17th June 2018.
This Shiva temple is on the north banks of river kavery at the junction of the three rivers Kaveri, Kabini and Swasthika. Hence this place is called as Tirumakudalu Narasipura, in short T Narasipura.
The presiding deity : Sri Agastheswara
Consort : Sri Purnamangaia-Kamakshi
Some of the important details are …
The temple is facing east with a 4 tier Rajagopuram on north. Nandhi, Dwajasthambam and palipeda are at the front. A stucco Nandhi is also there on an elevated plane. The sanctum sanctorum consists of sanctum, antarala, arthamandapam and mahamandapam. There are no koshta moorthams around sanctum. The moolavar vimana is in globe shape, with a big nasi on east side. The Rajagopuram was built in dravidiyan style with stucco images of lakshmi Narasimha, Shiva with Parvathi, etc on the top tier. The rajagopuram was supported by wooden columns from inside.
As per the legend, the sage Agasthiya asked Hanuman to bring Shiva Linga fro Kasi to worship on the banks of river Kaveri. When the Hanuman didn’t turned up to the correct time, the sage Agasthiya made Shiva Linga from the sand and pooja was performed.The Shiva linga also called as “Saikata-linga”ie formed of sand with a cavity containing water on it, believed to represent the Ganges. When the water is filled in the cavity the excess water flows through an aperture below called ‘Nabhi’ or navel of the Linga. A separate sannadhis are there for Hanuman with the Shiva Linga,Someshvara and Markandyeshvara linga along with the Hanumantheshvara and Gargyeshvara linga form the “Pancha-lingas”. Kumbhamela is performed once in every three years.
As per the Department of Archaeology Museums and Heritage, Bangalore, this Agastheswarar temple was constructed during 10 to 11th century by Chozhas and patronized by the latter kings like Gangas, Hoysalas, Vijayanagara dynasty and Mysore Wodayars. The temple is under reconstruction and dismantling was in progress with proper identification during our visit. Seen the basement of the mandapam and sanctums are filled with river sand, during earlier construction.
The temple will be kept opened between 07.00 hrs to 12.30 hrs and 16.00 hrs to 19.30 hrs.
HOW TO REACH:
The temple is on the Mysuru to Kollegal road, about 34 KM from Mysuru and 150 KM from Bengaluru.
The dismantled pillars
The inside view of Rajagopuram
The wooden columns supports the Rajagopuram
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