Traveling about 25 km along the MG road, leaving Bommanahalli on the Hosur highway in Karnataka, you can reach a small picturesque village called Begur, the semi-urban locality with a mostly rural touch, where you can still find ox carts, cattle grazing lazily nearby in fields against a backdrop of trees and ever accommodating mother nature.
A bustling center of Sanskrit and Vedic studies, once upon a time the 1300 year old Panchalingaeshwara or Begur temple was built by the first Chola king, Kulottunga Chola, after which the Rajasimhanandi of the Talakad Ganga dynasty were rebuilt in the 8th century after JC. Also known as Naganatheshwara Temple, it ranks 18th in the list of 108 temples.
Each temple is known to grant a certain wish if you pray in the specific prayer area of the temple. According to some devotees, there is a chakra-like formation on the ground stone just in front of the Linga, where if you stand and meditate, you feel dizzy and experience something paranormal. A granite construction, this temple is an image of simplicity that also blends into the cultural grandeur of the place. The ambience is calm with a spiritual aura and allure.
It is believed that originally this temple was built by Bodhayana Rishi. According to a local legend, Ravana, the king of Lanka, disappointed that he had not procured the Atma Linga of Lord Shiva, came here on his way back to Sri Lanka, to spend a night in this temple. Read on to find out more.
Panchalingeshwara temple complex: main deity
Architecture: Sri Parvati Sametha Nagaeshwara Swamy Linga is the main deity of this temple complex. We can peek through the Navaranga, or the prayer area of the shrine, to have a darshan of the idols of Sri Ganesha, Sri Chamundaeshwari, Sri Kaala Bhairava, Sri Vishnu, Sri Soorya Narayana, Sri Chandra, Sri Sapta Matruka and Sri Kashi Vishwanatha facing north towards Kashi in the Nava Ranga.
It is the only temple where the Sun God faces the western direction of the Linga, which is not the position of the Sun according to Vastu shastra. There is a small shrine attributed to the Sun god here. It is a development that allows the first rays of the rising sun to fall on the Linga. This area is also called Bhaskara kshetra.
The Linga is about 3.5 feet long and is adorned with jasmine, Bilva leaves, Kankambara flowers, Vihbhuti (holy ash), sandalwood cloth and paste, etc.
Nandi, can be spotted outside the Nava Ranga which is positioned just opposite the Linga. Behind Nandi, one can see the Homa kunda or the homa altar. Between the Navaranga and Sanctum is the Sukanaashi Hall, an area for placing the pooja samagris and idols used for display during processions.
On the ceiling of this area you can find sculptures of Uma Maheshwara and Ashta Dik Palakas (8 guardian angels) exactly below which there is a colored Yantra symbol, on which, if you pray for a specific purpose, it is accomplishes. The Parvati Sametha Nagaeshwara Linga is believed to eradicate depression, opposition from enemies, chronic diseases and protection from black magic etc.
Panchalingeshwara Temple Complex: Other Deities
a. Sri Parvati or Dakshina Kali
Architecture: Goddess Parvati, the consort of Nageshwara Swamy is enshrined separately as a five-foot idol, also called Dakshina Kali. The Ganesha installed at the entrance of the Parvati shrine is believed to be the oldest, around 1300 years old, found in southern India. This idol of Ganesha, built in the Chola tradition, is seen holding a Linga in the right hand. One can also find the Subramanya in serpentine form, the sun god and a Puranic sculpture on the wall.
Advantages: Standing on the left side of this idol and praying to it, is sure to cure all blood disorders including blood cancer. She is also revered for happiness, wealth and peace of mind.
b. Sri Cholaeswara Linga
Architecture: The Linga is about four feet tall, and the Nava ranga has no other idols besides this one. The Sukanaashi hall has a Nandi idol which is about two feet tall, placed directly in front of the lord.
