The Mylara Lingeshwara Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva who is worshipped by the Kuruba Gowdas in the form of Mailari.
Legend and Stories
This temple has its origins from the Hindu Mythology. As per the myth, a demon named Mallasura and his brother meditated and pleased Lord Brahma. Lord Brahma granted them a boon that no human being could harm these two demons. The demons in their turn began to interfere with the ascetics and the saints appealed to Lord Shiva to protect them from this plight. Shiva tool a new form and waged a war against the two demons Mallasura and his brother Maniksura and killed both of them with his bow and arrow. During the time of the battle, Lord Shiva or Mylara lost all his powers and had to hastily retreat from the battlefield. During this time, he took refuge along the Tungabhadra River.Lord Shiva’s aide, Lord Veerabhadra, struck the earth with his long tresses and five warriors known as Panchaveeras or Kanchaveeras emerged from the earth and captured both the demons and handed them over to the Lord. Lord Mylara then killed the demons, wore their teeth in the form of a necklace, their intestines as a turban, skulls in the form of bowls, mouths as a damaruga (hand drum) and their skin in the form of a coat. The Lord used the nerves of the demons as a wick for a lamp and their fats as the oil for a lamp.
One of the most well known fetes in the region is the Mylara Jatra. This fair is famous for the prophecy or Karanika. The Gorava is a community who worship Lord Shiva in the Mylara avatar. They wear a bhandar on their forehead, wear woollen blankets and hold a hand drum or damaruga in their hands. A Karanika Gorava performs the Karanika Utsava wherein he continuously fasts for twelve days. On the final day he climbs a 12 meter bow and utters a sentence or a word which indicates the future of the upcoming year. Devotees throng to this temple from Karnataka and other neighbouring states to watch this amazing event.
Every year people a lot of devotees visit this temple to get their wishes fulfilled.
How to Reach Mylara
The nearest major airport is Bangalore Airport. The nearest railway station is Ranibennur Railway Station. However Hubli Jn Railway Station is major railway station 94 KM near to Mylara. Hoovina Hadagalli, Harapanahalli, Ranibennur are the nearby by towns to Mylara having road connectivity to Mylara.
Mylara Lingeshwara Temple,
Mylara, Bellary District, Karnataka,
India, Pincode - 583217
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- To get rid of evil effects
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.