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A hill temple near Talakadu

Temple feast, cattle fair and bull race. Beginning the first week of February, the Mudukuthore annual temple festivities go on till Mahashivarathri (February 20) when the yearly jathre concludes with an eagerly awaited bull race which being a mega event of the cattle fair held here in magha masa (January-February). Mudu­kuthore has a hill temple associated with Arjuna of Pandavas. The temple is famous for its Shivalinga named Mallikarjuna, the deity worshipped with mallika (jasmine) by Arjuna.

It is one of the panchalingas of Talakadu where pilgrims from all over are known to congregate in lakhs during the auspicious Panchalinga Darshana, the river and temple festival held in Talakadu once in twelve years.

A small village situated on the left bank of the Cauvery, Mudukuthore got its name from the river course which takes a deviation (muduku) here forming a stream (thore) farther the village. Located close to Talakadu, Mudukuthore is adjacent to a hillock named Somagiri. Atop Somagiri, there are twin temples dedicated to Mallikarjuna and Goddess Brahmaramba.

As you climb Somagiri, you can’t miss the 40-ft-high deepasthambha, 12-ft-tall dhwajasthamba (flag post) and the eye-catching idols of Basavanna (bull) at the entry point of the Mudukuthore hill temples.

Getting there: Mudukuthore is 150 km from Bangalore and 26 km from Somanathapura. There are frequent buses from Malavalli to Mudukuthore.

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