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Millennia-old Bhu Varaha Swami Temple, Kallahalli 

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Bhu Varaha swami temple near Mysuru is worth visiting for those seeking bliss in life.


Bhu Varaha Swami (ಭೂ ವರಾಹ ಸ್ವಾಮಿ) temple located in a tiny village named Kallahalli on the banks of river Hemavati is exceptional for devotees.

There is a belief that when submitted to the lord at this place, the mysterious spiritual powers that exist here can cleanse devotees’ sins and spiritualize their lives, thus resulting in pure inner bliss. Read on to learn more about this temple.

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Bhu Varaha Swami temple

“Do you have problems in life?” “Are you sunk in the depths of miseries?” “Are you sad that nothing is working for you in life?” – look nowhere, head straight to Bhu Varaha Swami temple. In the temple, take a vow to do seva with a pure heart for 48 days (one mandala) and start doing it. If performed with 100% faith and submission, it is said, the devotee will start seeing results after 48 days.

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History of the temple

The temple is dedicated to the third incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the Varahaswamy or the wild Boar form. The 18-foot idol is a monolith structure made of grey stone. It is rare to see the god in a sitting pose with goddess Bhoodevi seated on his left lap. Bhoodevi idol is 3.5 feet tall. An idol of the Lord Hanuman is also sculpted near the main idol. Bhoo Varahaswamy Temple is extremely famous among the locals and it is believed that the deity has mysterious powers.

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Bhu Varaha Swami Temple
Render | Courtesy: Temple Website

Veera Ballala III built a temple around the Garb Gudi

It is said that Bhoo Varahaswami idol is over 2500 years old. It is believed that the great sage Gautama performed penance at this place which is why the temple has mysterious powers. Over the years the temple structure got old and weak and eventually got ruined and remained buried until King Veera Ballala III discovered it in the 12th century. 

The locals believe that while hunting, the King lost his way in the forest and rested for a while under a tree. While resting, he noticed strange things happen. He saw a dog chasing a rabbit, and after reaching a particular point, the rabbit started chasing the dog.

This made the King believe that the place had certain magical powers, and he dug up the place only to find the deity of Varahaswamy hidden under the layers of earth. Post this incident, the King built a temple and used to offer prayers every day. The temple got into ruin after desert invaders destroyed it and got buried again. It was rediscovered a few years back, and a temple was built again, which still exists.

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It must be the divine intervention that has brought this temple to its present light and glory. 

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Varaha swami is Lord Vishnu’s 3rd avatar

This temple is dedicated to the third incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the Varahaswamy or the wild boar form. The structure of the temple is very simple. It is a rectangular building built of big grey stone blocks. The temple consists of two units, the sanctum and the front hall. There are two huge wooden doors at the entrance. Inside the sanctum is the awe-inspiring deity. The Pralaya Varahaswamy is in a sitting pose with goddess Bhoodevi seated on its left lap.

Brick and sand rituals at the temple

Devotees can perform a special brick and sand ritual at the temple. It is believed that anyone who performs pooja on bricks, or sand brought to the temple and uses it to construct his own house, all hurdles that he may have to confront will fizzle away, and the house will be built with the grace of the Lord. 


There is a saying that it is God who has to invite people to his temple when the right time comes. It is not the other way around.  So, if your turn has come to visit this temple, you should lap up the opportunity and head to the temple with devotion. They say anything asked with pure heart, God gives. 

Temple hopping used to be the culture of Bharatias in the past, and because of that they were spiritually and philosophically awakened. It gave them contentment and happiness in life. In the current times, we also have to do similar things for our enlightenment.

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Temple timings

Bhu Varaha Swamy Temple opens from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM and from 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM. 

  • Morning aarti is performed at 10:00 AM
  • Evening aarti is performed at 6:30 PM.

How do I get there?

One can reach the temple by train/ bus from Mysuru and Bengaluru.


Sri Bhu Varaha Swami Temple, Kallahalli, Ganjigere post, Bookankere hobli, KR Pet taluk, Mandya district, Karnataka – 571426

Temple contact number

The office contact number is 

  • 9448011535
  • 9449009711

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