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Mylara Lingeshwara Temple at Mylara

Mylara (Mailara) Lingeshwara Temple at Mylara is in the extreme south-western corner of Hadagali taluk, Bellary District, North Karnataka, India. Situated 2 km from Tungabhadra river and 40 km from Hadagali and 34 km from Ranebennur. Mylara Lingeshwara is one of the forms of Shiva. The temple is dedicated to Shiva in his form as Mailari.

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


According to the legend

Mallasura[1] (Demon) and his brother performed a severe penance extracted from Brahma, and a promise that they should never be harmed by any human being, began to harass the sages or rishis. The sages appealed the shiva to protect them, Shiva took on a new form[2] and taking with him his forces to the number of 7 crores goravas, warred with the Demon or Mallasura and his brother, Manikasura for 10 days and then slew them both with his bow. During the battle, Mylara (Shiva) lost his powers and had to run away from the battle field. After a marathon run, Mailari hid himself in the Tungabhadra river. Then Lord Veerabhadra, Shiva's aide struck the earth with his long hair, and five brave warriors (Panchaveeras) (i.e 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 wick for the lamp.

Karnika Utsava (Prophecy)

Rituals during the Mailara Jatre (fair) involve the Karanika Utsava (Bow climbing and prophecy uttering ritual) and Pavada (Body piercing ritual). Karanika Utsava is performed by the Karanika Gorava, who goes through 12 days of fasting, after which he ascends a 12-meter bow and utters a euphoric prophecy regarding regional agriculture, animal husbandry, and politics.

Karnikotsava Gorava's utterance that tumbida koda mooru bhaga aadeethale parakh!' means the filled pot may get splitted into three parts at the annual Karnikotsava means the prophecy...its just like a puzzle to understand...some are guessing it to b e about our election future ..and some other about rain and hence crop and to be careful .... ref>"Thus spake Mylara". Retrieved 2008-10-29.  </ref>. It is believed that the saying would indicate the future of the coming year.

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

On Karnikotsava day, the devotees converge to the temple chanting 'elukoti elukoti elukotigo....changmalo changmalo. "Elu koti" 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 it up, 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 and the devotees duly hold him. The prophecy is believed to be divine truth by the devotees.

Goravara Kunita

Gorava dance (goravara kunita), a dance of the Shiva cult, is popular in areas of North Karnataka. The Goravas[3] worship Mylara linga (Shiva), wear the costume of 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. Artiste holds his instrument, 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.

This is years karnika by swami is that " THUMIBDA KODA MOORU BAGHAVADITELYE PARAK" means of that full of water vessel ( used for store water ) is broken into three parts.- for spiritual meaning that this year crop,politics and family or ambitions of human beings which effects be careful.




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