This is the only temple of Raghavendra Swamy in the world that has a stone deity of the Mantralaya seer. It is also the only idol of Raghavendra Swamy found in a river and carried all the way on foot for nearly nearly forty kilometres.
The idol was found by a washer man who used it to wash his clothes every day. The washer man dreamt every night about a holy man asking him whey he was washing clothes on his back.
The washer man did not know what to make of the dream and when a holy man passed by , he revealed the dream to him. The holy man asked the washer man to show him the stone and he was stunned to see that it contained an image of Raghavendra Swamy.
By then, Raghavendra Swamy had appeared in the dream of Mumadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar, the King of Mysore, and instructed him to help build a temple at Nanjangud.
Raghavendra Swamy also appeared in the dream of the reigning pontiff of the Mantralaya Rayara Matha, Sujnanendra Theertha (1836-1861) and ordered him to receive the idol and also consecrate it at the temple.
Today, the temple still exists and it is one of the most famous Raghavendra Swamy temples in India. The temple is in the famous pilgrim town of Nanjangud, which is about 23.3 kms from the royal city of Mysore.
The Raghavendra Swamy temple is situated near the NanjundeshwaraTemple and it is also near the serenely flowing Kapila.
The deity of Raghavendra Swamy was consecrated in the presence of Mummadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar. The Mutt premises was earlier known as Diwan Poornaiah’s Chatra. There is a small but beautiful idol of Anjaneya in the Raghavendra Swamy temple. This idol was installed when Poornaiah was the Diwan of Mysore.
Another story about the idol is about the desire of Sujnanendra Theertha to be entombed in Mantralaya as he wanted to be near Raghavendra Swamy. When Sujnanendra Theertha was about to depart from the mortal world, he decided to go to Mantralaya. Raghavendra Swamy came in his dream and asked him to stay back at Nanjangud.
Raghavendra Swamy told Sujnanendra Theertha that he himself would come to Nanjangud. He said his idol would come to Nanjangud and that it should be consecrated with help from the Wodeyar King.
Sujnanendra Theertha consecrated the idol and Mummadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar was present at the ceremony. Sujnanendra Theertha passed away a day after the uttara Aradhane of Raghavendra Swamy.
Apart from the idol, the Nanjangud Matha which is more than three hundred years old is known for the Tapovan which has the Pancha Brindavana (tombs) of five Mantralaya Mutt seers.
The Brindavanas belong to Subodhendra Theertha (1799-1835), Sujnanendra Theertha (1836-1861), Suprajnendra Theertha (1884-1903), Sujanendra Theertha (1807-1836) and Sukrutheendra Theertha (1903-1912).
The postal address of the matha is:
Sri Raghavendra Swamy Prateeka Sannidhana,
Moola Matha, Rashtra Pati Road,
Nanjangud, Mysore District
Karnataka – 571301
08221 – 224690; or
+91 (8221) 224690 or