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Malai Mahadeshwara Hills

Malai Mahadeshwara Hills also known as MM Hills is a temple town situated in the eastern part of Kollegal taluk, Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka. The MM Hills is about 210 Kms from Bangalore and 142 Kms from Mysore. The temple here in MM Hills is dedicated to Lord Mahadeshwara, the incarnation of Lord Shiva. Malai Mahadeshwara Hills is one of the holy place for shaivaits (followers of lord Shiva). Lakhs of pilgrims visit Malai Mahadeshwara Hills from the states of Karnataka and Tamilnadu. Pilgrims who visit here will have a holy dip in Antaragange (Ganges from deep), near the temple, this is a peculiar water flow from the ground arises during the entire year and the origin is not yet known.

It is believed that Sri Mahadeshwara Swamy came here to perform penance in Malai Mahadeshwara Hills. People believe that he is still performing penance in the temple's sanctum sanctorum in the form of a Shiva Linga. Sri Male Mahadeshwara Swamy moved using a tiger as his vehicle and performed number of miracles around the hills to save the people and saints living here.

The main festival of the temple is Maha Shivratri (February/March). Special pooja's are conducted at this time. During Deepavali festival a grand celebration can be seen in Malai Mahadeshwara Hills.

According to tradition there are seven hills identified in the puranas as Anumale, Jenumale, Kanumale, Pachchemale, Pavalamale, Ponnachimale and Kongumale. All these hills form Malai Mahadeshwara Hills. This is a well known place because of the forest brigand late Veerappan, who killed about 124 police and forest officials (he also smuggled Sandalwood and Elephant Ivory). This place was the hide out area for Veerappan for so many years.

The forests are inhabited by a variety of animals, birds and reptiles. They are found in large numbers too. Elephants are the most prominent species.

Places around Malai Mahadeshwara Hills:

Hogenkal falls: The famous Hogenkal falls (Water falls) is also very nearer to this hill area which is only 45 kms towards south. Hogenkal falls is situated in Tamilnadu state.

How to reach Malai Mahadeshwara Hills:

Malai Mahadeshwara Hills is well connected by roads various tourist and private buses ply from Mysore to Malai Mahadeshwara Hills frequently.

From Bangalore (route map):
Bangalore - Ramanagar (50 Kms)
Ramanagar - Channapattana (10 Kms)
Channapattana - Maddur (take left towards Malavalli) (20 kms)
Maddur - Malavalli (25 Kms)
Malavalli - Kollegal (35 Kms)
Kollegal - Hanur (25 Kms)
Hanur - Kaudalli (15 Kms)
Kaudalli - Malai Mahadeshwara Hills (30 Kms - Ghat Road)

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