Nanjangud Temple Darshan Timings:
Morning: 6.00 am to 1.00 pm.
Evening: 4.00 pm to 8:30 pm.
The Temple doors are opened from Morning 6.00 AM to Evening 8:30 PM on all Special Days, Sundays and Mondays.
Poojas and Abhishekams in the Temple:
Usha Kala Abhishekam – 6:30 AM
Pratha Kala Abhishekam – 9:00 AM
Sangama Kala Abhishekam – 11:00 AM
Madhyana Kala Abhishekam – 12:00 PM
Pradosh Kala Abhishekam – 6:30 PM
Ekanta Kala Abhishekam – 8:00 PM
Festivals and Jatra:
Sri girija kalyana Mahotsava
Karnataka (Kannadigama) is a beautiful location for many Hindu Temples, particularly very renowned and ancient temples are located around Mysore, the cultural capital city.
One among the famous temples is the Nanjundeshwara (incarnation of Lord Shiva) temple, located at a distance of about 25 kms from Mysore.
The town is situated on the banks / confluence of the Kapila or Kabini River and hence predominated as Sangama sthala to a have a holy bath on auspicious occasions is equal to having a bath in Ganga or in any Kumbha Mela. It is also hailed as Dakshina Kashi.
Nanjagudu was formerly called as Garalapuri which is known as a part of Dandakaranya. It was the dwelling place of a monster named Kesi. The monster usually torments the sages and creates obstacles, disturbs during their yajnas and spiritual rites. The monster body is completely venomous and hence any powerful kings, yogis were collapsed before him when tried to kill him. Unable to sustain the pains of the monster, all the yogis assembled at one place to decide who can destroy the monster. After a discussion, the sages came to a conclusion that Lord Shiva who sustained venom in his throat previously is the one who can kill monster Kesi. So all went to Kailash to meet Lord Shiva and made their humble request where the Lord Sri Kanteshwara also accepted, came in that form to Garalapuri on his Nandi vahana and killed the monster Kesi. The toxic fumes that emerged from the corpse of the monster started havocking the normal human lives, damaged various species, flora and fauna in the forest. So once again Lord Shiva accepted the venom into his throat to save the existence of the human and other species.
According to Purana:
After the annihilation of the monster, it is not precisely come to lights that whether Lord Shiva (Sri Kanteshwara) has himself intruded into the crust of the earth or the shiva linga had reached in due to the natural calamities. After some years Parasurama, when visited this place revealed using his sixth sense power has unearthed the Shiva Linga and performed penance to the Shiva Linga to expiate from a sin occurred for killing his mother. And hence this Shiva Linga is known to be as Parasurameshwara Lingam or Parasurameshwara Kshethra (temple).
Sage Gowthama is also said to be performed a penance at this place offered prayers for Lord Sri Kanteshwara to expiate from a sin.
Legend relates to the churning of the ocean when Shiva had to consume venom (haalahala). Nanjunda is supposed to be the place where Lord Shiva got digested the halahala (venom). Hence the deity is also known as Srikanteshwara.
The water and the soil around the river banks are believed to possess curative properties that cure various diseases. Hence the Lord Sri Nanjundeshwara is also worshipped as bhavaroga vaidya.
Tippu Sultan also worships Sri Kanteshwara for curing the wound of his favourite Elephants eye being damaged during a war which was unable to cure by various veternity doctors. Miraculously and very soon the elephant’s eye was cured. Satisfied on this incident, he started to call the lord as Hakim Nanjunda and donated an emerald Linga and a valuable emerald necklace as votive offerings.
Folk legends call the place as the dwelling of Nanjayya later identified as shiva with ballads on Nanjayya describing his romantic interlude with Chamundi of Mysore.
About the Temple:
Srikanteshwara temple of Nanjangudu is a renowned and the biggest temple in Karnataka. It measures 385 feet by 160 feet, with a total area of 50,000 square feet. The Mahadvara (main entrance) is a seven storey construction and is decorated with seven gold plated Kalasas that add a further three meters to its loftiness flanked by two horns. The outer walls of the temple are about 12 feet high. A spacious courtyard (Prakara).
The temple comprises of many idols of Lord Shiva and his various incarnations, Lord Subrahmanya idols, Narayana with Bhudevi, Chandrashekaramurthi, Parvati, Chandikeshvara, 32 forms of Ganapathi depicts (eulogized in the Mudgala Purana) in the inner niches.
There are other temples dedicated to Ganapathi, Dattatreya and Gauthama. Also there are two mutts belongs to Raghavendra Swami and Virasaiva.
