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Panchalingeshwara Temple, Vittla
Sri Panchalingeshwara temple is the largest as well as oldest temples of Dakshina Kannada district. The temple is located in Vittla or Vittal region comprising of 16 villages, Bantwal taluk of Dakshina Kannada district.
The Panchalingeshwara temple is famous for its unique ancient artifact and rare artistic magnificence. The shape of the temple appears like the back of an Elephant. The glorious past of the temple relates to the Mahabharata. It is believed that the five Shiva Lingas at the temple sanctum were consecrated by the Pandavas. The five Shiva Lingas at the sanctum are Sadyojotha, Vamadeva, Aghora, Thathpurusha and Ishana. These are believed to be the five features of Lord Shiva.
The three-storey temple is similar in structure to those built in Madhur (Ganapathy) and Adoor in Kerala.
The Panchalingeshwara temple at Vittla is one of the temples and places of worship administered by the Domba Heggade dynasty. Panchalingeshwara was the chief deity of the Heggade dynasty. Ullalthy temple at Kepu is another important temple of these rulers.
Sri Panchalingeshwara Temple,
Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka
Distance from Vittla Panchalingeshwara temple
Bangalore: 332 Km
Mysore: 219 Km
Mangalore: 45 Km
Bantwal: 20 Km
Mulki: 64 Km
Belthangady: 54 Km
Puttur: 15 Km
Sullia: 51 Km
Madikeri: 101 Km
Dharmasthala: 67 Km
Kateel: 52 Km
Udupi: 95 Km
Bajpe: 46 Km
How to get there:
Nearest Airport: Mangalore International Airport at Bajpe
Nearest Railway Station: Bantwal
Road: Vittla is well connected with road network.
Route map to reach Vittla Panchalingeshwara temple: (Driving Directions)
From Bangalore: via Nelamangala - Hassan - Sakaleshpura - Uppinangadi - Mani
From Mysore: via Hunsur - Kushalanagar - Madikeri - Sulya - Puttur
From Mangalore: via BC Road
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