Pavagada

Pavagada is a panchayat town in Tumkur district in Karnataka. Pavagada is famous for its big mountains with some historical background. It is a great place for mountain climbing and trekking. Distance from Thikri, Madhya Pradesh to Pavagada, Karnataka is 1,116.3 km and travel time is around 19 h 27 min via NH13. Distance from Pavagada to Ballari, Karnataka is 129.3 km and takes around 2 h 43 min via Bellary Road. Distance from Parbhani, Maharashtra to Pavagada, Karnataka is 803.7 km and travelling takes around 14 h 2 min via NH161 and NH 44.



Pavagada is also famous for the Shan Mahatma Temple of god Shani. A special pooja is performed at Pavagada at 5 am. Sravana masa (Hindi month July-August) is good time to visit this temple where a huge crowd from diffrent parts of the sounth india will assemble. This whole month will be celebrated in the name of god Shani.

For accommodation down the hills a DSK rest house is available at Rs 120 for a double accommodation. Bangalore to Pavagada is 158 km and takes approx 2 hrs, 47 mins by road.

Sri Shani Mahatma Temple

Sri Shani Mahatma Temple is located Kanasawadi on Nelamangala - Doddaballapur road in Doddaballapur taluk, Karnataka state. The place is also known as Chikka Madhure. The temple is just as important as the Shaneshwara Temple which is located at Pavagada in Tumkur district. The temple is devoted to Lord Shani Mahatma. Ganga Hanumaiah constructed this temple, who was a local farmer in the area. Especially on Saturdays in the Hindu Month calendar known as ShravanaMasa many devotees visit this place. Worshipping and offering special prayers to this temple is believed to get rid of all negative effects in oneself.

It is believed that one can get rid of or lessen the negative effects of Sade sathi or Ashtama Shani or Panchama Shani on worshipping or by offering special poojas to Sri Shaneshwara Temple at Chikka Madhure. While visiting this people one can see people offering Ellu Batti which means black sesame seeds in Kannada. They offer this in front of the fire. These black seed are tied in small pieces of cloth and dipped in Gingelly oil (Sesame oil). The timing of the temple is from 6 am to 8 pm.

Bangalore to Pavagada KSRTC Volvo Bus

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) introduced Airavat (Volvo) services from Bangalore to Pavagada in 2010. The service to Pavagada leaves Bangalore at 5.45 PM to reach Pavagada at 9.15 PM and Y.N. Hoskote at 9.45 PM via Gauribidanur, Hindupur and Madakashira. In the return direction, the service leaves Y.N. Hoskote at 6 p.m. to reach Pavagada at 6.40 AM and Bangalore at 9.45 AM.

Lord Shani Temple Pavgadha poojas & Best Days to Visit at Pavagadh Temple Karnataka (Shani Shaneshwar Mandir near Pavagada, Senieswardu Temple in Karnataka). Pavagadh is a Hill Station, and a Municipality in Panchmahal district about 46 kilometres away from Vadodara in Gujarat. It is known for a famous Pavagadh Mahakali mandir which draws thousands of pilgrims everyday. Gujarat government has planned Rs. 73 crore development project for Pavagadh.[Source: Newshunt, 23rd June, 2014]

Kote Aanjaneya Swamy Temple

Kote Aanjaneya Swamy Temple is located at the foot of the Pavagada fort known as Raaja Mangaraaya. The Temple is in existence since the days of Vijayanagara Empire from 1406 AD. The gigantic 13 ft height idol of Lord Hanuman is believed to have been consecrated by Sri Vyaasa Raajaru the great Madhva Saint/Philosopher and Raja Guru of Sri Krishna Devaraaya. Pooja/rituals at this temple are conducted as per Madhva Sampradaya.

Penukonda about 130 km from Bangalore on the NH-7 towards Anantapur is a historic town referred to as the second capital of Sri Krishna Devaraaya the then Emperor of Vijayanagara dynasty. Sri Vyaasa Raajaru, Raja Guru of Sri Krishna Devaraaya stayed at Penukonda for a period of one year. It is said and believed that out of the 732 idols of Lord Hanuman installed/consecrated by Sri Vyaasa Raajaru 50% are located in Penukonda (within a radius of about 10 km) where He (Sri Vyaasaraajaru) used to install every day one Hanuman idol. Sri Sreepaada Raajaru (1412 � 1502) an outstanding saint and philosopher of Sri Madhva Parampara was the Vidya Guru of Sri Vyaasa Raajaru. The idol of Lord Hanuman (depicted above) located on the old post office road of Penukonda is believed to have been installed by Sri Sreepaada Raajaru. The temple is under the auspices of Sreepaada Raaja Mutt Mulabagalu. Sri Raaghavendra Swamy Brundavana below the idol of Lord Hanuman has been installed subsequently.

Nagalamadaka Sri Subramanya Swamy Temple

The Nagalamadaka Subramanya Swamy temple, located in Pavagada is one of the significant holy places that are drawing pilgrims from far and wide, particularly during the Karthika Maasa which commences with the new moon in November. This temple is located on the banks of the river North Pinakini, which is just 15 km from the Pavagada Taluk in Karnataka. The Nagalamada SubramanyaSwamy Temple is very famous among the locals for the fine-looking shrine of Lord Subramanya and the mysticism allied with its origin. The temple also has several folklores linked with it.

This place, under the reign of the Nolamba Pallavas was earlier known as ‘Roddam Munnur Harive’. The whole area is covered with luxurious greenery which had enormous numbers of deer. Nagalamadika was primarily an agrahara or a small community in which mainly Brahmins resided. The history of the temple says that about four centuries ago, a temple priest, Sri Annam Bhattaru travelled every year to Kukke Subramanya Temple to witness the Rathotsava or the car festival.

