Lingeshwara Temple Mylara is dedicated to Mailari God, In history, Mallasura named a demon, and his brother performed penitence and with the blessing of Brahma, obtained the blessing that none in human beings can harm them. With the blessing, they emerged stronger and started to harm the sages and the common people. The Sages prayed to Lord Shiva.
The sage’s prayers were answered and Lord Shiva took a new form of Mailara and along with seven crores, Goravas took up a war against the Mallasura and Manikasura, his brother.
The war went on for 10 days. With the bow, Lord Shiva slew them. In the battle, Lord Veerabhadra who was Lord Shiva’s aide in the war with his long hair struck the earth and Kancheevaras emerged from the earth.
Kancheevaras challenged the daemon Mallasura and gave them to Mailara. Mailara killed the demons and saved the sages. After killing them, Mailra wore the intestines of the demons on his head like a turban, their teeth as a necklace, skulls as meal bowl, mouth as the hand drums, and their skin as a long coat. Even their fat was used as oil and nerves as lamp wick.
Karnika Utsava at Lingeshwara Temple Mylara
Karnika Utsava and the Pavada is a part of the Mylara Jatre (festival). Karnika utsava is the one in which the bow climbing, as well as the prophecy, is spoken out. Pavada is the ritual where body piercing is done.
Usually, Karnika Utsava is performed by the Karnika Gorava, who must undergo 12-day fasting and climbs up a 12-meter bow and then says the prophecy about politics, agriculture, and other natural calamities. Usually, the prophecy is all about the future, everyone predicts in different aspe.
On the day of Karnik Utsava, many devotees assemble at Mylara Lingeshwara Temple chanting the mantras commemorating the seven crore goravas who accompany Lord Shiva in the battle. On this day, a wooden bow, which is the typical representation of the bow that slew the demons, is kept in the middle of the Denkana maradi, and then the Gorava carries the bow out of his tent and climbs up it.
Once he is on the top, as a mark of devotion, he shivers, and then as the Holy Spirit enters him, he speaks the prophecy. Once the prophecy is uttered, he drops himself from the top, and then people carry him in.