Mahadeshwara Hills

Malai Mahadeshwara Hills is a temple town situated in the eastern part of Kollegal taluk, Chamarajanagar district. The Lord Sri Mahadeshwara is the incarnation of Lord Shiva. It is a very famous Shaiva pilgrim centre. It draws lakhs of pilgrims from the states of Karnataka and Tamilnadu. The Lord Sri Mahadeshwara’s miracles are beautifully sung by village folk in the janapada style. According to tradition there are seven hills identified in the puranas as Anumale, Jenumale, Kanumale, Pachchemale, Pavalamale, Ponnachimale and Kongumale. All these hills form M.M. hills.

This famous pilgrim centre, situated in picturesque surroundings, is about 133 km west of Mysore. There is a good motorable road from Kollegal to the top of the hill. The temple dedicated to Sri Mahadeswara attracts a large number of devotees from all parts of the country throughout the year, particularly during festivals like Mahasivaratri, Ugadi, Dasara, Deepavali and Mahalaya Amavasaya. There are bus services from Mysore.