Khandya is a scenic and popular holy place located in Chikmagalur district. Khandya is about 43 kms west of Chikmagalur on the banks of river Bhadra. Khandya is considered as one of the Pancha kshetras. The main attraction of this Khandya is Sri Markandeshwara temple, a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The history of this temple dates back to the 16th century. The temple is said to have been built by Venkatappanayaka (of Belur or Ikkeri). The Markandeshwara temple is one of the 3 important temples in Khandya. The temple is a homogenous structure of the Post-Vijayanagar style. This temple consists of a Garbhagriha protecting an old Shiva Linga, a Sukhanasi with a circumambulatory path and a Navaranga having 4 granite pillars. The pillars have cubical moldings, octagonal shafts and wheel-shaped tops. The pictures of Virabhadra, Bhairava, Garuda and Hanuman are carved on the pillars.
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.