The name Vidurashwatha is derived from that of a big Ashwatha (Ficus religiosa) tree located in this village. According to a legend of the times of Mahabharata, this tree was planted by Vidura, a courtier in the kingdom of Dhritarashtra; and hence the name Vidurashwatha. Unfortunately, in 2001, this ancient tree fell to the ground.
Naga Devatha Temple which is as old as the tree, here people do the prathishtapana of the naga god, to fulfil their desires, like having child, do better in business etc., the pooja here is done to alleviate all problems concerned with Naga dosha.
There is also lots of monkeys which are harping at people to get something to eat. There are few charity halls which give food to the devotees these charity halls are mainly the religion based, like the arya vysya choultry which provide food for their community people who come to visit the temple, there is new Sri Raghavendraswamy math, on the way to temple for brahmins also they have provision for lodging which is charged very nominally on a weekend about 200-250 people are fed. (there are no good hotels in the vicinity for about 10 km on either side).
Moreover the peace you get after going to the temple is astounding, it is said that snakes used to visit the temple during festivals and take the offerings given by the devotees. The place is very close to Bangalore (about 100 km) and from Gauribidnaur (10 km), it is also close to Hindupur (Andhra border).
The other nearby interesting place is the Lepakshi Temple (about 30 km from Vidurashwatha. Vidurashwatha can be reached by bus directly from Bangalore, the nearest railway station is about 4 km to 5 km but the next best option is to get down at Gauri bidnaur and take a private vehicle to the temple. There is one more option to get down at Hindupur station (18Km) from Vidurashwatha. You can get hotel accommodation and can reach the place by bus.
The wishes of many who have rendered service at this Ashoka tree have come true. Every year thousands of pilgrims visit this place and hundreds of weddings take place before the principal deity. The Brahmarathotsava (car festival) of this shrine takes place on full moon day in the month of Chaitra every year (the day of Bangalore Karaga). On this occasion a cow mela takes place. There is bus and train facility to reach this place, which is located 85 kms away from Bangalore.
Vidurashwatha is known as the Jallianwala Bagh of the South. On April 25, 1938, as a part of the freedom struggle of India, a group of villagers had congregated in a ground to organise a Satyagraha. Similar to what happened at Jallianwala Bagh, police fired indiscriminately at the group resulting in the death of 10 people. A memorial has been erected in this location bearing the names of those who lost their lives in this incident.
Address:Gauribidanur, Chikkaballapur district, Karnataka State, India
Shri Anand Guruji refered this temple for Sarpa Dosha, Kala Sarpa Dosha Parihara and problems related to skin etc.. One should visit this temple for 3 poornima or for 11 weeks and offer prayers for santhana phala. The other temples refered by Guruji are:
Shree Kukke Subrahmanya Temple
Ghati Subramanya Temple