About Chowdeshwari Temple
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 divine mantra Shakti, the king used to wake up at 4 ‘O’ Clock in the morning, reach Kasi, bathe, in the holy Ganges and return to his kingdom before dawn and offer worship to Devi at Nandavara. This was his daily practice. Maharani(queen) becoming suspicious of his absence, questioned the king. The king revealed everything in detail. Having made up her mind to test the king, she compelled him to take her also with him. The king reluctantly accepted. The next day, he took her to Kasi along with him. The queen had her monthly course 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 and worried.
While walking along the banks of Ganga, being unable to find a solution, he saw a group of Brahmans performing Chandi Homa and went near them. The Brahmans, having understood the reasons for his restlessness, promised to pass on to the king, one fourth of what they had acquired as punya(good deeds) by offering Arghya to Lord Surya every day at the appropriate time which would purify the queen 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 Brahmans and returned to his kingdom. He never again made use of his manthra Shakti.
Years rolled on. There came a terrible famine in Kasi. The Brahmans 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 Brahmans and gained their displeasure. From that day onwards, all the efforts of the king started yielding negative results. The Brahmans worshipped Shri 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 realized his mistake. He apologised to Devi and Brahmans.
The dynasty of Brahmans 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 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 Shri Chowdeshwari, he went to Nandavara and prayed to 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 tall, 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.
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 ‘Sevakara Sevaki’ (servant of devotees), this kind Goddess is offering all boons and fulfilling the desires of thousands of devotees, who surrender to her.
Shri 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 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 who come in search of her help and blessings. It is really a rare divine opportunity, open to public, to receive her blessings.
The secret speciality of this temple is a panchaloha idol of Shri Chowdeshwari Devi, which write backs the reply if a question is asked orally or even in mind. The question can be posed in any language- Kannada, Hindi, English, Konkani,Telugu etc. The head of the deity is believed to write down the answers in the Kannada language on rice flour or ragi flour base.