Sri Biligiri Ranganna Temple
Located at an altitude of 1700 meters above sea level in Karnataka is a Hindu shrine known as “Sri Biligiri Ranganna Temple”. This “Lord Ranganatha” (avatar of Lord Shiva) devoted temple is situated in the Mysuru district in the BR hills. Apparently, the idol of Lord Ranganatha was enshrined at this temple by sage Vaishistha. Furthermore, this idol can be seen dressed up as a hunter in the standing position. In addition, it is said that this temple was named “Biligiri Ranganna” by Tipu Sultan, who visited this temple while he was on a hunting expedition.
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a. How to reach Sri Biligiri Ranganna Temple
Sri Biligiri Ranganna Temple Map
1. By train:
The nearest railway station to this temple is located in Chamarajanagar. The Chamarajanagar Railway Station is well connected to major towns in the state. There are bus and taxi services from this station to the BR hills.
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 are two routes from Mangalore to this temple, and they are via NH275 and via NH75.
- Via Bangalore:
There are three routes from Bangalore to this temple, and they are via NH948, via NH275, and via NH275 and Mysore Kollegal Road/Mysore Trichy Road.
- Via Udupi:
There are two routes from Udupi to this temple, and they are via NH275 and via NH75.
- Via Coimbatore:
There is one route from Coimbatore to this temple, and it is via NH948.
3. By air:
The closest airport to this temple is located in Mysore. The Mysore Airport is well connected to major cities in the country.
b. Religious significance of Sri Biligiri Rangana Temple
According to folklore, Lord Ram and Lord Parashuram used to devoutly worship Lord Ranganatha (i.e. form of Shiva) on the BR hills, as a result of which this temple was then constructed. In addition, this temple comprises of a pair sandal belonging to Lord Ranganatha. Apparently, a local belief claims that this pair of sandal was regularly worn by Ranganatha when he ventured into the forest area. Furthermore, this sandal supposedly travels on a daily basis (even today), and it is the duty of the villagers to replace them routinely.