Adichunchanagiri Temple | Architecture, Timings & Facts

Kalabhairava is always present in a vital sanctum sanctorum in any Shiva temple. For centuries, there was no separate temple for the deity. Adichunchanagiri Temple is the only Temple in South India dedicated to Kalabhairava, built in the last 500 years. The Adichunchanagiri Temple timings Monday to Saturday are from 5:30 am to 12:00 pm, and the afternoon is from 02.00 pm to 8.00 pm. Every Sunday and Amavasye Pooja Day, Morning 5.30 am to afternoon 02.00 pm, afternoon 03.00 pm to night 08.00 pm.

Overview of Adichunchanagiri Temple

Adichunchanagiri Temple

Punyabhoomi Adichunchanagiri in Nagamangala Taluk, Mandya District, and Karnataka, is proud to have Sri Kalabhairaveswara Swamy Temple, also known as Adichunchanagiri Temple. It was situated at the height of 3300 feet on the Adichuchanagiri hill.

Its strong and divine resonance attracts Pilgrims. This ancient Temple in Karnataka is the Kshetra Palaka of Sri Adichunchanagiri Mahasamsthan Math. Lord Gangadhareshwar is the main deity of Sri Kalabhairaveshwara Swamy temple.

Devotees worship Jwala Peetha, Pancha Lingas and Stambhambika with devotion. Akasha is the peak of Bhairava Hill, and Bindu Sarovaram is the sacred pond of the Temple. Two huge lakes have recently come up, and the old one will be renovated.

Legend of Adichunchanagiri Temple

The Temple, Adichunchanagiri, is a sacred place for Lord Shiva. During his penance, the deity devoured the two demon brothers, Chuncha and Kancha, who had been plaguing the entire region for a long time. 

Later, this region became known as “Adichunchanagiri and Chunchanakote”. Lord Shiva promised to reside in Panchalingas in Gangadhareswara, Malleswara, Chandramouliswara, Siddeswara and Someswaras in Adichunchanagiri.

Adichunchanagiri Temple Timings

Gangadharesvara (Somesvara) is the presiding deity, and Chandramoulisvara is the ‘self deity.’ Lord Shiva in Adichunchanagiri Temple, Sri Kalabhairaveswaraswamy, is the “protector god”.Goddess Parvati is worshipped here in the form of Kambadamma or Stambhambike.

Sri Kalabhairaveshwara Swamy Temple is also known as “Panchalinga Kshetra”. The sacred water released from Shiva’s Jata forms Adichuchanagiri, a holy lake, Bindu Sarovara standing a few hundred feet above Pushkarini. Considering its sanctity, devotees take a holy dip in the lake to wash away their sins and ignorance.

The Adichunchanagiri temple was mentioned in the Shiva Purana and several inscriptions. The Puranas reveal that Adi Rudra entrusted this holy land to Siddha Yogi, who established the Math and the Siddha Throne. Lord Shiva instructs Yogi to spread the dharma of society.

The architecture of Adichunchanagiri Temple

This Kalabhairaveshwara Swamy temple was built in 2008 at Rs. 85 crores by famous Indian religious teacher Shri Balagangadharanatha Swamiji. Many eminent sculptors and more than 1200 people quickly built the Temple to realize Swamiji’s dream. 

The uniqueness of Kalabhairaveshwara Swamy Temple is that only stones were used to build the entire Temple. The pillars, doors, roof and every other part of the Temple were made of stone. Pilgrims can worship 64 types of Bhairava idols 4-5 feet high. Pilgrims have to climb 200 steep stone steps to reach the main Temple.

Timings of Adichunchanagiri Temple

The Adichunchanagiri Temple timings Monday to Saturday are from 5:30 am to 12:00 pm, and the afternoon is from 02.00 pm to 8.00 pm. Every Sunday and Amavasye Pooja Day, Morning 5.30 am to afternoon 02.00 pm, afternoon 03.00 pm to night 08.00 pm.

