Kalasa, a beautiful city which is situated in
the Chikkamagaluru district of Karnataka, along the serene banks of river
Bhadra, is known to be a temple town. The historical city of Kalasais the perfect
getaway to nature because of its scenic beauty and surrounding rainforest. Kalasa’s
road to its origin goes back to reasons, both mythological and etymological. The
mighty River Bhadra is the sole provider for the water needs of the agricultural
economy of this city. The fertile soils of Kalasa yield the freshest and pure
coffee along with other herbs. It is the shrine of Goddess Bhagavathialong with
a Varaha in a cave that makes Kalasa a blessed and renowned decision.
The city of Kalasa is a reflection of the
rich architectural heritage of South India and expresses the exclusive
philosophical designs of the region. The Sri Kalseshwara Temple in honour of
Lord Shiva is the most popular holy spot in Kalasa. In fact, with the growing
number of pilgrims flocking to Kalasa has not only made it a popular pilgrimage
but also a tourist place, with numerous people pouring in to offer their
prayers from temple to temple.The
climatic conditions of Kalasaare majorly refreshing throughout the year except for
the summer times, owing to its idealistic location in the Western Ghats of
India. Kalasa is an ideal destination to visit with all its beauty and
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Origin of Kalasa
The origins of the city of Kalasa is linked
to the auspicious marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. This wedding was
obstructed by a sudden shift in the Earth’s rotation. In order to resolve the
problem of balance, Lord Shiva turned to Sage Agasthya to reach the southern
part of Earth. But with the earnest desire of attending the holy marriage, Sage
Agasthyawas adamant about staying. This is when Lord Shiva granted the sage,
the ability to witness the holy ritual during his stay in Kalasa simultaneously.
The sage travelled southwards having received an Arcadian vision and witnessed
the holy ceremony. The locals’ legends associate great Punya or blessings with
the pilgrimage of Kalasa.
The city of Kalasa is also named after its geographical
view.With the beautiful River
Bhadra encircling the city on three sides, to the South of the city lies the
Duggappana Hill which will appear like a pot of water from the bird’s eye view.In
Sanskrit, Kalasa is deemed to mean ‘kalashsa’ or a pot of water, fully
justifying the name. In fact, Hindu Temple Architecture shows a round pinnacle
at the top of every time which is known as the kalsha.
Places to visit in Kalasa
temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is located near the Bhadra river, on a hillock. The
majestic temple features a soapstone shrine built in the Hoysala sculpture
style and has a large community hall within the temple. Approximately 5000
people can be accommodated within this hall where pilgrims are served meals between 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. The Prasad of
the magnificent temple providesLaddus, coconut and dates.
Girijamba Temple: Celebrated
after two days of Diwali, the Girijamba Temple is dedicated to the festival of
Girija. This festival is celebrated in the temple in a grand way to mark the
holy marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, also called Girija.
Venkataramana Temple: The
establishment of this pious temple dates back to the 15th century
and is constructed in honour of Sri Venkataramana. The car festival is one of the
popular festivals celebrated in this temple.
Festivals Celebrated in Kalasa
The temple town of Kalasawitnesses a year-round
celebration of numerous festivals to mark and honour different events. These
events occur according to the timeline of the Hindu calendar.The processions mark the celebration
of these festivals during which the idols of God are taken throughout the city
and then established again at the temple.The most popular festivals of
This particular festival is one of the longest festivals celebrated in a truly
grand way. The festival which begins at the new moon and goes on till full moon
is celebrated to mark the iconic marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Three
families that travelled from Kasi along with Sage Agasthya, namely Hoskere, Mavinakere
and Kunikereperform the Kalyana Mahotsav.
Kalasa Car Festival: This
annual car festival is celebrated by taking out the idol of KalaseshwaraTemple
in processions. During the period of festivities, the Kalaseshwara Temple
remains open in the night as well as the day. This annual car festival is
referred to as the Rathotsava.
Swamy Temple Car Festival:This car festival celebrates Venkataramana Swamy. During the processions
of this car festival, his idol is passed around the town and then established
in the temple.
Time To Visit Kalasa
Kalasa is a part of
Chikmagalur, which can be found within the vast Western Ghats of India.Besides
the somewhat hot summers, the place is pleasant and refreshing at all times of
the year. However, to visit Kalasa at the peak of its grandeur, September to February,
that is after the monsoons, is the time highly recommended for visiting.
How To Reach Kalasa
Kalasa can be easily reached from cities by
availing the KSRTC buses. The Kalasa Bus Stop has buses operating for all
location within Kalasa. Other options for travelling include Private Taxi