Chinmalli Mallikarjuna Temple is a delightful shrine situated at Chinmalli
, about 50 km from Gulbarga
, in Karnataka
. This 12th century shrine is nestled on the banks of Bhima River.
Chinmalli Mallikarjuna Temple enshrines Lord Shiva as the presiding deity. A beautiful Shivling is installed in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. The temple has a beautiful octagon hall.
According to an inscription, the Yadava dynasty king Ramachandra’s wife Mahamandaleshwari Mayi offered contributions to the temple. Another inscription describes the method of offering puja to Mallikarjuna.
The annual festival usually held in January is a major draw. The ‘footwear procession,’ held once in three years on the previous day of Sankranti, attracts thousand s of devotes from far a near.
Gulbarga Railway Station, on the Mumbai-Bangalore main line is the nearest major railway station.