Monday5:30 am to 12:00 pm and 02.00 pm to 8.00 pm
Tuesday5:30 am to 12:00 pm and 02.00 pm to 8.00 pm
Wednesday5:30 am to 12:00 pm and 02.00 pm to 8.00 pm
Thursday5:30 am to 12:00 pm and 02.00 pm to 8.00 pm
Friday5:30 am to 12:00 pm and 02.00 pm to 8.00 pm
Saturday5:30 am to 12:00 pm and 02.00 pm to 8.00 pm
Sunday5.30 am to 02.00 pm & 03.00 pm to 08.00 pm

Interesting Facts about the Adichunchanagiri Temple

Kalabhairaveshwara Swamy Temple Utsavs
  • The childless and the unmarried visit the Adichunchanagiri temple to worship Goddess Kambadamma, who fulfils their desires
  • Devotees can see 7 feet tall Ganesha idol, 6 feet Subramanya idol, 23 feet idol of Nagalingeshwar, and 11 feet Bhairava statue with 25 feet flag pole polished in gold.
  • The multi-layered architecture of the Temple expresses the beauty of designers and workers.
  • The place where Lord Shiva started penance is called Agni Peetha or Jwala Peetha.
  • Lakh devotees flock to the Temple and the Peetha during Jatarotsavams, Navratri and Shivratri.
  • Sri Math serves free meals to more than twenty thousand devotees every day. So, through this daily feeding program, it earned another name, “Annandani Math”.
  • Not only devotees but any hungry soul is served here without distinction.
  • Mayura Vana, the beautiful forest surrounding Kalabhairaveswara Swamy Temple, brings peace and spiritual solitude to the minds of devotees and tourists alike.
  • In all Shiva temples, devotees can worship the Nandi idols that appear before the deity. But here, devotees can see a dog idol he considers his vehicle.
  • Although the Temple had built in the Dravidian style of architecture, the ‘Vimana Gopura’ reflects the Chola style.
  • On February 17, 2008, the Temple opened for darshan to devotees.
  • Chunchanagiri guest house can accommodate 5000 devotees.

Adichunchanagiri Temple Utsavs

On Kalabhairava Jayanti, devotees perform pujas by chanting and reciting the stories of Kalabhairaveshwar to get rid of their sins and attain eternal happiness.

Every month on Kalashtami, people worship Lord Kalabhairaveshwara for financial stability, mental peace and success. God protects his devotees from negative emotions, enemies and evil spirits.

Benefits of worshipping at Adichunchanagiri Temple

Kalabhairava is the presiding deity of Saturn. Therefore, offering him prayers on Saturdays relieves the devotees from the adverse effects of Shani, the planet of karma.

Nearby places to visit near Adichunchanagiri Temple

These are places you can stay near Adichunchanagiri Temple.

  • Adi Chunchanagiri Betta 
  • Adichunchanagiri Hills 
  • Bellur, Karnataka, India 
  • Belluru Cross 
  • Sri Adhichunchanagiri Kshethra

Accommodation at Adichunchanagiri temple

  • Amblee Holiday Resort
  • Balaji Garden Resort
  • Fort View Resorts
  • KSTDC Mayura River View
  • Hotel Amravathi

Adichunchanagiri Temple Address

Adichunchanagiri, Karnataka 571811

How to reach Adichunchanagiri Temple?

Pilgrims can connect to the Temple in several ways;

By Road:

The Temple had located on National Highway 48, about 100 km from Bangalore City. There are frequent public and private vehicles available to reach Kalabhairaveshwara Swamy Temple. 

By Rail: 

Pilgrims can connect by train from Mandya, Mysore, Hassan and Bangalore.

By Air:

Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) is the nearest airport to Adichunchanagiri at 130 km. BIAL is well-connected to all major international and domestic airports.


What is Adichunchanagiri Temple?

It is Also known as the Kalabhairaveshwara Swamy temple, Adichunchanagiri. The Temple had situated at the height of 3,300 ft in the Adichunchanagiri hills of Mandya district, Karnataka. It is one of the old temples whose history has been going on for about 2000 years. Here was founded the ancient Vedic culture.

What is the height of Adichunchanagiri?

Shree Adichunchanagiri is a pilgrim place that is 3321 feet above sea level. One portion of this hilly range is Akasha Bhairava, and the Galigallu is about 125 feet tall.

Who is the founder of Adichuchanagiri?

Sri Adichunchanagiri Shiksha Trust (R.) had established in 1974 under the guidance of His Holiness Bairavaikya Sri Sri Sri Dr Bala Gangadharanatha Maha Swamiji. Following the ‘Guruvu-Sishya’ lineage, His Holiness Bairavaikya Jagadguru Sri Sri Sri Dr.

What is the history of the Adichuchanagiri Temple?

Sri Kshetram Adichunchanagiri has a history of 2000 years. It is a sacred land filled with divine resonance and vibration. The ancient Vedic culture was founded here on spirituality, where nature was valued and worshipped. Yagnas and prayers inspire heavenly peace here.