Begur Sri Panchalingeswara swamy temple :
God and Godess :
- Kali kamateswara
- Kali matha
- Suryanarayana swamy
Begur Sri Panchalingeswara Temple,
Begur Main Road,Begur, Bangalore city,
Bangalore urban district – 560068,
6 am to 8pm
Temple History :
Sri Panchalingeswara Temple is located at a distance of 25 km from the posh M G Road, Bangalore is a small hamlet called Begur off Bomanhalli on the Hosur highway. This insignificant village was once a great center of Sanskrit and Vedic studies; sadly today amid the ravages of time subsist a reminder and is the 1300-year-old Sri Pancha Lingaeshwara or Begur Temple. Sri Kulutunga Raja the First of Chola Dynasty, and Sri Rajasimhanandi of Talakad Ganga Dynasty had built this Temple during 8th century A D. They built about 108 Temples in South India, Sri Panchalingeswara Temple of Begur is 18th in the hierarchy. This temple is a great architectural treasure which was built in granite, the temple reflects simplicity and grandeur, and truly has an ambiance that is spiritual and sanctified.
Sri Parvati Sametha Nagaeshwara Swamy Linga This Shrine has a Nava Ranga and is an area where devotees can pray looking towards the Garbha Griha of Sri Parvati Sametha Nagaeshwara Swamy Linga. There are Idols of Sri Ganesha, Sri Chamundaeshwari, Sri Kaala Bhairava, Sri Maha Vishnu, Sri Soorya Narayana Swamy, Sri Chandra Deva, Sri Sapta Marika’s and Sri Kashi Vishwanatha facing north towards Kashi in the Nava Ranga. Another interesting aspect here is that the idol of Sri Soorya Narayana (Sun God) is placed facing west towards the Shiva Linga, It is said to be that this is the only Temple in India where Sri Soorya Narayana Swamy is placed like this. Traditional Temple Vaasthu Sastra proclaims that the idol of Sri Soorya Narayana should be placed facing east. This Temple also has a small shrine dedicated to Him. This positioning of Sri Surya Narayana Swamy is to encompass the first rays of the rising sun on the Moola Virat in Garvbha Griha. This Temple is also known as Bhaskara Kshetra (Sun Temple).
There is a colorfully drawn Yantra (Divine Symbol) below carvings of Uma Maheshwara and Ashta Dik Palakas (8 Guarding Angels) on the ceiling. Standing here facing the Sri Parvati Sametha Nagaeshwara Linga and praying is said to ward off mental depression, enemies, disease and protection from black magic etc. The area between Nava Ranga and Garbha Griha is a room known as Sukanaashi and is a place where Pooja Samagri (Articles used for Pooja), and Utsava Moorthi (Idols used for processions during Temple Festivals)are kept. This Shiva Linga is about 3.5 feet height and is usually adorned(Alankarana) with jasmine, Bilva leaves, Kankambara flowers, Vihbhuti (Sacred Ash), cloth and sandal paste etc.
Outside the Nava Ranga, there is an idol of Sri Nandi facing the Shiva Linga, and behind Nandi, there is a Homa Kundam. There is a small Sri Nandi facing this Homa Kundam.There is a separate shrine for Goddess Parvati Devi and is represented by a five-foot idol of the Goddess. She is also known as Sri Dakshina Kali and standing left of this idol and praying is believed to cure all blood-related diseases, including blood cancer. This divine form of Mother Goddess is the consort of Sri Nagaeshwara Swamy and is never seen with other forms of Sri Shiva that are worshiped here. Praying to Her also bestows happiness, wealth and spiritual solace.
At the entrance to this shrine is the oldest idol of Sri Ganesha. According to recorded archeological documentation, there are only two, two-handed Ganesha’s in the world and are in Pillaiyarpatti, Tamil Nadu and the other is in Afghanistan. There is no mention of the Ganesha idol seen here. This Ganesha idol is in Chola tradition and is seen holding a Linga in the right hand. The idol of Sri Karpaga Vinayaka at Pilliarpatti has the trunk turned to the right (Valampuri), and here it is to the left (Edampuri).There are also idols of Sri Subramanya in serpent form, Sri Soorya Narayana and a carving on the wall depicting a scene from the Puranas (Fables).
