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Nanjundeshwara (Srikanteshwara) Temple, Nanjangud.
This temple is situated on right banks of Kapila (Kabini) River and is one of the oldest temples in India. The Shiva Linga in the temple is believed to be installed by the sage Gauthama who had stayed here for some time. This Shiva Linga was also worshiped by Parashurama when he had stayed for some time in this town on his journey to get cleansed from the sin of beheading his mother.
Nanjangud Temple Timings:Morning 6am to 1pm and Evening 4pm to 8pm. Temple will be open from Morning 6am to Evening 8pm without break on mondays and other special days.
See Srikanteshwara/Nanjundeshwara Temple, Nanjangud. This Nanjangud temple is dedicated to Nanjundeshwara or Srikanteshwara, who is Lord Shiva and He is called so as Lord Shiva swallowed the poison which originated while Great Churning of the Ocean.
The temple had been under frequent expansion in phases and contributions from different rulers of the region for about 10 centuries by Gangas, Cholas, Hoysalas, Krishnadevaraya, Dalavoys and Wodeyaras from 9th century to 19th century.
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.
The Nanjundeshwara temple, Nanjangud is one of the biggest temples in Karnataka. It has an area of about 560 sq. meters (45 m N-S, 116 m E-W). It is built in Dravidian style, near to the river Kapila.
The temple's main entrance is facing eastwards and has a Gopura (tower) on the entrance which is about 120 feet high and is one of the largest Gopuras in Karnataka. It has seven stories and has seven gold plated Kalasas on the top of the Gopura.
This temple has 3 main deities, Lord Nanjundeshwara, Goddess Parvathi (wife of Lord Shiva) and Lord Vishnu with Sridevi and Bhudevi. The Shivalinga (Idol of Lord Shiva) is about 1 m in height.
The other deities in the temple are Ganesh, Subramanya (Muruga or Karthikeyan), Goddess Sharada (Saraswathi), Chandikeshwara, Navagraha, and Nandi (Bull).
There are sixty six Idols of shaiva saints called as Nayamnars. There are more than 100 lingas in the temple which are of different kinds and sizes of which Sahasra Linga is not to be missed. The Srikanteshwara (Nanjundeshwara) Linga is the oldest one.
Festivals:(exact dates depends on respective nakshatra and thithi)
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.
Dodda Jathre (Big fest) in which 5 Chariots are pulled by the devotees in the main streets of the old town is celebrated in the month of March/April and on this day thousands of devotees come to Nanjangud for the festival. Devotees pull Five Chariots during this day and some of the devotees also do Jagaran on this night as on the night of Maha Shivarathri. The five chariots are dedicated to Ganesh, Srikanteshwara, Parvathi, Subramanya and Chandikeshwara. They carry their respective idols.
Chikka Jathre (Small fest) is celebrated usually in August/September months. During this day, three chariots are pulled by the devotees.
A procession of 11 small chariots will take place on Srikanteshwara Jayanthi.
Chariot with Idol of Lord Subramanya is pulled by devotees on the day of Skanda (Subramanya) Shashti.