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Mylara Lingeshwara Temple

Coordinates: 14°48′29″N 75°41′27″E / 14.80806°N 75.69083°E / 14.80806; 75.69083
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Mylara is located in Karnataka
Location in Karnataka, India
Coordinates: 14°48′29″N 75°41′27″E / 14.80806°N 75.69083°E / 14.80806; 75.69083
Country India
TalukHoovina Hadagali
Lok Sabha ConstituencyBellary
 • TypePanchayat raj
 • BodyGram panchayat
 • OfficialKannada
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
ISO 3166 codeIN-KA
Vehicle registrationKA 34
Nearest cityHadagali , Vijayanagara

Mylara Lingeshwara Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the god (Mailara dynasty), a form of the god Shiva in Mylara. Located at center of Karnataka, It is in the extreme south-western corner of Hoovina Hadagali taluk, Vijayanagara district, Karnataka, India. It is 2 km from Tungabhadra river and 36 km  from Hadagali 36  km from Ranebennur and 39 km from Harapanahalli

Mylara Lingeshwara Temple at Mylara, Bellary District, Karnataka
Mylara Lingeshwara Temple at Mylara, Vijayanagara District, Karnataka

According to legend[edit]

Mallasura[1] (demon) and his brother performed a severe penance extracted from Brahma and, with a promise that they should never be harmed by any human being, began to harass the sages or rishis. The sages appealed Shiva to protect them; Shiva took on a new form[2] and, taking with him his forces of seven crores goravas, warred with Mallasura and his brother Manikasura for 10 days> He then slew them both with his bow. During the battle, Lord Veerabhadra, Shiva's aide, struck the earth with his long hair and Kanchaveeras emerged from the spot. The Kanchaveeras confronted Mallasura and Manikasura and handed them over to Mailara. After killing Mallasura and Manikasura, Mailara (Shiva) wore their intestines as his turban, their teeth as a cowrie necklace, their mouths as a damaruga (hand drum), skulls as a doni (meal bowl) and their skins as a long coat. The fat of the demons was used as oil and their nerves as the lamp wick.

Karnika Utsava (prophecy)[edit]

Rituals during the Mylar Jatre (fair) include the Karanika Utsava (bow-climbing and prophecy-uttering ritual) and Pavada (body piercing ritual). Karanika Utsava is performed by the Karanika gorava, who fasts for 12 days, after which he climbs a 12-meter bow and utters a euphoric prophecy regarding regional agriculture, animal husbandry, and politics.

Karnikotsava Gorava's utterance tumbida koda mooru bhaga aadeethale parakh! means "A full pot may get split into three parts". Karnikotsava means the prophecy; it is like a puzzle. Some guess it to be an indication of political situation in the state and some guess about rain and crop that means it is an indication of some threat to the agriculture so, the prophecy warns the farmers to be very careful.[3] It is believed that the saying would indicate the future of the coming year.

Mylara Lingeshwara Temple at Mylara, Bellary District, Karnataka

Goravara kunita[edit]

Gorava, Karnataka

The gorava dance (goravara kunita), a dance of the Shiva cult, is popular in areas of North Karnataka. The goravas[4] worship Mylara linga (Shiva), wear the costume of a black woolen rug, on shoulder hanging bag made out of skin. Some of them wear a black coat and white dhoti. In traditional contexts, the gorava devotees who dance in trance sometimes bark like dogs. It is believed that the totem of the Mylaralinga is a dog. The dancers' feet move in clockwise and zigzag forms. Gorava wears yellow powder on his forehead and gives it to his believed devotees. Artists holds instruments, like damaru (percussion), or sometime holds kolalu (flute), and a few artists wear a small bronze bell on their shoulders. A few followers hold cowbells called paarigante.


  1. ^ "Epic Narrative as a Blurred Genre". Retrieved 29 October 2008.
  2. ^ "Mailaralinga by M.N. Venkatesha". Archived from By M.N. Venkatesha the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2008. {{cite web}}: Check |url= value (help)
  3. ^ "Thus spake Mylara". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 29 February 2008. Archived from the original on 6 March 2008. Retrieved 29 October 2008.
  4. ^ "Professional Religious Singers, Gorava". Retrieved 29 October 2008.