• Shiva

Markandeshwara Temple

This temple is located atop a hill, enroute to Kolar, 88 kms from the town, at Vokkaleri, Karnataka. The presiding deity is Lord Shiva. In front of the temple is the holy spring Trishula Ganga. According to mythology Markandeya, son of Sage Bhriganda was destined to live only for 16 years. Markandeya was devoted to Lord Shiva. On his sixteenth birthday, Lord Yama appeared to take his life by hurling the noose at him. Markandeya was praying to Lord Shiva in this very temple and hug the Shiva linga. The noose fell around the Linga. Lord Shiva came alive and saved Markandeya. The place where the noose fell on the ground is believed to be the spot where the Holy Spring originates. The finger marks on the Shiva linga are believed to be Markandeya's. The other deities in the temple include Goddess Parvathi, Lord Ganapathi, Lord Subrahmanya, Lord Venkateswara and Lord Bhairavaeshwara.

Significance

Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-

  • Salvation
  • Wealth
  • Relief from diseases
  • Purchase of vehicles
  • Gain Knowledge
Shlokas

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.

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