Siddaganga Matha is a well known and well established Veerashaiva mutt and located in a village in the southern state of Karnataka, India. It is located in the Tumkur taluk of Tumkur district in Karnataka.
The history of Sree Siddaganga Mutt starts from the 14th century. The holy names associated with the establishment and the growth of the Mutt are as follows:
- Sree Hardanahalli Gosala Siddeshwara Swamigalu (c1300 – 1350)
- Sree Hardanahalli Shankaracharya Swamigalu (c1393)
- Sree Hardanahalli Gosala Channabasavarajendra Swamigalu
- Sree Tontada Siddalingeshwara Swamiji (c1400 – 1480A.D.)
- Sree Haradanahalli Gosala Siddeshwara was the 15th in the order of peetacharya (Head of Mutt) of Niranjana Jagadguru. He handed over his headship to the next peetacharya in Haradanahalli and went to Shivaganga with his 101 followers to create his own independent place for his religious work. Then he moved to a hill near Keta Samudra (now Kyathasandra) from Shivaganga. He created 101 caves for his followers for study and meditation and also established the Mutt at Siddaganga.
To quench the thirst of one of his aged disciples Sree Gosala Siddesshwara hit the rock and a stream of water came out of that rock. The holy water was named as “Siddaganga” and the name was thus given to this place. This holy water has power to heal the mental and physical ailments and is allowed to be used by all communities. Sree Gosalasiddeshwara’s disciple Sree Shankaracharya Swamiji continued his work until the late fourteenth century.
Followed his guru and came to Siddaganga. He lived in one of the caves of the Siddganga hills for some time and afterwards he moved to Gubbi.
Sree Tontada Siddalingeshawara Swamiji made a revolutionary contribution to the development of Siddaganga Mutt. Later he moved to Yediyur and stayed there until the end of his life. Though Gosala Siddeshwara was known to have established Siddaganga Mutt, Sree Sree Tontada Siddalingeshwara Swamiji regarded as its first Head. Most of the festivals of daily routine, the monthly, the annual and the cart festival are since then held in his name.
No exact details on the development of Mutt are available after 15th century to 18th century.
A new era of developmental activities of Sree Siddaganga Mutt begins with Sree Ataveeshwara Swamigalu.
The history of Sree Siddaganga Mutt in the last two centuries can be regarded as highly progressive due to its most revered, respected, humane, empowered with knowledge and wisdom of two of its greatest religious leaders. The first is Sree Sree Uddana Shivayogiglu and the second His Holiness Dr. Sree Sree Sree Sivakumara Swamigalu, the present Head.
How to Reach
BY TRAIN : Nearest railway station is Kyatasandra.
BY BUS : City buses are available