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He was a young promising techie, all 24-year-old, coming from the land known for sugarcane growers, Mandya. He had passed his Mechanical engineering in distinction. It was not difficult for him to land in a good position in any company, but all he wanted was a job in Tata Consultancy Services. Reason was simple: the girl with whom he was in love was working in TCS. A girl who was also from the same place was selected to the company through campus interview.

Why am I telling all this? There’s a reason and you all should know it. Let me just go to the flashback before coming to the main point. Deepak Marigowda was very intelligent and passed in distinction throughout his studies. It was his percentage in Class 12 which made his parents to enroll him for Mechanical Engineering. He was a promising student, but away from home, life in the hostel and you can imagine the rest…

In his second year of his course, he met Pallavi from Nagamangala, also from his own district. She was an IT student there. It didn’t take much time for their friendship to end in love. Everything looks fine when there are no responsibilities and life looks colourful during college days. Their love went stronger and stronger by each passing year and she was selected for TCS in the campus interview. He was very smart in his studies and his friends knew how he even helped his girl in her studies too.

After their studies, the girl joined TCS and he too soon followed her, because she meant everything to him and he didn’t want to lose her at any cost. After a month’s training in Bangalore both were posted to the Chennai branch. Their love continued without any hindrance until the girl’s parents came up with wedding proposals. Everything was normal and sweet till then and suddenly, the girl changed her mind. She was ready to give up her love and guy for the sake of her parents. Coming from a Brahmin family, she feared that her parents might face problems in the future if she gets married to a guy who was a Gowda. She even started avoiding him telling that if she marries a Gowda guy, it would be a problem for her younger sister to get married in future.

Things began to worsen very soon. The love of five plus years started taking a backseat and honour of her family became an issue. The guy told about his affair to his family members. Though they initially resisted his wish, they agreed to visit the girl’s parents to seek her hand for their son. Father of the girl insulted the parents of the guy and didn’t allow them to enter the house as they belonged to a different caste. The girl kept silent and the guy’s family was humiliated.

The pain of rejection and humiliation to his family was little too much for the guy, he even thought of ending his life, but his friends’ timely intervention just saved his life and he was immediately shifted to a hospital, where he was admitted for three days. After his discharge, he continuously called the girl, her father, her uncle and other family members telling how much she mattered for him. He cried and begged for her hand, he told them if he doesn’t marry her he would end his life, but no, no words made the girl or her parents to change their mind.

He often wondered if it was his mistake not to go ahead with a registered marriage when the girl had told him once in Chennai, as they were from different castes. He wanted the nod from both the families and had refused her idea. But god alone knows why things change and all are puppets in his hands!

He had saved all her letters, SMSes, cards and had recorded some of their conversations on his cellphone. He might have not imagined that they would come in public later… On May 22, 2011 he decided to put an end to all this… How? By committing suicide and leaving behind a series of questions in his death note… Sample a few of them:

  1. Why two laws — one for girls and another for boys??!!
  2. If a guy cheats a girl, the whole media gangs up against him, NGOs sit dharna in front of the guy’s house, they book cheating case against him, and make sure that somehow he marries her and gets justice.
  3. If a girl cheats a boy, why bury the issue?
  4. Didn’t she know that I was a Gowda when she fell in love?
  5. Who will give justice to me and my family?

He also told that he couldn’t imagine his life without her. He was not ready to marry someone else in the future as he couldn’t imagine anybody else in her place. All he could say was he was cheated by her and she was responsible for his death.

Now, what next? Will media fight to get him justice? Will NGOs get time to sit dharna in front of the girl’s house? Will police book cheating case against her and make sure that Deepak’s soul and his family gets justice? Will this also be buried like other cases? Who will answer Deepak’s questions??!!

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Deepak Marigowda, a young techie from Mandya, ended his life as he was betrayed by Pallavi, a girl from Nagamangala, who was in love with him for the past five years.

Was stirred watching the programme on the incident. If a guy cheats a girl, the whole media gangs up against him, NGOs sit dharna in front of the guy’s house, they book cheating case against him, and make sure that somehow he marries her and gets justice(!)

The same thing has happened now, but with a small twist in the tale… Who will give justice to the soul of Deepak and his family members?

Anybody who had heard the conversations, his pleadings and cries with the girl’s family members, his death note would also ask the same question: Why two laws — one for girls and another for boys??!!

After seeing posts on Kerala in the blog, friends pulled my legs if I’m working to promote Kerala tourism and why I’m not writing anything about our places. And here’s the answer.

I wanted to start with my district and the first place came in front of my eyes was Adichunchanagiri and its seer Sri Balagangadharanatha Swamiji, who has immensely contributed to the field of education, medicine and other fields through the mutt. The seer’s contribution to the district and the community is immense and not only Mandya district, but also Vokkaligas are fortunate to get a person who dedicated his life to the upliftment of the community and the district.

