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Nanjayya appears to be a folk God, later identified with Lord Shiva and described as Nanjunda. The name Nanjunda is explained as Shiva who had partaken Halahala or poison and it is this Nanjunda who became Vishakanta or Shrikanta by digesting it. Thus the deity is called Nanjundeswara and Srikanteshwara. He is also described as one who cures diseases of his devotees. There are many temples in and around the town built in the Ganga, Vijayanagar and the Hoysala styles.The Muslim ruler Hyder Ali Khan had strong faith in God Nanjunda and addressed him as 'Hakim Nanjunda' as an eye ailment of his beloved elephant was said to have been cured by administering the holy water (theertha) from the temple. He has donated an emerald necklace to the God.A major event in the pilgrim town is the Rathotsava or the car festival of Nanjundeswara. Besides the 'big Jathra' (big car festival), a 'chikka Jathra' (small car festival) is also organised every year during two auspicious days. Hundreds of pilgrims are attracted for the two Jathras (festivals). Besides cultural programmes and illumination of the temple, a colorful floating festival (Theppotsava) is also conducted during the celebrations. Another important centre in Nanjangud is the Raghavendra Math, situated on the road to the right of the Nanjundeswara temple. It was founded by the close of 15th century and great gurus or heads like Sudheendra Thirtha and RaghavendraThirtha headed this institution. It has a fine collection of Sanskrit manuscripts and copper plates.
Weekdays: 6.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m & 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Sunday: 6.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.
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