Palisai Bhandara Ruchiranga
Palisai Bhandara Ruchiranga
Yelu Koti Pramatha Sangha
Moola Shruthi Vaahana Thuranga
Neela Shaila Nivasa Ganga
Malasa Hrudayabja Brunga
The above lyrics are from a song sung in praise of Lord Mylar / Shiva. Click here for the complete lyrics.
The temple is dedicated to Mailara Lingeshwara and is situated in Rannebennur taluk, Haveri district. Lord Shiva took the form of Mailara to slay the demon brothers, Mallasura and Manikasura. According to legend 7 Crore goravas helped Mylara to slay the asuras / demons. Many families have this form of Shiva as their family deity.
My maternal grandparent’s family deity is Lord Mailara. Another name for Mylara is Marthanda Bhairava, in Maharashtra he is known as Khandoba and in Andhra Pradesh as Mallanna. In the Mysore region, Mailaralinga is worshipped by Hanumantha Kurubas as Mudukutore Mallikarjuna.
The temple is situated on a hillock and is referred to as Mailara Gudda. A fair known as Karnikotsava is held every year on the full moon day during the month of February coinciding with Bharat Hunnime festival. It is believed that on this day, Lord Mylara with his consort Gangamalavva visit Myalara riding on a white horse.
On this day, hundreds of devotees congregate at the temple and chant “Elukoti Elukoti Elukotigo…chanmalo changmalo”. Elukoti, refers to the seven crore Goravas who accompanied Mylara in the war. At noon a huge wooden bow is placed in Denkana maradi and a Gorava climbs up and announces a prophecy.
The Goravas are devotees of Mailara and they wear a black coat, white dhoti, and a black woolen rug is draped on their shoulders. The Goravas dance and act like a dog to signify the fact that Lord Mailara had mastered the Vedas so well that the Vedas were as faithful as a dog to the Lord. Just before auspicious functions like Upanayana, Wedding, and so on, a day is dedicated to the family deity and on this day the Goravas perform this dance. I have witnessed this many a time in Kurtakoti. A yellow powder known as Bhandara is given by the Gorava to his devotees.
The presiding goddess of this place is Malasa called Gangimalavva. There is a big bow and big leather slippers at the entrance of the temple. The best time to visit the temple is from November to February.
My grandfather used to do Parini / chanting of the Mailara Mahathme in Sanskrit for many years. He has translated the whole of Mailara Mahathme to Kannada and has published the book.
The view from atop the temple is good revealing kilometers of biluseeme / flat lands.
Another interesting place nearby is the Ranebennur Black buck sanctuary.
Type of place: Pilgrim Center
Situated: Rannebennur Taluq, Haveri District, Karnataka
Distance: NH4 320 Km from Bangalore
Transport: Well connected by road, buses ply from Ranebennur every half an hour
Facilities: Rest Rooms, Guest Rooms, Snack and Tea shops are available.
Nice write up Shantha! Did not know about this `kshetra
A very nice website with lot of good info. Well, i thought Mailara Lingeshwara is in Mailara which is in Hadagli Taluk & Devara Gudda’s deity is Malasa Marthanda Bhairava Malatesha. After reading your blog i got to know both are same 🙂
Here is some info on Ranebennur ..
Thank you for your visit and your note. Yes, I visited your blog. Keep it up.
Thank you very much for the insight into Devara gudda.
I and my family plan to visit the temple .Thanks again.
Thank you for your feedback. I knew about this place as it is family deity of my maternal grandfather.
Sorry for the delay in reply 🙁
Glad you are planning to visit the place. Let me know your experience.
Really you have done a good job. It is our family deity. we visit mailara every year. Can you please add a note about each ritual they celebrate there and significance of it like karnika, chati yetu, halu thuppa prasada. you have your grandfather to let you know about this. am curious to here from you.
Hi Dr. Renuka,
Thank you for your kind words. My grandfather passed away in 1980 and I have visited the temple only once. If you happen to visit the next time, please visit the office, they have many books regarding the place and the rituals.
I will try to get more info from my mother and post it here.
Thank you very much Sir, I have got a very meaningful information and Sri. Myalaralingewshwara Swami photo i got to capture in my mobile. I am very much grateful to this god. Really a unbelivable change occur in my life by the grace of Sri. Myalaralingewshwara Swami I am an parama bhakta of this god. Everyone must visit to this Devaragudda and take the grace of god
Sri. Myalaralingewshwara Swami Jai Ho
Good to hear that your prayers were answered.
