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Located near the city of Mysore, the town of Nanjanagudu (a.k.a. Nanjangud) is a traditional and historical place known for the temple of Lord Shiva, and a variety of flavorful bananas that are grown in the region, called Rasabale.

Nanjangud is situated on the right bank of the river Kapila or Kabini, one of the tributaries of the Cauvery River. Nanjangud , also known as Garalapuri, is famous because of the huge Nanjundeswara or Srikanteswara temple. The name Nanjunda is explained as Shiva who had partaken Halahala or poison and it is this Nanjunda who became Vishakanta or Shrikanta by digesting it. Thus the deity is called Nanjundeswara and Srikanteshwara. He is also described as one who cures diseases of his devotees.

Location info:

Address:Nanjangud is situated on the right bank of the river Kapila
Nearest City:Chamarajnagar
Best time to visit: between October to February


Summers 220 - 400C. Winter 100 - 320 C.
The months of January and February are slightly cold while summers begin from March and continues till May. Post monsoon begins from October and remains till December. The best season to visit Karnataka is definitely the winter (between October to February) where the travelers can enjoy the most of Karnataka.


The Muslim ruler Hyder Ali Khan had strong faith in God Nanjunda called him as 'Hakim Nanjunda' as his beloved elephant's eye aliment was cured by administering the holy water (theertha) from the temple. He has donated an emerald necklace to the God. This place is called the Dakskina Kashi or Varanasi of the South.

According to the Mythology Sage Gauthama installed a Linga, the idol form of Shiva. Nearby the town is the Sangam, where the Kapila and the Gundlu rivers join, there is a spot is called "Parashurama Kshetra" that Parashurama said to have had himself expiated for the sin of beheading his mother in a stream called Churnavati joining Gundlu or Kaundinya River. Parashurama temple, shrines of Maruthi and a newly built Basaveshvara temple are some important places.

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The Rathotsava or the car festival of Nanjundeswara, the 'big Jathra' (big car festival), a 'chikka Jathra' (small car festival are some of the festival celebrated in grandour in this place. During this time cultural programmes, illumination of the temple, a colorful floating festival (Theppotsava) are conducted

Interesting things to Visit:

The huge Nanjundeswara or Srikanteswara temple was built by the the Gangas in the 19th century. The temples has many minor shrines like theNarayana with consorts, Chandikeswara, Parvathi, Natya Ganapath and others. There are many lingas, mantapa , vahanas(carriages) Uthsava Murthis(idols used during procession)The nine-storied tall Gopura or tower is ascribed to the queen of the Mysore kings, Devarajammanni, wife of Krishnaraja Wodeyar III (1849).the 120ft tower boasts of stucco images, decorations, 7 gold kalashas each 3 meters tall exhibiting the Dravidian architecture.

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How to reach?

Nearest Railway Station:Nanjangud
Nearest Airport:Mysore Airport
Road Transport:From Bangalore 163kms, Mysore 86Kms

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Another important centre in Nanjangud is the Raghavendra Math, situated on the road to the right of the Nanjundeswara temple. It was founded by the close of 15th century and great gurus or heads like Sudheendra Thirtha and RaghavendraThirtha headed this institution. It has a fine collection of Sanskrit manuscripts and copper plates.

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Mysore is a city that is visited by many tourists round the year. Due to its proximity to Bangalore, all tourists who to the capital city, also come to Mysore. To accommodate these many tourists, there are ample of hotels in Mysore. Major share of hotels in Mysore are above average and budget hotels. However number of luxury hotels is also quite impressive. The main hotels of Mysore are Hotel Ginger, Hotel Paradise and Quality Inn Southern Star. The most magnificent of all is the Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel. This heritage palace hotel is among the best in South India.

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Temple Timings: Weekdays: 6.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m & 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. Sunday: 6.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.

Help Line/Phone Number:

Police Station:Chamarajnagar
Nearest Hospital:Chamarajnagar, Nanjangud
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