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Mylara Lingeshwara Temple at Mylara

Mylara (Mailara) Lingeshwara Temple at Mylara is in the extreme south-western corner of Hadagalimarker taluk, Bellary Districtmarker, North Karnataka, Indiamarker. Situated 2 km from Tungabhadra river and 40 km from Hadagalimarker and 34 km from Ranebennurmarker.Mylara Lingeshwara is one of the forms of Shiva. The temple is dedicated to Shiva in his form as Mailari.

According to the legend

Mallasura (Demon) and his brother performed a severe penance extracted from Brahma, and a promise that they should never be harmed by any human being, began to harass the sages or rishis. The sages appealed the shiva to protect them, Shiva took on a new form and taking with him his forces to the number of 7 crores goravas, warred with the Demon or Mallasura and his brother for 10 days and then slew them both with his bow.

Mylara (Shiva) lost all his strength and divine powers in the battle against Mallasura and Manikasura, and fearing for his life ran away from the battle field. After a marathon run, Mylara crossed the Tungabhadramarker river to escape, tried to hide himself by drowning in the river. Then Lord Veerabhadra struck the earth with his long hair, and 5 brave warriors (Panchaveeras) (i.e Kanchaveeras) emerged from the spot. The Kanchaveeras confronted Mallasura and Manikasura and handed them over to Mylaralinga.

When Mylara (Shiva) killed Mallasura and Manikasura, he wore their intestines as his turban, their teeth as a cowrie necklace, their mouths as a damaruga (hand drum), skulls as a doni (meal bowl) and their skins as a long coat. The fat of the demons were used as oil and their nerves as wick for the lamp lit by Mailara after his victorious battle.

Karnika Utsava (Prophecy)

Rituals during the Mylara Jatre (fair) are the Karanika utsava (Bow climbing and prophecy uttering ritual) and Pavada (Body piercing rituals). Karanika utsava is performed by the Karanika Gorava, who goes through 12 days of fasting, after which he ascends a 12-meter bow and utters a euphoric prophecy which influences regional agriculture, animal husbandry, and politics.

Karnikotsava Gorava's utterance that tumbida koda mooru bhaga aadeethale parakh! means the filled pot may get splitted into three parts at the annual Karnikotsava' means the prophecy...its just like a puzzle to understand...some are guessing it to b e about our election future ..and some other about rain and hence crop and to be careful .... ref> . It is believed that the saying would indicate the future of the coming year.

On Karnikotsava day, by afternoon, a huge wooden bow, symbolic of that with which Shiva slew Mallasura, is brought and placed in the middle of a vast area called Denkana maradi. The gorava carries the bow from his tent and climbs it up, stares from the top in the four directions, and then begins trembling as a sign of divine inspiration, and the pilgrims wait for his prophecy. Gorava gazes skywards, before pronouncing the annual divination. Soon after this he drops down and the devotees duly hold him.

Mylara Jatre

today the th February 2009 ,its going to be the great, devotive fair of karnataka ... karnika (the future of this year)is going to be declared today at about 5 pm....thoasanda of people ll be gathered for the same ... all the 'karnikas' since about 100years noted officially have come into true...the karnika ll be about the rain,crop this year and the political status....the devotees will be saying 'elukoti elukoti elukotigo....changmalo changmalo'....many miracles done by 'goravas take place....we ll be worth our life to watch this thundering event......elukoti elukoti elukotigo....changmalo changmalo' prabhuraj kumbar gadag.. a devotee..

Goravara Kunita

Gorava dance (goravara kunita), a dance of the Shiva cult, is popular in areas of North Karnataka. The Goravas worship Mylara linga (Shiva), wear the costume of black woolen rug, on shoulder hanging bag made out of skin. Some of them wear a black coat and white dhoti. In traditional contexts, the Gorava devotees who dance in trance sometimes bark like dogs. It is believed that the totem of the Mylaralinga is a dog. The dancers feet move in clockwise and zigzag forms. Gorava wears yellow powder on his forehead and gives it to his believed devotees. Artiste holds his instrument, like damaru (percussion), or sometime holds kolalu (flute), and a few artists wear a small bronze bell on their shoulders. A few followers hold cowbells called paarigante.

This is years karnika by swami is that " THUMIBDA KODA MOORU BAGHAVADITELYE PARAK" means of that full of water vessel ( used for store water ) is broken into three parts.- for spiritual meaning that this year crop,politics and family or ambitions of human beings which effects be careful. - by H.S.Murthy (devotie)



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