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Nanjundeshwara Temple

About Nanjundeshwara Temple

Nanjundeshwara / Srikanteshwara temple is located in Nanjangud taluk, Mysore district, Karnataka state, India. The temple is situated on the banks of the river Kapila (a tributary of river Kaveri). The town gets its name from ‘Nanjundeshwara’  [‘Nanju’ – Poison, ‘Unda’- Consume, ‘Eshwara’ – Lord Shiva] as ‘Najangud’. It is also called as ‘Dakshina kashi’ or ‘Varanasi of South India’.

Mythology of Nanjundeshwara

According to the puranas, the Gods and the demons chured the ocean (Kshera saraga – ocean of milk) in search of ambrosia (amruth) for immortality. During the process, poison (halahala) too emerged. Shiva collected the poison and drank it immediately to prevent it form spreading accross the ocean and destroying the earth. Parvathi, Shiva’s consort held his throat tightly to prevent the poison getting into his body. The poison stopped in his throat and turned blue. Hence Shiva is also called ‘Neel-Khant’ (Blue-throat).

Parashurama kshetra

Nanjangud is also called ‘Parashurama kshetra’, located on the confluence of River Kapila (Kabini) and River Koundinya (Gundla). Parashurama beheaded his mother – Renuka, following the order of his father sage Jamadagni after which, he left home in search of peace and comes here. After taking a dip in the river, he decided to stay here. He finds a shiva linga and starts worshipping it and hence finds peace. As Parashurama stayed here the place also came to be known as Parashurama kshetra.

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History of Srikanteshwara Temple

The story of Hakim Najunda

 ‘Hakim Nanjunda’ (Doctor in Urdu) was termed by Tipu Sultan to Lord Nanjundeshwara. It is said that Tipu Sultan’s royal elephant had suffered from some eye problem and had lost its eye sight. After hearing the stories of miracles done by Lord Nanjundeshwara, Tipu Sultan consulted the temple priest to know more about the temple. The temple priest advised Tipu Sultan to bathe the elephant in River Kapila and to wipe its eye with the ‘Thirtha’ water used for abhisheka of Lord Nanjundeshwara for 48 days (one mandala). To his surprise, the elephant regained its eye sight.

Later Tipu gifted ‘Pachche Linga’ and ‘Pachche (Jade) Makara Kanti Haara’. The Kanti haara has a dollar with the symbol of ‘moon’, an islamic symbol. This hara is put on the idol once in a year during ‘Girija Kalyana’ in the month of Ashada.   

Architecture of Srikanteshwara Temple

It was built in the Dravidian style by the Ganga rulers in the 9th century. Later many changes were made by adding new constructions by the Cholas in the 11th century, by the Hoysalas in the 13th century and later by the Vijayanagar rulers and the Wadiyars of Mysore.

The area of the temple complex is 385 ft long and 160 ft wide. The main entrance (Mahadwara) has seven story gopura which is 120 feet high, on which are seven gold plated Kalasas which are about 10 feet high and two huge horns at the ends of the row of Kalash. The courtyard (Prakara) is spacious and has around 122 images/ sculptures of deities. The temple has huge cylindrical pillars. The sanctum (garbhagruha) of Lord Srikanteshwara is small compared to the courtyard area. The temple encloses idols of Parvathi, Narayana, Sharadhambha, Ganesha, Subramanya, Anjaneya, Chandrashekara, Dakshinamurthy and Chandikeshvara. There are around 66 idols of Shiva and his various manifestations.

The temple underwent many changes and additions during the periods of various rulers. The dancing Ganesha was an addition during the Hoysala period. The idols of Narayana, Sharadhambha, Ganesha, Subramanya, Anjaneya are believed to be installed during the Vijayanagara period. In 1849, Sri Krishnaraja Wadiyar III and his queen Devajammani got the nine story gopura constructed. The idols of Chandrashekara, Dakshinamurthy, Chandikeshwara and Shiva and his manifestations were installed in the temple complex. There is a huge bronze idol of Thandaveshwara. There is also a place for the Navagrahas inside the temple complex. There is a 8 ft high huge stone bull in the temple complex. A Tulabhara mantapa was construcetd in front of this built in 1644 by the then Dalavayi Vikramaraya. Most of the new constructions took place druing the period of Krishnaraja Wadiyar III. Hence you can see a stone sculpture of Krishnaraja Wadiyar III with his four wives. He also gifted two wooden chariots in 1819, Silver horse, elephant, Nandi to the temple.

