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Temples of Dakshin Kannada

Temples of Dakshin Kannada

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GOKARNA (GOKARNAM): (Shiva: Mahabaleswarar - Ambal: Gokarnanayaki


Location: Gokarnam near Kollur - Shiva: Mahabaleswarar - Ambal: Gokarnanayaki Theertham: Koti Theertham Description: Gokarna is a celebrated pilgrimage center on the coast of Karnataka, enshrining the Aatma Lingam Mahabaleshwar. It is regarded as one of the 7 Mukti Stalas of Karnataka, and it has been revered by the hymns of the Tamil Saints (Nayanmars) of the 1st millennium CE. Gokarna is located at a distance of 170 km from Mangalore, the nearest airport. The seven muktistalas of Karnataka are Udupi, Kollur, Subramanya, Kumbasi, Kodeshwara, Sankaranarayana and Gokarna. All these shrines are also known as Parasurama Kshetras, created on the land reclaimed from the sea by Parasurama. This is the only Tevara Stalam in Karnataka (Tulu Nadu) hailed by the Tamil songs of the Bhakti movement. Legends: Vinayakar (Dwibhuja Vinayakar shrine) is said to have tricked the demon Ravana into leaving behind a Shivalingam here in a legend similar to that at Tiruchirappalli. In spite of the might exerted by Ravana (Maha Bala), the Shivalingam stayed fixed, hence the name Mahabaleshwar. The pull exerted by Ravana, is said to have caused the Shivalingam to resemble the shape of a cow's ear and hence the name Gokarnam. A very similar legend holds at

the Vaidyanath - Jyotirlingam temple at Deogarh in Bihar. The Temple: This west facing temple enshrines Mahabaleshwar, in a square Saligrama Peetham. A golden rekha on the peetham, and a small hole in its middle permits devotees to have a glimpse of the top of the Aatma Lingam. The six foot tall Shivalingam is encolsed inside the peetham, and it can be seen only once in 40 years, when the Ashta bandana Kumbhahishekam is performed. There are also shrines to Vinayaka, Chandikeswara, Aadi Gokarneswara and Dattatreya. Gokarnanayaki is also known as Taamragowri, and her shrine is behind the sanctum. The sacred thirtham here is the Koti theertham. The image of Vinayaka bears a dent, said to have been caused when Ravana, enraged at the loss of the Atma Lingam had hit him. Festivals: It is customary here to have a dip in the sea and then worship a Shivalingam made out of sand, before worshipping at the temple. Maha Sivaratri is of great significance in this shrine located in idyllic surroundings. Also located around Gokarna are Sejjeshwara, Gunavanteshwara, Murudeshwara and Dhareshwara. These four temples along with Mahabaleshwara are known as the Pancha Maha Kshetras.


The place was named as Kunjaranya. He also took the liberty of requesting Parvathi to send her son. Ganapathi. Narada explained that in the past from time to time the Holy Trinity. Narada's charisma led all the Heavenly Gods along with Lord Ganapathi to attend the "Puja" with eminence and granduer.(Ganapathy Temple) Idagunji Devasthana is an ancient temple with a history of more than 1500 years. Narada with the help of the saints fabricated another lake named "Devatirtha". Lord Ganapathi stayed in the place Kunjaranya which is now renowned as Idagunji. Ganapathi to the saints for the removal of obstacles. They also created lakes termed as "Chakratirtha" and "Brahmatirtha" which is truly a spiritual inspiration. Valakhilya along with other immortal saints was performing penitential activities in a forest. They started experiencing diverse hindrance in penitentiary activities. Valakhilya requested Narada to show him an appropriate place to worship the deity. The temple dedicated especially for this purpose was decked with attractive decor and the enormous glittering diamonds and stones. The other Gods appealed to go to their original places. So according to this purana . After sketching out this to all the saints. Narada chalked out an exact place located a few miles away to the left of Sharavati. magnificently attired. Ganapathi expressed his desire to grant the wishes of his devotees. Narada approached Brahma. They came across the Sharavati River which gracefully caressed and consolidated with the ocean. Har and Brahma have come to this place to conduct their penance to stop the destruction of the "Asuras" (the demons). Narada the noble saint approached Valakhilya. was holding “Modhaka” and “Padma” in his hands immensely pleased by the devotion rendered on him by the saints. Hari.IDAGUNJI . The other Gods were cherished and treated equivalently. He seeked solace and worshipped Lord Krishna. 2 . Ganapathi emphasized his decision to stay and gratify the desires of his devotees. The great saints and Heavenly beings chanted the hymns in praise of Lord Ganapathi. Narada along with Valakhilya and other saints wandered westward in search of a suitable place. He then offered to bring Ganapathi (Vinayaka) along with other Gods including the Holy Trinity. To add up to the significance of the place. They also blessed their worshippers. who explained his difficult situation to the divine saint and requested him to suggest pragmatic solutions to deal with the obstacles on his way. The story of the temple is as follows. The holy saint was agitated by these obstacles. Narada advised him to worship God Vigneshwara (the remover of obstacles) before starting the penance again. Vishnu and Maheshwara to attend the "Puja" at Kunjaranya offered by the saints.

