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A view from the centre towards the Tunga river coming into the 'Sangama'.


Koodli is a small town in Shimogamarker District, in the Indianmarker state of Karnatakamarker.

Koodli is the place where two rivers, the Tunga Rivermarker and Bhadra Rivermarker, meet to give rise to the Tungabhadra Rivermarker.

Significance

An exquisite view of the 'Sangama' makes the place exotic, with the age old Sangameswarar Temple adding to its culture-rich natural beauty. There is also a popular Sri Chitamani Narasimha Swamy Temple beside the Sangameshwara temple. It believed to be installed and worshipped by Sri Prahlada. The rivers are worshipped and considered to be sacred.

A small temple with nandi denotes the exact point where the two rivers meet, and is considered to be very sacred.

History

The Hoysala temple at the Sanagama
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The Place has a historic value, with temples of near Hoysala time. There are shasanas carved near the temples that indicate the era when they were built. The exact dates are disputed, but the sculptures date back to age old Indian culture and look exotic.There are various temples - small and large ones built by the rulers who ruled this place in the age old era.

The Mutt ( School )

There are two mutt in the Koodli. One is Shankara mutt (Advaita Philosophy) & another one is Akshobhya thirtha Mutt (Dvaita Philosophy).

Shankara mutt

There is very old Indian style school of learning for Shankara philosophy, called the koodli mutt. This has a long history:ometime in 15th or 16th century, the chief swamy of shringerimarker had gone to a teerthayaatre, probably to kashi. He did not return for a long time, which caused the deputy chief to take up the chief's position. But the chief was alive and did return to Shringeri after a few days. But he of course could not go in to the matt where his own pupil was the chief, so he left shringeri and started his own matt at the sangama of tunga and bhadra, kudli, and this came to be known as kudli Shringeri matt. Now in the beginning of 1900s, a new swami took the position of the chief swamy here. He was formerly the teacher of his highness Krishnaraya Wodeyar the 4th, Maharaja of mysore. This brought good times to this matt again. Between the original founder and this person, few talnted persons had been chiefs here, which made this place keep up the standards. After independence, one particular person was very telented and influential, and made the mutt a noted place again.

Koodli Arya Akshobhya Thirtha Mutt

It has stated by Sri Akshobhya Thirtha (one of the prominent disciples of Sri Madhvacharya) around 13th or 14th Century. Sri Mutt had very good scholar of Sanskrit & Madhvacharya's philosophy as there Petadhipathies (Chief Swami) till to date. Current Petadhipathi is H.H. Sri RaghuVijaya Thirta.


Geography

Sangama - a small Hari Hara temple at the exact point where the two rivers meet.


The Place is situated about 15 kilometres away from Shimogamarker, and is accessible by road.

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