Srikanteshwara Temple, Nanjangud
|Proper name:||ಶ್ರೀಕಂಠೇಶ್ವರ ದೇವಸ್ಠಾನ
|Architecture and culture|
|Primary deity:||Srikanteshwara Swami (Shiva)|
Nanjangud (Kannada: ನಂಜನಗೂಡು) is one of the Hindu pilgrimage centres of Southern India and is known for the huge ancient Temple of Lord Srikanteshwara (Kannada: ಶ್ರೀಕಂಠೇಶ್ವರ) dedicated to Lord Shiva, also known as Lord Nanjundeshwara (Kannada: ನಂಜುಂಡೇಶ್ವರ). Nanjangud Temple is located in the town on the right bank of river Kapila. Nanjangud is also known as "Dakshina Kashi" or "Varanasi/Prayag of South".
Nanju (ನಂಜು) in Kannada means poison; the name Nanjundeshwara means the God who Drank the Poison (halahala) which originated during the Great Churning of the Ocean of Milk; thus the town got the name Nanjangud which means the abode of Lord Nanjundeshwara.
The "Dodda Jaathre" fest at Nanjangud by the Sri Srikanteshwara Temple attracts thousands of devotees where 5 chariots are pulled in the "ratha beedi" of the town.
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