Male Mahadeshwara Betta, also known as MM Hills, is a pilgrim town located in the Chamarajanagara district of Karnataka. It lies about 210 km from Bangalore. It is a scared sight for the Hindus for its beautiful Male Mahadeshwara Temple dedicated to Lord Mahadeshwara. Lord Sri Mahadeshwara is believed to be an avatar of Lord Shiva It draws a lot of pilgrims from south India every year. The people find comfort and solace in these temples, often gaining peace of mind and clarity of thought after offering their prayers.
Bangalore bike rentals have made it much easier for pilgrims to ride to Male Mahadeshwara by getting two-wheelers on rent. Many tourists prefer to hire bikes from Bangalore instead of relying on public transport to visit the town on time for prayers. The temple is situated amidst dense jungles and along with pilgrims is also frequented by nature lovers who wish to spend some time with Mother Nature.
The temple is said to have been built by Junje Gowda Rich Kuruba Gowda. Ancient legends say that Lord Mahadeshwara lived in the 15th century and went to Male Mahadeshwara Hills t perform penance. Many people also believe that he is still performing his penance in the form of the Lingam inside the temple.
As the legend goes, Lord Mahadeshwara was born of a virgin girl called Uttarajamma. He had the spiritual inclination and performed many miracles since his boyhood days and became a young saint who went to the hills of Male Mahadeshwara from Srishaila. It was then a dense forest, not suitable for human habitation. The forest is surrounded by seventy-seven peaks in seven circles. Lord Mahadeshwara went to the MM hills about 6 centuries back to rescue the saints performing penance in these uninhabited hills, taken captive by an evil king called Shravana who used to perform black magic. The place where the saints were held captive is also a holy place, called Thavasere and the place where Shravana lived is called Shravana Boli. Lord Mahadeshwara destroyed the black magic that the king had put in force to hold the saints captive and released the saints from his evil claws. People also believe that Lord Mahadeshwara established a Mutt here and enlightened the tribal people, making them his disciples.
M.M.Betta comprises seven peaks, namely, Anumale, Jenumale, Kanumale, Pachchemale, Pavalamale, Ponnachimale and Kongumale. The hilltop has been paved to make it easier for tourists to climb up and see the beautiful view of the valley from the top. There are small villas atop the hills where visitors can choose to stay for a day or two. A number of shops on the hills sell pooja items for those who would like to offer prayers in the scared temple of Lord Mahadeshwara.
People, pilgrims and nature lovers, who wish to see the peaks of MM Betta can go visit the place by road on a fancy bike. Bike rentals in Bangalore offer a number of stylish bikes on rent. You can either rent a Harley Davidson or hire a Bullet, as per your need and budget.