Sri Mahalingeswara Temple is an ancient shrine located at Adoor
in Kasargod District
. It is believed to have been founded by Arjuna
, the legendary hero of the Mahabharata
Standing in picturesque surroundings on the southern bank of River Payaswini, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It has a Sanskrit inscription in Kannada script, which is related to the western Chalukya King Kirthi Varma II of 745-755 AD.
Makara Samkramam is an auspicious day in the temple. On this day, a Sahasra Kumbhabhishekam with feeding of a large number of people occurs. The annual jatra or festival begins with hoisting of the temple flag (Dhwaja Arohanam) on the 27th of Kumbham (February/March). This grand festival ends with a holy dip (Avabhritha Snanam) in the water of the Payaswini on the 4th of Meenam (April).
Adoor is about 45 km east of Kasargod town.