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As so much divinity is attached to this temple, lots of devotees throng this place. Yet another belief is this temple is sanctified by sage Gautama who stayed at Nanjangud and offered puja to the Shiva Linga. The place is called Parushurama Kshetra as the rivers Gundlu and the Kapila join here. The soil around the banks is said to have curative properties and thus, Sri Nanjundeshwara is also worshipped as bhavaroga vaidya. Tippu Sultan of Srirangapatna called him Hakim Nanjunda and gifted an emerald Linga and a valuable emerald necklace to the temple to express his gratitude for having cured his favorite elephant of an eye disease. Parasurama, an avatar of Vishnu prayed at the deity here to free himself of the sin of beheading his mother Renuka. According to folk legends this place is known as the dwelling of Nanjayya (Shiva) and the ballads on Nanjayya describe his divine romance with Chamundi (Parvati) of Mysore.
The main gopura /tower has (entrance tower) seven tiers and atop the sikara are seven gold-plated kalasas. The prathakshana path around the main shrine is very wide. In the temple there is a plethora of stucco figures of gods and goddesses from the Hindu pantheon and also countless beautiful bronze icons. The workmanship and artistic work are just amazing. The temple has 32 forms of Ganapathi as praised in the Mudukala Purana. The Chola rulers in the 11th and 12th centuries and later Hoysala, Vijayanagara rulers made solid contribution to this temple. The royal family of Mysore is the patron of this temple and the tall gopura in Dravidian style was built by queen Devajammanni, wife of Krishnaraja Wadiyar III in 1849.
Sri. T. S. Vishweshwara Dikshith, a learned Sanskrit Pandit and a scholar ( Ghana Patikal) in several Vedas, Yajur Veda in particular, has composed Sree Srikanteshwara Suprabhata Stotram of Lord, in praise of the main deity. He was a recipient of covetous awards from the Maharajah of Mysore, their holiness the pontiffs' of Sringeri Sharada Peetham, Karnataka and Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, Tamil Nadu respectively for his distinguished services to the Sanskrit Literature.
The popular festival at this temple is called the "Dodda Jaathre" and it attracts thousands of devotees. Rath Yathtra - chariot festival is associated with this major events and five chastely decorated chariots will be pulled along the four Ratha beedi (in Tamil Veedi) by devotees. The other major festivals are Navaratri and Shivaratri that are celebrated with utter devotion and religious fervor. No doubt, this place is an important pilgrimage center for Hindus from south India as well as from the north.