Adichunchanagiri

Adichunchanagiri

Adichunchanagiri in Nagamangala taluk of Mandya district is the holy land, engulfed with divine resonance and vibration. While the mutt is famous as ‘Panchalinga Kshetra’ and ‘Annadani Mutt’ among devotees, nature lovers find the ‘Mayura Vana’ of the mutt attractive.

Ancient stone inscription about Sri Kshetra

Ancient stone inscription about Sri Kshetra

Folk legends say that Lord Shiva performed penance here, during which he devoured two demon brothers — Chuncha and Kancha — who were pestering people in the nearby villages for a long time. Thereafter, the place came to be known as Adichunchanagiri and Chunchanakote.

At the end of his austerity, Lord Shiva entrusted a Siddhayogi, establishing a Natha tradition. Lord Shiva also assured him that he would reside at Adichunchanagiri in the form of Panchalingas — Lord Gangadhareshwara, Chandramouleshwara, Malleshwara, Siddeshwara and

Someshwara — of which Lord Gangadhareshwara is known as the presiding deity and Chandramouleshwara is known as ‘Atmartha Devatha’. The place thus, came to be known as ‘Panchalinga Kshetra’.

Sri Kalabhairaveshwara, the manifestation of Lord Shiva, is the protecting deity of the Kshetra. Goddess Parvati resides here in the form of Stambambike or Kambadamma.

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There is ample folk literature available about the place. Inscriptions say that Ballalaraya of Halebid, Salva Narasimharaja Wodeyar, rulers of Cholas, Hoysalas, Ballalas and Vijayanagar dynasties were devotees of Lord Gangadhareshwara and Kalabhairaveshwara.

People who do not have children and who are not married come to the temple to offer pooja to Kambadamma. They believe that wishes of devotees are fulfilled after praying here.

Kambadamma

Kambadamma

The place where Lord Shiva sat and did penance is known as ‘Jwala Peetha’ or ‘Agni  Peetha’. Millions of devotees worship the place and peethadhipathis of Sri Kshetra will assume the Jwalapeetha thrice in a year — on Shivaratri, Navaratri and Jatrotsava.

Being one of the five Lingas, the temple of Lord Someshwara is amidst huge rocks on the hill. The Linga is situated in such a dark place that devotees take lamp to have darshan of the Lord even during noon.

Lord Gavi Gangadhareshwara’s temple is situated atop the hill and there is a Nandi statue weighing about 10 kg near the Linga. Lakhs of people come to lift this Nandi and is called as ‘Kallu Seve’.

On the way to Gangadhareshwara temple, there is Malleshwara temple.

‘Jwala Peetha’ is situated at Lord Chandramouleshwara temple. There is a cave inside the temple and folk tales tell that several sages did penance inside it.

There is a bamboo cradle tied over the Linga at Lord Gangadhareshwara temple.

Legends mention that there was a kingdom of Aarani Palegars near Chunchanagiri. The ruler did not have children for several years and prayed Lord Shiva that he would offer a bamboo cradle if he is blessed with a male issue. He sent his soldiers to get bamboo from Chunchanagiri and the men found a bamboo bush. When they cut a bamboo tree, blood oozed from it and the soldiers heard a voice telling them that Lord Shiva was doing penance under the shade of the bamboo bush. The voice instructed them to tell about the incident to the ruler and ask him to construct a temple and cautioned them not to turn back. But unable to control curiosity, the men turned back and died there on the spot. Still, there are two stones resembling human heads at a mantap near the temple and people believe them to be the heads of those soldiers.

Normally, every Shiva temple will have a statue of Nandi, but in the temple of Lord Kalabhairaveshwara, there is a statue of a dog, considered to be his vehicle.

Dog facing sanctum sanctorum of Lord Kalabhairaveshwara

Dog facing sanctum sanctorum of Lord Kalabhairaveshwara

There are two large ponds near the temple. There are several mantaps and caves and every stone and cave has a story to tell. Other interesting places are ‘Koogu Bande’ where echoes are heard and the ‘Sappeswami Mutt’ where a saint lived for years on bland food. Adventurists can also climb the gigantic boulders behind. On the top there are three pillars – ‘Chelur Kamba’ to the south, ‘Madhya Kamba’ in the centre and ‘Akasha Bhairava’ to the north. Climbing the hill is can quite scary, as one has to negotiate steep boulders holding small iron rods embedded in the rock. Even more challenging is reaching ‘Akasha Bhairava’ on a vertical rock holding a long iron chain. The crevices between boulders are unfathomable and very dangerous.

Last year, a magnificent temple dedicated to Lord Kalabhairaveshwara was constructed at a cost of Rs 85 crore by Sri Balagangadharanatha Swamiji. With the construction of the temple, Adichunchanagiri has become one of the most prominent places of worship for Shaivites in south India.

