There are many temples in India where incredible things happen. Although the modern mind does not want to accept this. But these temples were not built anew. Very old, hundreds of years old. A girl’s wedding ornaments can be found by dipping her hand in the water of a temple’s tank, a girl’s wedding cooking utensils are found in a pushkarni (Pond), somewhere else she has dreamed of idol and wants to be established her in a temple, there are many such legends around many temples in India. One such temple is the Srikanteshwara Temple, Nanjangud.
Location of the Srikanteshwara Temple, Nanjangud
Nanjangud is located on the banks of the Kapila River in Mysore, the ancient capital of Karnataka. The Srikanteshwara Temple, Nanjangud here is very famous. There is an interesting phenomenon in this temple that is simply unbelievable.
Surprises at the Srikanteshwara Temple, Nanjangud
The roof opens up to the sky at a certain point inside this temple. At that time, a bel tree spreading its branches over the sanctum can be seen through that open space. Surprisingly, the tree’s roots are not visible anywhere in the soil. It is very surprising how the bell tree survives without getting soil or water.
Also, another amazing thing is that there are many pillars in this temple, as in many temples. But the specialty here is that though there are many pillars in the temple, only one of them shows the face of Mata Gauri from time to time. According to those who visit the temple regularly, Goddess Gauri’s face is constantly changing. Not only that, but sometimes it looks very clear and transparent.
History of the Srikanteshwara Temple, Nanjangud
It believed that sage Gautama stayed here for some days. At that time, he installed a linga in the image of Shiva. Nanjangur also known as the Kashi of the South or the Varanasi of the South because of its many temples. The temple probably built in the 9th century when the Ganga rulers occupied the region. At that time, the temple’s presiding deity called Hakim Nanjuda; Tipu Sultan also prayed to the deity by this name.
It is known that Tipu Sultan had a very favorite elephant. That elephant once fell ill and died. But the Sultan’s Kabiraj and Maulawis did not make any mistake in their best efforts. But nothing worked in the treatment. Then Tippu Sultan earnestly prayed to Nanjundeshwar to restore the life of the elephant.
After that, his beloved elephant slowly recovered. The same story is found (as in the Gazetteer of Mysore). Another incident is also recorded in the history of the temple. Hyder Ali Sahib’s beloved elephant once lost its sight but by the grace of the Lord regained its sight after taking a vow in the court of the local Nanjundeshwar deity. The Sultan pleased and placed a gold necklace around Nanjundeshwar’s neck.
Since then, Nanjundeshwar also called Baidyanath. Even today he is regarded as a healing deity by his devotees who believe in him. Even today, some follow the religious practice of taking a bath in the Kapila river to cure disease.
A very old bel tree can be seen within the temple premises, it is said that a visit to this sacred tree brings the blessings of the deity. Many sick people consume the leaves of this tree regularly for recovery. So along with Devdarshan many devotees and curious people flock to see the bel tree. No one can guess how old this bell tree is. Beel leaves are already very sacred for Shiva worship. Considered to be the abode of Shivathakur.
The confluence of the Kapila and Kaundiniya rivers is located near Nanjangud. This place is known as Parashuram Kshetra. It is said that Maharishi Parasurama was freed from the sin of beheading his mother by visiting this place.
Mythological Story of the Srikanteshwara Temple, Nanjangud
It said that Parashurama came to this place and found great peace of mind which he never found anywhere else. So, he decided that he would do penance at the place where the Srikanteshwara Temple, Nanjangud is located. At that time, only the original Keshav temple existed (which is now next to the main temple). He intends to clean the place with his axe before sitting on penance.
At that time Lord Shiva was meditating under the ground of that place. When Parasurama was cleaning the place with an axe, he unknowingly hit the head of Lord Shiva who was doing penance underground. Immediately, blood started flowing from the injured area of Lord Shiva.
Parasurama was very afraid of committing another sin again. Then Lord Shiva consoled him and said, you are not responsible for this accident in any way. If you build a temple adjacent to the original Keshav temple, then all your worries and anxiety will be removed from your mind. Lord Shiva also asked Parashuram to do penance at Nanjangur. When Parashuram built the temple as per the instructions of Lord Shiva, Shiva was very happy and blessed him saying, those who come to Nanjangur and visit Nanjuleshwara must visit the temple built by Parashuram then all the wishes of the devotees will be fulfilled. Saying this he disappeared from there.
Festivals at the Srikanteshwara Temple, Nanjangud
A grand Rath Yatra is held here every two years. At that time thousands of people throng to pull this famous chariot. The idols of Lord Srikanteshwar, Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganapati, Lord Subramanya, and Lord Chandiveshwar are kept in five separate chariots. After the worship of the idols, the chariot procession with the deities begins. Continue along the old city streets, thousands of Devotees pay their respects by pulling chariots.
The Srikanteshwara Temple, Nanjangud Timings
Temple remains open from Morning 6 AM to Evening 8:30 PM with a break from 1.00 to 4.00 PM
How to Reach the Srikanteshwara Temple, Nanjangud
Bangalore to Mysore can be reached by bus, car, or train. This temple is near the famous Chamunda temple.
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