Another popular excursion from Mysore city is Nanjangud. Nanjangud is 25kms from Mysore. It is a holy place because of the Nanjundeswara or Srikanteswara temple. It is called Garalapuri because of this famous temple. This place is an important pilgrim center and is named after its famous temple the Nanjundeshwara temple. The temple is built in the Dravidian style and is the only one of its kind in Karnataka. It is said that the sage Gauthama stayed in Nanjangud for sometime and installed a Linga in this place. Nanjangud is also known as 'Dakshina Kashi' or the Varanasi of the South.
Nanjangud is situated on the right bank of the river Kapila also known
as Kabini. This river is a tributary of the River Cauvery. Close to the
town of Nanjangud is the confluence or Sangam of the rivers Kapila and
Gundlu. This confluence is called "Parahurama Kshetra". It is
said that it is here that Parashurama had repented for the sin of
beheading his mother. There is a Parashurama temple built in the Mysore
style, the sanctum has an idol of Lord Parashurama and he is worshipped
here. This place has temples dedicated to Anjaneya and Basaveshwara too.
Nanjangud is also an important industrial hub of Myosre district. Many
big Indian and multinational companies have their units in Nanjangud.