Mylara Lingeshwara Temple at Mylara

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Mylara is located in Karnataka
Location in Karnataka, India
Coordinates: 14°48′29″N 75°41′27″E / 14.80806°N 75.69083°E / 14.80806; 75.69083Coordinates: 14°48′29″N 75°41′27″E / 14.80806°N 75.69083°E / 14.80806; 75.69083
Country India
TalukHoovina Hadagali
Lok Sabha ConstituencyBellary
 • TypePanchayat raj
 • BodyGram panchayat
 • OfficialKannada
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
ISO 3166 codeIN-KA
Vehicle registrationKA 34
Nearest cityRanebennur , Haveri

Mylara Lingeshwara Temple (ಮೈಲಾರ ಲಿಂಗೇಶ್ವರ ದೇವಸ್ಥಾನ, ಮೈಲಾರ) is a Hindu temple dedicated to the god (Mailari), a form of the god Shiva in Mylara. Located at center of karnataka, It is in the extreme south-western corner of Hoovina Hadagali taluk, Bellary District, Karnataka, India. It is 2 km from Tungabhadra river and 36 km  from Hadagali and 36  from Ranebennur. Mylara Lingeshwara is the Family god of Halumatha Kuruba Gowda Community and not only Halumatha nowadays worshipped by different communities.

Mylara Lingeshwara Temple at Mylara, Bellary District, Karnataka
Mylara Lingeshwara Temple at Mylara, Bellary District, Karnataka

According to legend[edit]

Mallasura[1] (demon) and his brother performed a severe penance extracted from Brahma and, with a promise that they should never be harmed by any human being, began to harass the sages or rishis. The sages appealed Shiva to protect them; Shiva took on a new form[2] and, taking with him his forces of seven crores goravas, warred with Mallasura and his brother Manikasura for 10 days> He then slew them both with his bow. During the battle, Lord Veerabhadra, Shiva's aide, struck the earth with his long hair and Kanchaveeras emerged from the spot. The Kanchaveeras confronted Mallasura and Manikasura and handed them over to Mailara. After killing Mallasura and Manikasura, Mailara (Shiva) wore their intestines as his turban, their teeth as a cowrie necklace, their mouths as a damaruga (hand drum), skulls as a doni (meal bowl) and their skins as a long coat. The fat of the demons was used as oil and their nerves as the lamp wick. More details Shree Mylaralingeshwara page in Facebook

Karnika Utsava (prophecy)[edit]

Rituals during the Mylar Jatre (fair) include the Karanika Utsava (bow-climbing and prophecy-uttering ritual) and Pavada (body piercing ritual). Karanika Utsava is performed by the Karanika Gorava, who fasts for 12 days, after which he climbs a 12-meter bow and utters a euphoric prophecy regarding regional agriculture, animal husbandry, and politics.

Karnikotsava Gorava's utterance tumbida koda mooru bhaga aadeethale parakh! means "A full pot may get split into three parts". Karnikotsava means the prophecy; it is like a puzzle. Some guess it to be an indication of political situation in the state and some guess about rain and crop that means it is an indication of some threat to the agriculture so, the prophecy warns the farmers to be very careful.[3] It is believed that the saying would indicate the future of the coming year.

Mylara Lingeshwara Temple at Mylara, Bellary District, Karnataka
Mylara Lingeshwara Temple at Mylara, Bellary District, Karnataka

On Karnikotsava day, the devotees converge to the temple chanting "elukoti elukoti elukotigo... changmalo changmalo". "Elukoti" means seven crores commemorating the seven crore Goravas who accompanied Mailari. By afternoon, a huge wooden bow, symbolic of that with which Shiva slew Mallasura, is brought and placed in the middle of a vast area called Denkana maradi. The gorava carries the bow from his tent and climbs up it, stares from the top in the four directions, and then begins trembling as a sign of divine inspiration, and the pilgrims wait for his prophecy. Gorava gazes skywards, before pronouncing the annual divination. Soon after this he drops down himself from the bow, and the devotees waiting around carefully catch him. The prophecy is believed to be divine truth by the devotees.please call any more in mylarai

  • 27 February 2013 Karnika(prophecy) -ಮಳೆ ಬೆಳೆ ತಮಪಾದಿತಲೇ ಪರಾಕ್-malebele Sampaaditale paraak.
  • 16 February 2014 Karnika(prophecy) -tumbida koda muru tunda aaditale paraak.
  • 5 February 2015 Karnika(prophecy) -muttina gantu muru bhaga aaditale paraak.
  • 25 February 2016 Karnika(prophecy) -muttina raashi mooru atale paraak (a mound of pearls got divided into three)
  • 13 February 2017 Karnika(prophecy) -Ambali haliseetu kambali beesitale paraak.
  • 9 February 2018 Karnika(prophecy) -Aarane vethana mosa aathale paraak.

HIGH PRIEST OF THE TEMPLE(pradhana archakas)[edit]

Management of the Mylar temple is under government. Earlier it was Jayachandra Wodeyar who was dharmadhikari of temple, now Sri Venkappayya Wodeyar on inheritance and Wodeyar family belongs to the Kshatriya cult. These people are called Guru or Swamy. Sri guru venkappaiah Wodeyar Maha swamigalu is the present main high priest of the temple and DHARMADIKARI of the temple. The management and administration of the temple ruling by Sri guru venkappaiah Wodeyar Maha swamigalu since so many years. For more information contact Sri guru venkappaiah Wodeyar maha swamigalu 9110441938, 9901194451. Alternative number :9886132628.

Goravara kunita[edit]

Gorava, Karnataka

The gorava dance (goravara kunita), a dance of the Shiva cult, is popular in areas of North Karnataka. The goravas[4] worship Mylara linga (Shiva), wear the costume of a black woolen rug, on shoulder hanging bag made out of skin. Some of them wear a black coat and white dhoti. In traditional contexts, the gorava devotees who dance in trance sometimes bark like dogs. It is believed that the totem of the Mylaralinga is a dog. The dancers' feet move in clockwise and zigzag forms. Gorava wears yellow powder on his forehead and gives it to his believed devotees. Artists holds instruments, like damaru (percussion), or sometime holds kolalu (flute), and a few artists wear a small bronze bell on their shoulders. A few followers hold cowbells called paarigante.

Pooja Details[edit]

In temple brahmins doing the pooja, from several years. now the priests virupaksh bhat and pramod bhat doing the poojas, for more details :9880640257


  1. ^ "Epic Narrative as a Blurred Genre". Retrieved 2008-10-29.
  2. ^ By M.N. Venkatesha "Mailaralinga by M.N. Venkatesha" Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 2008-10-29.
  3. ^ "Thus spake Mylara". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 2008-02-29. Retrieved 2008-10-29.
  4. ^ "Professional Religious Singers, Gorava". Retrieved 2008-10-29.