Nirmal region can be truly described as a land of temples and culture, with a unique legend associated with each of its temples, thereby lending a mythical charm for these destinations. One such temple in the region is that of Kadile Papahareshwar which holds a prominent place. Kadile Papahareshwar Temple is located in a village called Dilawarpur of Bazarhathnoor mandal.
History of Papahareshwar Temple
It is believed that Papahareshwara, also known as Lord Papanna, will wipe off all the sins of those who worship him. Papahareshwara Swami is one of the several forms of lord Shiva. The temple is located in a very serene and picturesque environment. The temple features a garbhagriha and antarala with pillared mandapa. Beautiful sculptures such as Vishnu in the form of Varahamurthy carrying Bhudevi and Saivite dwarapalas carrying khatvanga, naga etc. in their hands are seen in the temple complex, dating back to Chalukyan period (10th -11th century A.D).
The temple has earned the name of “Kadile Papahareshwar Temple”, since it is believed that the idol of lord Papahareshwar here slightly swings. Hence it is called ‘Kadile’ and the name ‘Papahareshwara’ is because the God is believed to wipe off all sins.
The Shiva Lingam in this renowned temple has a special significance. According to the legend, Bhargava Rama killed his mother following his father’s order. In order to wash off this sin, he installed thirty-one Shiva Lingas in other regions and installed the thirty-second one here. When the lingam exhibited movement, Bhargava had assumed that his sins were removed. There is a prominent idol of Nandi in front of Kadile Papahareshwara swamy.
Kadile Papahareshwar Temple closely resembles South Indian temple architectural styles and specific patterns. There is a small Gopuram and Dwajasthambam installed here in front of the Sanctum Sanctorum.
There are other sub-shrines in the temple for Lord Gajanana, Varaha, Brahma, Uma Maheswari, and Vishnu. On the north-east side of the Kadile Papahareshwara temple, one can also notice a shrine for Goddess Annapurna Devi.
The temple structure is comparatively smaller in size when compared to other well-known Hindu temples of this region. The pillars of the prayer hall feature many well-sculpted images of local deities in various forms. The temple architecture is believed to be a blend of Marathi and Kannada styles.
How to reach
The temple is situated about 20 km from Nirmal town and is on the way to Basar. It is well-accessible by road transport. Armoor Railway Station located about 52 km away from the temple is the nearest railhead.