We visited the village of Vidurashwatha on the way back from Lepakshi to Bangalore. Vidurashatwa, like Lepakshi, is a small village, famous for a Nagadeva (Snake God) temple, which is the major tourist attraction of this place.
The village derives its name from a big Aswatha tree, which is believed to have been planted by Vidura, a courtier in the kingdom of Dhritrashtra. This tree, however, is no more, and reached its end in the year 2001. (This piece of information is from Wiki.)
This is the main entrance of the Nagadeva temple, which looks beautiful in the midst of the big, shady trees in the compound. Wiki tells me that snakes used to visit the temple during festivals, and accept offerings from the devotees.
I learnt that people with Naga Dosha in their horoscope, or those who want a special boon to be granted – like a child or prosperity in business – install idols here. The installation of the idol is supposed to remove the Dosha and alleviate all ailments. A number of people have installed idols at the temple, and you can spot thousands of idols here. I had never seen anything like this before, and was sure astounded!
It was a very different kind of experience for me – feeling a mix of awe and peace. Yes, the serene temple does that to you! I wouldn’t have had this experience and wouldn’t have known of this place at all, if not for my uncle. I’m glad I did!
Camera Courtesy: Sis