All the best,
Thanku very much Shantha madam for updating the myaiaralingewshwara swami jatre who have not seen temple is meaningful information and who have not visit mylara they can see in website thanks madam
Thanks for appreciating Mallikarjuna. Hope more people read about this place.
Hi.thanks for the information.its realy good site.as our family deity is mylarlingeshwara i wl look updates over ths .great work Shantha
Glad to know that you found the my website useful.
Nice write up. We visited recently wit our baby. As our family deity is also Mailaralingeshwara.
Wonderful to hear that you could visit this temple.
Thanks for visiting,
good narration but the addredd mentioned wrong it is
Mylara Lingeshwara Temple,
Hoovina Hadagali Taluq,
please change it, thank you
Thanks for update. I will change in the post soon.
Thanks for all the info. Devara guddada mailara lingeshwara is my father’s family deity. I used visit regularly. Can you give me lyrics of palisai bhandara ruchi ranga? I remember bits and pieces.
thanks for the info..
wanted more info regarding accomodation near ranibeenur .
I am not aware of any good accommodation in Ranebennur.
Hello Shantha madam,
Thank u for ur most admireable information.The god mailralingeshwara is our family deity.Every year during the month of august that is in sharavan maasa we used visit tha scared and holy place mailara temple.And one more information i would like to inform u that mailaralingeshwar and malatheshaswamy are brothers.Malatheshaswamy leaves at Devaraguda and mailralingeshwaraswamy leaves at Gadhla or ppl who used to call as mailara where the scared Thungabhadra river flows….
Thanks for the additional information.
“Jai Malhar ”
I am from Bangalore. Anyone can contact me if any further information required on Sri Mylaralingeshwara. I am writing a book on Sri Mylaralingeshwara and the women god deity of the devotees of Sri Mailaralingeshwara. Devotees who wishes to help in publishing the book and on the research of the same can contact me.
My email id is : email@example.com.
My hand phone number is 09980731968
Thanks for the information Shankar Joshi. It is wonderful to know that your are publishing a book on this place and its people.
All the best,
You can as well visit the place and get more information from the oldest people staying there which would help you.
Good tip Nandini.
khadgam kapaalam damaram trishulam
bujaischathurbhi chathuram vahantham
mallarinatha namasaa smarami. this is mailaralingeshwara shloka.
Thank you so much for sharing the shloka in this post. It will benefit many readers.
Thank you so much for better understanding of Mylaralingeshwara swamy
Thank you so much for this website
I am glad you like what you read here. Makes my effort worthwhile.
hi i wish somebody do really transcript and let every body know more about him since he stood as a surety to the loan taken by lord venkatesh from kubera to marry laxmi
Hope some reader can throw light on this story Lingesh.
Dear Shanta I did not get the postal address to send the MO to Mailara lingeshwara kindly send me the address .your effort is worth and we understood more about our mane devaru Mylaralingeshwara .
what are the temple timings and if possible could you give us the telephone numbers either would help us out mobile or land line since i visiting the deity on Saturday leaving Blr by 5 AM
Please inform me, how much distance Punt mailara Lingeshwara at Devara Guddu??
Please inform me , How much distance Pune to Mailara Lingeshwara Temple AT Devara guddu ????
can you send me the address of Mylaralingeshwara .temple which is on gudda (mountain) its some where in richoor karnataka
As far as I know, the temple is open throughout the day and closes late in the evening. I visited few years back and do not have the mobile number nor landline number.
I hope you have the darshan and the trip is pleasant.
Will try my best to update with these information.
my favorite god
Yel koti yel koti!
Thanks for this information, would to be able to share that translated parini or shlokas on Mailaralingeshwara?
I do not have the parini nor the shlokas of Sri Mailaralingeshwara. I will share if I get the above.
Thanks for visiting
Thank you very much for the information. Nice article.
Can you please paste the entire lyrics of “palisai bhandaara ruchiranga”? I have been trying to find it online but can’t seem to find it.
Really appreciate the help. Thank you.
Sure, will do.
Please send the information about Mailaralinga mahatme text book
I think the book has been reprinted. I will update once I have the details.
Though many years have passed by, I went through your article today. Very lucid and informative.
Are you still there? India or abroad?
I am in Australia.
Possible to get the Mailar Linga Story in English?
Thank you for visiting and leaving the note. I live in India.
If I get the Mailara Linga story in English, I will definitely, let you know.