Adichunchanagiri in Nagamangala taluk of Mandya district is the holy land, engulfed with divine resonance and vibration. While the mutt is famous as 'Panchalinga Kshetra' and 'Annadani Mutt' among devotees, nature lovers find the 'Mayura Vana' of the mutt attractive.
About the temple
Being one of the five Lingas, the temple of Lord Someshwara is amidst huge rocks on the hill. The Linga is situated in such a dark place that devotees take lamp to have darshan of the Lord even during noon. Lord Gavi Gangadhareshwara's temple is situated atop the hill and there is a Nandi statue weighing about 10 kg near the Linga. Lakhs of people come to lift this Nandi and is called as 'Kallu Seve'. On the way to Gangadhareshwara temple, there is Malleshwara temple.'Jwala Peetha' is situated at Lord Chandramouleshwara temple. There is a cave inside the temple and folk tales tell that several sages did penance inside it.
About the Deity
Sri Kalabhairaveshwara, the manifestation of Lord Shiva, is the protecting deity of the Kshetra. Goddess Parvati resides here in the form of Stambambike or Kambadamma.
Legend and stories
Folk legends say that Lord Shiva performed penance here, during which he devoured two demon brothers - Chuncha and Kancha - who were pestering people in the nearby villages for a long time. Thereafter, the place came to be known as Adichunchanagiri and Chunchanakote.
At the end of his austerity, Lord Shiva entrusted a Siddhayogi, establishing a Natha tradition. Lord Shiva also assured him that he would reside at Adichunchanagiri in the form of Panchalingas - Lord Gangadhareshwara, Chandramouleshwara, Malleshwara, Siddeshwara andSomeshwara - of which Lord Gangadhareshwara is known as the presiding deity and Chandramouleshwara is known as 'Atmartha Devatha'. The place thus, came to be known as 'Panchalinga Kshetra'.
There is ample folk literature available about the place. Inscriptions say that Ballalaraya of Halebid, Salva Narasimharaja Wodeyar, rulers of Cholas, Hoysalas, Ballalas and Vijayanagar dynasties were devotees of Lord Gangadhareshwara and Kalabhairaveshwara. The place where Lord Shiva sat and did penance is known as 'Jwala Peetha' or 'Agni Peetha'. Millions of devotees worship the place and peethadhipathis of Sri Kshetra will assume the Jwalapeetha thrice in a year - on Shivaratri, Navaratri and Jatrotsava.
Nearest Airport is Bangalore.
Nearest Railway Station is Bangalore.
Many cities connected to Kalabhairaveshwara Temple.There are many public and Private vehicles available to reach Lord Kalabhairaveshwara Temple Adichunchanagiri Karnataka.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- To find the right matrimonial alliance
- To be blessed with children
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.
6:00 Am to 9:00Pm