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Sri Siddhalingeshwara Temple Yediyur

The Siddhalingeshwara Swamy temple is a prominent ancient Hindu shrine of Karnataka and a popular tourist destination of the South. The temple dedicated to Siddhalingeshwara is considered to be an incarnation of Hindu God Shiva. It is located in Yediyur, Kunigal town of Tumkur district.

The Siddhalingeshwara Swamy temple is regarded as a shrine but it is also the Samadhi of Tontada Siddalinga, a highly revered Saint of the 15th century. He belonged to the Veerashaiva sect. Yediyur was the final destination of the Swamy who is believed to have appeared miraculously as an infant to Mallikarjuna and Jnanambe, a childless couple yearning for a young one. Earlier in his life, the Swamy had traveled widely to preach the principles of life and the value of eternal truth.


His followers believe that Sri Siddhalingeshwara Swamy is a manifestation of Lord Shiva. During his lifetime and even after his Samadhi, he has performed numerous miracles to help people overcome various obstacles in life. He accepted followers regardless of their caste and creed. His divine powers have cured the sick and those tormented by incurable illnesses. Sri Siddhalingeshwara Swamy was a distinguished teacher and author. He penned the Shathsthala Jnana Saramrutha, a collection of 701 poems. He also managed the Murugi Mutt for a long time. His constant presence in the form of the temple and the Samadhi has made Yediyur a highly valued religious destination where spiritual consciousness is supreme.

The Temple Details

The Sri Siddhalingeshwara temple is huge structure facing North with very prominent imprints of Dravidian culture. The ‘Gaddige’ of Sri Siddhalingeshwara Swamy which is a lump of Vibhuthi or sacred ash is displayed inside the temple. The Utsava Murthy, a metallic sculpture that’s taken around during religious processions and festivals is placed on top of this. It bears a striking resemblance to the temple’s main entrance stone sculpture.

A large wooden chariot is kept inside while the main door has some interesting inscriptions, describing the spiritual greatness of the Swamy. The Gopura or the dome of the temple colorfully depicts various incidents of the life of Sri Siddhalingeshwara Swamy life. These inscriptions are seen even on bells, some jewels and vessels used in the temple.

Festivals Observed

Annual festivals are held at the temple during Maha Shivaratri and Ugadi. A Jatra is done on the 7th day of Ugadi to commemorate the Samadhi of the Swami. On Maha Shivaratri every year, the priests perform Sahasra Rudrabhisheka. Rituals are also performed in the Hindu month of Shravana. On every New Moon Day, the temple performs Kumbhabhisheka. One Lakh lights illuminate the temple during Deepavali festival.


Free food and accommodation is available to all those visiting the Sri Siddhalingeshwara Temple. The temple is open to devotees from 4.30 AM to 8.30 PM on all days.

How to Reach

By Road

Yediyur is around 90 km from Bengaluru and can be reached using public or private transportation.

By Rail

The nearest railway head is Bengaluru Railway Station.

By Air

Bengaluru International Airport is the nearest airport.

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