Nanjangud Nanjundeshwara Temple
Kukke Subrahmanya temple Nanjangud is a temple town located on the banks of River Kapila (also known as Kabini) in Mysore district. Nanjangud is located at a distance of 25 km from Mysore city. Nanjangud is also popularly known as "Dakshina Kashi" (southern Kashi).
Nanjangud has been one of the important Shaiva centre since times immemorial. The temple at Nanjangud is dedicated to Lord Nanjundeshwara (Lord Shiva). Nanjangud literally means the place where Lord Nanjundeshwara resides. Nanjundeshwara means the God who drank poison for welfare of the world (Lokakalyana).
Sri Nanjundeshwara Temple
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.
It is believed that sage Gauthama stayed here for some time and has installed a Shiva Linga, the idol of Lord Shiva. Lord Nanjundeswara also referred to as Lord Srikanteswara, Vishakanta, Nanjunda. It is also believed that Lord Nanjundeshwara cures diseases of his devotees. The spacious temple also houses minor shrines of Lord Narayana, Chandikeswara, Parvathi, Natya Ganapathi and others.
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 Jathre. Idols of Lord Nanjundeshwara, Goddess Parvathi, Lord Ganapathi, Lord Subramanya and Lord Chandikeshwara are kept in five separate chariots and a traditional puja's are performed to the idols early in the morning on the day of Jathre. After the puja chariots are flagged off. Thousands of devotees pull the Chariots carved in the wood, through the streets of the old city.
Weekdays: 6.00 AM to 1.30 PM and 4.00 PM to 9.00 PM
Sundays: 6.00 AM to 10.00 PM
OTHER ATTRACTIONS AT NANJANGUD
Sri Raghavendra Swamigala Mutt
Sri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt which is called as Preteeka Sanidhi is situated on the road to the right of the Nanjundeswara temple. The uniqueness of this Mutt is one can find an idol of Sri Raghavendra Swamy instead of the usual Brindavana.
Parashurama Kshetra is the place where the Kapila and Kaundinya rivers meet (sangam). It is believed that sage Parashurama have cleansed himself from the sin of beheading his mother in this place. A temple temple dedicated to Lord Parashurama can be found here.