The Chola Kings during the 11th – 12th century are considered to set initiative for the construction of the temple with significant further expansions by the kings of Hoysalas, Gaanga, Vijayanagara dynasty and Mysore Sultan rulers.
|Sl no.||Seva Pooja / Name||Seva Price Details in Rs||Seva Timmings||Prasadam Details|
|1||Nithya Kalyanothsava||3000.00||5:30 PM to 8:30 PM on fixed dates||Dinner for 10 members. Shaliyanna, panchambrutha, pongal, 20 laddus, ½ kg dry coconut and sugar powder. Along with Photography of shiva and 1 Vastram.|
|2||Utsavagalu||1000.00||10:00 AM to 11:00 AM and 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM||1 vastram, 5 laddus, pongal and panchambrutha.|
|3||Prasadothsava||1000.00||7:30 PM in Vaishaka Masa||Pongal, panchambrutha, shaliyanna and dry coconut and sugar powder.|
|4||Mantapothsava||500.00||10:00 AM to 11:00 and 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM||2 laddus, pongal and shaliyanna.|
|5||Ekadashavara Rudrabhisheka||1250.00||6:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM and 12 Noon and 6:00 PM, 7:00 PM||1 vastram, 10 laddus, pongal, panchamvrutha and shaliyanna.|
|6||Ekavara Rudrabhisheka||750.00||6:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM and 12Noon and 6:00 PM, 7:00 PM||5 laddus, pongal, panchamvrutha and shaliyanna.|
|7||Shalyanna Abhisheka||150.00||6:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM and 12 Noon 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM||Shaliyanna.|
|8||Panchamrutha Abhisheka||100.00||6:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM and 12 Noon – 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM||Panchambrutha.|
|9||Dodda Basaveshwara Swami Abhisheka||150.00||6:30 AM||Pongal.|
|10||Tulasi Sahasranama||100.00||9:00 AM and 11:00 AM and 6:30 PM||Dry coconut and sugarpowder.|
|11||Pongal Nivedane||100.00||7:30 AM to 12:30 PM and 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM||Pongal.|
|12||Thrishathi||50.00||9:00 AM to 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM||2 laddus.|
|13||Ashtotthara||20.00||After 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM to Evening||1 laddu.|
|14||Benne Seve Kanike||1000.00||9:00 AM||2 laddus.|
|15||Thulabharada Kanike||50.00||After 8:00 AM to 1:00PM and 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM||2 laddus.|
|16||Kivi Chuchchuva Kanike||100.00||After 9:00 AM upto 1:00PM||2 laddus.|
|17||Namakarana Kanike||100.00||After 9:00 AM upto 1:00PM||2 laddus.|
|18||Akshara Abhyasa Kanike||100.00||After 9:00 AM upto 1:00PM||2 laddus.|
|19||Annaprashana Kanike||150.00||After 9:00 AM upto 1:00PM||Shaliyanna.|
|20||Vahana Pooje – Bus or Lorry Car, Tempo, Tractor Scooter or Motor Bike||100.00||6:00 AM to 8:30 PM||2 laddus.|
|21||Vishesha Darshana||100.00||(On Sunday, Monday, Full moon day and General Holidays)||2 laddus.|
|22||Vishesha Darshana||30.00||(On Sunday, Monday, Full moon day and General Holidays)||1 laddus.|
|23||Kum Kum / Bilva sahasranama||100.00||9:00 AM and 11:00 AM and 6:30 PM||Pongal.|
|24||Akki (Rice) Seva||20.00||Akki (Rice) Seva : Pongal.|
Annasantarpana seva in Dasoha Bhavan:
1) Annasantarpane Seva on Sunday: Rs.30,000
2) Annasantarpane Seva on Monday: Rs.30,000
3) Annasantarpane Seva on Full moon day: Rs.35,000
4) Annasantarpane Seva on Tuesday to Saturday: Rs.15,000
Places Near the Temple:
1) Sri Lakshmikanthaswamy temple Kallale village, Nanjangud Taluk, 9 kilometers from Nanjangud.
2) Sri Veenugopala swamy temple Yemmaragala village, Nanjangud Taluk, 15 kilometers from Nanjangud.
3) Sri Prassanna Nanjundeshwara swamy temple Chikkaiyana chatra, Nanjangud Taluk, 5 kilometers from Nanjangud.
4) Sri Himmavad Gopalaswamy temple Anngala village, Gundlupet Taluk, Chamarajanagar District, 55 kilometers from Nanjangud.
5) Bandipura National Park Bandipur, Gundlupet tq, Chamarajanagar Distict, 75 kilometers from Nanjangud.
6) Sri keshthra Suttur Matta Suttur village, Nanjangud Taluk, 16 kilometers from Nanjangud.
7) Sri keshthra Devanur Matta Devanur village, Nanjangud Taluk, 14 kilometers from Nanjangud.
8) Sri Bellligerirangana swamy temple B.R. hills, Yalandur Taluk, Chamarajanagar District, 67 kilometers from Nanjangud.
Sri Srikanteshwaraswamy Temple,
Karnataka – 571 301.
Executive Officer: 08221 223320
Office: 08221 226245
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