The Kalaseshwara Temple is located in Kalasa town in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka. Kalasa town is located on the banks of the river Bhadra. Kalasa is renowned for the sacred Pancha Theertha, which stands for five sacred waters. They are:
- Vasishta Theertha—This Theertha is special because of the Sage Vasishta
- Naga Theertha—This one is special as it is believed that a dip here will cure Naga Dosha.
- Koti Theertha—Koti Devatha remained here at the request of Sage Agasthya during Girija Kalyana
- Rudra Theertha—It is believed that offering pinda here is as auspicious as offering pinda at Vishnu Pada or Gaya
- Amba Theertha— The sacred water spot of Goddess Parvati
- Duggapan Katte—From this spot, the whole town of Kalasa can be seen.
Legend and Stories
The wedding of Parvati and Parameshwara was held in Kasi, and every one of the divine beings and Rishis and celestials collected there. This brought about the Northern plate to go around the sheer weight of the celestial personages. Ruler Shiva asked for Sage Agasthya to go south to make an adjustment. This suggested Sage Agasthya was powerful to the point that only he would be sufficient to adjust the consolidated godliness of the other wedding participants. Sage Agasthya concurred, however communicated a desire to at present witness the wedding. Master Shiva conceded him a shelter saying wherever he stopped and considered it, he would have the capacity to see the wedding services as though he were straightforwardly present. Along these lines, Sage Agasthya continued south, and the adjustment of the earth was reestablished. As per nearby convention, Sage Agasthya ended at Kalasa, and saw the wedding from here. A Shiva Linga showed up out of his Kalasha, the pot. He manufactured a sanctuary here and introduced the Linga in it. This is the sanctuary now called Kalaseshwara. The Linga is revered in a silver mandapa. The Devi in this sanctuary is known as Sarvanga Sundari.
Kalasa Car Festival – This the Rathotsava of the Kalaseshwara Temple
How To Reach Kalasa
There are no regular flights from other major cities of the country to Kalasa. Nearest airport is Bajpe Airport. Kalasa does not have a train station. Nearest option is Bantawala. One can easily get regular buses to Kalasa from other major cities of the country.
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.
The temple is open from 6AM to 9PM.