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Old Ashwatha tree with historical importance

Viduraswatha is a village around 70 kms from Bengaluru, famous for its old ad historical... read more

Reviewed 3 November 2016
manipra342
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Mangalore, India
Viduraswaththa ( A Unique Temple with the most ancient Aswatha Tree )

You will be surprised to see thousands of serpent stones under the branches of the Aswatha tree... read more

Reviewed 1 September 2016
Somaseshu
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Feeling great to visit jaliawalabagh of south... Which is proof for our independence fight.... Great patriotic place....

Thank girishk469
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Reviewed 24 February 2017

After visiting Ghati Subramanya Temple, we went to Holy place of Viduraswatha by road which took almost an hour by private vehicle. People mostly visit this place for religious reasons. The place is developed all around a large 'Peepal tree’ with innumerable 'naga' (serpent) idols. It's believed that one affected by 'Sarpa dosha' based on horoscope, when 'naga prathistapana' is done at this place, such a person will be relieved of that 'dosha' completely for one’s life. This is the reason that you will find so many 'naga' idols installed at every bit of this place.

Vidurashwatha Temple history dates back to Dwapara Yuga (say 5000 years+) and it is associated with Vidura of Mahabharata. The peepal tree there was planted during the Dwapara Yuga by Sage Maitreya. The worship of the ‘Aswatha Vriksha’ (Peepal tree) was taken over by Vidura after the war of Mahabharata and hence the temple got the name Vidurashwatha Temple.

The temple is dedicated to Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva and the ‘Aswatha Vriksha’ is believed to represent these 3 Lords by the 3 parts of the tree viz. Bottom portion including roots by Brahma, middle Trunk portion by Vishnu and the top portion of the tree by Shiva and therefore this tree is called the King of all trees (‘Vriksha Raja’). A ‘sloka’ (verse line) to this effect is written on the main temple wall in Kannada. Apart from the above, the temple is also noted for numerous idols (murtis) of snake gods (Naga Devathas) as informed above.

Vidurashwatha is also known as the "Jallianwala Bagh of the South". As recorded, on April 25, 1938, as a part of the freedom struggle of India, a group of villagers had congregated to organize a Satyagraha. Similar to that happened at Jallianwala Bagh, police fired indiscriminately at the group, resulting in the death of around 35 people. A memorial has been erected in this location to mark as a respect to the martyred people.

We had Lords' darshan, moved around the place and felt blessed.

Tourist amenities available are practically scanty and the state government should do a lot in this regards to promote tourism.

Thank 79lakshmans
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Reviewed 3 November 2016

Viduraswatha is a village around 70 kms from Bengaluru, famous for its old ad historical Banyan tree which is called Aswatha. People have a great faith in the divinity of the place and there are lot of Naga stones which are installed at the bottom of the Aswatha tree which is believed to be very sacred

Thank manipra342
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Reviewed 1 September 2016

You will be surprised to see thousands of serpent stones under the branches of the Aswatha tree if you come here. Generally one finds many serpent stones under trees but not in such a number anywhere else. Viduraswatha is a small village located in Gowribidanur Taluk of Chikkaballapur Dist. in Karnataka state. It is 83 kms from Bangalore and 6kms kms from Gowribidanur. This village became famous only because of this most ancient temple and also earned reputation as the Jallianwala Bagh of the South when nearly thirty five villagers lost their lives during Satyagraha on April 25, 1938 at this place. Later a memorial pillar was set up in 1973 with the names of the freedom fighters engraved on it. A garden and a building were later set up in sacred memory of their sacrifice.

The village got the name “Vidiraswatha” as the famous Mahabharatha epic character Vidura did penance here on the banks of Uttara Pinakini after the Mahabharata War was over. As advised by Lord Krishna he came here and stayed in the Ashram of Sage Maithreya. While giving holy ablutions to Lord Surya, he saw a sapling floating on the waters. He planted it and worshipped it with devotion. The Holy Trinity, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, pleased with his devotion appeared before him and gave him salvation. This most ancient tree fell down in 2001. But under that tree there was a very ancient Nagadevata Mandir. Many people desiring children and prosperity in their lives come here and worship Nagendra and also worship the serpent stones under the peepal tree. Many do poojas to get rid of their Sarpa Dosha and maleficent effects of Rahu and Ketu planets also. There is a marriage hall also with a platform where many couples get married and worship here for conjugal happiness. Just beside this temple you will find a beautiful garden with a memorial pillar for the people who gave up their lives during Satyagraha Movement. The surroundings are very beautiful with gigantic shady trees and greenery.
On the premises of the temple there are other temples for Veera Hanuman, Bhavani Shankar, Lord Venkateshwara and Navagrahas. The existing facilities are very meager. There is a need for more restaurants and hotels for accommodating tourists. The temple administration should arrange poojas with fixed rates so that other middlemen will not exploit the devotees coming from other places. Pamphlets on the importance of this place should be also distributed so that many more will know about this holy place.

Thank Somaseshu
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