Location :The name Markandeshwar is connected with Maharishi Markandeya, a great devotee of Shiva. Kallur is a small village, about 13 km from Raichur. It is surrounded on all sides by granite hills. The place derives its name from the boulders which are seen in abundance in the hills. Markandeshwara Temple, noted for its beautifully carved pillars, is the prominent attraction here. The village and the hills are full of antiquities.
This river derives its name from Maharishi Markandeya as well and even the several ancient ashramas of Rishi Markandeya can be seen along the banks of the river in the neighboring districts.
Significance of the temple
The Markandeshwar Mahadev temple is been supposed to be the place where the young Markandeya was praying to Shiva in order to win over his destiny. This is where Shiva fought with Yama and blessed Maharishi Markandeya with the boon of immortality. The original temple here is dated back to pre-Mahabharat times and was founded in the third millennium B.C. The current structure is more recent and dates back to the early 20th century.
The ancient Markandeswar Shiva Temple is located in the Markandeswar street by the side of the Markandeswar tank, to the north of the Jagannath temple. This place can be approached on the right side of Markandeswar road leading from Markandeswar chowk to Prui-Brahmagiri road. The exact geographical location of this temple is LONGITUDE 85049'94"E and LATITUDE 19048'62"N.
Markandeswar temple is also been named as the Markandesvara Temple, Markandeya Shiva Temple and Markandeswara Mahadeva Temple. This famous temple is facing towards east and the presiding deity is a Sivalinga. It is connected with the rituals of Chandan yatra, Balabhadra Janma, Ashram Bije, Sital Sasthi, Kaliyadalan etc. of the Jaganath temple. Festivals like Janmashtami, Risi Panchami, Rakhi Purnima, Sivaratri, Sankranti, Narasimha Chaturdasi, etc. are also observed with great devotion at this temple. This place is one of the Pancha Tirthas of Puri and also one of the fifty two sacred Shiva places of the country.
Previously at the northern side of the tank there were seven stone images, each four feet high, kept over a platform representing the Sapta Matrukas or seven sacred mothers. These Seven Mothers are also accompanied by images of Lord Ganesha and Lord Virabhadra.
Markandeshwar Temple is very old place and natural beauty to visit It is a good tourist spot in district of Gadchiroli. Markandeshwar Temple is popularly known as Kashi of Vidarbha. On every Mahashivratri festival Markandeshwar Temple organizes the big fair.
|The complete Charmoshi taluka gets involved and we listen every where "Har Bolo Har Har Mahadev". On every Mahashivratri festival more than 5 lakh Shivbhaka visit Markandeshwar Temple. Trust of temple with local government body make all facilities available to tourist.||Nearby tourist places to Markandeshwara Temple
How to reach the TempleBangalore is the city which can be reached easily by the major cities through airways, railways & roadways.
Raichur is an administrative district of Karnataka which has its head quarter at the same town of Raichur.
The district is bounded by the Krishna River on the north and the Tungabhadra River on the south. There is local transport available through Bangalore railways station which is being facilitated by local facilities.