The Nagalamadike temple at Pavagada is one of the spiritual centres which has been attracting devotees from all over the State and the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh too, particularly during the period of Karthika Maasa.
The temple is on the banks of river North Pinakini. It is located 15 kms away from Pavagada, a taluk which is also famous as a naxal-inflicted region all over the world.
The place which was earlier called by the name ‘Roddam Munnur Harive’ was ruled by Nolamba Pallavas. Deers were aplenty in the region as there were lush green pastures.
Kukke Subramanya, situated in Dakshina Kannada is also called Adi Subrahmanya, whereas Ghati Subramanya is located in Doddaballapura and this temple is called Anthya Subramanya.
Lord Shri Ramachandra was supposed to have visited and stayed in this place for a short period here in this region and his brother Lakshmana who had been obedient till then, had argued against his brother at this place, as the legend goes.
This attitude of dissent has been instilled in the people of this region, say the villagers.
Nagalamadike was an agrahara earlier, in which thousands of Brahmin families lived.
Here lived Annambhatta, an ardent devotee, who used to go to Kukke Subramanya temple every year to attend the Rathotsava. Once Annambhatta, an old man could not reach the temple at the right time. And at the same time, to the surprise of the devotees at Kukke Subramanya, the Ratha did not move at all!
At that time, Lord Subramanya appeared in the form of a Vatu and told his devotees that one of his ardent devotees is about to come and until his arrival the rituals should not be continued.
It was only after the arrival of Annambhatta, that Ratha moved, according to the legends. The God, in the form of Vatu later told Annambhatta to continue his pooja at Nagalamadike itself and asked him to take the Nagabharana with him from Kukke Subramanya, which has been worshiped even today at the time of Rathotsava.
Lord Subramanya who appeared in the dream of Annambhatta asked him to install a temple on the banks of North Pinakini. The search for the Nagarakallu ended, when a field was being ploughed.
Hence the place came to be called by the name Nagalamadike (In Telugu Nagalu means Nagara Madaka).
Later on, a big temple was constructed when Roddam Balasubbaiah had a dream, asking him to build a temple. Even today, the family of Balasubbaiah provides food to devotees at the time of Rathotsava. The beauty of the idol of Nagappa which is in the sanctum sanctorium of the temple, bewitches the devotees with its seven-hooded snakes which are three feet long. On the occasion of Pushya Shuddha Shashti, Brahmarathotsava will be observed.
Devotees throng the temple for performing various poojas such as Sarpasamsakara, Nagaprathishte, Nagadosha Parihaara and others.
People worship Theete Nagappa, another deity, which they believe will heel their illness.
The idol is said to be growing everyday, and is also called Udbhava Murthy. There are also temples of Eshwara and Anjaneya.
Cattle fair will be held every year for a period of ten days, which is considered as one of the biggest fairs in the district. As many as 50,000 people participate in the fair. Though there are transport facilities from Pavagada, the devotees face lack of basic facilities.
More devotees gather especially at the time of Shashti which will be held on December 15, and more facilities have to be provided to them. The Government has to take up work which will help in the overall development of the temple and provide basic facilities for them.