he would not be able to do his rituals. The Lanka king Ravana wanted to attain immortality by obtaining the AtmaLinga. Ravana may obtain immortality and create havoc on earth. Ganesh struck a deal with him saying that he will call Ravana thrice. Since the AtmaLinga belonged to Lord Shiva. If the AtmaLinga was ever placed on the ground. Sage Narada. "Murudeshwara" is another name of the Hindu god Shiva. realised that with the AtmaLinga. got really angry and tried to uproot and destroy it but could not. this beach town lies on the coast of the Arabian Sea and is also famous for the Murudeshwara Temple. Finally.MURUDESHWAR . Ravana. it will get stuck to that place. At this time. Mrideshwara has been renamed to Murudeshwara. 23 miles away. Vishnu then removed his illusion and it was daylight again. Ravana now had to perform his evening rituals but was worried because with the AtmaLinga in his hands. Seeing him. and asked him not to place it on the ground. Then he decided to destroy the covering of the AtmaLinga. Lord Ganesh in the disguise of a Brahmin boy came near him. 10-12 miles away. Ravana asked the AtmaLinga as the boon. Ravana requested him to hold the AtmaLinga until he performed his rituals. The Hindu gods attained immortality and invincibility by worshipping a divine lingam called the Atma Linga. Lord Shiva appeared before him and granted him a boon. A big arched entrance on the Highway marks the entrance of the road to Murudeshwara. Murudeshwara Temple and Raja Gopura: This temple is built on the Kanduka Hill which is surrounded on three 3 . who came to know of this incident. Ganesh had already placed the AtmaLinga on the ground. Ravana worshipped Shiva with devotion. realising that he had been tricked. Lord Vishnu knew that Ravana was a very devoted person who used to perform prayer ritual in the evening every day without fail. Having obtained his boon. Ravana started back on his journey to Lanka. and threw the case covering it to a place called Sajjeshwara.(Atma Lingam) Murudeshwara lies at a deviation of 1 kilometer from the National Highway NH17 between the towns of Honnavar and Bhatkal. As predicted. Famous for the world's tallest Shiva statue. before Ravana could return after completing his rituals. and if Ravana does not return within that time. He decided to make use of this fact and with the help of Lord Ganesh came up with a plan to confiscate the AtmaLinga from Ravana. Then he threw the lid of the case to a placed called Guneshwara (now Gunavanthe)and Dhareshwara. Lord Shiva agreed to give him the boon with a condition that it should never be placed on the ground. he would place the AtmaLinga on the ground. The origin of the name "Murudeshwara" dates to the time of Ramayana. Lord Vishnu blotted the sun to make it look like evening had appeared. He approached the Lord Vishnu and requested him to prevent the AtmaLinga from reaching Lanka. he threw the cloth covering the AtmaLinga to a placed called Mrideshwara in Kanduka-Giri (Kanduka Hill). Pleased by his prayers. As Ravana was nearing Gokarna.

The statue was built by Shivamogga's Kashinath and several other sculptors. the goddess created a mystical power by bringing together the individual powers of all the gods. is present in the temple complex. The temple Mookambika got its name from a demon called Kumbhasura (Kamsasuran) who was reigning in this region. It is the tallest statue of Shiva in the world. including the 249 feet tall Raja Gopura. KOLLUR MOOKAMBIKA The temple is located at Kollur on the banks of the river Sauparnika at the foot of the hill Kodachadri in Western Ghat. The entire temple and temple complex. and took about 2 years to build. and proceeds to join the sea near the temple of "Maharajaswamy" (Varahaswamy) at Maravanthe. R.N. It is believed that it is in the banks of this river that Suparna. therefore it cures all the diseases of those who bathe in it. Statue of Lord Shiva: A huge towering statue of Lord Shiva. a vulture. Then it flows westward. Later the place came to be known as Kolapuram. on the request of Kola Maharshi. The statue is 123 feet (37 m) in height. Hence a bath in this river assumes significance and is considered sacred. The Gods and divine beings became helpless against his harassment and Kodachadri became the hiding place for them. which is considered the tallest gopura in the world. Guru of asuras.The Saint was so enchanted with the beauty of the place he decided to perform penance on a rock near the Agnitheertham. there is a small cave even today which is known as "Garuda's Cave". This holy river takes birth at the Kodachadri and flows up to the edge of Anthargami region where two more streams called Bhrungisha and Pippalada join it. Shetty. financed by businessman and philanthropist Mr. The idol is designed such that it gets the sun light directly and thus appears sparkling. It is a temple dedicated to the Lord Shiva.N. at a cost of approximately 50 million Rs. was constructed to its present form by businessman and philanthropist Mr R. surrounding Kollur in the name of "Sampara". Soon after. Kollur is named after Kola Maharshi . in the banks of Sauparnika. visible from great distances. Shetty. From then onwards Kumbhasura was called Mookasura (Dumb asura). the Goddess of speech.sides by the waters of the Arabian Sea. This 4 . senses that this could lead to a greater devastation makes him dumb and thus he could not verbalize his wishes when Lord Shiva appeared to bless him. after him. cautioned Kumbhasura about his impending death at the hands of a woman and advised him to please Lord Shiva through severe austerities. Vagdevi. Sukracharya. performed penance and attained salvation and hence the name Sauparnika. Two life-size elephants in concrete stand guard at the steps leading to the temple. It is believed that river absorbs the elements of 64 different medicinal plants and roots as it flows. At the location where he is said to have sat in penance. and a 20-storied Gopura is being constructed on the temple.

