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Lord Srikanteswara Temple

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Srikanteshwara Temple in Nanjangud near Mysore is a holy temple devoted to Lord Shiva and has been constructed in the Dravidian style. This temple is also synonym as Nanjundeshwara temple, and this quaint town claims to have been the residence of Lord Shiva since immemorial times.

The temple that stands today is known to have been constructed during the reign of Hoysala king. The original temple is believed to be constructed during the Ganga period that lasted from 325 to 1000 century. Tipu Sultan and the Woodeyar kings are said to have been deeply associated with this temple. According to historical data, it is said that Tipu Sultan’s favorite elephant was bestowed with eyesight here, and since then the reigning deity of the temple was also called as Hakim Nanjundeswara.

Devotees still believe the temple to have healing properties, and this is one reason, the temple is flocked by believers from all over the world. Besides the main temple various shrines like - Narayana with consorts, Chandikeswara, Parvathi, Natya Ganapath are also worth visiting.

While in Srikanteshwara temple, do not miss seeing the 125 ft tall Gopura or tower which is popular for its decoration, 7 gold kalash and various images.

The best time to visit the temple is during the festivals of Rathutsava (car festival). This festival is called Dodda Jathre and is held twice in a year. During this festival idols of the five gods - Lord Srikanteshwara, Goddess Parvathi, Lord Ganapathi, Lord Subramanya and Lord Chandikeshwara are placed in separate chariots and an elaborate Puju is performed. Thousands of devotees participate in this gala festival.

The timings to visit the temple are from 6.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m & 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m, during the weekdays and from 6.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. on Sunday. This pilgrim destination is located 25 kms from Mysore and is 163 kms from Bangalore.
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