Tirumakudalu Narasipura, also known as T.N. Pura and T.Narasipura is a famous temple town in Karnataka. It is located in the Mysore district and the Kumbha Mela is held here every three years.
The town is considered highly sacred and it derives its name from the land which is at the confluence of the three rivers and from the temple of Gunja Narasimhaswamy which is situated right beside the confluence.
Also known as Dakshina Kashi, the temple is a well-known tourist destination as well as a pilgrimage center. Panchalinga Darshana is of prominent importance here. The Panchalingas include Markandeshwara Lingam and Someshwara in T Narsipur, Gargeshwara Lingam in the village of Gargeshwari, Agasthyeshwara and Hanuman Lingam.
History of T.Narasipura
It is believed that Rishi Agasthiya had visualized this place long ago. He wanted to pay worship to Lord Shiva and he asked Hanuman to get him a linga. Hanuman took more time than expected by the Rishi, which led the Rishi to make a lingam out of the sand and begin his worship. Once Hanuman returned with the lingam, he was angry and tried to demolish the linga. The linga brought by Hanuman has been placed at a little distance and is known as Hanuman Linga.
Sightseeing and Temples at T.Narasipura
Apart from the famous Gunja Narasimhaswamy temple, there is Agasthyeshwara temple which was founded by Agastya and it contains a range of monuments depicting the history of the State. There is also the Bhiksheswara temple, Anandeswara temple and the Moolasthaneshwara temple located around the area.
One of the oldest peepal trees is located in this city. It is more than 2000 years old and also known as ‘Bahuvara Prasadi’. It is believed that childless couples come and pray here for a child and install a Nagastone to fulfill their wishes.
The Kumbha Mela is organized here once in every three years, lakhs of devotees visit the city and take a holy dip in the water.
Vyasaraya Mutt in T.Narasipura which includes eight mruthika Brindavans is also worth a visit.
How to Reach T.Narasipura
The nearest airport is in Bangalore, which lies at a distance of 42 kms.
The nearest railhead is the Mandya Railway Station.
One can reach the temple city by road from Bangalore (42 kms) or Mysore (45 kms).