Naga Devatha temple – Vidurashwatha – Gauribidanur – Karnataka
Another beautiful temple located near Bangalore. Naga Devatha temple as the name suggests is dedicated to Naga Devata. People here install Naga Silas to ward off Naga Doshas.
However this Vidurashwatha and Gauribidanur as a place has their own importance.
Vidurashwatha is actually a small village situated in Gauribidanur taluk and relates to an event in Mahabharta. It’s 6Kms from Gauribidanur city. According to a legend during the period of Mahabharata, an Ashwatha (also called as fig) tree was planted by Vidura. Hence the name Vidurashwatha. It’s said that the tree fell in 2001. Vidura came here because he was advised by Krishna to go on a pilgrimage as he was remorseful after seeing bloodshed during the war between Kaurva and Pandava. After visiting many places, Vidura came to this place, which was actually a hermitage of Maithreya Maharishi.
Vidurashwatha is also known as the “Jallianwala Bagh of south India” because a similar incident of smaller scale took place here. On April 25, 1938, as a part of the freedom struggle of India, a group of villagers had gathered here to organize a Satyagraha. Similar to what happened at Jallianwala Bagh, police fired indiscriminately at this group, resulting in the death of many people.
A memorial has been erected in this location bearing the names of those who lost their lives in this incident.
How to reach Vidurashwatha:
Vidurashwatha is approximately 90 Kms from Bangalore city center. There are 2 ways to reach Vidurashwatha from Bangalore.
1) Via doddabalapur -> Bangalore – Yelahanka New Town -> Doddabalapur -> Gauribidanur -> Vidurashwatha.
2)Via Chikkabalapur -> Bangalore -> Devanhalli -> Chikkabalapur -> Gauribidanur -> Vidurashwatha.
The place is not very crowded. It is advisable to carry some food and options are very limited on the way. Specifically if you are going via Doddabalapur.
It’s a good half day trip !!
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