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Dodda jatre at Nanjundeshwara temple

It is one of the most important festivals celebrated in Nanjundeshwara temple. It will be held in the month of March /April.  During this festival, devotees pull 5 colourful chariots in ratha beedhi(Chariot street) .The 5 chariots represent Ganesha, Nanjundeshwara, Parvati, Subramanya and Chandikeshwara respectively. 

Chikka jatre at Nanjundeshwara temple

They will celebrate this festival in the month of November/ December. During this festival, 3 chariots are pulled by devotees. 

Other festivals like Mahashivaratri, Grirjakalyana, Teppothsava and Lakshdeepothsava are celebrated in the temple. Lot of devotees take part in the festival and get the blessings of Lord Srikanteshwara.

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Nanjundeshwara temple Darshan
Normal Entry – ₹0
Special Darshan Ticket – ₹100

Nanjundeshwara temple Timings 
Sun & Mon :  6.00AM to 8.30 PM and 2.00 PM to 5.00PM.
Tue to Sat : . 6.00AM to 1.00 PM and 4.00 PM to 8.30PM.

Nanjundeshwara temple Pooja Timings 

Abhisheka timings:
Usha kala Abhishekam – 6:30 AM
Pratha kala Abhishekam – 9:00 AM
Sangama kala Abhishekam – 11:00 AM
Madhyana kala Abhishekam – 12:00 PM
Pradoshkala Abhishekam – 6:30 PM
Ekanta kala Abhishekam – 8:00 PM

Best time to visit Nanjundeshwara temple
Sunday, Monday, Full moon day and Dodda Jatre

Nanjundeshwara temple Website
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Nanjundeshwara temple Email

Nanjundeshwara temple Phone Number
Landline   + 91 08221 223320
Landline   + 91 18221 226245
Landline   + 91 18221 226542

Nanjundeshwara temple Address 
Srikanteshwara Temple,
Mysore district-571301

Near By Places to Visit

K Gudi – 63 Kms
B.R.Hills – 66 kms
Chamarajeshwara Temple – 35 Kms
Tripurasundari temple – 
Matthithaleshwara Temple – 

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Nanjundeshwara temple Accommodation 

Temple Accommodation is available you can book rooms at Girija Kalyana Mantapa/ Dormitory/ VIP cottage by paying a nominal fee and online booking is also available.  

Other than temple accommodation, there are a lot of boarding and lodging options near Srikanteshwara temple where you can book rooms online.

2639, 1, Valmiki Rd, Vani Vilas Mohalla, Mysuru, Karnataka 570002

Roopa Elite
No. D-29, 6th Main Road, V.V Mohalla,, Mysuru, Karnataka 570002

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Mysore   
1 MG Road, 570010 Mysore, India  