. 09. with the divine disc(chakra) and conch in her upper hands and holds her other two hand in abhaya mudra and varada mudra.m.m. Since that day. He also asked that his name be remembered along with hers henceforth. the Goddess has resided at this holy place Kollur by the name Mookambika.m.15 p. The goddess appeared before him and ordered him to erect her idol beside the Jyotirlinga.30 a.30 p.00 p. The Goddess is seated in padmasana posture with three eyes and four arms. if the devotee wishes to enter through the western gate (it is believed that Sankaracharya entered through this gate) devotees have to buy a ticket for Rs 15. 12.00 to 08.30 a. Danthadavan Bali & MangalarathiBali Starting of the after noon pooja Arachane Mahanaivedya Bali Closing the Doors of the Devasthan Starting of the pooja of Prasadha Pooja Mangalarathi Bali Mangalarathi Bali UtasvaKashaya Mangalarathi Morning After-Noon Evening Night Pooja Special Darsan No amount is charged for entering the temple through the main gate. 07. 06.m.00 p.30 a. Also enshrined near this image are those of Mahakali and Saraswathi. Shankaracharya then had the statue sculpted in the form in which he had seen the goddess. The place where Devi killed Mookasura is known as "Marana Katte".Just before he died Mookasura repented and begged Devi to stay permanently in Kollur. 12. It has a big courtyard and a spacious sanctum Sanctorum. 01.The idol of Devi is made up of panchaloha(five metals) and is positioned behind the Lingam. also gifted a sword of similar type made of silver. The main statue in the temple is of the Goddess Mookambika in the form of Jyothir Linga .m. One is offered by Rani Chennamma as a substitute for the missing of original one. 11.Ramachandran gifted a gold sword weighing one kg. The temple was established by Shankaracharya. Parvathi and Saraswathi have all merged in the larger left side and the Lord Parameshwara.m. M.00 p. Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma resides in the right side of the Linga. Rekha) devides the Swayambhu Linga in to two unequal parts. Opening the Doors. 08. Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Sri.Divine Power waged on Mookasura. This temple has two processional deities of gold. 08. When Sanakaracharya learnt about this.m.30 p.m. Former Chief Minister of Karnataka . Legend has it that a Jyotiralinga appeared here when sage Kola maharishi was doing penance. Starting of the Morning Pooja.m..(the mother of Mooka).m.m. 01. It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi.30 p. he went to Kollur and worshiped Adishakti. 08.00 a.m. 07. 06.00 p. However. The golden facial mask of Goddess Mookambika was gifted by Vijaya Nagara Emperor. The temple is built in the Kerala style of architecture.m.00 a.00 p. A golden line (Suvarna 05. 5 .(marana means death and katte means platform).G.Sri Gundu Rao.m. But subsequently the missing one was found and thus there are two processional idols.

and then the Horanaadu Annapoorneshwari temple. Sringeri. Horanadu is 100 kms southwest of Chikmagalur. The uniqueness of this temple is everybody who visit this temple are provided with food (Breakfast. While the Padma Peeta is formed by Ashtagaja. Deity of the temple has been designed in unique manner. Horanaadu Annapoorneeshwari temple halls is a blessing that each one of us can die for. caste. The single image depicts the Devi standing on a peeta with Devi Gayatri. With the installation of the new image of Adi Shakti. the warm and courteous people. the peace of having God's food in the Kukke. The sanctum was renovated in recent years by a learned astrologer. Dharmasthala. Sri Chakra. The tranquility. Venkitasubba Jois. Deity in the Annapoorneshwari Temple is said to have been installed by renowned Sage Agastya. language. Shri Bheemeshwara Joshi is the present Dharmakartaru of Annapoorneshwari temple. Such a trip would be the most purifying and humbling experience of one's life. amazingly dense forests and vegetation. The recently renovated sanctum of the temple is surrounded by Adi Sesha. now the temple is called Adi-Shaktyatmaka Shri Annapoorneshwari. located in the midst of thick forests and valleys. Male visitors to the temple have to remove their shirts and preferably cover their shoulders with a towel or a shawl as a symbol of respect and humility in front of god. Sringeri.HORANADU (Annapoorneshwari Temple) Horanadu is located in the picturesque surroundings of Western Ghats of Karnataka. Dharmasthala. Udupi Krishna temple and Kollooru Mookaambike. or creed. It feels like the most beautiful route one can ever take. A sense of fulfilment is felt when a person visits this temple and it is said that a person who seeks the goddess' blessings would never have any scarcity for food in life. Koorma and others. the feeling of oneness with God. Lunch and Dinner) including a dessert made from Dhal or Lentils irrespective of their religion. The main deity of Annapoorna is made of gold and she looks so beautiful. Kalaseswara temple in Kalasa. The name "Annapoorneshwari" means "Feeding one and all". A trip to the Horanaadu Aadishaktiyatmaka Annapoorneshwari temple would be most fulfilling if all pilgrimage spots en route to the temple are also included in travel plans. with nature in all Her resplendent glory. It is believed that lord Shiva once had a curse and that this curse was reversed when the lord visited Goddess Annapoorna and sought her blessings. the ancient temple of Goddess Annapoorneshwari . The route to the temple traverses ghats. Some of the places that will be encountered in that order would be Kukke Subrahmanya. Shanku and Chakra in Her four hands. and place to sleep in the temple premises. UDUPI 6 . Horanadu is a place of enchanting natural scenery.

