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Adichunchanagiri Mahasamsthana Math
B.G.S.Math, Gowda Temple
Adichunchanagiri Temple
Adichunchanagiri Temple
Coordinates: 13°01′23″N 76°44′44″E / 13.02312°N 76.74551°E / 13.02312; 76.74551Coordinates: 13°01′23″N 76°44′44″E / 13.02312°N 76.74551°E / 13.02312; 76.74551
Country  India
State Karnataka
District Mandya
Time zone IST (UTC+5:25)
Telephone code 571433

Adichunchanagiri, also called Mahasamsthana Math, is a hill township in Nagamangala Taluk, Mandya District, Karnataka State, India. This place is the spiritual headquarters of the Vokkaliga community of Karnataka Hindus.

View from the bus station
Adichunchanagiri Hills
The bus station
Bellur Cross is the gateway to Adichunchanagiri Hills

Kalabhairaveshwara Temple[edit]

Sri Kalabhairaveshwara is the Kshetra Palaka of Sri Adichunchanagiri Mahasamsthana Math. Lord Gangadhareshwara is the presiding deity. The Pancha Lingas, the Jwala Peetha, Sthambamba are all held in great reverence by the devotees. The peak point of the Giri (hillock) is known as Akasha Bhairava and the sacred pond by the temple is Bindu Sarovara. Recently two attractive lakes have been built for the Theppothsava programmes. The old Bindu Sarovara is also renovated recently as per agama tradition.

Location[edit]

Sri Adichunchanagiri Mahasamsthana Math is situated on a rocky hill at an altitude of about 3,300 ft. above M.s.l. 110 km west of Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka, India and 6 km from Bangalore-Mangalore National Highway 48. The approach to the hill is from the west and the pilgrim who looks up the hill while visiting, it finds the hill itself to be in the form of Athmalingam found in the Gokarna Kshetra. At the time of moon-rise the hill appears like the moon crested Shiva, i.e., Chandramouleswara. This abode of green woods and small lakes enlivened by wild peacocks and birds has been attracting sages and rishis since ancient times.

Folklore[edit]

The Shivapurana, inscriptions and the folklore have references to this Kshetra. Legends say that AdiRudra handed over this Kshethra to Siddha Yogi who established the Siddha Simhasana and the Math. The present head, Sri Sri Sri Nirmalanandanatha Swamiji is the 72nd head of this Mutt. Swamiji became the head of the Mutt in 2013. The Mutt grew rapidly under the 71st pontiff His holiness jagadguru padma bhushan Sri Sri Sri Dr. Balagangadharanatha Swamiji who headed the mutt from 1974 to 2013.[1]

Tourist attractions[edit]

Brief list of places to visit by the devotees during their tour of this Sri Kalabhairavakshetra follows:

1) Kshetrapalaka Sri Kalabhairaveshwara Swamy Temple- This Aradya deva (prime deity) is worshipped by the pontiff who heads the Siddha Simhasana,with all grandeur, resembling the divine gathering at Mount Kailasa especially on the Maha Shivarathri celebrations.

2) Panchalingas:

  • Sri Gangadhareshwara,
  • Sri Malleshwara,
  • Sri kathale Someshwara,
  • Sri Gavisiddeshwara and
  • Sri Chandramouleshwara.

3) Sri Stambhambika (Kambadamma) is believed to have come out or embossed of the wall by itself to bless the devotees of this kshetra following her divine combine, Lord Sri Kalabhairaveshwara Swamy.

4) Jwalapeetha Siddhasimhasana- according to the legend in Shiva Purana Lord Kalabhairava pleased with the penance of the sages in this kshetra about 1800 yrs ago. Even today this Simhasana or throne exists, which is ascended by the renounced Mahaswamiji who is chosen to head this Mahasamstana by the Guru.

5) His Holiness Mahawamiji's Darshan Hall- The head and Guru of this Sri kshetra preside over the gathering and preach discourses to the devotees of this Sri kshetra. This hall is equipped with all modern technology so that thousands of devotees can unite at one place and listen to the divine nectar like teachings of their beloved Mahaswamiji.

6) Sri Kalabhraiveshwara Pushkarini also known as Bindu Sarovara. Taking dip in these holy waters will cure infertility and bless couples with healthy children is the popular belief among the devotees.

7) Bhairava Bhavan.

8) Annapoorneshwari Prasada Nilayam.

9) Sri Kalabhairaveshwara Swamy Sanskrit Veda Agama College-Shaivagama Prayogalaya.

10) Nagarakallu and koogubande

11) Sri Nagalingeshwara Temple.

12) Mayura Vana (peacock garden) famous all over the world for the varieties of peacocks in this area. His holiness the Mahaswamiji thought of creating this garden with the objective of preserving the National bird of ours from extinction, due to excessive degradation activities from humans.

13) Mantapas of all former Jagadgurus – the details of the former illumined seers as a mark of respect for his Gurus has been established by His Holiness Mahaswamiji.

14) BGS museum portrays every detail of this Sri Adichunchanagiri Mahasamstana kshetra

Educational Organizations[edit]

Adichunchanagiri Institute, Chikmagalur

To render social service it has educational and other Institutions established and run by Adichunchanagiri Shikshana Trust[R]. To name a few

Institutions
Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, BalagangadharanaNagar
Sri Kalabhairaveswara Veda, Agama and Sanskrit College at Sri Kshetra
Adichunchanagiri Institute of Technology, Chikkamagalur
Sri Chandreshekharanatha Swamiji Institute of Technology at Chikkaballapur, Kolar District
S.A.C. College of Arts and Commerce at Nagamangala, Mandya District
S.A.C. Institute of Commerce at Nagamangala
Adichunchanagiri Hospital and Research Centre at BalagangadharanathaNagar
S.A.C. College at Channarayapatna
S.A.C.College of Education, Channarayapatna
S.A.C. College of D.Pharma, Channarayapatna
J.S.C. I. T.I. Nelamangala
S.A.C. I.T.I Melukote
S.J.B Institutte Of Technology
S.J.C. Institute Of Technology
Adichunchanagiri Mahila Sevashrama at Mysore and Bangalore

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