Mulbagal

Mulbagal is in Kolar district of Karnataka state in India. It ‘s about 100 km from Bangalore and 30 km from Kolar on the Bangalore-Chennai National Highway. Also, it’s one of the taluks in Kolar district.

Mulbagal was originally called Mudalabagilu, meaning ‘eastern entrance’ as it was the gateway to the erstwhile Mysore state in the Vijayanagara kingdom. Later on, it became Mulubagilu, and finally Mulbagal.

Mulbagal is a temple town. It has several must-see ancient temples. Among them are: Anjaneya temple - The Anjaneya idol here is very high believed to have been installed by Arjuna after Mahabharata war as a mark of respect to Hanuman, who was the symbol of his flag (Hanuman dhwaja) on the chariot. Later, the temple was renovated and enlarged by Raja Todar Mal who was the finance minister in Akbar’s court. Todar Mal’s statue is in the temple.The temple also houses the deities of Srinivasa, Padmavathi, and Rama-Sita-Lakshmana. It has now become a custom for the pilgrims going to Tirupati to get down at Mulbagal, visit Anjaneya, and then proceed. Someswara temple - Another ancient temple having mythological importance. The Shiva linga here, it is said, is similar to the one in Varanasi. Vittaleswara temple - Dedicated to Vishnu, this is also a very old temple with a tall gopura (tower) and vast kalyani (pond). The Vishnu idol here resembles Panduranga Vittala of Pandharpur in Maharashtra.

Mulbagal housing temples to Someshwara dating back to the Vijayanagar period. Virupakshapura near Mulbagal bears the Virupaksha temple again in the Vijayanagar style.

Avani near Mulbagal is known as the Gaya of the south and it bears a cluster of temples known as the Rameshwara, Lakshmaneshwara, Bharateshwara and Shatrugneshwara, dating back to the period of the Nolamba dynasty.

About 16 kms from here, is a place called BYRASANDRA which is in between TAYALUR & VKOTA. This place has a very famous temples like SHIVA on top of the hill, Venugopala swami temple in the heart of BYRASANDRA.

And also there is a vyasaraya mutt, it is proud to know that there was an university for which Vyasaraya theertha was himself the chanceller.

In comparison of temples, Mulbagal is a better town than Kolar though Kolar is the district head quater. At Mulbagal you can see Anjenaya temple, Subramanyeswara temple, Vittaleshwara Temple, Sripadaraja Matt and Baba Hyder Vali Dargah. Near to Mulbagal you can see Kurudamale Maha Ganapathi Temple, Narasimha Teertha and Sri Virupaksheshwara Swamy temple. At Avani you can see Ramalinga temple, Shankar Mutt, and Luv Kush hill
A legend specifies that the Hanuman temple here was installed by Arjuna, one of the Pandavas, after the Mahabharata war. Sage Vasishta is believed to have installed the idols of the main deity Srinivasa, Padmavati and Rama-Sita-Lakshmana.

In modern history, Mulbagal finds mention as the site of the Battle of Mulwagul (4 October 1768) during the First Anglo-Mysore War.