Thursday, June 30, 2011
In this rainy season I & Rajesh sir visited some places in Shimoga district. Koodli was our last targeted place as his plan we reached Koodli by late noon. First we stepped to Chintamani Narashimaswamy temple.
The temple architecture reminds one of the Chola kingdom style but less impressive. Behind the Chintamani temple there is Brindavan, which seems to be Samadi place of priests who have passed away. It is adorned with Tulsi enclosure and is worshiped by priests even today.
Left side to Chintamani temple there is another beautiful Hoysala temple known as Rameshwara temple. An inscription in the temple indicates that in the year 1313, the Hoysala king, Veera Ballala III provided grants to the temple is situated at the conluence of Thunga & Bhadra rever.
Behind the temple a small roofless temple with Nandi denotes the exact point where the two rivers meet, and is considered to be very sacred. At Sangama lord called as Sangameshwara.
Below the steps adjacent to the river bed there is a small temple at the confluence point of Tunga and Bhadra. When I reached to river bed it started pouring heavily. I took shelter under one big Aswatha tree and enjoyed the beauty of two mighty rivers and An exquisite view of the 'Sangama' makes the place more exotic..
Tunga flows from the western ghat from northwest direction and Bhadra from southwest meet to give rise to the Thungabhadra River. Because of heavy rain the water level and water force also very high.
There are two Mutts in Koodli, one belongs to Advaita philosophy Shankar Mutt and other one represents Dvaita philosophy Arya Akshoya theerta Mutt. Shankar Mutt is also known as the Koodli Sringeri Mutt. It received patronage from the Wodeyars. A well maintained cows stable is undertaken by Arya Akshoya theerta Mutt.
Koodli is located on Hole-Honnur route proceeding to Chennagiri and Chitradurga. It can be approached from Bhadravathi as well as Shimoga, almost equi-distance. Overall the visit to Koodli gives one a feeling of religious fervor but devoid of much hassling of a crowded atmosphere