Temple: Sri Kabbalamma Temple
Sri Kabbalamma temple is located in the Kabbal village in the Kanakapura Taluk of Ramanagara district. The Kabbal village is also home to the fort of Kabbal. This fort is built on a monolithic rock 250m high with steep surfaces on three sides and less steep surfaces on the fourth side.
Sri Kabbalamma Temple – Overview
The temple is believed to be the only shrine for nearly 28 villages in the surrounding region. According to people nearby, the goddess is very powerful and is believed to fulfill all her devotees’ wishes.
Sri Kabbalamma Temple – Religious Significance
The presiding deity of this temple is Goddess Kabbalamma. The village, fort and hillock are named after this temple. Durga in Kannada means fort, hence the name Kabbal Durga has been given to this hill. There are many stories and traditions associated with this temple. Basaveshwara, the bull living in the temple premises is believed to play a role in blessing devotees.
When a devotee promises to offer something to the bull, he is asked to sleep over the floor and the bull is allowed to walk over him. This is one custom followed in the temple. Sometimes small children are also allowed to lie down in front of the bull.
The devotees offer a bundle of currency notes to thank the Basava for fulfilling their wishes. These notes are tied up to the bull’s horns.
How to Get to Sri Kabbalamma Temple
Kabbal Durga is located around 75 km from the city of Bangalore, 15 km from Kanakapura and 22 km away from Channapatna. This place can be reached by road.
By Bus: Take a bus to reach Kanakapura/Ramnagara/Channapattna and from here a bus to Sathnur. Sathnur is located on the way to Kollegal/Malavalli from Bangalore. It is preferred to travel from Kanakapura and from there taking a bus to Sathnur or Kabbalu, since Kabbulu village is near Sathnur. The frequency of state government buses is low but many private buses ply along this route.
By road: You can reach Kabbal by taking the NH209 Kanakapura Road which goes directly to Kanakapura. From here take the road which goes to Kollegal/Malavalli. Once you reach a board around 7 km from Kanakapura, take the right. After reaching the Channapattana-Sathnur road, take left.
Sri Kabbalamma Temple – Facts
Kabbal Durga hill is ideal place for trekking and climbing enthusiasts.
- The nearest hospital to the village is Sathnur.
- The petrol bunk is located at Kanakapura.
The hill is usually less crowded but people regularly visit the temple on the top. The temple authorities are planning to build another temple; people who wish to donate any money for the construction can contact them. October to February is the best time to visit this temple.