Holelingeshwara Temple, Bankasana Village, Soraba Taluka, Shimoga District, Karnataka

The lesser – known Bankasana village in Soraba taluka at the confluence of the Dandavati River and the Varada River has been revered for its spiritual and religious potency for centuries. Known for its stunning natural beauty and peaceful surroundings, this tirthasthala has been venerated by saints, sages, yogis and tapaswis since the ancient days.


The most important temple in this village is the Holelingeshwara Temple that is located exactly at the union of the rivers. Locals say that the Shiva Linga consecrated in the sanctum sanctorum is Swayambhu though it is not clear when it came into existence.


Unfortunately, records and details of the original temple have been lost over time. The temple seen now is fairly new and modern. A famous religious fair known locally as jatra is held in January.


Written by Lakshmi Subramanian

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