Shri Atishaya Kshetra Simhanagadde, Narasimharajapur
Place & Post – Narasimharajapur,
District – Chickmagalur (Karnatka) Pin – 577134
Shri Kshetra Simhanagadde is famous for Atishaya of Jwalamalini Devi – the Yakshini of Bhagwan Chandraprabhu. About 600 years ago the capital of ‘Ger-soppa Soduv Empire’ was present at distance of 27 km from ‘Honnavar’ in North Kannada District.
The Queen Channa Vera Devi the wife of Jain King got constructed 700 temples. After attack of Portuguese the Queen was defeated & temples were ruined. The remains of ruined Jain temples are still there and one can see them.
At that time only Muni Chikk Samantbhadra saw Jawalamalini in his dreams. The Jawalamalini Devi after coming in his dreams informed him that ‘soon her temple will be destroyed and she asked him to install her idol at that place where cow & lion should play together’.
After this dream Chikk Samantbhadra took idol from the temple and started the search on bullock cart for some safe place. At a distance 2 km from Narasimharajapur, he saw that both cow & lion were playing together without any enmity.
As the conditions of this place were similar to conditions which Jwalamalini Devi told in dream, therefore he got temple constructed at this place & installed the reverenced idol of Jwalamalini. After the establishment of temple this place assumed the name Simhanagadde. This place has also remained devotional center of many Acharyas.
Atishaya : The idol of Jwalamalini is miraculous. The desires of devotees get fulfilled here.
There are 6 temples located in Jwalamalini Atishaya Kshetra. Both ancient and new types of temples are present at this Kshetra.
Bhagwan Chandraprabhu (Chandranath) Temple is the first temple, which is reconstructed at the place of old one. The 4 feet high Padmasanasth marble idol of Bhagwan Chandranath is the principal deity of this temple. Temple is constructed in square area and its gate of modern style is quite attractive. It has sky-high spire and this temple is built by squared stones.
The second temple of this Kshetra is famous as Parshvanath Swami Jain Temple. According to inscriptions discovered from this place it is clear that this temple was constructed during the reign of King Krishnadeo Rai of Vijay Nagar, this particular inscription is still available in this temple.
The 5 feet high standing idol of Parshvanath surmounted by 9 serpent hoods is quite attractive. Along with idols of Teerthankaras, idols of goddess Saraswati & Padmawati are also installed here.
The Jwalamalini Temple is the third temple of this Kshetra. The idol of Jwalamalini – the Yakshini of Bhagwan Chandraprabhu is made of Bronze. It is quite attractive & beautiful engraved.
The lot of open space is left around the temple. There is pond behind this temple and lot of lotus flowers bloom in this pond. Thus the sight of temple has become quite beautiful.
The Bhagwan Shantinath Temple is the fourth temple and in this 4 feet high Padmasanasth marble idol of principal deity Bhagwan Shantinath is installed here. The wooden gate of this temple is quite artistic.
The fifth temple is the Muth-Mandir & ancient idols of Bhagwan Bahubali, Parshvanath, Chandraprabhu, Jwalamalini are installed here.
Kshetrapal Temple is the sixth temple constructed in the campus of Muth-Mandir.
By Road: – Buses are available from Shimoga & Birur. Narasimharajapur Bus-Stand is 1 km away from Muth. Auto-Rickshaws are available on Bus-stand.
Train: – Birur, present on Poona-Bangalore Line. Buses are available from Birur.
Airport: – Bangalore