Nanjanagudu is a temple town
located on the banks of the Kabini River near Mysore. It is most famous for its
temple of Lord Srikanteshwara dedicated to
Lord Shiva, also known as Lord Nanjundeshwara. In Kannada the word “Nanju”
means poison; the name Nanjundeshwara translates to “The god who drank poison”
in order to save the earth. This temple was dedicated to Lord Nanjudeshwara for
this reason, and to this day remains the epicenter for the town of Nanjanagudu.
Take a weekend trip from Bangalore and marvel at the ancient history of this
Rent a car from Zoom and arrive in Nanjanagudu with ease! The best way to get there is to take the NH212 from Bangalore. Take this until you reach Mysore, and then follow signs towards Nanjanagudu on the NH212. Mudukuthore Rd. The entire trip is roughly 180KM and should take three to four hours, but if you get lost our GPS can guide you the entire way! Get there faster than with a bus or train and stop at your own convenience.
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In order to get the most out of
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as you please. No need to negotiate with rickshaw drivers or walk for
kilometers, you can drive however and wherever you want.
Here are three of the best things to see and do in Nanjanagudu
Srikanteshwara Temple: This temple, dedicated to lord Shiva for drinking poison to save the world, attracts visitors from all over the world. Many religious visiors will take a sacred bath in the Kapila river prior to entering the temple. There are two times to visit; 6a.m.- 1.pm., and then from 4p.m.- 8:30p.m.
Chariot Festival: Twice a year thousands of people from all over India come here to participate in Dodda Jathre, or the Chariot Festival. Idols of Lord Srikanteshwara, Goddess Parvathi, Lord Ganapathi, Lord Subramanya and Lord Chandikeshwara are held in five different chariots and a traditional puja is performed to the idols early in the morning on the Jathre day. After the puja, chariots are flagged off. A must see if you are taking a weekend trip to Nanjanagudu.
The Oldest Bridge in India: The bridge across the Kabini River is the oldest bridge in India to have both a railway line and road on the same bridge. It is now 278 years old and is now a Heritage Monument.
Insiders Tip: Make sure to try the famous bananas “Nanjanagoodu rasabale”
The best time to visit Nanjanagudu is during the Chariot Festival, but if you want to avoid crowds, the weather is most pleasant from September to January.