Lakshmi and Durga. The idol Udupi of Sri Krishna. The advent of Lord Krishna to this divine land is dramatic. unlike in most of the temples. In order to display different pastimes for his devotees. Subramanya.The temple town Udupi is not only a popular pilgrimage place but also the birthplace of many banks of national repute. Deity: The idol in the temple is called Bala Krishna with a churner in the right hand and a cord in the left hand. The lamps burning by the side of Krishna idol was supposed to have been lighted by Sri Madhvacharya?and is being kept burning even to this day. Kumbasi. Built in 13the century. is facing west. Legend has it that this was the very same idol which Rukmini Devi had lovingly worshipped during the Dwapara Yuga. The then 7 . Sankaranarayana. Several stories are related with this. Sri Madwacharya. Krishna Temple. Udupi is one of the seven Muktisala Pilgrimage sites in Karnataka (the other six being Mookambika. From inside the mud he got the idols of Lord Krishna and Balarama. a deemed university) is situated within 5 km from Udupi. The captain offered all the cargo. To the right of this idol is another idol of Sri Venugopal Krishna. he saw a ship drifting away following a severe storm. and Gokarna). which is covered with artistically carved silver plates. He installed the Balarama idol in Vada Pandeshwara village near the shores in Malpe and the Lord Krishna idol at Udupi near the Chandramouleeswara shrine. except two big lumps of Gopichandan (a special fragrant mud) which was in a corner of the ship used as ballast. Unlike in other Hindu temples here there is no entrance to the sanctum sanctorum from the front. Mohini. the Udupi Sri Krishna temple also known as Krishna Mutt. Sri Madhwacharya refused to accept anything. Udupi is also well known world over to the millions of connoisseurs of food as the birthplace of Udupi Hotels and Masala Dosa. Udupi has been steadily gaining in importance as a hoary centre of pilgrimage. the exponent of Dwaita Philosophy installed an enchantingly beautiful idol of Lord Sri Krishna at Udupi. is one of the most popular shrines dedicated to Lord Krishna in the southern region of India. Udupi Krishna has over 50 different dresses such as Cowherd Boy. installed the idol about 700 years ago. Great dwaita philosopher Madhavacharya. He saved the ship by his yogic powers. The unique feature of this temple is that the Lord is worshipped only through a window with nine holes called the Navagraha Kitiki. Kodeswara. Sri Krishna temple has an alluring idol of god adorned with beautiful jewels. Even the modern. Once when Sri Madhwacharya was meditating near the Malpe beach (5 km from Udupi). The most popular one is that related with the pilgrimage of Saint Kanaka Dasa to Udupi. Introduction: About 700 years ago.Overview : Situated approximately 60 kms from Mangalore. Ever since the idol was installed. One has to look at the icon through this window (Navagraha kitiki). in return for the help rendered. world famous educational campus of Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE.

To the east of this shrine is the cowshed (Goshala). on the northern side leads straight to dining hall on the right called chauki. In between this mandapa and the sanctum sanctorum there is a small passage and a window (Navagraha kitiki) through which the devotees can see the idol of Sri Krishna inside the sanctum sanctorum. On th northern side of Vasantha Mahal is the Vrindavana of the late swamis of Udupi Maths. To the east of Vasant Mandapa is the shrine of Lord Subramanya. Where this statue now stands was originally the entrance to the sanctum sanctorum. is the entrance to the temple.Sri Mukhya Prana(Hanuman) in the north. Few steps away from this on the left side. To commemorate Lord Krishna's darshana to Kanaka Dasa. To the west. Thus darsan the idol of Sri Krishna can be had through Kanaka Kidiki and Navagraha Kidiki from the western side even without entering the temple. To the West of Vasantha Mahal is a big hall called Badagu Malige which serve as administrative offices. Krishna was so pleased with Kanaka Dasa's devotion that the idol turned to west as Kanaka Dasa was singing on the western side of the temple. This is the stage where recitations. The darsan through this window is considered so sacred that even now before paryaaya the designated paryaaya Swamiji offers prayers to Sri Krishna through this window. purana etc. Other Deities: Besides the holy image of Sri Krishna. 8 . prathishta of other deities are also seen in the temple. This entrance was closed off in the second half of the last century and the statue of Sri Chenna Keshava was installed there. Hence it is considered very sacred to receive prasadam from the paryaaya swami while seated here (at 2pm and 8 pm). The exit from the math. On the left of the circumambulating path. Subsequently a small window was constructed on the wall facing the western side so that Kanaka Dasa could see Lord Krishna from outside. As one enters through the main entrance (southern side). To the west of Suryasala is the Chinada Kone (literally the corner of gold) where all the jewels offered to Sri Krishna are stored. Inside the chauki there is a small shrine of Hanuman. Beyond the cowshed is located the stable for the temple elephant. is a hall known as chandrasala. lectures. Being from a lower cast. It is considered that Madhavacharya is present in this sacred peetha (Sarvajna Peetha) even now. facing west. in front of the mandapa. There are two shrines on either side of chandasala. the window has been designated as 'Kanaka Kidiki (Kanaka?s window) and can be seen as one enters through the western gopuram.chief priest of the temple made arrangements for his stay in a hut in the roadside on the western side of the temple. and Garuda in the south When we stand at the steps leading to the sanctum sanctorum and turn towards the south inside the door is the shrine of Sri Madhvacharya. by tradition he was forbidden to enter the temple and have darshan. On the top floor of chauki is a dining hall for feeding pilgrims. the first room on the right is the temple office where one can book and pay amount for different poojas. To the west of Anuyagasala is the Suryasala from where the scholars recite veda. discourses and other cultural programmes are organised. To the right Chinda Kone is the mandapa. is a small room known as Anuyagasala and in front of this is another room where the golden palanquin of Sri Krishna is kept. The 'Kanaka Kidiki (Kanaka?s window) is on the wall of this hall which opens to the western gate of the temple. On each side of this window stand the statues of Jaya and Vijaya the gatekeepers of the Lord. and storeroom for provisions. At the end of the passage is a hall known as Vasanta Mahal. Immediately in front is the idol of Sri Chenna Keshava.