Advantages: The ceiling has a sculpture of Ashta Dik Palakas (eight guardian angels) and Uma Maheswara standing below which you can submit your prayers, if you are an unmarried girl, for an early marriage and a good alliance.
vs. Sri Kali Kamateshwara Linga
Architecture: The idol of Lord Kali Kamateshwara is about three and a half feet tall, very similar in appearance to the idol of Mookambika at Kollur, with the Linga placed at its feet.
The idol of Lord Ganesha is installed in the Nava Ranga. An idol of Nandi, located at the entrance of this shrine, is placed to the right of the idol, as it is believed that it is not good for Nandi to directly confront Goddess Shakti in an angry form.
Advantages: On the ceiling here, one can see a sculpture in the shape of a lotus, below which if you stand and pray, your wishes related to obtaining offspring, resolving disputes, health problems and enemies can be achieved.
D. Sri Nagareshwara Linga
Architecture: A huge Nandi idol, about four feet tall, is positioned right in front of the Sri Nagareshwara shrine. The mandir of the Sun Lord is placed towards the east, facing the west of the Linga of Sri Nagareshwara. In this particular Nava Ranga, one can find the Sri Rama Linga facing south, along with the idols of Sri Chamundaeshwari, Sri Kaalabhairava and Sri Ganesha.
Advantages: Again, the sculpture of Astha Dik Palakas (eight guardian angels) is on the ceiling. For the prevention and cure of skin disorders like eczema, progress in business and prosperity, you may submit your prayers, standing on the right side of this Linga which is the largest of all the Lingas in the complex.
There is a belief that a five-hooded cobra resides in the temple, to bless and protect devotees who visit here. At night, the Saptha Rishis (Seven Sages) and Ashta Dik Palakas (Eight Guardian Angels) are believed to offer their Poojas.
e. Sri Karnaeashwara Linga
Architecture: This shrine, dedicated to Lord Karneshwara has the smallest Linga which measures around 2 and a half feet. There is a small Nandi in front of this idolless Linga installed in the Nava and Sukanaashi ranga.
Advantages: The prayers you submit, standing on the right side of the Linga, for relief from stomach and bowel ailments and ear troubles would surely be answered. The prayers you submit, while standing on the left side of the Linga, will be fulfilled if you are facing problems of paralysis, nerve problems and brain disorders.
There is also a Nava Graha Mantapa, near the shrine of Sri Parvati, in this temple. The temples are separated by a distance of 1 and 2 km from each other. In the temple, the Mahashivaratri is celebrated with grandeur.
How to reach:
The commuting facility can be used by BMTC buses and automobiles. Transport facilities to this village are no problem thanks to BMTC buses. There are five main roads that connect Begur to the rest of Bangalore.
• The Begur – Jigani road is an 80 foot road.
• Route from Begur to Hosur via the AECS network (HAL).
• Road from Begur to Bannerghatta via Hulimavu.
• Begur to Bommanahalli via Hongasandra.
• Begur to Electronic City via Bettadasanapura.
Panchalingeshwara Temple Complex: Festivals
- During Chaitra (March-April), Dwaja Rohana or the hoisting of the Vrishabha flag on Dwaja Stambham (flagpole) is performed inside the temple.
- On the seventh day, the chariot festival begins and about 20 Utsava Moorthis from nearby temples arrive in palanquins to partake in the grandeur and glory of the festival here.
- During this time, the Kalyana utsava or the marriage ceremonies of the gods Nageshwara and Parvati take place.
- On the thirteenth day, Shayanotsava for the gods is performed.
- In October-November, on Karthik Somavara, the temple is open for special pujas from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- During the Navaratri festival (Oct-Nov), Lalitha Sahasranama Pooja is presented to the goddess and on the day of Vijaya Dashami, idols of gods and goddesses are carried in procession throughout the village in an ornate palanquin.
- In Ugadi, Sri Rama Navami and Shankara Jayanthi (Adi Shankaracharya’s birthday, the temple holds abhishekas.
- Kalyanotsava can be performed on request where the temple priest decides the times and dates.
- Pradosha pujas are performed on the evening of the second day before the new moon.
- Dhanurmasa pujas are performed at 3:30 a.m. and Managalarati is over before dawn.
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