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A 15th Century Ancient Veerabhadreshwara Temple -Linganthyaru, Bangadi Village Belthangady

Nandi Statue 

It was a surprise visit to this temple as I was a way to Kolli Shri Durga Temple to catch the spectacular view of Kudremukha Hills in Monsoon's first week of June month.

I was a week leave to attend my Bro-in-law marriage at his native Navooru Village Belthangady.

the small town of Bangadi, about 15 km north of Belthangady in Dakshina Kannada district, which was once the seat of power, has been relegated to an obscure village, quiet and peaceful. Its only link to its earlier history is a simple looking palace...

Present Palace of Banga Arasas descendents,Bangadi 

Kudremukha Valley view from Mithabagilu,Belthanagdy

Scenic view of Kolli 

The last night it was heavy downpour due to Nisarga Cyclone at the Arabian sea, so the morning it was a very pleasant weather with fresh breeze air blown from Kudremukha evergreen forests, Arecanut plantations.

After crossing the Indabettu Village my eyes glimpsed to one Ancient temple dedicated to Shree Veerabhadreshwara enquired a local about this temple and he told me that this is an ancient temple of Veerashaiva community performing pooja to the main deity.

 Route : (Navooru -Indabettu-(Linganthyaru temple)-Bangadi-Killuru-Kolli)

It’s a small temple dedicated to Lord Veerabhdreshwara & Bhadrakali with Daiva parivara’s(Local Spiritual) in the temple area.

The temple architecture in the Hoysala-Vijayanagara style with big Granite stones on the walls, the mortar on the gopuras.

Inside a temple sanctity, you can find a two inscriptions out of that one is older dated to 15th Century and the new one about the Jeernodhara(Renovation) and preservation done by Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari Shri Veerendra Heggade with the help of Karnataka Archaeological dept.

Shri Bhadrakali Amma temple
Daiva parivara Sthaana's(Local spiritual deity Sanctity)

15th Century Stone Inscription tablet:

Inscription dated back to 15th Century

This inscription dated back to 1473 A.D, November 4 records as a gift of land by Kami(ra)ya-arasa also called Banga to Nanjappa(Veerashiava priest) for worshipping god Veerabhadradeva of Bamgavadi(Bangadi). 

It was stipulated that the land was to enjoyed by the done hereditary and if he did not have any issues the gift land would be the property of god Veerabhadradeya¹.

Here the below inscription details:

First side

1        ಶ್ರೀ ಗಣಾಧಿಪತಏ ನಮಃ | ನಮಸ್ತುಂಗ ಶಿ-

2        ರಶ್ಚುಂಬಿ | ಚಂದ್ರಚಾಮರಚಾರ[*]ವೇ ತ್ರಯಿಲೋ-

3        ಕ್ಯನಗರಾರಂಭಂ | ಮೂಲಸ್ತಂಭಾ-

4        ಶಂಭವೇ  || ಸ್ವಸ್ತಿ ಜಯಾಭ್ಯುದಯ-

5        ವಹ ಶಕವರುಷ 1394 ನೆಯವರ್ತ್ತಮಾನ ವಿಜ-

6        ಸಂವತ್ಸರದ ಕಾರ್ತ್ತಿಕ ಶು 15 ನೆ[] ಬಂಗ

7        ವಾಡಿಯ [ಶ್ರೀವೀ]ರಭದ್ರ ದೇವರ ಅಮ್ರುತಪಡಿ-

8        ಧಂರ್ಮಕೆ ಕಾಮಿರಾಯ ಅರಸರಾದ []-

9        ೦ಗರು ಬರಸಿಕೊಟ್ಟ ಶಿಲಾಶಾಸನದ ಕ್ರಮವೆ-

10      ೦ತೆಂದರೆ ಪಾಲಶಂತಡುಕದ ಭೂಮಿ ಬಯಲು ಬಿ-

11       ತ್ತುವ ಮು 17 ಬೆಟ್ಟು ಮಜಿಲು ಮು 38 ಉಭಯಂ

12       ಪಲಸಂತಡುಕದಲ್ಲಿ ಬಿ()ತ್ತುವ ಮು [4]5 ಕಳಲಿಯಲು ಬಿ-

13       ತ್ತುವ ಬಯಲು ಮು 18 ಉಭಯಂ ಬಗೆ ಎರಡ-

14       [] ಬಿತ್ತುವ ಮುಡೆ ತಾಡೆ ಬಯಲು ಮು 25 ಬೆಂದು

15       ಮಜಲು ಮು 28 ಉಭಯಂ ಮು 53 ಅಕ್ಷರದಲು

16       ಮುಡೆತಾಡೆ [ಯಿ]ವತ್ತುಮುಱು ಅಡಕೆ ಸಲುವಕ[ರೆ]