11-00 a.Puttige and Kaniyoor mutts are worshipped here on the evening of Utthana Dwadasi.m.m. 07-30 p.m.30 a. Vidyashankara of Vidyathirtha.15 a.m.Pune railroad. During Rathotsava nights Teppotsava take place in this tank. Timings / Darshan : Krishna is worshipped fourteen times a day by the paryaaya Swamiji and others. Sankara's disciple Sureshwaracharya was the first head of the Sringeri Peetham. It is believed that Ganges water flows in to this tank once in 12 years. The Swamijis have to bathe in this tank before they commence the worship at the shrine. who was the head of this Peetham for a period of 105 years from 1228 CE to 1333 CE is 9 . and installed an image of Sarada with a Sri Chakra in front of her. and is home to the Sarada Peetham established by the revered spiritual leader Aadi Sankaracharya.stock of fire wood arranged in the form of a huge chariot? needed for the two-year paryaaya term is located adjacent to Madhavasarovaram near the cow shed.m. For daily abhisheka of Sri Krishna water from this tank is used.00 a. Deities of Sri Krishnapur. Sringeri is one of the most celebrated pilgrimage centers in Karnataka. 07. The tank was originally known as Anantha Theertha. 07-00 p. and started the Bharati Sampradaya to propagate the philosophy of non dualism. Alankara Puja Avasara Sanakadi Maha Puja Chamara Seva Ratri Puja Ranga Puja All the dishes which are offered to Sri Krishna are offered to Hanuman also. The nearest railhead is Birur on the Bangalore . 10-30 a.00 a. Puja Timing: 05-00 a. 07. are the Sringagiri hills.30 a. SRINGERI Location: Sringeri is located amidst the Sahyadri hills in Chikmaglur district of Karnataka on the left bank of the river Tungabhadra. 06.m.m. Madvasarorava : Adjacent to the main corridor through which the pilgrims enter the Krishna temple. 07-40 p.m. said to be the birth place of Sage Rishyasringa. The nearest airport is at Mangalore (150 km). there is the holy tank called Madvasarorava ( Madhava Pushkarani).40 a. 07. it came to be designated as Madhvasarovara The tank has stone steps all round and a mandapam in the centre. Near Sringeri.m. Aadi Sankaracharya established the Sarada Peetham here in the 1st millennium CE.Kattige Ratha . Nirmalya visarjana Puja Ushakala Puja Akshya patra-Go Puja Panchamrita Abhisheka Udvartana Puja Kalasha Puja Teertha Puja 08-30 a. 06.m.m.m. The rituals begin at dawn and go late into the night.m. In the southwest corner of the tank is a shrine dedicated to Bhaagiirathi (Ganga) seated on a crocodile. but after the Ganga descended into this tank for the sake of Madhvacharya. 06.

considered to be one of the greatest Gurus of this Peetham. and are so arranged that the sun's rays fall on each of them. This temple also features 61 images carved in bas relief. The processional image of Saradamba is enshrined in the sourhern prakaram. Also in this temple are shrines to Shakti Ganapati. and it was replaced with a golden image. There are also shrines to Shakti Ganapati and Bhuvaneswari here. who was instrumental in the establishment of the Vijayanagara Empire. which not only offered stiff resistance to the onslaught of destruction from the invading foreign armies. holding a Japa Mala. but also caused the flowering of literary works and great monuments throughout South India andthe preservation of the ancient temple traditions. At Rishyasringapuram on the banks of the Nandini river. in the order of the solar months. It stands on a richly sculptured basement. The Vidyashankara temple at Sringeri was built in memory of Guru Vidyashankara or Vidyathirtha by Vidyaranya. with a parrot perched on the top of her hand. enshrines Sringeswara. Legend has it that the sage Rishyasringa attained salvation here. with non removable rolling stone balls in its mouth. of various scenes from the puranas. This temple combines the Hoysala and Dravida architectural features. From across the river. The Navaratri festival season also witnesses processions of the processional image of Saradamba. A circular shikhara crowns the sanctum. The twelve pillars in the mandapam are named the Raasi pillars. this temple looks seated like a majestic swan. Several inscriptions are seen in the temple. Also in Sringeri is the Janardhana temple. with the aid of the Vijayanagar rulers in the 14th century. There is also a shrine to Aadi Sankara here. where carved in one of the niches of the sanctum is an image of Aadi Sankaracharya. Tippu Sultan of Srirangapatna is believed to have made gifts to Sringeri for the conduct of the Sahasra Chandi Japa for the welfare of the country. The temple also houses ruby images of Venugopala and Srinivasa and a Nandi made out of a large pearl. 10 . The original image of sandalwood was installed by Adi Sankaracharya. describing contributions made by the Vijayanagar emperors. in the 14th century. The Saradamba Temple: Sarada Devi is enshrined seated on the Sri Chakra Peetham. Vidyaranya who headed the peetham from 1331 CE to 1386 CE was another extraordinary leader. There are six doorways leading into the temple.Each Friday witnesses the procession of Saradamba in a silver chariot around the temple. Buddha is depicted as one of the incarnations of Vishnu here. The golden image of Sarada was also installed then at the Sarada temple. Near this temple is the Brindavanam of Sureshwaracharya. Each column also has a large rearing lion. Mahishasuramardini and Rajarajeswari.

