Origin of the Mata
Penagonda Peeta is the mula (pivot) of Simhanagadde Peeta.
Honnavara Taluk of Uttara Kannada district is a small village in central Karnataka. This was the capital of Salva kings and flourished as one of the chief centres of Jainism in Karnataka. This had been the holy abode of Goddess Jwalamalini for few centuries and had a huge follower-ship in the region. It is said to have continued till around 15-16th century. The Jain muni Acharya Samathabadhra was looking after the place around this time. It is said that around this time Goddess Jwalamalini had felt that Gerusoppe is on the verge of extinction and is said to have appeared in the dreams of Samathabadhra Acharya and indicated the same to Acharya and asked him to move her idol from that place. As a result of this the Acharya is said to have traveled along the eastern direction with the idol on a bullock cart. While on his search to find the right place he crossed across Yadehalli (the present N.R.Pura) and was mesmerised on seeing an astonishing scene there. He found a cow grazing along with its calf in the midst of a ‘Gadde’ (fields) and a ‘Simha’ (Lion). The Simha was seen to be interacting with cow in a very calm and composed manner in contrary to its ferocious nature. He was astonished to see this and felt this as the right place to install the idol of the Goddess Jwalamalini. Since then the place is popularly known as ‘Simhanagadde’.