Sigandur, Jog Falls Overview
Sigandur is a small town situated in the Taluka District of Karnataka. Sigandur village is enriched by the water of Sharavathi river and is surrounded by the Linganamakki dam and lush green forest bed. This quaint little city, also known as Sigandooru, is popular for the Shri Chowdeshwari Temple where goddess Chowdeshwari is revered. If you are religious and want to get a peace of mind with the strong feeling of spirituality, then this temple located on the bank of the river Sharavathi is a must-visit the place. The goddess Chowdamma Devi is considered as the protector of her devotee by saving them from all kinds of sorrow and misery. That’s why many ardent devotees flock to this place to get a glance at goddess Chowdamma. It is also believed that goddess Chowdamma helps those devotees retrieve their belongings from the thieves and punishes those thieves for their wrong deeds.
The pilgrims or devotees who visit the temple during the annual festival held in January often get dips in the holy water of Sharavathi river. This village is popular due to being an abode for devotees. You can bring a board of Shri Deviya Rakshane idol and place in your home to get a righteous feeling , and protection of your properties from the evil.
More on Sigandur
History of the Temple
There is a 300-year old story behind this sacred spot which is unique of its kind and makes everyone pleasant by its beautiful ambience. Due to the broad nature of Hindu philosophy, this place is a real example of devotion towards the righteousness of an individual irrespective of their divine identity.
One day, a man named Sheshappa went to the jungle for his livelihood. In the process of gathering wood and other necessary items, he got lost in the dense jungle and decided to take shelter under a tree. While resting under the tree, he fell asleep. At that time, goddess Chowdeshwari appeared in his dream and asked him to build a temple. He told a Brahmin(Duggajja) about his dream and they both started building a temple by the name of goddess Chowdeshwari. So, Sheshappa is the trustee for managing temple affairs whereas Duggajjais, the chief priest.
Worship of the Goddess
As mentioned above, goddess Chowdeshwari is known for her magnanimity to help her devotees getting their stolen items back from the thieves, so people from nearby villages and towns flock to pray her for her blessing and generosity for getting their items back. Many devotees who come here often return with a Shri Deviya Rakshane Idol to their homes. They keep it in their land in so that thieves would not dare to break into their houses. It might sound strange to you, but it has been recorded that many people got back their stolen items from the place exactly where they were taken. Some people have more trust in Devi Chowdeshwari than the police.
The annual fair is held in January on 14th and 15th day. This festival is mainly organised to pay tribute to goddess Chowdeshwari for her generosity and blessing for her devotees. Thousands of people flock to attend this august occasion falls in Makar Sankranti.Devotees pray goddess Chowdeshwari for health and wellness along with the protection for their family, and wealth. One important thing many devotees perform during this festival is bathing in the sacred Sharavathi river. It is believed that if a person takes a bath in the holy water, then goddess Chowdeshwari will listen to their prayers.
Best Time To Visit Sigandur
The best time is the winter when the climate is pleasant. However, you can visit this place from January to March, especially in January to attend the grand festival.
How to Reach Sigandur
To get to Sigandur temple, you need to cross the river by a regular boat service with INR 1 per head. You can even take your private vehicle in the boat to reach Sigandur. Once you are on the other side of the river, you can go for the public jeep service to reach the temple with just INR 20 per head.
Morning- 8:00 AM, 9:15 AM, 10:15 AM, 11:30 AM
Afternoon- 1:30 PM, 2:45 PM
Evening- 4:00 PM, 4:40 PM, 5:30 PM