The place is now called In 1962. Hariharapura where many families come and get their desired homas done and benefited. History: Historical records relating to the 'Champika'. Lord Dakshabrahma performed his great Maha Yaga and hence even today. 'Muni'[Pending link] settled down there. Sri Sri Ramachandrananda Theertha. the then pontiff of the Math etablished a branch at Chennai. The Kumbhabhishekam event held at this place attracts a number of devotees. The Math when set up by goodwill and spirituality amongst the Jagadguru Sathyatheertha waas called people.SHAKATAPURAM Shakatapuram is a religious place for Hindus located in the Koppa taluk of the state of Karnataka. to spread his message of penance. Tapo Bhoomi: It is also said that it was here Sage Agastya had set up ashram and did penance worshipping the Saligrama of Sri Lakshmi 11 . The Math continue his dharmic activities preaches the Advaita form of Hindu undisturbed. Satyatheertha left Badari and came down Krishna. Around 1378. Ther precise date by which kingdom of Vijaynagar (14th/15th the idol was shifted to the present Math at Centuries) throws light on the origins of Shakatapuram (100-200 mts from the Math. it is considered auspicious and effective to get various Homas. Jagadguru Seo Champika) is not known. Yajans performed here. He is a scholar in Sanskrit and Vedanta The Brahmanabdapurana refers to and he became the head of this institution Shakatapuram as the place where the at the age of 13. which is 19km from Sringeri in Chikmagalur District. It is famous for a Hindu Math called Shri Vidya Peetam which is present at this place. He selected Bandigadi (now philosophy. Raja Rajeshwari and Dattatreya south in search of a place where he cound are also worshipped here. Initially the place the Math is Sri Krishananda Theertha who was called 'Munoyoor' as the is the 33rd person to head this institution. 'Muniyoor Math' Jagadguru Seo Sathyatheertha installed an idol of Sri Lakshminarayana on the banks of the river. at Hariharapura. Yaga Bhoomi: Legend has it that it was here. Situated on the banks of river Tunga. The Hindu Gods. There are three specialties attributed to this holy land. India. An exclusive Someswara Yagashala is constructed at Sreemath.[1] It is located near Sringeri and is situated on the banks of river Tunga. Shakatapuram) in the Koppa Taluka of Current scenario : The current pontiff of ChickMandlore District. He started touring India sage Shakata attained salvation through in 1994. HARIHARAPURA This Adi Shankaracharya Sharada Lakshminarasimha Peetam and Sree Math is very ancient and has a history and lineage of over thousand years. Karnataka. Shakatapuram is also known by the name Bandigadi.

The temple is devoted to Shiva and houses a lingam of gold. Website: www. Everyone enjoys the generous hospitality without any distinction of caste. This holy place is the home of the Sri Manjunatheshwara Temple. A RgVeda Patashala with about 20 students and 2 teachers is functioning at Sreemath. On an average the flow of pilgrims is about 10. medical supports are extended and there are plans to create a spiritual tourism and learning center in the near future. 2 high schools.com DHARMASTHALA Dharmasthala is perhaps the most highly revered and best known temple town in Karnataka. with great compassion to humanity works a lot to reach out to all people. Dist. Sri Swamiji is not only keen to maintain all old traditions and heritage. Located amidst the picturesque Western Ghats on the banks of the Nethravathi River. Parama Poojya Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Swayamprakasha Sachidananda Saraswathi Mahaswamiji who is 25th in this sacred line. The temple is unusual in that it is run by a Jain administration and poojas are conducted by Madhva priests. he chose to install the Sri Chakara and idol of Sharadamba here.hariharapura@gmail. P N Viswanathan Administrator. Chikmagalur.hariharapura. The lineage of this Sreemath started from Sri Swayamprakasha Krishna Yogindra Saraswathi. it is about 100 km from Udupi and about 70km from Mangalore. Hariharapura-577120.Narasimhaswamy. feeling the divinity in this holy land.com. the need to create more infrastructures for those interested in spirituality and the guest house Sri Lakshmi Nivas is available for those who come here for performing sevas and wish to stay in a blissful and tranquil environment. A mechanized and clean kitchen provides free food for all pilgrims. gained its prominence during the previous Swamiji.000 people a day. There are guest 12 . where devotees of all castes and creeds visit. A Goshala is maintained with about 45 cows and calves. one Saraswathi Seva Hospital and working hard to reach out to more and more people in many ways.org Email: hariharapura@yahoo. creed or class whatsoever. Sreemath provides food for any one in the afternoon and night and plans are to create a large dining hall for this. Sreemath. Sri Swamiji is also engaged in guiding 2 colleges. which adores our main shrine at Sreemath. between 1939 and 1999 to our present Peetadhipathi. Karnataka Phone: 08265 274458. not only spiritual but in areas like education health and general well being. With all these. Sri Swayamprakasha Abhinava Ramananda Saraswathi Swamiji. Hariharapura even today Jnana Bhoomi: It is also said that later when Sri Adi Shankara visited this place. His Holiness has also founded Live Happily Foundation through which support to students for pursuing higher professional education.