Sri Choleswara Linga:
The shrine of Sri Choleshwara is where unmarried girls come and pray, standing below the carved Ashta Dik Palakas (Eight Guardian Angels) and Uma Maheswara on the ceiling, for an early and good alliance. The Shiva Linga is about four feet high.There is an idol of Nandi in the Sukanaashi about two feet high facing the Lord.
Sri Kali Kamateswara Linga:
The Kali-Kamateswara temple on the west side is said to be built by the Gangas and later renovated by the Vijayanagar rulers. (15th-16th C). There is a seated Kali in the Garbagriha with a Shivalinga behind.The Nagareswara temple is to the south of the complex. There are sculptures of Mahishimardini, Ganapati and Bhairava. There is an open Nandi in the front, and facing this is a Surya shrine.The Karneswara that is to the left of the main shrine has a Dravidian Shikara, and there is a four-pillared Nandi Mantapa in the open.
Sri Nagareswara Linga:
There is a huge idol of Sri Nandi (About four feet) in front of Sri Nagareshwara here. As mentioned earlier there is a Shrine for Sri Soorya Narayana here and is located behind this Sri Nandi. Here again, the idol of Sri Soorya Narayana is placed East, facing West towards the Linga of Sri Nagareshwara. There is Sri Rama Linga facing south towards Rameshwaram, Idols of Sri Chamundaeshwari, Sri Kaalabhairava and Sri Ganesha (Similar to the idol found outside the Shrine of Sri Parvati). There are carvings of Ashta Dik Palakas (Eight Guardian Angels). Devotees stand right side of this Linga and pray for good business prospects and prosperity, and on the left side of this Linga for prevention and cure of eczema and other skin disorders. This is the largest of all Lingas in this temple and is over four feet tall. It is believed that Sri Kalinga Sarpa or five-hooded cobra resides in the Temple, blessing and protecting devotees the devotees. It is believed that during nights Saptha Rishis (Seven Sages) and Ashta Dik Palakas (Eight Guardian Angels) are believed to perform Poojas here for the Lord Mahadeva.
Sri Karnaswara Linga:
The last Shrine is dedicated to Sri Karneshwara. This is the smallest of all the Lingas here and measures about two and a half feet. Devotees stand on the right side of the Linga for relief from stomuch pain and other stomach and intestine related diseases, in front for ear pain and other ear related problems, and left the side of Linga for paralysis, nervous problems and brain disorders. There is also an altar for Nava Graha Mantapa (Nine Planets) in this Temple and is near the Shrine of Sri Parvati.
- Karthika masam
- Tholi Ekadasi
Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :
- Sahasra Namarchana
Nearest Temples Around Begur Sri Panchalingeswara swamy temple :
- Rangasthala Ranganatha swamy temple – 190 km
- Melkote Cheluva Narayana swamy temple – 126 km
- Goravanahalli Mahalakshmi temple – 135 km
- Hosaholalu Lakshminarayana swamy temple – 109 km
- Aralaguppe Kalleswara/kalleshvara swamy temple – 43 km
- SS Ghati Ghati Subramanya swamy temple – 172 km
- Bangalore Iskcon temple – 21 km
- Gavi Pura Gangadhareswara swamy temple – 14 km
- Basavanagudi Nandi temple – 13 km
- Ulsoor Someswara swamy temple – 15 km
- Domulur Chokkanatha swamy temple – 15 km
- Murugesh palya Shivoham Shiva temple – 14 km
- Bangalore Nimishamba devi temple – 33 km
Nearest Bus Stations :
- Magadi – 68 km
- Kempegowda bus station, Bangalore – 16 km
Nearest Railwaystations :
- Bangalore – 37 km
- Yeswanthpur – 50 km
Nearest Airports :
Bangalore – 81 km
Photos of the temple :