About Kalaseshwara Temple
Kalaseshwara Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva and is located at Kalasa in Chikmagalur District in Karnataka. The temple is also known as Agastya Kshetra as the temple is associated with Sage Agastya. The temple is located in Kalasa Village which is around 96 KM from Chikmagalur. It is believed that the temple existed before the 10th century AD.
Accordingly, the wedding of Lord Shiva and Parvathi in the Himalayas caused a shift in the Earth’s rotation because of the attendance of all Gods and Goddesses To restore the Earth’s balance, Lord Shiva requested Sage Agastya toa travel South. Agasthya however, expressed his wish to witness the wedding. Lord Shiva assured to grant divine vision to the sage, which would enable him to witness the wedding from any part of the world.
Agasthya traveled southward and resided in Kalasa from where he watched the wedding.
The Girija Kalyana (marriage of Lord Shiva and Parvathi) is celebrated in Kalasa every year to commemorate this tradition. This auspicious occasion falls on Karthika Shuddha Ekadashi of the Lunar calendar.
In this temple, Goddess Parvati is worshipped as Sri Sarvanga Sundari Amma.
The gateway of the temple is built in Malnad style is adorned by statues of a male and female elephants. They are worshiped as Aneganapathi.
Some important temples in Kalasa are:
Ranjal Mahalakshmi Temple.
Kalasa has five major water bodies religiously called Pancha Theerthas. They are:
Vasishta Theertha dedicated to Sage Vasishta.
Naga Theertha dedicated to the Snake God, attributable to Lord Shiva.
Koti Theertha signifies that a pilgrimage to this place is equivalent to visiting a Crore Holy Waters.
Rudra Theertha dedicated to Lord Rudra (Shiva).
Amba Theertha dedicated to Goddess Parvati.
How to Reach
By Air: Mangalore’s Bajpe airport is closest to the town, around 115 kilometres away.
By Train: Nearest railway station is Chikkamagaluru railway station
By Road: Kalasa can be reached by KSRTC and private buses