Therefore he was named as Vishaknta (visha =poison and kanta = throat means one who has poison in his throat). The poison remained in his throat, making it a mark in blue colour on the throat of Shiva. Hence Shiva is called Neelakanta. Now Nanjanagud is the place where Nanja (short form of Nanjundeshwara) dwells. This temple is said to have built by kings known as Gangas in the 9th century and later on renovated by Mysore Maharajas. There are several other temples in this town.
Apart from Maharajas Mysore came to be ruled under Muslims namely Hyder Ali Khan and later his son Tippu Sultan. Both of them were devotees of Lord Nanjundeshwara. One of the incidents narrated is that a favorite elephant was cured after offering prayer to the deity. Therefore Tippu Sultan called the Lord as Hakim Nanjunda or Vaidya Nanjundeshwara (Hakim= Vaidya means doctor). Tippu Sultan has also said to have installed a Shivalinga in the temple decorated with an emerald necklace, which we can witness even today and it is worshipped by the temple priests.
This place is also known as Parasurama Kshetra. There is the sangama where the river Kapila and Kaundinya meet and merge with each other. Lord Parasurama is said to have cleansed himself from the sin of beheading his mother Renuka on the orders of his father sage Jamadagni. Here he got immense peace of mind. There is another story about his axe.
The peculiarity of the bridge across the river Kabini is that it has been declared as the oldest bridge with both railway line and road on the same bridge. The bridge, built in 1735, is now 278 years old and has been declared a Heritage Monument by the Government of India.
Nanjangud is one of the centers of Ayurveda medicines. Ayurvedic medicines prepared here are marketed all over India. Once Nanjangud Hallupudi' (tooth powder) was very famous all over Karnataka.
There is love story of Lord Nanjundeshwara with Goddess Chamundi as spelt out in several folk songs that are familiar in Karnataka. It goes to say that Malai Madeswara and Nanjundeshwara are brothers. Malai Madeswara is a bachelor and he remained a Brahmachary helping his devotees, always travelling on the back of his vehicle Tiger. He did not like his sibling following Chamundi. However Nanjundeshwara succeeded in his love game and married Chamundi. Malai Madeswara ordered that those who visit Nanjangud and Chamundi hill should not visit Malai Madeswara temple. But in order to satisfy this condition the devotees, even today, do not visit Malai Madeswara temple in the same trip to Nanjangud. They will visit that shrine separately.

Visited April 2014
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Bengaluru, India
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“Worth visiting”
Reviewed February 23, 2014

We went to the temple in the evening when the poojas are performed. The parking was quite near the temple. There was a small elephant and everyone was concentrating and seeing the elephant and get its blessings. WE went inside the temple and attended the evening pooja and abhisheka. The tickets for the seva are available at the counter and the shiva linga is beautiful. Also we can see the Jade given by Tippu Sultan when his horse got its eyesight after the purohits performed Pooja for Srikanteswara. We also get the prasadams for the sevas performed and also Laddu prasada available at the counter.
The gopura is beautifully carved and lots of pillars and small temples to see in the temple complex.

Visited April 2013
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