|Mallikarjuna or the
Malleswara as he is known in the Puranas is said to have been installed by Yudhishthira,
the eldest of the Pancha Pandavas, as a token of their victory of the South. Thribhuvana
Malla, Western Chalukya King of the 10th century A.D, historically constructed the temple.
The installation of Vijayeswara is said to have been done by Arjuna, one of
the Pancha Pandavas, to commemorate his victory with Lord Siva in the shape of Kirata or