Naga Devatha temple – Vidurashwatha – Gauribidanur – Karnataka

Another beautiful temple located near Bangalore. Naga Devatha temple at Vidurashwatha as the name suggests is dedicated to Naga Devata. People here install Naga Silas to ward off Naga Doshas.

Naga Devatha temple at Vidurashwatha
Naga Devatha temple at Vidurashwatha

However this place has a place has their own importance.

Where is Vidurashwatha

It is actually a small village situated in Gauribidanur taluk and relates to an event in Mahabharta.  It’s 6Kms from Gauribidanur city.

How Vidurashwatha is related to Mahabharata

According to a legend during the period of Mahabharata, an Ashwatha (also called as fig) tree was planted by Vidura. Hence the name Vidurashwatha. It’s said that the tree fell in 2001. Vidura came here because he was advised by Krishna to go on a pilgrimage as he was remorseful after seeing bloodshed during the war between Kaurva and Pandava. After visiting many places, Vidura came to this place, which was actually a hermitage of Maithreya Maharishi.

Vidur tree
Vidur Tree ( From the time of Mahabharata)

Why Vidurashwatha is called Jallianwala Bagh of South

This place is also known as the Jallianwala Bagh of south India because a similar incident of smaller scale took place here. On April 25, 1938, as a part of the freedom struggle of India, a group of villagers had gathered here to organize a Satyagraha. Similar to what happened at Jallianwala Bagh, police fired indiscriminately at this group, resulting in the death of many people.

A memorial has been erected in this location bearing the names of those who lost their lives in this incident.

How to reach Vidurashwatha:

This place is approximately 90 Kms from Bangalore city center. There are 2 ways to reach here from Bangalore.

1) Via doddabalapur -> Bangalore – Yelahanka New Town -> Doddabalapur -> Gauribidanur -> Vidurashwatha.

2)Via Chikkabalapur -> Bangalore -> Devanhalli -> Chikkabalapur -> Gauribidanur -> Vidurashwatha.

The place is not very crowded. It is advisable to carry some food and options are very limited on the way. Specifically if you are going via Doddabalapur.

It’s a good half day trip !!

Naga idols at Naga Devatha Temple Vidurashwatha
Naga idols installed here
Another view of Naga Devatha Temple
Another view of temple
Naga idols
Naga idols
Naga idols closer look
Naga idols
Naga idols closer look

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9 thoughts on “Naga Devatha temple – Vidurashwatha – Gauribidanur – Karnataka”

  1. Hi Sir,

    We are planning to do Naga pratista at viduraswatha. Please let me know, what is the cost, what is the procedure, and how we can book for this? How many days we have to stay there..Please clarify all these doubts.

    1. Hi, There are regular buses to Gaurbidnur from Majestic. You can also take a bus from Majestic to Doddabalapura (285M) and from there you can take another bus to Gaurbidnur. There are many private buses as well from Doddabalapura, running towards Garibidnur.
      Have a good trip.

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