One such year when Annam Bhattaru had grown old and weak, he could not reach the temple on time. The devotees gathered there were extremely shocked to see the ratha (chariot) stuck to its path. Adding on to this, Lord Subramanya Himself appeared and ordered one of his devotees to stop the ceremonials until the arrival of Annam Bhattaru. Annam Bhattaru arrived and that was when the ratha moved rightly as said. Annam Bhattaru was then ordered by Lord Subramanya to both take the nagabharana or the adornments from KukkeSubramanya with him to Nagalamadika and perform pujas there itself. Even to this day, worshipping this with supreme devoutness during the rathotsava or the car festival is in practice.

Lord Subramanya Swamy appeared in Sri Annam Bhattaru’s dream and conversed to him that he could find Him in the North Pinakini River. The Lord also ordered Bhattru to bring out his idol and construct a temple. On digging, the village people retrieved the Mulavigraha or the main idol and sanctified it, building a temple. Few years later, when Roddam Bala Subbiah had a dream to build a temple, a bigger temple was constructed. Even to this day, during the rathotsava, the relatives of Bala Subbaih offer food to the visitors.

Nagalamadaka is a town bordering two states Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka and Telugu is the major language spoken by the locals. In Telugu, ‘Nagala’ means ‘snake’ or ‘naga’ and the temple was called Nagalamadaka in Telugu and Nagalamadike in Kannada. Sri Annam Bhattaru constructed a temple with three stones pointing towards three directions and another stone positioned on top and carried out poojas here. This practice is continued even to this present day.

People believe that Subramanya or Kumara Swami combined with the snake, Vaasuki in a forest near Kumara Dhara River and this place came to be known as Kukke Subramanya in Dakshina Kannada, Sulya Taluk. This is called as Adi Subramanyam, where Adi means ‘the First’. There are three Subramanyam temples famous in this surrounding which are Kukke Sri Subramanya, Sri Ghati Subramanya also called ‘Madhya Subramanya’ or ‘One in the middle’ and Sri Nagalamadaka Kshetra Subramanya which is the ‘Antya Subramanya’ or the Last Subramanya.

As per legends, Lord Sriram stopped over and lived in this place for a short span of time. Lord Sriram's obedient brother Lakshmana is said to have argued with Him in this place and hence the locals of this place are famous for their rebellion manners.

Nagalamadaka Subramanya Swamy temple is well known for its idol installed by Sri Annam Bhattaru which stands about 2 feet and 9 inches tall. Bearing seven snake heads, its body coiled into two circles and the idol in a standing pose on a rock. The view of the gorgeous idol of Nagappa with a seven-hooded snake installed in the Sanctum Sanctorium is awe-inspiring to its devotees. Several poojas like Sarpasamskara, Nagaprathishta, Nagadoshaparihara and so on are performed in this temple and so it sees a huge crowd of devotees. Another idol called Theetenagappa who is alleged to cure all illness is also revered here. This idol is said to be self-established or called the ‘Udbhava Murthy’ and is found to be increasing in size every day. Other shrines of Eshwara Swamy and Anjaneya Swamy are also found here.

Brahma Rathotsava: This Brahma Rathotsava is luxuriously carried out on the Pushya Shuddha Shashti every year. Pushya month comes between December-January and the 6th day of the 14 day phase of moon is Shashti. Shuddha Shashti is the sixth day after every full moon. Devotees throng in huge numbers for the Rathotsava or the car festival. Soon after the Rathotsava, a ten-day Dhanagala Jatra is held. The Nagalamadaka Subramanya Vasavi Charitable Trust organizes accommodation amenities, Annadhanam or free food and dispersal of clothes to the poor during the Rathotsava.

Parusha: Another event held every year during the Pushya month in this Nagalamadaka Subramanya Swami temple is the Parusha. More than fifty thousand devotees are said to be a part of this fair and this fair is the biggest event in the district. This is celebrated for five days, starting from the Shuddha Panchami, the fifth day to Shuddha Navami, the ninth day. Shuddha means after full moon. The banks of the river Pinakini and the temple are both brilliantly lit up with lights on these days.

Temple Timings: 8:15 AM to 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Sunday & Monday: 8:15 AM to 12:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

During Jatra the temple will be open for 24 hrs.

Sevas Performed at This temple
1. Sarpa dosha Shanti (Kaalsarp Dosha, Sarpa Dosha Nivara, Rahu Ketu Shanti)
2. Naga Pratishta Pooja.
3. Ashlesha Bali Pooja.
4. Sarpa Samskara Pooja.
5. Shanti Bhagagalu Pooja.

Temple Postal Address
Shree Nagalamadike Subrahmanya Swamy Temple,
Nagalamadike Post, Nagalamadike Hobli,
Pavagada Taluk, Tumkur District,
Karnataka - 572136.
Phone Number: 9448747746, 9741921046

Distance from Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh to Pavagada Road is 126.4 km and takes around 2 h 2 min via NH44. Distance from Hindupur, Andhra Pradesh to Pavagada, Karnataka is 46.9 km and takes around 1 h 15 min via Hindupur Road/Madakasira - Hindupur Road. Distance from Penukonda, Andhra Pradesh to Pavagada, Karnataka is 37.6 km and takes around 56 min via Roddam - Pavagada Road. Distance from Tumakuru to Pavagada, Karnataka is 98.9 km and travelling takes around 2 h 6 min via SH 3.

Pavagada Fort Tumakuru Karnataka