Nuggikeri Hanuman Temple


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Distance (From Hubli): 20 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1 Hour

Place Location: At Nuggikeri

Transportation Options: Bus / Cab

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 7 km from Dharwad Railway Station, 9 km from ISKCON Sri Krishna Balarama Temple, and 20 km from Hubli Junction Railway Station, Nuggikeri Hanuman Temple is a sacred Hindu temple located at Nuggikeri village in Hubli. It is one of the prominent temples in the Dharwad district, and among the must-visit places during your Hubli Trip.

Nuggikeri Hanuman Temple is an ancient temple in Dharwad and is dedicated to the monkey god Hanuman, also known as Sri Balabhima. Located on the banks of Nuggikeri Lake, Sri Hanuman at Nuggikeri had been in worship for hundreds of years, and is among the best pilgrimage places to visit in Hubli. According to folklore, Lord appeared in the dream of His devotee and instructed him to bring out the idol from the lake for worship. Accordingly, the devotee searched the lake and brought the idol out, and started worshipping. The deity is said to be idolized by a senior member of the Nuggikeri village belonging to the Nuggikeri Desai family while the reinstallation of the Lord was done by his holiness Sri Vyasaraja, the chief saint in the court of Sri Krishnadevaraya of Hampi. To date, the temple administration is controlled by the Desai family.

The temple has a three-tier raja gopuram that is facing south. There is a deepa stambha in front of the raja gopuram. In the sanctum sanctorum, one can see the idol of Lord Hanuman which is about five feet in height, made of hard granite coated with vermilion. Utsava murthi is also kept in the Garbhagraha itself. Utsav murti is made of panchaloha and Lord is seen as Sanjeeviraya while one hand holds gadha and the other is seen carrying Sanjeevani parvath.

Every year on the auspicious day of Chaitra Suddha Poornima i.e., Hanuman Jayanti, there is a Jatra Mahotsav that is attended by a large number of devotees from nearby places. Besides, thousands of devotees visit the temple on Saturday as it is considered an auspicious day to worship the Lord.

Timings: 6 AM - 7 PM

Entry: Free