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Kabbalamma Temple

About Kabbalamma temple

Kabbalamma temple is situated in a humble village Kabbalu, Kanakapura town, Ramanagara district, Karnataka State, India. 

Kabbalamma is the family deity (Kuladevathe) of many families. Kabbalamma is a very popular goddess in and around Ramanagara district. She is the ‘grama devathe’ of Kabbalu Grama (village) and also the ‘ishta devathe’ (personal goddess) of many.

Story of Kabbalamma 

Kabbali was married to Rangappanna a poor farmer. Though they were poor, they were rich in love. Kabbali was very sad that she did not have children. One day when she was looking sad, her husband askes her ‘what was bothering her’. Kabbali says that it was a long time since she had visited her younger sister and her children. Kabbali loved her younger sister ‘Bisilamma’ and her children very much. 

Rangappanna gave her permission to meet her sister and her children who were in another village. Kabbali feels very happy that she will be going to see her sister, but also feels unhappy that they have no money to buy anything and cannot go to see her empty-handed. After searching she finds ‘Three anna’s’ at home. She gives it to her husband and asks him to bring a cart full of things. He laughs and says ‘How can I bring a cart full of things for three anna’s. She challenges her husband that if she brings a cart full of goods, what would he do. He accepts the challenge saying that he would stand in front of her house as a Garudagamba (Stamba – pillar). As this was not a serious argument, she goes to the ‘santre’ (Market) and brings a cart full of things and happily runs to her husband to call him and show that she had brought a cart full of things. As promised the husband says he would stand in front of her house as a pillar. Kabbali pleads him not to do that as it was just for fun, but he disagrees and says that ‘tomorrow people would speak about Kabbali’s husband who had not kept up the promise and that he would not like people speaking bad about Kabbali’. So he turns himself into a pillar and stands in front of her house. Kabbali realizes that all these things happening was God’s wish and destiny. 

After some days she takes some sweets and things and goes to meet her sister. Meanwhile, in the neighboring village, her sister Bisilamma will be sitting with her neighbor. As soon as her neighbor sees Kabbali walking at a distance, she carries her child to go back to her house and also says Bisilamma to hide her children from her sister, as her sister would feel jealous. Immediately Bisilamma drags her playing children and hides each one of them under a bamboo basket and orders them not to come out until she called. Kabbali sees Bisilamma dragging her children into the house. After reaching her sister’s house, kabbali asks her sister to call her children. Bisilamma says, her children have gone out and are not at home. Kabbali ask where Bisilamma’s husband was? She answers that her husband had gone to the market on work and that she too had to join him now. Kabbali requests her to show the children at least once but Bisilamma does not budge.

When Kabbali sees the basket turned upside down she asks ‘what was there under that’. Bisilamma says that there was nothing but stone under the basket. Kabbali gets very angry and curses ‘Let there be Stones under the basket’. As soon as she says, the children will have turned into stones. Bisilamma runs behind Kabbali cries, and falls at her feet asking for forgiveness. Kabbali says that ‘nothing can be changed now’.

At that time one son who had escaped all this drama, comes running to greet his doddamma (Big Aunty). Kabbali hugs him and blesses him ‘saying from now on he will be the only son for his mother and that he will have to come to see his doddamma (Big Aunty) – Kabbalamma every year and perform a festival called “Sidi habba”‘. 

Sidi habba is a festival where wooden logs are burnt and converted to Coal and people run over it to ward off all bad eyes and evil spirit as a mark of harake (ex-voto).

She further says to her sister, ‘from now on I will not step into your place, you come to my place and take the honor’. So every year a car festival is performed and all the goddess from the nearby villages will come here and take the honor from goddess Kabbalamma.

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Kabbalamma’s Miracles

Devotees coming to the temple have many stories to tell about Kabbalamma. 

One such story is this, when the Britishers ruled India they had occupied many forts. One such fort was the Kabbal fort, which is on the top of the hill. On top of the hill is a jail where the colonial British used to keep the convicts. These convicts were not given food and tortured to die a natural death or would be pushed from above to die. There was one such convict who was a staunch devotee of Kabbalamma. He prayed to her and took a vow that, ‘if he survived he would present her with a precious golden tiara’. Miraculously he survived and gifted a golden tiara to the goddess. His story spread to all the surrounding villages, people started to flow to the temple from all directions


Ritual at Kabbalamma Temple

There is a resident bull called ‘Basaveshwara’ in the temple. Devotees who have some problem ask the bull to solve the problem and promise to make an offering once it is solved. They lie on the ground (floor), if the bull agrees it will walk over the devote. The devotee offers money that is tied to the horn of the bull.

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Kabbalamma temple Entry Fees
No Entry Fees

Kabbalamma temple Timings 
Mon – Sun
Mornings –  06.00 A.M to 10.00 A.M
Noon – 01.00 P.M to 02.00 P.M
Evening – 04.00 P.M to 08.00 P.M

Best time to Visit Kabbalamma temple :
Car festival (Jatre)

Kabbalamma temple Website

Kabbalamma temple Email  
No Official email Address

Kabbalamma temple Phone Number  
No Contact Number

Kabbalamma temple Address  
Kabbalu Grama, Sathanuru Hobli,
Kanakapura Taluk, Ramanagara District – 562117

Kabbalamma temple Accommodation
The temple has accommodation facilities for devotees. but however room are not that clean. There are a few expensive resorts and homestays near Channapatna
There are a few Good Hotels available in Sathanur, Halagur or Channapatna, which has no online booking facilities. 

Places near Kabbalamma temple

Bheemeshwari Kaveri Fishing Camp
Galibore Fishing and Nature camp  
Chunchi Falls 
Bananthimari Betta
Muthathi Temple

Sri Kabbalamma Temple 8
Kabbalamma temple Accommodation The temple has accommodation facilities for devotees. but however room are not that clean. There are a few expensive resorts and homestays near Channapatna There are a few Good Hotels available in Sathanur, Halagur or Channapatna, which has no online booking facilities. Places near Kabbalamma temple Bheemeshwari Kaveri Fishing Camp Galibore Fishing and Nature camp Shivanasamudra Mekedatu Chunchi Falls Bananthimari Betta Muthathi Temple 5
Sri Kabbalamma Temple 6

Kabbalamma temple Distance
Bangalore to Kabbalamma temple  – 80.6 kilometres  
Mysore to Kabbalamma temple  – 86.6 kilometres  
Sathanur Bus Stand to Kabbalamma temple – 6 kilometres

How to reach Kabbalamma temple

KSRTC (Bus)  

KSRTC and Private Buses are available from Bangalore to  Malavalli(fare: ₹110/-), get down near Sathanur bus stop. 
From there, the temple can be reached by Auto, or private buses are available, temple is around 6 Kms from here


Trains are available from Mysore and Bangalore to Channapatna, you have to get down at Channapatna Railway Station. (fare: ₹25/-) from Bangalore. From Railway station the temple is 21.5 Kms, buses are available to Sathanur bus stop. From there, the temple can be reached by Auto, or private buses are available

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


Nearest International Airportkempegowda airport Bangalore) is 115 Kms from Kabbalamma temple

Nearest Domestic Airport (Mandakalli Airport Mysore) is 93 Kms from Kabbalamma temple

Bike / Car
Bangalore to Kabbalamma temple

Majestic (Kempe Gowda bus station) – Jayanagar – Thathaguni – Harohalli – Kanakapura – Sathanur – Kabbalamma temple

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