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Kallahalli Temple – 15-Feet Murti Of Bhu Varaha Swamy – History – Timings – Story

Kallahalli Temple, also known as Bhoo Varahanatha Swamy Temple, is famous for a 15-feet murti of Bhoo Varahaswamy – Varaha Avatar of Bhagwan Vishnu and Bhudevi – Mother Goddess Earth. The shrine is located at Kallahalli village near Krishnarajpet in Mysore in Karnataka. The shrine lies on the banks of Hemavathi River and the deity is also known as Pralaya Varahaswamy.

Kallahalli Temple Timings

Morning darshan and puja timings are from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Evening darshan and puja timings are from 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Bhagavan Vishnu in Varaha Avatar (boar form) is in sitting posture with Goddess Bhudevi seated on his left lap. Upper hands of Varahaswamy are holding a conch and discus. Sudarshana chakra is carved on the back of the murti. The left lower hand of Bhagavan Varaha is embracing the goddess and the right lower hand is in Abhaya Mudra. Bhagavan Varaha is wearing a Kiritamukhuta (crown) and Goddess Bhudevi a Karanda Mukuta. There is also a murti of Hanuman in the main sanctum.

Kallahalli Temple History

A rectangular temple, built in grey stones, Bhoo Varahanatha Swamy Temple was built by Hoysala King Veera Ballala III. The murti is believed to have been consecrated by Gautama Maharishi during the Satya Yuga.

Kallahalli Temple Story

As per local history, King Veera Ballala got lost in these forests during one of his hunting trips. When he was resting under the shade of a tree he saw a dog chasing a rabbit. When they reached a particular spot, the rabbit turned back and started to chase the ferocious dog. Noticing this strange turn of events, the king was convinced of some unseen powers in that place. He dug up the whole area and found the deity of Pralaya Varahaswamy hidden under the layers of earth. The king then installed it in the temple and offered regular prayers.

The temple remained in a dilapidated condition for several years and was recently discovered and renovated. The shrine withstood many floods for several hundred yearts. The main murti in the sanctum sanctorum is a monolith made of grey stone. The horns of the deity are lighter in color and the eyes have the red tinge.

The main festival is held on the Revathi nakshatra day which falls in (January – February). The main ritual in the temple is offering abhishekam to the deity.