Srikanteshwara Temple, Nanjangud

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Srikanteshwara Temple
Srikanteshvara Temple, Nanjangud.JPG
Proper name: ಶ್ರೀಕಂಠೇಶ್ವರ ದೇವಸ್ಠಾನ
Srikanteshwara Devasthana
Country: India
State: Karnataka
Location: Nanjanagud
Architecture and culture
Primary deity: Srikanteshwara Swami (Shiva)
Architectural styles: Temple

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).[1] 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.[2][3][4]

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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