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Garuda temple - Mulbagal

The Garuda temple is one of its kind, dedicated to Garuda – the Vahana (vehicle) of lord Vishnu, situated in koladevi village of  Mulbagalu town, Kolar district, Karnataka state, India. This is the one and only temple in the world  dedicated to ‘Garuda’. 

About Garuda temple Koladevi

Garuda is mythological figure, a humanoid eagle with Human body with wings of a bird  and beak of an eagle. Here the temple is believed to be built during the Vijayanagara period, with the statue of Lord Garuda in the kneeling position. Garuda is kneeling on one leg and carrying Lord Vishnu in his right hand and Goddess Lakshmi in his left hand. The left hand is little higher in position, where Lakshmi signifies prosperity. Lord Vishnu and Garuda are seeing Mahalakshmi, but  Godess Lakshmi is facing front which indicates that she is blessing the devotees who visit this temple. The idol of Garuda is around 5.5 ft tall , surrounded with 8 serpents as his jewels. There are 11 Gods carved on this monolith, namely The Garuda, Vishnu, Lakshmi and 8 serpents. The idol is believed to be installed by Ramanujacharya  in the 11th – 12th century, hence it is believed to be around 1100 years old.

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Mythological importance of Garuda temple

Mythological importance of this temple dates back to ‘Tretha Yuga’. In the story of Ramayana we hear about the bird Jatayu, who valiantly fought against the Demon King Ravana, to save Sita from Ravana’s hands. Ravana after abducting Sita, will be carrying her in his pushpaka vimana, Sita will be crying out for help calling Rama’s name. After hearing Rama’s name Jatayu flies to help Sita and tries to have a discourse with Ravana, But Ravana  in no mood to have dialogue with Jatayu  cuts off his wings. Jatayu falls down calling out Rama’s name.  Hanuman hearing Rama’s name comes immediately with Vajrayudha to help him . Though he could have killed Ravana the same minute, he thinks about his Lord Sri Rama and waits for him. This is the place where Jatayu falls and waits  for Rama to come. Rama blesses him with mukthi. As Jatayu was killed ( ‘Kollu’ in kannada means ‘kill’) , this place came to be called  ‘Koladevi’.

Another story goes as in the ‘Dwapara yuga’, the period of Mahabharatha, when the Pandavas were in exile , Arjuna had put the forest on fire  killing several serpents. As a result he was affected by  Surpa dosha. Arjuna was advised by great sages to worship Garuda and free himself from Sarpa dosha. Vishnu  advice Garuda to bless Arjuna . Garuda  agreed to do so on one condition.  He requested  Lord Vishnu to  be with him as Lord Rama and  also Godess Lakshmi as Sita . As Lord Vishnu agreed, we can see Garuda with Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi in his right and left hands  respectively.  

Another story says that Garuda  had a desire  to serve Lord Vishnu like Hanuman did in  the ‘Tretha Yuga’. Hence his wish was granted in ‘Dwapara yuga’. The idol of Garuda and Hanuman is placed facing each other, where the eyes of Garuda and Hanuman are in a  straight line, as if staring at each other.

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Beliefs and Rituals at Garuda temple – Mulbagal

Devotees believe that by just visiting this temple Sarpa dosha will be cleared. Kalasarpa dosha, Hrudaya dosha, Kanta dosha, Kuja dosha, Bhuja dosha, Rahu sandhi dosha, Shira dosha are the dosha’s which is believed to be cleared here. People come here to get blessing for their -marriage, progeny (santhana), Job, watering eye( epiphora ) ,  ear problem, skin disease, back pain, thyroid to name a few ploblems. 

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Garuda temple – Mulbagal Temple Darshan
Normal Entry – ₹0
Special Darshan Ticket – ₹20 (Available During Special Days)

Garuda temple – Mulbagal Temple Timings 
Mon – Sun: 6.00 AM to 6.00 PM 

Garuda temple – Mulbagal Pooja Timings 
Abhisheka timing :  8:30 a.m. 
Mahamangalarathi :  10:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. 

Best time to visit Garuda temple – Mulbagal
All round the year

Garuda temple – Mulbagal Website
No official Website

Garuda temple – Mulbagal Email  
No official email address  

Garuda temple – Mulbagal Phone Number 
Srinivas G – +91 9900581401

Garuda temple – Mulbagal Address 
Garuda Devastana
Mudiyanur-Yeldur Rd,
Koladevi, Karnataka 563131

Near By Places to Visit Garuda temple – Mulbagal

Veeranjaneya Swamy Temple – Mulbagal
Someshwara temple – Kurudumale
Kurudumale Ganesha temple

Garuda temple – Mulbagal Accommodation 
There is no accommodation available for visitors inside or near the temple
There are hotels available in Mulbagal or at Kolar.
Online room booking is available in all below listed hotels. 

Sai Nandhini A/C Lodge
Harsha Residency
Hotel Saidham
GK Hill View Resort 
Thavaru Homestay


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Garuda temple – Mulbagal Distance
Bangalore to Garuda temple – 100 kilometres 
Kolar to  Garuda temple – 40 kilometres 
Mulbagal to Garuda temple – 15 kilometres

How to reach Garuda temple – Mulbagal

BMTC (Bus)

KSRTC and Private Buses are available from Bangalore to Mulbagal (fare: ₹80/-), you can opt for direct bus to Mulbagal or can take buses that go to Tirupati, get down at Mulbagal Junction or at the bus stop from there you reach temple by auto or private bus which is 15kms from here (fare: ₹40/-).


Express train is available to Bangarapet Junction from Bangalore (fare: ₹85/-), From Railway station you can take a taxi or Auto (fare: ₹200/-).

NOTE –  please do contact Indian Railways (IRCTC) for better clarity on train timings & updated Pricing


Nearest International Airport (Kempegowda International Airport) is 96.00 Kms from Garuda temple
Drivetime approximately 2 Hours 30 min – 2 Hours 45 min

Bike / Car
Majestic (kempegowda bus station) – Indiranagar– Krishnarajapuram – Konadasapura – Hoskote –  Kolar – Thambihalli – Uthanur – Narayanapura – Mudiyanur – Garuda temple Koladevi

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