From here and there

From here and there

A forgotten shrine

Sugganahalli is a tiny village in Magadi taluk, famous for its Narasimha temple. The temple is about 70 km from Bangalore and 15 km from Kunigal Road. Mythology has it that the place was earlier known as Shukapuri, named after Sage Shuka, the son of Sage Vedavyasa.

Another legend associates the village with Garuda, a revered presence in Indian mythological texts. There is a Garuda kamba in front the main temple. Behind the garbha griha (sanctum sanctorum) are situated a small shrine of Anjaneya and a berry tree.

According to temple history, the tree is very old. Legend has it that sage Shuka attained siddhi under this tree. The deity is known as Katari Veeranjaneya and hundreds of devotees throng the temple. The temple architecture is a blend of Hoysala and Vijaynagar styles. However it was renovated by the Mysore Wodeyars in the 18th century.

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