Karnataka temple is well known for tourist destination . Millions of devotees reach regularly to Karnataka’s temples and shrines to pay homage. Karnataka consists of 34000 temple besides these Bangalore itself consists of 1000 temples. There are numerous numbers of Lord Shiva’s temples. Moreover the Architectural environment has created Karnataka as most devotional place for devotees. The most important Karnataka temple are as follows:
Mookambika temple is situated in Kollur Karnataka 147 km from Mangalore by the banks of the river Souparnika. This temple is mainly depicted to Goddess Parvathi. It is considered as the temple is mainly built by Parshurama. Goddess Parvathi killed Mookasuran with her veer chakra in midnight of Shukla ashtmi. From that onwards Devi came to be known as Kollur Mookambika. She has three eyes and four Arms with conch held in hands adorned in flowers. The temple is well known for it’s ambience all over world.During Navrathri season the temple is enlightened with festival site.
Markandeshwara temple is basically associated with Lord Shiva. It is situated at Kallur ,a small town, 13km from Raichur. The name Markandeya is derived from Maharishi Markandeya , devotee of Lord Shiva. It is a beautiful temple carved with pillars an antique appearance surrounded by granite walls. Ancient history has been attached to this temple Markandeya was exempted to die at the age of 16 . As he grew up he became the great devotee of Lord Shiva . On the day when he was sentenced to death has been reached he was worshipping to Lord Shiva. Yama came to take his life suddenly by mistake yama’s noose got struck in Shivalinga, Shiva became angry and he decided that Markandeya would live forever , lord Shiva attributed Markandeya with immortality. At that place Shiva temple has been constructed . Several Festivals like Janmashtami, Risi Panchami, Rakhi Purnima, Sivaratri, Sankranti, Narasimha Chaturdasi, etc are being celebrated here.
Badami Cave Temple
Badami is located in Badami in Bagalkot district in Karnataka. It is carved out of rocks, especially Badami Chalukya Architecture. It is surrounded by Agastya lake. It consists of four cave temples consisting religious pics describing India.Two caves belongs to Lord Vishnu and one of Shiva and fourth is Jain temple(lord Mahavira). Annual temple festival celebrated in Banashkari in the month of January, February is worth splendid to visit.
Nandi Bull temple
Bull temple is also known as Dodda Basavana Gudi located at Basavanagudi in South Bangalore. It was built by Kempe Gowda. The Bull is determined as Nandi sacred demi God is considered as one of the biggest temple in the world. Nandi is carved out of stone covered with butter and to it’s near there is a idol of lord Ganesha. On Mondays and Tuesdays of Karthika Maasa groundnut is offered to the temple to worship the deity. The fair is termed as ‘ Kadalekaayi Parishe’ in Kannada language. The bull is about 4.6 mts tall carved from single stone. Certain mystery has been associated with this temple one day a farmer beat a bull as the bull was grazing in the farm at sunkenahali suddenly the bull was converted to stone then the farmer was stunned as the bull was growing taller the farmer prayed to lord Shiva and lord Shiva gave him advice to to bury a trident and place it on the forehead statue of the bull to stop it from growing .The farmers then gave groundnut’s first crop as an offering to bull which came to be known as ‘Kadlekayi fair’. Shivarathri festival was been celebrated in the festival with great vigour and buzz.
Iskcon temple is also called as Sri Radha Krishna Chandra Mandir situated at Rajajinagar in North Bangalore. It was founded by Sri Prabhupada located in seven acre hillock called as Hare krishna hill. It is built in neo classical style. There are four gopurams depicted to Sri krishna, Sri nitai guaranga, Sri Prahlada Narsimha and Sri Srinivas Govinda. Janmashtami is celebrated in this temple. All devotees come at this festive season no one miss it . Granite steps has built with 108 steps which the devotee can chant Harenama at each step.