Fortune Jp Palace
# 3, Abba Road, Nazarbad, 570007 Mysore, 

The Quorum
2257/1, B 1 Vinoba Road, Near Kala Mandir, 570008 Mysore, India

Nanjundeshwara Temple Seva / Pooja list and cost
Seva /pooja details
Seva price Seva timinings Prasada details
Ashtotthara 20 After 8:30 AM & 5:30 PM to Evening 1 laddu.
Akki (Rice) Seva 20 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM & 6:30 PM Akki (Rice) Seva : Pongal.
Vishesha Darshana 30 (On Sunday, Monday, Full moon day & General Holidays) 1 laddus.
Thrishathi 50 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM & 7:00 PM 2 laddus.
Thulabharada Kanike 50 After 8:00 AM to 1:00PM & 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM 2 laddus.
Panchamrutha Abhisheka 100 6:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM and 12 Noon – 6:00 PM & 7:00 PM Panchambrutha.
Tulasi Sahasranama 100 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM & 6:30 PM Dry coconut & sugarpowder.
Pongal Nivedane 100 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM & 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM Pongal.
Seva /pooja details
Seva price Seva timinings Prasada details
Kivi Chuchchuva Kanike 100 After 9:00 AM upto 1:00PM 2 laddus.
Namakarana Kanike 100 After 9:00 AM upto 1:00PM 2 laddus.
Akshara Abhyasa Kanike 100 After 9:00 AM upto 1:00PM 2 laddus.
Vahana Pooje – Bus or Lorry Car, Tempo, Tractor Scooter or Motor Bike 100 6:00 AM to 8:30 PM 2 laddus.
Vishesha Darshana 100 (On Sunday, Monday, Full moon day & General Holidays) 2 laddus.
Kum Kum / Bilva sahasranama 100 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM & 6:30 PM Pongal.
Shalyanna Abhisheka 150 6:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM and 12 Noon 6:00 PM & 7:00 PM Shaliyanna.
Dodda Basaveshwara Swami Abhisheka 150 6:30 AM Pongal.
Seva /pooja details
Seva price Seva timinings Prasada details
Annaprashana Kanike 150 After 9:00 AM upto 1:00PM Shaliyanna.
Mantapothsava 500 10:00 AM to 11:00 & 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM 2 laddus, pongal & shaliyanna.
Ekavara Rudrabhisheka 750 6:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM and 12Noon & 6:00 PM, 7:00 PM 5 laddus, pongal, panchamvrutha & shaliyanna.
Utsavagalu 1000 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM & 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM 1 vastram, 5 laddus, pongal & panchambrutha.
Prasadothsava 1000 7:30 PM in Vaishaka Masa Pongal, panchambrutha, shaliyanna & dry coconut & sugar powder.
Benne Seve Kanike 1000 9:00 AM 2 laddus.
Ekadashavara Rudrabhisheka 1250 6:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM and 12 Noon & 6:00 PM, 7:00 PM 1 vastram, 10 laddus, pongal, panchamvrutha & shaliyanna.
Nithya Kalyanothsava 3000 5:30 PM to 8:30 Pm on fixed dates Dinner for 10 members. Shaliyanna, panchambrutha, pongal, 20 laddus, ½ kg dry coconut & sugar powder. Along with Photography of shiva & 1 Vastram.
Srikanteshwara temple Dasoha and Puduvattu seva details
Dasoha seva
Seva DetailsSeva price
Annasantarpane Seva on Tuesday to SaturdayRs.15,000
Annasantarpane Seva on SundayRs.30,000
Annasantarpane Seva on MondayRs.30,000
Annasantarpane Seva on FullmoondayRs.35,000
Puduvattu Seva 
The General Puduvattu Accept for conducting sevas to God & Godess (Minimum)Rs.1,500
The deposit Accept for 1day Annasantarpane on general daysRs.2,00,000
The deposit Accept for Annasantarpane in 1 day any Sunday, Monday & Full moon dayRs.4,00,000
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Nanjundeshwara Temple Distance

Distance from Bangalore 164.00 Km.
Distance from Mysore city Bus Stop 24.00 Km.
Distance from Chamarajanagara 36.00 Km
Distance Railway station 3.4 Kms
Distance from Mysore Airport 16 Kms

How to reach Temple

BMTC (Bus)

KSRTC and Private Buses are available from Bangalore to  Mysore (fare: ₹125/-) from there board (Mysore – Chamarajanagar) bus (Available every 10min interval) (fare:Rs.50/-) get down near Nanjangud Srikanteshwara temple.


Express train is available to Mysore from Bangalore (fare: ₹70/-), From Railway station board chamrajanagar-mysore train (fare: ₹20/-) get down at nanjangud stop. Temple is at a distance of 1.1 Km from Najangud railway station . 

Autos are available or one can reach by walk.

Train Number 56282 (Chamarajanagar-Tirupthi express) available at 3.30PM at KSR Bangalore will take you directly to Najangudu railway station( (fare: ₹85/-).

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


Nearest Domestic Airport (Mandakalli Airport Mysore) is 16.00 Kms from the temple 
Drivetime approximately 30 min –  45 min

Bike / Car
Majestic (kempegowda bus station) – Nayandahalli – Bidadi – Kengeri – Ramanagara –  Channapattana – Madduru – Mandya – Srirangapattana – Mysore – Nanjangud

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