In the town of Kalasa, Chickmagalur district, Karnataka, lies the holy temple Kalaseshwara dedicated to Lord Shiva. Kalasa is located on the banks of the Bhadra River, about 92 Kilometres South-west of Chickmagalur.
Etymology: The significance of Kalasa is mentioned in the Skanda Purana. During the wedding of Lord Shiva and Parvathi in Varanasi there was a shift of the earth’s rotation because of all Gods and Goddesses. To restore the balance Sage Agasthya was sent to South.
He resided in Kalasa from where he watched the wedding. Hence the Girija Kalyana (marriage of Lord Shiva and Parvathi) is celebrated to commemorate in Kalasa every year. In Skanda Dwaya it is believed that Sage Vasishta had lived in a hermitage near Kalasa.
Kalasa means pot with sacred water, every temple should have a Kalasa placed on the top according to the Hindu Achitecture. In the piligrimage to the Western Ghats Kalasa is the first place to visit is the Kalaseshwara temple in Kalasa followed by Horanadu and Sringeri, (in one day) Murdeshwar, Udupi, Dharmastala.
Some important temples in Kalasa are:
- Kalaseshwara Temple
- Hanuman Temple
- Venkataramana Temple
- Ranjal Mahalakshmi Temple
- Vasishta Ashrama
- 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.
Festivals at Kalasa
Girija Kalyana is celebrated very elaborately in Kalasa owing to the Mythology that Sage Vashista wanted to watch the wedding of Lord Shiva and Parvathi. It starts amavasya (new moon) to harihara hunnime(full moon).
Kalasa Car Festival is the Rathotsava, the car festival where the Utsava Murthy (Procession Idol) taken in a procession throughout the town annually
Venkataramana Swamy Temple Car Festival: The Procession Idol of Venkataramana Swamy is taken out similar to the Kalasa Car Festival.
Kalasa largely has an agricultural economy and heavily depends on the Bhadra river to meet its water needs. Chief produces include a variety of spices, Coffee, and Ayurvedic medicine. Situated in the heart of the Western Ghats, Kalasa enjoys a pleasant climate throughout the year although summers are slightly hot.
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The resort is located Between Kalsa and Kuduremukh at eastern slopes of Western Ghats of Karnataka. It is 4 kms. from Kalsa on Kuduremukh Road, Chikamagalur Dist. Karnataka, India. Ph.08263 274801/02.
How to reach: After driving to Mysore one has to take the route to Ooty.
By Road: From Bangalore 310 kms, from Hassan 180 kms, Belur 36 kms
Nearest Town: Horanadu 10 kms
Nearest Railway: Mangalore Railway Station
Nearest Airport: Mangalore Airport