Arkeshwara Temple is located at Gottalu village near Mandya in Karnataka. This 12th century shrine is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. Legend has it that Avarike plants surrounded the Shivling worshiped in the temple. People started worshiping it and called it Arkeshwara Swamy.
The popular story associated with the temple has it that a cow used to shed all its milk at a particular spot while it was left for grazing. The owner of the cow attempted to clear the spot where the cow was shedding all its milk. He accidentally hit the Shivling at the spot and a chunk came out of it. The chunk from the Shivling flew and it pitched twice before rolling and settling in the spot where the Arkeshwara Temple is located.
The main sanctum sanctorum houses the Shivling. There are numerous other subsidiary deities in the temple chief among them are the Nagas, Ganesha and Goddess Durga.
The temple is a popular center in the region for curing snake bites. Snake bite victims are applied sandalwood paste made in the sanctum and are miraculously cured.
People suffering from skin diseases also find relief after offering prayers here.
Chief festivals observed in the temple are Ratha Saptami, Shivratri, Rathotsava on full moon day in falgun month, Navratri, Vijayadasami and Kartik Month pujas.
Mandya Arkeshwara Temple Timings
Morning – 6:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Evening – 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The darshan timing is extended during special days.