Located on top of a hill and constructed by Junje Gowda (local landlord) is a Hindu shrine called Mahadeshwara Temple. This “Lord Shiva” devoted temple is situated in South Karnataka in the Chamarajanagara district. Elevated at an altitude of about 3000 feet about sea level this temple is considered to be one of the most “powerful Shiva temple”. Furthermore, such is the popularity of this temple that it attracts large number of pilgrims throughout the year from Karnataka as well as Tamil Nadu.
a. How to reach Mahadeshwara Temple
Mahadeshwara Temple Map
1. By train:
The nearest railway station is located in Bangalore. The Bangalore Railway Station is well connected to major cities in the country.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this temple then the ideal starting points would be Mangalore, Bangalore, Udupi, and Coimbatore.
- Via Mangalore:
There is one route from Mangalore to this temple, and it is via NH275.
- Via Bangalore:
There are three routes from Bangalore to this temple, and they are via NH948 and Kollegala Male Mahadeshwara Betta Road, via Kollegala Male Mahadeshwara Betta Road, and via NH44.
- Via Udupi:
There is one route from Udupi to this temple, and it is via NH257.
- Via Coimbatore:
There are two routes from Coimbatore to this temple, and they are via NH544 and via Mettur-Madheshwara Betta Road.
3. By air:
The closest airport to this temple is located in Bangalore. The Bangalore Airport is well connected to major cities in the country.
b. Religious significance of the Mahadeshwara Temple
According to popular legend, Lord Mahadeshwara (main deity of this temple) was an incarnation of Lord Shiva. This avatar of Shiva is said to have existed during the 15th century, and was supposed to have performed many miracles. Hailing from Srisailam, he then travelled to the hills of Male Mahadeshwara. It was in this region according folklore that he completely annihilated the demonic powers (black magic) of an evil King Shravana, and set free all saints who were held captive. It was therefore to honour such miracles produced by Mahadeshwara that this temple was eventually constructed.
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