Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Monday, February 26, 2024

Male Mahadeshwara Hills







Seven hill ranges collectively known as the MM hills or Male Mahadeshwara hills is a major pilgrim centre for Lord Shiva. The hills are located in Chamarajanagara. It is situated at about 150 km from Mysuru and about 210 km from Bengaluru. The height of the hill is about 3000 feet above the sea level.



Male Mahadeshwara hills also known as MM Hills are surrounded by dense forest. The place is famous for the Mahadeshwara temple. Here Lord Shiva is in the “Swayambhu” form which means self-manifested. The temple here attracts not only pilgrims but also nature lovers.




The ancient temple at Male Mahadeshwara is very sacred and popular, Mahadeshwara temple is surrounded by 77 hills in the Eastern Ghats. The Lord Sri Mahadeshwara is said to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva. 




The Mahadeshwara temple at Male Mahadeshwara Hill was built by Junje Gowda, a rich Kuruba Gowda Landlord. Lord Sri Mahadeshwara is believed to be the incarnation of Lord Shiva.




Historical evidences suggest that Saint Mahadeshwara must have lived during the 15th century CE. About 600 years ago, he came here to perform penance and it is believed that he is still performing penance in the temple's garbha gudi in the form of a linga. The linga, worshipped now in the garbha gudi, is a self-manifested (swayambhu) one.




Sri Male Mahadeshwara Swamy was moving on a tiger known as Huli Vahana (tiger as a vehicle) and performed a number of miracles around the Betta to save the people and saints living there. Lord Sri Mahadeshwara's miracles are sometimes sung by the village folk in Janapada style.