built on the banks of the Netravathi River.Free food is provided to devotees who come in thousands every day.000 people everyday. Legend: It has been told in Dharmasthala that the Shiva Lingam in Dharmasthala was brought to Dharmasthala by a man named Annappa. By then. A modern tuberculosis sanitorium was built by Dharmasthala Manjunatheswara Medical Trust to give relief to the patients of tuberculosis. Ether. and Dental Sciences in Dharmasthala. The temple is unique example of unity in diversity. Once when the Heggade he was serving wanted to worship Lord Shiva. The specialty of this institution is its endeavor to teach values based on Indian Culture. Veerendra Heggade. The Nature Cure Hospital. he had already established the lingam in Dharmasthala. Sanskrit. Udupi. Dharwad and other places of Karnataka state. the medical trust also provides services to eradicate and prevent many diseases in local villages. Earth. a few metres away from Heggade's house. Annappa had vanished and he was never again sighted in the vicinity. Medicine. culture or status. Aushadadaana : In the field of health care. Water and Light.The dining hall is known as "Annapoorna" Vidyadaana : Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala by the SDMCET Society manages a 25 institutions ranging from primary schools. Further 250 high school teachers are trained in Yoga every year. who in turn teach at least 100 students each. Legend is that he used to work for the Heggade family.Every one of the thousands of pilgrims who daily visit shri Kshetra Dharmasthala is an honored guest irrespective of caste. Shri Heggade has been actively involved in propagating the practice of Yoga. Every year hundreds of couples are getting married (Saamoohika Vivaha mahotsava) here. uses a system based on the five elements of Air. from the Kadri temple. The Ayurvedic Hospitals at Udupi and Hassan provide Ayurvedic medicines as per the ancient text. Anna Daana: The average flow of pilgrims is about 10. Abhayadaana: Free mass weddings which were started in 1972 have gained popularity.The "Anna Daana"[free food] is perhaps one of the most impressive events that takes place at the holy temple. creed. The Siddavana gurukula started by the Late Manjayya Heggade has become a model educational institution. It has since been converted into a general hospital. Ujire.houses with modern amenities. The mobile hospital established by poojya shri Heggade is fully equipped to deal with emergencies and to provide medical treatment to the rural folk in remote parts of the Malnad area. Sanskrit in addition to basic school curriculum. is a modern scientific eye treatment centre.The temple has modern machinery and makes quality food continuously through out the day. Padmashri Dr. Later it was known that the Lingam was from Kadri near Mangalore. the 21st in succession to the Dharmadhikari Peetha. by the time all woke up. Surprisingly next day morning. a local god deva and a hero. has lived up to the great tradition. surgery for cleft lip and other orthodontic surgeries. Mangalore. and professional courses in Engineering. Temple does not differentiate between the rich and the poor for the Anna Dhaana. Annappa had assured him to get one lingam and vanished from the sight. Gurukula to teach yoga. A temple near Dharmasthala : The present head of Dharmasthala. the ancient system of fitness. Now people in Dharmasthala worship Annappa as Annappa Panjurli. Over 250 students are provided free lodging and boarding and learn yoga. Surya Namaskara Camps are regularly organised where Yoga is taught. He has 13 . The SDM Dental Hospital serves regular dental needs and provides specialised treatments such as oral implants. SDM Eye Hospital at Mangalore.

From here. Sri Veerendra Heggade has endeared himself by dedicating himself to the service of God and man in religious. Severe flooding also occurred in 1974. In 1973 a statue of Lord Bahubali carved out of a single rock. which is both educative and fascinating. a Sarva Dharma Sammelan (multi religious meet) is held at Dharmasthala. The exponentially increasing number of visitors is a proof of the good work being done here. It is surrounded by the Kumaradhara River on one side and Nethravathi on the other.Shri Sahasralingeshwara Temple Uppinangadi is a town in the Dakshina Kannada district in the state of Karnataka. This is also among of the few pilgrim centers in India which provides free boarding and lodging to all the visiting devotees. which have directly benefited the poor. which attracts spiritual leaders from various faiths and schools. was installed at Dharmasthala on a low hill near the Manjunatha temple. It was about 39 foot (12 m) high and weighed about 175 tonnes. A car museum houses a rare collection of vintage cars. Free mass weddings which were started in 1973 have gained immense popularity over the years. He has launched several socio-economic programmes. Boats would carry goods from Mangalore and unload it at Uppinangadi. Ancient manuscripts and paintings have been painstakingly restored and preserved for posterity. History: Before bridges were established across the rivers. UPPINANGADI . has been established. Old and decrepit temples have been renovated. The Sangam is a major event as people from the surrounding villages crowd the river banks to witness the merge. The town of Uppinangadi is situated at an altitude of 53 meters. Uppinangadi Shri sahasralingeshwara temple is known as dakshina kashi 14 . More than 25 institutions from primary schools to professional colleges are run in and around Dharmasthala . This is a boon to those poor people who cannot afford weddings on their own. It is possible that this is the origin of the town's name. and patrons of art and literature. but carried out his ancestral heritage to a greater height. from the same carts (gadi) carrying salt (uppu) to other places. cultural and educational fields. In 1923 the town of Uppinangadi was washed out due to excessive flooding. A museum of beautiful antique objects. Every year. For over 25 years. cargo would be transported either by bullock carts or other means of transport to places such as Hassan and Sakleshpura. Uppinangadi was the sole link to the Ghat section from the city of Mangalore (known locally as Mangaluru)." which is a Sanskrit word for confluence. In doing so he has also achieved remarkable progress in his service to mankind. from far and wide. and its courts were moved to Puttur. When the town's two surrounding rivers rise during the rainy season and meet. taking care to preserve the traditional architecture.not only continued to uphold the sacred tradition. this is called the "Sangam.