17       ಮರೆ ಸಹವಾಗಿ ಧಾರೆಯನೆಱದು ಕೂಟಿದಾಗಿ ಭೂಮಿ-

18       ಯನು ನಂಜಪ್ಪನೂ ಬಳಿ ವೀರಭದ್ರದೇವರ ಅಮ್ರುತಪಡಿ

19       ಗೆ ಪ್ರತಿವರುಸ 1ಕ್ಕೆ ನಡಸಿಬಹ ಭತ್ತಮು 100 ಅಕ್ಷರದ-

20       ಲು ಸುಱುಮುಡೆ ಭತ್ತವನು ನಡಸಿ ದೇವರ ದೇವಪೂಜೆಯ-

21       ನು ಮಾಡಿಕೊಂಡು ಸಂತಾನ ಅಭವೃದ್ಧಿಯಾಗಿ ಗಂ-

Second side

22       ಡು ಸಂತಾನ ಉಂಟಾದರೆ ಅವರು ಕರ್ತ್ತ-

23       ರಾಗಿ ಬಾಳುವದು ಯಿಲ್ಲದೆ ಯಿದ್ವ-

24       ರೆ ಆತನ ಹೆಂಣುಸಂತಾನ ಬಾಳುವಾ-

25       ರು ನಂಜಪ್ಪನ ಗಂಡುಸಂತಾನ ಹೆಂ-

26       ಣು ಸಂತಾನ ವಿಲ್ಲದೆಯಿದ್ದರೆ ಅವರುಗ

27       ಸೊಂಮ್ಮು ಸಂಮ್ಮಂದಉ ಭೂಮಿಯೂ

28       ವೀರಭದ್ರದೇವರಿಗೆ ಸಲುಉದು ಯಿ ಧಂ-

29       ರ್ಮ್ಮ ಆವನಾನೊಬ್ಬನು ಆಳುಪಿದಲೆ ವಾ-

30       ಣರಸಿಯಲಿ ಸಹಸ್ರಕಪಿಲೆಯ ಕೊಂ-

31       ದೋಷಿಯಹನು ಯಿದಂರ್ಮವನು ಆವ-

32       ನೊಬ್ಬ ಪ್ರತಿಪಾಲ್ಲಿಸಿದರೆ ಯಿಹದ-

33       ಲಿ ಸಕಲ ಸುಖವನು ಅನುಭೋಗಿಸು-

34       ವನು ಪದದಲ್ಲಿ ಶ್ರೀವಿಷ್ಣುವಿನ ಪರಮ-

35       ಪದವನೆಯಿದುವನು ಎಂ[ದು*] [*]ಸಿಕೊಟ್ಟ

36       ಶಿಲಾಶಾಸನ ಯಿ ಭೂಮಿಗೆ ಸೆಸೆ ಸಿ-

37       ದ್ಧಾಯ ನಡುಬೆಡುದುಖ ಬಸ[ಸೆ]

38       ಆಉದು ಸಲ್ಲದು ಎಂದು ಬರಸಿ ಕೊ-

39       ಟ್ಟ ಸರ್ವ್ವಮಾಂನ್ಯ ಶ್ರೀ ವೀರಭದ್ರದೇವ-

40       ರದೇವಷ್ಯ | ಒಪ್ಪ ಶ್ರೀಸೋಮನಾತಾ [||*]

It’s glad to see the renovation of the development of the historical temple carried by Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala Shri Manjunatheshwara Dharmotthana trust especially by Pujya Veerendra Heggade.

It’s not only about the historical significance of one temple, in ancient times the Bangadi(Bamgavadi) ruled by Banga Arasu and they subordinate to Alupas -Vijayanagar Kingdom.

-Shiva Kumar Mutt


1.South India Inscriptions Volume_27 -Inscription No 370 (A. R. No. 478 of 1928-29)


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