The Kumaraswamy temple is located within the Swamimalai forest range of the Krauncha Giri (hill), in the Bellary district of Karnataka, India. The temple lays around 10 kms from the town of Sandur in the Bellary district. The Krauncha Giri hill itself is shaped like an ellipse, with a pass cutting across it.
About The Temple
The Kumaraswami Temple is situated on south-west and is linked to the town of Sandur through road. The temple complex encompasses separate shines dedicated to Goddess Parvati and Lord Kumaraswami. The temple also houses a vigraha of Lord Ganesha, who is gaining popularity among the masses these days, even more than the main deity Kartikeya.
According to Legends, the Parvati temple was built by the Badami Chalukyas during the 7th to 8th century AD. This shrine has a vigraha of Goddess Parvati who is the main deity. This temple is a part of the Kumaraswamy temple (originally had Shanmukha as the main deity) which was built by the Rashtrakutas during the 8th-10th century AD. Both the parvathi temple as well as the Karthikeya temple stands as protected monuments of India under ASI. The temple was discovered later in the 15th century by the local rulers called the Ghorpades, from the dense forests of Swamimale hill.
Earlier, women were strictly prohibited from entering this hill shrine. Later in 1996, Murarirao Yeshwantrao Ghorpade lifted the ban on women. It is estimated that nearly 3,000 women have worshipped the deities at this temple, once the ban got lifted. The local rulers Ghorpades were much loved and respected by the natives. They had in fact declared the temple open to Harijans as early as the 1930s. On learning of this news upon his visit to Sandur in the year 1934, Mahatma Gandhi in one of his speeches had proudly mentioned that "A small state in south India has opened the temple to the Harijans, the heavens have not fallen”
The Pampa Sarovar, Annual Fairs (JAATRAS) in Sandur is celebrated every year. Annual fairs are held in Kumarswami temple during the month of November every year.
How to Reach Karnataka
Karnataka is well connected to the other parts of India and rest of the world through air network with 6 airports totally. The airports are located at Bangalore, Mangalore, Hampi, Hubli, Belgaum, Bijapur and Mysore (not operational). The Mangalore international airport and the HAL airport in Bangalore are the two international airports in Karnataka state.
The Bellary railway station is the nearest. Karnataka is also well connected to other parts of the country through a wide rail network.
Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), connects the state with other major cities and towns. In addition to this, the NEKRTC and NWKRTC make commuting easier by linking even the remotest areas through proper road network.
Kumaraswami temple / Kartikeya Temple,
Sandur, Devi Nagar
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Forgiveness for past deeds
- Neutralize the malefic effects of Mars
- Good Health
Shadaananam Chandana Liptha Gathram Mahorasam Divya Mayoora Vaahanam Rudrasya Soonum Suraloka Naatham Brahmanya Devam Charanam Prapadye
Meaning -I always take refuge in the 6 faced Lord Guha, who has sandal paste smeared over his body, who is broad-chested, whose vehicle is the peacock, who is Lord Shiva's son and who leads the army of the Devas.
Heyswami Natha Karunakara Dheenabandho Shree Parvatheesha Mukha Pankaja Padmabandho Shree Saadhi Devagana Poojitha Padha Padma Vallesa Nadha Mama Dehi Karaavalambham
Meaning -O! Merciful Lord Swaminatha, who cares for the poor, who is the sun to Lord Shiva's lotus face, whose lotus feet are acknowledged by Lord Vishnu and the others, Valli's Lord, please uplift me by lending me your hand.
Ariru Thadanthozh Vazhga Arumugam Vazhga Veppai Kooru Sei Thanivel Vazhga Kukkudum Vazhga Sevvel Yeriya Magnai Vazhga Aanai Thun Anangu Vazhga Maarila Valli Vazhga Vazhga Seer Adiyar Yellam
Meaning -Oh Muruga, we hail your 12 strong shoulders for they protect us from our enemies, we hail your 6 faces, we hail the Vel, your weapon that broke apart the Krounja mountain to reveal the asura in it. We hail the bird, the cock, that is part of your symbol in the flag. We hail your peacock, that takes you all over the world, we hail your consort Devyani, who was brought up by Indra's white elephant, Airavadam, we hail your other consort, the flawless Valli. And we hail your Bhaktas who worship you as a prayer.
Uruvai Aruvai Uladhai Iladhai Maruvai Malarai Maniyai Oliyai Karuvai Uyirai Gadhiyai Vidhiyai Guruvai Varuvai Arulvai Guhaney
Meaning -O Lord Muruga, you have form and you are formless, you have everything and have nothing, you who exist in the smallest, in flowers, in a bell's ring, in the light. You are the embryo, the life, destiny and fate. Bestow your blessings on us as our guru.
The temple is open from 07.00 Am to 7.00 Pm everyday.