Tirumakudlu Narasipura Temple, locally known as T. Narasipura, is a panchayat town in the Mysore district of Karnataka. The first name, Tirumakudalu refers to the land at the confluence (Trimkuta) of the sacred Kaveri River, Kabini River, and Spatika Sarovar. Spatika Sarovar, which is currently not visible, is also known as Gupta Gamini. This is the place where the Kumbh Mela of South India is held every three years and is the abode of Sri Gunja Narasimhaswamy.
Tirumkudlu Narasipura is mentioned in the Skanda Purana as one of the Trimakuta regions or one of the holy places situated at the confluence of three rivers. Narsipur is the name of the city itself, which is derived from the famous Gunja Narasimha Swamy Temple situated here on the right bank of river Kaveri.
Significance of Tirumakudlu Narasipura Temple
The place is considered as sacred as Prayag, which is made holy by the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna, and Saraswati rivers, and hence is known as Dakshina Kashi. Tirumkudlu is the place where sage Agastya envisioned the place Dakshina Kashi when he traveled south to Narsipur. At that time this place was a dense forest.
Fascinated by the confluence of the three rivers, the sage wanted to install a Shivling, and he asked Hanuman to obtain a linga from Kashi. Due to the divine movement of Kaal, Sri Hanuman was unable to obtain the linga in time, so sage Agastya made a sand linga and consecrated it. This insulted Hanuman and he soon came back, then the sage created a sand linga himself and consecrated it. Since that time, a perennial presence of water, called the water of Mother Ganga, can be found in the apex of the linga. This tirtha-jala is offered to the pilgrims visiting the temple. The linga that Hanuman eventually brought was consecrated a short distance away and is known as the Hanuman linga.
The two other lingas residing here are Someshwar and Markandeshwar Linga. These, along with the Agastyesvara (sand lingam) and Hanuman lingam, The Panchalingas of Narsipur are said to be similar to the five lingas of Talakad.