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Confluence of Tunga and Bhadra - Koodli

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Confluence of Tunga and Bhadra - Koodli
Most of the tourists visit Koodli to see the confluence of the two rivers- Tunga and Bhadra. At Koodli, the two rivers unite and flow as Tungabhadra until they join River Krishna and finally merge into the Bay of Bengal.

Apart from the enchanting view of the confluence people come to see Rameshwara temple just at the bank of this Tungabhadra. This is an old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva built by the Hoysala and Ikkeri Kings. This temple is small and beautiful with a well-maintained garden (by the ASI). Though you cannot find a great architectural work in the temple, it is considered more sacred. On the lawns you can see a collapsed structure that houses an oddly shaped Shiva Linga. As per the priest the idol was obtained from the river bed and installed at this place. Close to this structure there is huge Ashwat tree wherein snake Gods are worshipped.

Behind this temple there is another small roofless temple with a Shiva Linga and Nandi. The place where the Shiva Linga is present denotes the exact point where the two rivers meet and is considered to be very sacred. This point is also called as "Sangama" and the Shiva Linga is said to be "Udbhavalinga" (Linga rising on its own from the Earth) and hence the lord here is called as Sangameshwara. It is said that at Sangameshwara temple, which is the exact point where the rivers meet, you can always find water irrespective of the season.

Confluence of Tunga and Bhadra - Koodli
To the east of Sangam you can see a hill known as "Bhairanabetta" with a temple of Kalabhairava (the divine serpent). As per the ancient puranas, this hill was known as Dronaparvatha.

On the banks of this river there is another famous temple of Sri Chintamani Narasimha Swami. It is said that Lord Vishnu blessed Prahalada (ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu) in the form of a miniature sized "Chintamani Narasimha swami". Sri Chintamani Narasimha Swami temple is just beside the Sangameshwara temple and in front of the Rameshwara temple, standing as a testimony of religious harmony between the two Hindu sects - Shaivaites and Vaishnavaites. The temple architecture resembles the Chola style of architecture though it is less impressive.
A very rare idol of Chintamani Narasimha can be found in Kudli who has sat with his left knee bent to the ground and chintamani in his right palm.

Confluence of Tunga and Bhadra - Koodli
Behind this temple there is a Brindavan, which is said to be Samadi of all the priests who have worshipped (offered their service) in this temple. It is adorned with Tulsi enclosure and is worshipped by priests even today. If you are non-Brahmins then you can see the place from outside as the entry is restricted for other sects.

Opposite to Chintamani Narasimha Swami temple, on the ground, you can see some amazing idols sculpted on stone.

How to reach Koodli:
From Shimoga>–> Buses available any time. Buses plying towards Chitradurga, Channagiri passes via Holehonnur. Getdown at Koodli entrance and walk 2kms inside or get down at Holehonnur and catch the Auto to Koodli. Travel time from Shimoga to Koodli is 30min to 45mins.


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