Hanuman at Yalagur temple, popularly known as ‘Speaking Hanumantha’ is extremely powerful and popular throughout the country and dearly called ‘Yalagur Hanumappa’. Yalagur is a small village in Muddebihal taluk, Vijayapura district. It is on the banks of river Krishna. The temple is located amidst splendid greenery and serene water body which is extremely soul soothing with a tranquil atmosphere all around. The temple belongs to the Madhwas (a sect of Brahmins-followers of Madhwacharya), and Yalaguresh at the temple is everyday worshipped by the learned Madhwa acharyas of the town.
King of seven existences!
History of Yalagur goes back to the time of Ramayana. As Shri Yalguresh stands in the village of Yalagur on the order of Shri Rama for seven villages (Elu Uresh = Yalguresh). It means that Lord Hanuman was ordered by Lord Rama to establish himself in seven different places to protect and bless the devotees and also to fulfill all their desires. Bowing down to Lord Rama’s order, Lord Hanuman enforced himself as seven, self-emerged idols and held his true existence in those idols then, now and forever. Yalagur temple is the main temple or the head of all the seven self-emerged temples.
Hence we find seven major Hanuman temples including Yalagur in and around Vijayapura and Bagalkot districts. Lord Hanuman either naturally emerged as idols of the temple or appeared in the dream of great devotees directing them to find the self-emerged idol. The seven temples of Lord Hanuman mostly called by the names of the places are at Yalagur (being the prime of all), Karwar, Tulasigeri, Halagani, Achanur, Govindinne, and Jangwad.
History, so interesting!
A priest had a dream where God asked him to break open the stone he was performing pooja on. Because there was Shri Hanuman’s idol hidden inside it. As pujari broke the stone irregularly, the idol was broken into pieces. The pujari was worried about the pieces. Again he had a dream and was ordered by Lord Hanuman to bring the pieces to the place (the temple now) and place them in a proper manner and close the door for seven complete days. Pujari being very anxious followed the instructions and opened the door only on the seventh day morning. To his surprise, he saw that the idol was completely joined in the upper part and incomplete in the lower part (even now we can see the unjoined parts).
Again pujari had a dream where he was ordered by God to perform all sacred poojas and rituals from learned Brahmins. Also to bring sacred waters from river Krishna only and offer Abhisheka and perform Pratishthapana. Pujari performed the same as ordered by God. And then Lord Hanuman was in full strength to bless the devotees thereafter. Even now priests of the temple bring holy waters from Krishan river only and perform Abhisheka to Yalaguresh. Even to this day, we have the same descendants of the pujari family performing pooja at the temple with the same devotion, and dedication.
Wow! Probably life gets simpler
There is a wonderful tradition carried out at the temple even to this day. When you want to know if your desired endeavors are going to be fulfilled or not, you are asked to sit in front of the Lord and say your endeavor to Lord Hanuman in your mind. If your endeavour is going to be fulfilled, then a flower on his sacred idol falls to his right. And if your endeavour is not going to be fulfilled, then a flower on his sacred idol falls to his left. If the flower falls quickly to his right that means your endeavour would be fulfilled very quickly. Or falls to his right after a long time, it says your endeavour would be fulfilled but slowly. Hence known as ‘Speaking Hanumantha’.
Miracles of Yalguresh!
During British rule, taxes were taken from people who performed seva in temples. So people who performed seva in Yalgur were also asked to pay taxes. People were poor then, they had no crop and hence no money. So the officers punished them and even beat them. There was an extremely humble and surrendered devotee to Lord Hanuman named Daseya. Just to avoid the situation people made use of Daseya’s goodness and made him a fool. And told the officers that, if Daseya pays the taxes then all would pay taxes to them.
Daseya was an extremely poor and a compassionate person. He confessed that he did not have a single pie and that he is unable to pay any tax. The officers beat him so much that he died. The same day Lord Hanuman came in the dream of his other devotee and asked him to keep Daseya’s corpse for three days undisturbed. After 3 days Daseya livens up and starts performing seva and pujas as daily. Seeing this miracle, the officers turned crazily frightened and were awestruck and badly regretted. They said that they would not be collecting taxes anymore and surrendered to Lord Hanuman.
Yalgur Jatra – Lord Hanuman in gold!
Kartika Utsava also called Yalagur Jatra is an extravaganza in itself and the biggest, lavish, grandeur event the temple witnesses. It falls on the first Saturday after the Poornima day in February every year. The devotees perform Pallakki Seva early in the morning. Then the maha mangalarathi is performed.
Thousands of people come from all over India to Yalagur on this day. A huge number of people gather to take darshan of the very sacred Sri Yalguresh who is Lord Hanuman himself. The devotees are also served Prasadm (lunch) on this day in the Ugraann (temple premises). In the evening, Bhajans and Kirtans are performed. Also the repute Bhimshen Joshi’s disciple Shri Paadigaar comes on this day every year to perform Bhajans.
Yalagur witness immense crowd everyday especially on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Visiting Yalagur will definitely enrich you with Lord Hanuman’s blessings and abundant peace and prosperity to your lives. As the Ygalagur temple is not an ordinarily constructed temple for Lord Hanuman but solely Lord Hanuman himself!.