During their trip to Nanjangud, tourists are recommended to visit Nanjundeshwara Temple that is also known as Srikanteswara Temple. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple exhibits the Dravidian style of architecture.
Legends say that this temple was the dwelling of Lord Shiva since the immemorial time. The temple was built by the Ganga rulers and was restored by the Hoysala Kings. It is also believed that Tipu Sultan and Hyder Ali were deeply connected with the temple.
According to historians, favourite elephant of Tipu Sultan was immediately cured after prayers were offered to Hakim Nanjunda. Locals still believe that this temple has some healing properties. A large number of pilgrims can be seen in the temple during Rathutsava, a chariot festival.
The festival is also known as Dodda Jathre and is celebrated twice in a year. Idols of The Lord Ganapathi, Goddess Parvathi, Lord Srikanteshwara, Lord Subramanya and Lord Chandikeshwara are positioned in five different chariots and are offered prayers before the chariots are flagged off.
Travellers are recommended to visit Nanjangud Bridge on their trip to Nanjangud. It was built in 1735 and is considered as one of the oldest bridges, over which rail as well as other vehicles move together. Government of India has now declared this unique bridge a heritage monument.
Travellers are also recommended to visit Sri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt, which is also known as Preteeka Sanidhi. Instead of the usual Brindavana, tourists can see a statue of Sri Raghavendra Swamy at this mutt. This is the only statue of Sri Raghavendra Swamy present in the world. Following the ‘moola paramapare’ of Srimadaachraya, Sri Sujnanendra Teertharu decorated the Peeta of Sri Rayara Mutt during 1836 to 1861.
Tourists can also visit Pancha Brindavana, which has the mortal remains of 5 saints, namely Sri Sujanendra Teertha, Sri Subodhendra Teertha, Sri Suprajnendra Teertha, Sri Sujnanedra Teertha and Sri Sukruteendra Teertha.
On a trip to Nanjangud, tourists are recommended to visit Parashurama Kshetra, which is known as the confluence of Kapila and Kaundinya rivers. It is the place, where Parashurama atoned the sin of beheading his mother and achieved peace of mind.
At this place, Parashurama accidentally hit the Lord Shiva's head with an axe who, then, asked him to construct a temple and perform penance here. It is believed that pilgrimage to Nanjangud cannot be completed without visiting Parashurama Kshetra.