The temple which is open only for a few days during Deepavali (Hasanamba temple , Hassan)
(One of my sisters of face book called Smt Bhavani Mangalam requested me to write whatever I know of this temple. I am dedicating this small article to her.)
Hassan is an important town in Karnataka. One of the important temples is that of Hasanamba (The mother of Joy) This is a temple dedicated to Goddess Durga. Strangely the deity inside the temple is represented by an ant hill. The following is the belief.
Once upon a time the seven Mathrukas viz Maheswari, Kaumari , Vaishnavi , Indrani and Chamundi came floating to the southern part of India . They were captivated by the beauty of Hassan and decided to make that town their home. While Maheswari, Kaumari and Vaishnavi decided to live in three anthills , Brahmi decided to live in a place called Kenchamma’s hoskote in the town And Indrani , Varahi and Chamundi chose to live in three wells in Devegere Honda , The presiding deity, Maheswari among them took the name of Hasanamba (The mother who is smiling) and the town was called as Hassan (old name Simhasanapuri) in her honour. The temple is open only for a few days during deepavali . It opens on the Thursday next to Full moon day in the month of Aswija(October-November) and closes on the Bali Padyami day i.e Prathama thithi following Deepavali festival. Several miracles are believed to happen in this temple.Some of them are
1.The flowers offered t the deity do not fade and the lamp lit before closing never gets puts out till the next year when the tample opens.
2.There was once a suffering daughter in law devotee to the Goddess who was tortured by her mother in law. Once the mother in law threw a stone at her daughter in law and she was greatly hurt. When she appealed to the Goddess , she turned her in to a sone . This stone is in front of her and it is believed that it keeps moving nearer to the Goddess . Devotees also believe , that once the stone reaches the Goddess Kaliyuga would end.
3.It is also believed that four robbers wanted to steal the treasure of the temple and the goddess turned them in to stones.Some people call the temple as Kallappana gudi( the temple of men turned in to stones)
The structure seen at the entrance of Hasanamba temple is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva locally called Siddheshwara. It is renowned for its self-manifested linga. There's also an interesting idol of a nine-headed Ravana playing the Veena here. Honouring the devout nature of Ravana, every new moon day people gather at the temple. The annual chariot festival also takes place on the closing day of the Hasanamba temple during Deepavali.
This year the temple has opened on 12th October 2017 and would be open till October 21st. The temple would be closed daily from 1.30 PM to 2.30 PM , In this short period , it is expected that about a million devotees would visit the temple.
Enjoy seeing a video about the temple https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQow2CIgXqA