A view of the temple from the mutt

A view of the temple from the mutt

Locally available stones as well as black stones brought from Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu have been used in the temple. As many as 1,200 people, including sculptors, toiled round-the-clock over nine years to make Swamiji’s dream temple a reality.

The main sculptor of the temple is Padmashree awardee Mutthaiah Sthapati. This temple is the only one dedicated to Lord Kalabhairava in south India and no such temple has been constructed in the past 500 years.

Sanctum sanctorum of Lord Kalabhairaveshwara

Sanctum sanctorum of Lord Kalabhairaveshwara

The temple is 275-feet wide and 175-feet long. It has four massive towers. While the main tower, which is the main entrance for the temple, is 100 metre in height, the other three towers are 57-feet high. The east-west length of the temple is 275-feet and north-south 175- feet. The temple has four beautifully sculpted gopuras. While three of them are 57-feet high, the Raja gopura, facing east  is 100-feet tall.

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The uniqueness of the temple is it is entirely constructed using stones. Doors, pillars, ceiling, everything at the temple is in stone. There are about eight 11-feet tall statues of Lord Bhairava, a 10-feet tall statue of Lord Ganesha and 11-feet tall statues of Shivatandava and Lord Subrahmanya at the temple. In all, there are about 64 different varieties of Bhairava statues measuring 4.5-feet in height.

The temple also has 172 beautifully carved pillars. Each pillar took almost 250 days to carve. While each pillar cost almost Rs 2 lakh, statues cost between Rs 3 and 4 lakh.

The main attraction of the place is the 23-feet tall statue of Nagalingeshwara carved out of a huge white rock.

Nagalingeshwara

Nagalingeshwara

Both the temple and the statues comply with the rules laid down by the science of sculptures. There are four idols in four different corners of the temple. While a 7-feet tall idol of Ganesha adorns the south-west corner of the temple, a six feet tall idol of Subrahmanya is in the north-west corner, and the 23-feet tall idol of Nagalingeshwara in the north-east. The 25-feet tall ‘Dhwaja Stambha’ of the temple is polished in gold.

While the temple is in the Dravidian style of architecture, the ‘Vimana Gopura’ is in the style of the Cholas.

The foundation stone for the massive temple structure was laid on August 22, 1993. While the cost was estimated to be Rs 10 crore when it was first conceived, it ultimately crossed Rs 85 crore on completion. The temple was opened to devotees on February 17, 2008.

There is a guest house at Chunchanagiri which can accommodate 5,000 devotees.

Vehicle registration number in Karnataka

KA-01 —-> Bangalore Central (Koramangala)
KA-02 —-> Bangalore West (Rajajinagar)
KA-03 —-> Bangalore East (Indiranagar)
KA-04 —-> Bangalore North (Yeshwanthpur)
KA-05 —-> Bangalore South (Jayanagar)
KA-06 —-> Tumkur
KA-07 —-> Kolar
KA-08 —-> KGF (Kolar Gold Fields)
KA-09 —-> Mysore
KA-10 —-> Chamrajnagar
KA-11 —-> Mandya
KA-12 —-> Madikeri
KA-13 —-> Hassan
KA-14 —-> Shimoga
KA-15 —-> Sagar,Shimoga Dist
KA-16 —-> Chitradurga
KA-17 —-> Davangere
KA-18 —-> Chickmagalur
KA-19 —-> Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada District
KA-20 —-> Udupi
KA-21 —-> Puttur

KA-22 —-> Belgaum
KA-23 —-> Chikkodi
KA-24 —-> Bailahongal
KA-25 —-> Dharwad
KA-26 —-> Gadag
KA-27 —-> Haveri
KA-28 —-> Bijapur
KA-29 —-> Bagalkot
KA-30 —-> Karwar, Uttar Kannada
KA-31 —-> Sirsi, Karwar
KA-32 —-> Gulbarga
KA-33 —-> Yadgir
KA-34 —-> Bellary
KA-35 —-> Hospet
KA-36 —-> Raichur District
KA-37 —-> Koppal/ Gangavati
KA-38 —-> Bidar
KA-39 —-> Bhalki
KA-40 —-> Chikkaballapur
KA-41 —-> Rajarajeswari nagar, Bangalore District
KA-42 —-> Ramanagar, Bangalore Rural District
KA-43 —-> Devanahalli, Bangalore Rural District
KA-44 —-> Tiptur, Tumkur District
KA-45 —-> Hunsur, Mysore District
KA-46 —-> Sakaleshapur, Hassan District
KA-47 —-> Honnavar, Uttarakannada District
KA-48 —-> Jamkhandi, Bagalakot District
KA-49 —-> Gokak, Belgaum District
KA-50 —-> Yelahanka, Bangalore District
KA-51 —-> Bannerghatta, Bangalore District
KA-52 —-> Nelamangala, Bangalore District
KA-53 —-> K.R. Puram, Bangalore District
KA-54 —-> Nagamangala, Mandya District
KA-55 —-> Mysore East