(Last Updated on : 12/03/2015)
Srikanteshwara Temple is reminiscent of the age old religious practises, conventions and beliefs instituted through the rampant construction of pilgrimage centres. The huge temple structure is situated in Nanjangud in Karnataka
, one of the most visited and widely known Hindu pilgrimage centres of Southern India. The temple is dedicated to the service of Lord Srikanteshwara, a form of Lord Shiva
. Devotees who swarm the temple also refer to the Lord as Lord Nanjundeshwara. The temple, built thousands of years ago reflects the sculptural beauty and architectural exquisiteness of the primordial period. Located on the right bank of Kapila River
, the temple staunchly confirms to the Shaivite customs and beliefs. Nanjangud is also termed as 'Dakshina Kashi' or 'Varanasi/Prayag of South.'
The word 'Nanjundeshwara' is closely associated with the interesting legend of the Samudra Manthan
or churning of the ocean. The word Nanu in Kannada language
means poison. Thus, the all pervading Lord has been referred to as Nanjundeshwara as he is said to have drank the poison that evolved during the great churning of the ocean of milk. The town has also been named as Nanjangud that means the abode of Lord Nanjundeshwara.
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