Malaya Madeshwara Betta Hills

Male Mahadeshwara Hills or Malai (Male) Mahadeshwara Betta or MM Hills is situated about 150 km from Mysore and is a sacred place, with its famous Shiva temple. Mahadeswara, as lord Shiva is called in this place, is a deity worshipped by one and all in the surrounding places. Amidst dense forest, the temple attracts not only the pilgrims but also nature lovers. Distance from Bangalore to Male Mahadeshwarabetta MM Hills is 214.4 km and takes about 4 h 12 min. Distance from Male Mahadeshwarabetta to Hoganakkal, Tamil Nadu is 86.1 km and takes around 2 h 33 min via Nagamarai-Pennagaram Road.

The ancient and sacred temple of Sri Male Mahadeshwara is located in South end of Karnataka, in the Chamaraja Nagar District. It is a very popular & holy ancient temple, surrounded by 77 hills in the Eastern Ghats. The Lord Sri Mahadeshwara is believed to be the incarnation of Lord Shiva. It is a very famous Shaiva piligrim centre. The Lord Sri Mahadeshwara's miracles are beautifully sung by the village folk in Janapada (folk) Style. The height of the hill is about 930 m(3000 feet)above the sea level.

Mahadeshwara is the family god of the Soligas and other hill tribals including Jenu Kurubas, Kadukurubas etc. But, historical evidences suggest that saint Mahadeshwara must have lived during the 15th century. Further, he was the third head of the Haradanahalli Math. About 600 years ago, Sri Mahadeshwara Swamy came here to perform penance and it is believed that he is still performing penance in the temple's Garbha Gudi in the form of Linga. The Linga, worshipped now in the Garbha Gudi, is a self developed (Swayambhu) one. Sri Male Mahadeshwara Swamy was moving on a tiger known as Huli Vahana (Tiger as a vehicle) and performed a number of miracles around the hills to save the people and saints living there. The area of the temple surroundings is 155.57 acres. In addition, the temple has lands at Talabetta, Haleyuru & Indiganatha Villages.

 Main god Sri Mahadeshwara Swamy
Sub-temples Sri Nagamale
Sri Adi Madappa
Sri Indi Basavwshwara
Sri Goujala Katte Basaveshwara
Sri Bale Kallu Basaveshwara
Sri Tapasare
Sri Paada Dhare
Sri Karaiah's Boli
Sri Kanave Basappa
Stone Statue Sri Veerabhadra at the door of the Garbha Gudi - 2
Pancha Loha Statue Sri Uma Maheshwara for Utsava
Sri Mahadeshwara on Tiger - 2
Crown Nava Ratna
Chariots Silver-tiger chariot
Silver-Basava chariot
Bronze chariot
Rudrakshi-mantap chariot
Colored Chariots Tiger chariot
Cobra chariot
Bird chariot
Kamadenu chariot
Horse chariot
Elephant chariot
Golden Chariot Golden Chariot
MahaRatha Maha Radha (Chariot)
Agama Virashivagama
Main Utsavas (Festivals) Diwali, Maha Shivaratri & Ugadi
Special Days Shravana, Mahalaya, Dasara, Diwali, Mondays of Karthika, Maha Shivaratri & Ugadi
Nityotsavas Silver-tiger chariot, Silver-Basava chariot & Rudrakshi Mantap chariot
Pushkarini Anthara Gange

Rituals & Sevas

There will be poojas & Archana thrice a day, the first worship of the day starts at 5.30 in the morning & Rudrabhisheka is performed between morning 6 & 8 and again between 10.30am and 12 noon. The evening poojas will take place between 6.30 and 8.00. There will be special poojas on Sankashta Chathurthi, Amavasya & Pournami. The most special pooja is known as Maha Rudrabhisheka will be performed only on Thursdays on behalf of the devotees who contribute for that.

After the morning pooja, the special procession of the deity will be done with all temple honours. The Government has fixed the rates of the sevas.

Anna Dasoha Bhavana:
At present everyday nearly 4000 people who are visiting the temple are provided with free food in Dasoha Bhavana building. It has been constructed at a cost of Rs.1 Crore. Devotees may contribute for Anna Dasoha Seva. If any devotee pays one Rs. 1501 or more for Anna Dasoha, it will be kept in eternal fixed deposit & its interest amount will be utilised for Anna Dasoha Seva. Devotees can also contribute in Cash or vegitables or corns or paddy or rice etc.

Hotels, Accomodation at Malai Mahadeshwara Hills Betta
The boarding & lodging with modern amenities are available for devotees visiting Male Mahadeshwara. The guest houses include Shiva Darshini, Mahadeshwara Bhavan, Guru Darshini, Giri Darshini, Kaveri Darshini, Surya Darshini, SriShila Bhavan, Sambram Veda Guest House & SriShila Bhavan.

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