Goravanahalli, a small village in the Tumkur district of Karnataka, is home to a famous temple of Goddess Lakshmi, popularly known as the Goravanahalli Lakshmi temple. I had never heard of the temple before, but was intrigued by the many stories I had heard about it from my MIL’s friend.
The drive to the temple from our place was a bit bumpy, thanks to unpaved roads, but it was definitely an experience worth having, with beautiful rural sights all around. We drove through this….
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The temple itself is small and unpretentious, but the thronging crowds told us a lot about the faith it has gathered from people far and wide. The temple was, apparently, constructed in the early 1900s by a Thotadappa, a villager in whose dream Goddess Lakshmi appeared, asking him to build a shrine for her. Thotadappa’s brother, Abbayya, was a poor villager, who accidentally found a statue of Goddess Lakshmi and began worshipping it regularly, which supposedly brought him wealth. The temple that exists today was built by Thotadappa after Abbayya’s death.
The temple fell into a state of neglect after 1910, when there was no one to tend to it and perform poojas. A villager called Kamalamma took charge of keeping the temple clean and performing poojas in 1925, but the temple again fell into disrepair after the lady left the place. Kamalamma returned to Goravanahalli in 1952, and again began her task of the upkeep of the temple. It was during her care of the temple that it became quite famous. Stories spread about the wishes of many villagers getting fulfilled on praying in the temple, and the temple’s fame spread far and wide.
There are a number of small stalls selling knick-knacks and offerings for the temple, glass bangles being prominent among them. It is believed that tying glass bangles on the small shrine outside the main temple and the trees around it makes one’s wishes come true. We saw a number of people doing the same.
I am glad we decided to visit the temple when we did, and thankful for getting the opportunity to visit.
Have you been to this place? How did you find it?