One of the ancient and historical temples, the Chamarajashwara temple is regarded as a very important seat of Hinduism in the country. Every year, thousands of pilgrims throng to this place to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva. The famous Chamarajashwara temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The priest here chants hymns of Bhilvastakam in praise of the mighty Lord. The temple has been built in an area of 232x195 square feet in the town of Chamarajanagar in Karnataka. Built in 1826 A.D. by Mummadi Krishna Raja Wodeyar, the town was originally known as Arikotara (Ari means foe and Kotara means axe). This temple was built in the memory of Shri Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar, the father of Mummadi Krishna Raja Wodeyar. The temple was later renamed as Chamarajashwara temple after Shri Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar of the Mysore Dynasty was born in the year 1776. A stone carved inscription resting in front of the Janana Mandap in near the Chamarajashwara temple gives this historical information. The Chamarajashwara temple shot to fame during the reign of Mummadi Krishna Raja Wodeyar.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.