Renukamba Temple at Chandragutti in Karnataka – Cave Temple Dedicated to Goddess Renuka


Renukamba Temple at Chandragutti in Karnataka is dedicated to Goddess Renuka. The temple is around 17km from Soraba. It is a cave temple and is in the form of half moon. The main deity worshipped in the temple is Goddess Renuka and she is also known as Guthiyamma. The hill on which the temple is located is known as Chandragutti.

Story of Renukamba Temple at Chandragutti

Legend has it that Renukamba, a king of the Chandragutti region, was married to Rishi Jamadagni. The king had got Renukamba as daughter after he offered prayers to Goddess Mookambika.

Renukamba was such a devout wife that she could carry water in pots made of sand and she is used to carry the water pot on her head with snakes as pads for the pot. Not a single drop of water fell from her pot.

But once Sage Jamadagni doubted her character and asked his son Parashurama to kill her. Parashurama took his mother to the cave at Chandragutti and cut her head leaving the torso in the cave. He took the head to his father. Sage Jamadagni offers a boon to Parasurama who in turn asks the life of his mother. The sage immediately gives the boon and Renukamba is brought back to life.

This divine incident is believed to have taken place at at Chandragutti in Karnataka.

The popular festival in the temple is held in the month of March.


Chandragutti Renukamba Temple Darshan Timing

9:00 PM to 2:00 PM
5:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Tuesdays, Fridays, Full moon days and jathrothsava
9:00 AM 7:00 PM

Chandragutti Renukamba Temple Contact Address

Executive Officer,
Shree Renukamba Temple,
Chandragutti,
Chandragutti Post,
Soraba Taluk,
Shimoga District
Pin – 577429
91-8184-262488
958184-262488

Road Route – The temple is 17km from Soraba and 16km from Siddhapura.

Nearest Railway Station is Shimoga (106 Km).