Ever since the creation of the universe, there has been a continues
conflict between the good and the evil forces. Whenever the evil elements
grew stronger and became harmful to the society, the all pervading power
manifested itself on earth in one form or the other and protected the
good and the saintly and saved Dharma. This has happened in Krutha,
Tretha and Dwapara yugas.
It was Sri Rama in Ramayana and Sri Krishna in Mahabharatha who were
the guiding forces for the welfare of the world. But the moving spirit
behind them was Sita and Draupadi. Even before them, did not Mahasati
Anasuya convert Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara into babies and satisfy
them by breast-feeding? This could mean that Stree Shakti is more powerful
than Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara. The same Stree Shakti is called Jaganmatha
(mother of the whole universe), Jagadrakshaki (the saviour of the whole
world), Jagadeeswari (the empress of the universe). In order to protect
the world she took countless forms. She is being worshipped and adored
as Kali, Durga, Chandi, Chamundi, etc., etc., at various holy places
in India. Mathikere, Near H.M.T. Layout, in the heart of Bangalore City,
Karnataka, is one such abode. Here the holy Mother is worshipped as
We all know that king Bhagiratha brought holy Ganga from heaven to earth
to see that his forefathers the sons of Sagara Chakravarthi get moksha.
The same holy Ganga is still flowing in our country purifying the sinners.
Hundreds of years ago, it is said, that there was a kingdom called Nandavara
on the banks of the river Tunga in Karnataka near Raichur district.
According to a legend the king of Nandavara was a Shakti Upasaka. With
the help of Mantra Shakti, the king used to wake up at 4 'O' Clock in
the morning, reach Kasi, bathe, in the holy Ganga and return to his
Kingdom before dawn and offer worship to Devi at Nandavara. This was
his daily practice. Maharani becoming suspicious of his absence and
questioned the king. The king revealed everything in detail. She having
made up her mind to test the king compelled him to take her also with
him. The king reluctantly accepted. The next day, he took her to Kasi
along with him. Rani had her monthly course (menses) during their stay
at Kasi. This affected the king and he lost his Mantra Shakti. As he
was unable to return to his kingdom as usual, the King became restless
While walking along the banks of Ganga being unable to find a solution,
he saw a group of Brahmins performing Chandi Homa and went near them.
The Brahmins, having learn the reasons for his restlessness promised
to pass on to the king one fourth of what they had acquired as punya
by offering Arghya to Lord Surya every day at the appropriate time which
would purify Rani and enable them to return to their kingdom.
They asked the king what he would give them in return for their help.
The king promised to give Jahagirs to them for purposes of their performing
Dharmic deeds whenever they approached him. Thus the king got the power
from the Brahmins and returned to his kingdom. He did never again make
use of Manthra Shakti.
Years rolled on. There came a terrible famine in Kasi. The Brahmins
having remembered the king's promise went to Nandavara and met him.
They reminded him of his promise. The king had totally forgotten his
promise. He abused the Brahmins and incurred their displeasure. From
that day onwards all the efforts of the king started yielding negative
results. The Brahmins worshipped Sri Chowdeshwari and requested her
to come down to Nandavara as the lonely witness for the king's promise.
Devi did as they desired. The king realised his mistake. He appealed
to Devi and Brahmins.
The dynasty of Brahmins thus settled at Nandavara came to be known as
Nandavariks and Chowdeshwari became their Kuladevatha, she is also the
family deity of Togataveeras. There still exists a beautiful temple
of Chowdeshwari at Nandavara on the banks of Tungabadra and she is being
worshipped on all the days of the year.
About 300 years ago, there lived a paleyagar called Jasavantharaya near
Tiptur. He desired to extend his kingdom. Having come to know of the
powers of Sri Chowdeshwari, he went to Nandavara and prayed and worshipped
her sincerely with all devotion. Devi appeared before him and asked
what he wanted. The paleyagar revealed his desire. He requested her
to follow him as a protector during all his expeditions. Devi agreed
on the condition that she would stay permanently at a place of her choice.
Paleyagar continued his expeditions and conquered kingdom after kingdom.
While marching in this way, Devi came across a plain land surrounded
by beautiful dales and mountains with lush green patches of forestland.
Devi decided to stay there and informed the Paleyagar accordingly. This
place came to be known as the town of Jasavantharaya. The same Jasavantharaya
town is now called Dasarighatta. Devi is installed here on an anthill.
The unusually long vertical wild date tree (eechalu) in front of the
temple is a special feature here. A Samivruksha too has added significant
beauty to the temple.
At Mathikare in Bangalore, the notable feature here is that Devi converses
with here devotees through writing and guides them to get out of their
troubles. She writes on the slate to answer all the questions of the
devotees. She thus gives them relief from all the problems. Miracles
have happened by her grace to thousands of the people. Her temple constructed
at Mathikare, H.M.T. Layout, Bangalore in less than five months is one
such standing testimony.
Every day hundreds and hundreds of devotees visit Mathikare and offer
worship. Not only people of Karnataka but also from other parts of India
and Abroad, irrespective of caste and creed, have obtained the blessings
of Devi and have come under her protective umbrella. Calling herself
as 'Sevakara Sevaki' (Servant of Devotees) this kindly Goddess is offering
all boons and fulfilling the desires of thousands of devotees who surrender
Sri Chowdeshwari Devi has been showering on her devotee grace and blessings
at all times and more so when they encounter with specific problems and
seek her guidance for rightful solutions. All works and the temple management
are going on according to her directions, suggestions and guidance. The
divine mother is receiving with open arms all those coming in search of
her help and blessings. This is really a rare divine opportunity open
to public to grace her blessings.