Srikanteshwara is the biggest kshetram in Karnataka.
The name of the town is derived from this kshetram dedicated to Shiva known here as Nanjundeshwara.
The Dodda Yaathre festival here attracts thousands of devotees. Image
During samudra manthan, poison emerged from the ocean. To prevent the poison from spreading across the universe and to destroy it, Shiva came to the rescue and drank it. Devi Parvathi then held his throat tightly to prevent the poison from spreading to the rest of his body. ImageImage
The poison remained in his throat, making it blue in color. So Shiva is also called Neelakantha (blue-throated).
Nanjanagud literally means the place where Nanjundeshwara (Prabhu who drank poison) resides. Nanjundeswara is also described as one who cures diseases of his bhaktas. Image
The Shiva Linga is believed to have been installed by Rishi Gautam. This Shiva Linga was also worshipped by Maharishi Parashurama to get cleansed from the sin of beheading his mother. The confluence of rivers Kapila and Gundlu (Kaundinya) is called Parasurama Kshetra. Image

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5 May

Place with one of the largest Ganesha murti which is about 13 foot high and made of saligram.
The kshetram itself is built of a single rock without any foundation. Image
It is believed that the murti was established here in Satyug by Tridev (Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh). In Treta yuga, same murti was worshipped by Sri Ram before war with Ravana. Later, in Dwapara yug, Krishna and the pandavas worshipped here.
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Local belief is that Maharshi Koundinya comes to this shrine and offers prayers daily. It is also said that small 'ball of lights' glide over the surrounding areas and reach the shrine during Ratha Sapthami. People believe Devas carry these lights to worship Ganesha. ImageImage
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4 May

KANTESHA means Prabhu full of brightness.
Here, Sri Hanuman appears with a front face and sparkling eyes. Earlier, the village was also called KANTESHPURI on the name of Kantesha Hanuman. Image
Several thousands of years ago, Hanuman lived in this village. He once saw the Sun and mistaking it to be a fruit, began flying towards it. Since then, this village came to be known as Kadara Man Dalagi. (Kadar means rays, mandala is cluster of rays). ImageImage
It is believed that King Janmejaya had set up the shrine to get rid of his difficulties.
There is a small pond on the right side of the kshetram where Teppotsava (Float festival) is celebrated.

Kanaka Dasa has praised Sri Kantesha in his various poetic compositions. Image
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27 Apr

Hanuman Jayanti falls on the Shukla Purnima of Chaitra month. Hanuman is an incarnation of Shiva and the greatest bhakt of Sri Ram.
On this day, Sri Hanuman was born to Kesari and Anjana.
Once, Maharshi Vishwamitra visited Indra’s court. At that time, apsara Punjiksthala was performing a dance. Maharshi did not pay any attention to her. When Punjiksthala tried to disturb him, he cursed her to be born on earth as a female monkey.
When she asked for forgiveness, he told her that she will become the mother of the greatest bhakt of Prabhu on Earth. Later, she was born as the daughter of Kunjar (king of the monkeys) and got married to Kapiraj Kesari. Her name was Anjana and she gave birth to Hanuman.
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26 Apr

Dedicated to Shiva, as Mahabaleshwar.
This place is called Dakshin Kashi and considered as one of the seven Mukti Sthala (place of salvation) in Karnataka.
Devotees perform the last rites of their deceased relatives here.
Once, as a boon to Ravana for his penance, Shiva gave his Atmalinga to him. The only condition was that the atmalinga should not be kept anywhere on the way to Lanka.
On the way, Ravana stopped for sandhya pooja and for this, he needed to put the atmalinga down.
Ganesha appeared disguised as a child before Ravana and offered help. When Ravana went away, Ganesha put the atmalinga down on the ground.
On coming back, Ravana tried to pull the lingam but failed. Due to pulling, it’s shape became like cow’s ear (hence called gokarna).
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25 Apr

While main deity is Shiva as Kapartheeswarar, the kshetram is famous for Ganesha, known as Swetha/Vellai Vinayagar (white Vinayak)

During samudra manthan, Vasuki snake (used as rope) started spewing venom.
Unable to bear the intense heat, Devas rushed to Siva. He told them that this was because the task was started without getting Ganesha’s approval.
So the Devas created a Ganesha murti from white sea foam and worshipped it.
It was later taken by Indra to Indralok.
But once Indra had to come to Earth to pray to Shiva to seek relief from a curse inflicted on him. So he brought the murti of Ganesha with him. When he came here, he wanted to take bath before puja. So he gave the murti to a boy to hold for sometime. The boy was actually Shiva.
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24 Apr

Also called Speaking Hanuman.
Once, Hanuman was asked by Rama to establish himself in 7 different places. So, swayambhu (self-manifested) murtis of Hanuman emerged and Yalagur is said to be the head of all these 7 murtis. Image
It is said that a pujari had a dream to break open the stone he was performing puja on. When he did so, a murti emerged which was broken. Hanuman guided him to put the pieces together for 7 days in a place. The anxious pujari could not wait and opened the door on 7th day itself. Image
He found a hanuman murti complete on upper part but incomplete in lower part.
Later a shrine was built there and even today we can see the unjoined parts in Yalguresh murti.

There is a belief that Yalguresh can tell whether one will succeed in his task or not.
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