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The holy shrine of Nelamangala

Nelamangala town is located along National Highway 4. The dusty and narrow roads indicate that this town is quite old . 

Inside this town, there is a temple dedicated to Lord Mahaganapathi. The devotees claim, it is more than 200 years old. They narrate a story about the idol of Mahaganapathi.

Mahadeva Shastry, a Sanskrit scholar well-versed in the Vedas and a highly respected person, dreamt of an idol of Lord Mahaganapathi lying buried in a pit in his backyard. The next day, when they dug up , they found an idol of Mahaganapathi, to everyone’s astonishment. He chose a small place and installed the idol as per the edicts of Aagama scriptures.

Daily puja rituals began at the temple. A few years later, a life sized idol of Goddess Rajarajeswari was installed. by the side of Mahaganapathi. Subsequently, idols of Rukmini, Sathyabhama and Venugopalaswamy along with the ‘Shivalinga’ of Lord Srikanteswara and the idol of Bhagawan Adi Shankaracharya were also installed.

The Trust celebrates the anniversary in the Aswayuja maasa and the Utsava idols of Mahaganapathi and Goddess Rajarajeswari are placed in a chariot and it is taken out in the main thoroughfares of the town. Special worship is offered during the Dasara period. BMTC buses to Nelamangala ply from the City Market and Kempegowda City Bus terminals. The temple is open to devotees from 9 am to 11 am and 5 pm to 8 pm   Shankaranarayan

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