A weekend calls for a getaway and what better a getaway with your family that unfolds the car wheels to seamless roads leading towards religious enlightenment. To my family and I, Mulbagal and Kurudumale of the Kolar district in the state of Karnataka, IN, served purposefully in satiating our breakout last weekend.
The Bangalore-Tirupathi Hwy transports us from Bengaluru to Mulbagal over a distance of 100 kilometres. Mulbagal, getting its name from ‘mudalabagilu’ (meaning ‘eastern door’ in the Kannada language), is one of the tourist attractions in the Kolar district of K’taka that is famous for milk and silk.
Centrally located in Mulbagal is a temple that makes this place eminent- Sri Anjaneya Temple (The Hanuman Temple). It is described that Arjuna, one of the Pandavas from Mahabharatha, installed the temple after the end of the Mahabharatha war. Sage Vasishta is believed to have installed the idols of the main deity Srinivasa, Padmavati and Rama-Sita-Lakshmana. To this day, the establishment has been administered by the government officials.
Outside the temple across a busy street filled with stalls selling fruits, flowers, coconuts and religious ornaments of sorts, is a Kalyani (an abyss of holy water).
The temple is moderately fetched from the arch and shows off a bronze pillar putting itself behind a stone pillar. Inside the temple is a magnificent statue of Hanuman and is believed to be a pious duty to visit by the Hindus.
Ten kilometres from Mulbagal is yet another holy place called Kurudumale. On conversing with the learned priests of the temple, it was known that the actual name of the place is Kudu male (which referred to a place where the trimurthis reunited and installed the idol) and has been pronounced incorrectly to an extent where it is legitimately named as Kurudumale.
The Ganesha Temple in Kurudumale holds in it a jumbo, thirteen and a half feet idol of Ganesh that is offered worships from devotees from the surrounding states as well.
The Someshwara Temple that is adjacently located to The Ganesha temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The priests of the temple talked bout the architecture of the temple which boasts to have been built out of a rock with no foundation. They say that the temple was built during the Chola dynasty but was soon demolished partly by the attack of Hyder Ali’s army. Some of the sages succeeded in protecting the idols from been destroyed and the very same idols were put back during Krishnadevaraya’s reign and now they stand firm inside the temple.
A short trip to antique places as these becomes a constant reminder of the culture that is still loyally followed, stagnating the place with regard to its history, especially with the people who are passionate about emancipating on the trails of the temple.