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MMHills: Mahadeshwara(Madeshwara) Hills is one of the most important piligrimage Centre of Karnataka State. It lies in the middle of the hills near to the Eastern Ghat Ranges and belongs to the Ramapura Hobli. It is at a distance of 80 Kms to the East of Kollegal and is at 3200 feet above Mean Sea level. According to the folklore songs and stories surrounding the presiding diety Mahadeshwara, the MMHills is made up of Seven (7) Hills.

The MMHills Range is abounding with large number of Flora and Fauna. The Temple built in the name of Mahadeshwara is at the top of this Hill. According to the folklore the MMHills consists of 77 ranges namely Anemalay, Jaynumalay, Kadumalay,Pacchaymalay etc.

       According to the Rock scripture/ enscriptions/engravings and copper plage engravings available at Suthur Matt, a Veerashaiva saint by name Mahadeshwara who lived in 14 and 15 century who lived in the Suthur Matt was reverred for his good deeds completed his life's journey on the Mahamalay range of MMhills . Since this person had done good deeds and his disciples, beneficiaries of his good deeds believed in his magical healing powers, they built a temple in his name in this region. The temple consists of a Gopura at the main entrance, and big Nandi idol can also be seen on the temple. One can also see many small temples in and around the main temple. Antharagangey which flows on the left side of the temple is believed to have never dried up and piligrims who visit this holy place take a dip in this river to cleanse themselves of the sins they have committed. Devotees flock to this place during Shivaratri, Ugadi, Gouri Ganesha Festival(Bhadhrapada Masa), Mahalaya Amavasya and Deepavali. During Chariot pulling festival/fair more than one lakh devotees from entire South india throng to this place to witness the event. Apart from this for every Amavasya the devotees throng to this temple to get the blessings of the diety. The Odeyar Dynasty have gifted many a things to this temple. The temple administration is maintained by the Muzari Department, Government of Karnataka. The Saloor Matt of the Veerashaiva sect plays a major role in conduct of the rituals of the temple during festival and fairs. The Eastern Ghats provides a scenic and Panaromic view of the ranges. One can find elephants, Bisons, Indian Gaur etc. in the forests of MMHils. The Alambadi fort lies on the banks of Cauvery river on the foot hills of the restricted forest area of MMHills. There is a small bullock cart road in the midst of the forest leading to Alambadi Fort. One can find an old Hanuman temple of Vijayanagar Empire time inside the fort and also of Ranganatha Swamy temple which is of 30 mtr length. The clay fort is built in a square shape and is believed to be built in 15 th Century with moat. Sathegala village in the taluk of Kollegal has many old temples. Busthipura village is said to be host of revered saint Jainayathi in the year 480.


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