The Temple of Shri Malai Mahadeshwara, located in the Mahadeshwara Hills, in Chamarajanagar district of Southern Karnataka is a famous Shiva pilgrim centre. It draws many pilgrims from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu yearly, the huge area around the temple nearly accounts for 156 acres. It was built by a rich Kuruba Gowda landlord. The deity is worshipped by numerous tribals like JenuKuruba and KoduKuruba among others. The presence of Lord Shiva is aymbolised by the presence of a self manifesting Linga. The huge area and the open wildlife at all sides combines to make the temple a very inviting one.