Abinava Pandya ascended the throne next and it was he who installed the most beautifully carved manastambha in front of the Neminatha Basadi in Hiriyangadi in 1457 A. The town nestles in the backdrop of the Western Ghats. In fact the name of the town. Balehonnur and Mudigere in Chikamagalur and most of the Karkala taluk. This nondescript but idyllic village nestling below the Western Ghats attracts an occasional visitor with an eye 15 . who constructed basadis at Karkala and endowed land and money to numerous temples and basadis. King Veera Pandya. There are different names by which this place has been called. black rocks. the credit should go to the successive kings who developed it. Despite engaging in wars. 1432. and lots more. In his memory. at the insistence of his Guru Lalitakeerti. Then came the Santaras who were the feudatories of Alupas for a long time. This is the icon of the town and a visit to Karkala is incomplete without a visit to this hillock. in the monolithic statue of the Jain saint Bahubali. The Bhairarasas appear to be the descendants of the Santara chiefs who ruled the western ghats region around the 11th century A. The first important king was Veera Bhairava. Their kingdom extended over a wider area comprising Sringeri. Jains and Kannadigas call this place as KARLA. it is the black stone. the time ancient Kings ruled over here and then came the Jains who ruled there for about 300 years. Koppa. the pontiff of Karkala Jaina Math. installed the most beautifully carved gigantic statue of Bahubali on the rocky hill of Karkala. a scenic lake called Ramasamudra was created.in the rocky hills. During the Vijayanagara period this family reached new heights of glory. Veera Pandya also installed the Brahmadeva Pillar in front of the statue in 1436. Ancient Legends: The Alupas were the first to rule here. in the numerous basadis and temples found all over the town. peace prevailed in the kingdom and this led to increased cultural activity and development. It is prevalent everywhere . This lake still survives in all its glory.D.D. The landscape is surrounded by thick green forests. Ramanatha died during his father’s time.KARKALA Karkala has its history from the earliest 10th century. The royal family of Karkala shot to prominence right from the time of the Hoysalas. due to this reason this place is also known as Jain Thirtha. The date of the installation has been ascertained as February 13. Original Identity : If there is one thing that symbolises the sunny and serene town of Karkala in Udupi district. roofed houses with wells. If Karkala today is a place of tourist delight. ‘Karkal’ is derived from ‘kari-kallu’ meaning black stone in Kannada. Ramanatha and Veerapandya were his two sons. They were rich and maintained a big and strong army. Hiriyangadi is a small village in Karkala taluk.Christians call it KARKOL. Tulus. Karkala or ancient Pandya Nagari attained political and cultural importance from the time of KalasaKarkala kingdom that was established by Bhairarasa Odeyas between 13th and 16th centuries.Muslims and Konkanis call it KARKALA.

The other statues of Bahubali in the state are at Shravanabelagola installed by Chamundaraya. mosques and churches in and around Karkala. Lalitakeerti. The last Mahamastakabhisheka was held in February 2002. It is in this lake that the king’s elephants used to bathe. World Heritage Site and A Divine Centre: Karkala is a town of historical importance and a famous pilgrim centre for Jains. In all. Abhinava Pandya’s successor was Pandya VI. which is 35 feet (11 m) tall.D. It took 30 years to build this temple. More than the basadi it is the intricately carved 54 feet pillar in front of the Basadi that speaks highly of the skill and craftsmanship of the artisans of the time. Hiriyangaddi Neminatha Basadi and Anekere Padmavathi Basadi. 1432 on the instructions of the pontiff of Karkala. 16 . Both the majestic Basadi and the lake still exist in all their majesty. a ceremony where the Gommateshwara statue is bathed and anointed with milk. there are 108 pillars inside and outside the temple. He constructed the famous Chaturmukha Basadi on top of a small rocky hill in 1586 A. The rulers of Karkala were tolerant and patronising towards other religions. which is 57 feet tall. Adinathaswamy Basadi. The famous single stone 42-foot (13 m) statue Gomateshwara (Lord Bahubali) is located about 1 km from the center of the town and is the second tallest in Karnataka .D. Ananthanatha Basadi. There are 18 basadis of antiquity including Mahaveera Basadi. Karkala also boasts of the highly venerated St Lawrence Church built in 1845 in a village called Attur where people of all religions congregate every year in January for the feast of St Lawrence. There are about 18 Jain basadis here. Veerendra Heggade. Fairs and Festivals: Mahamasthakabhishekam Once in every 12 years. This monolithic statue of Lord Bahubali was installed at Karkala on February 13. Several jain temples were constructed namely Chaturmukha Thirthankara Basadi. This is the most celebrated structural temple in Karkala and is referred to in inscriptions as Tribhuvana Tilaka Jina Chaityalaya and Ratnaraya Dhama. The temples of Anantashayana and Venkataramana are of considerable antiquity and testimony to the tolerance of the rulers of Karkala. Government of India. You can find several other temples. at Venur installed by Timmaraja. water. and saffron paste and sprinkled with sandal wood powder. The roof is flat and is made of massive granite slabs. lakhs of Jain devotees congregate here to perform the Mahamastakabhisheka.for architectural grandeur. But Karkala is not famous for Jain basadis alone. in the middle of a picturesque lake called Anekere in 1545 A. There are other important temples like Mahamaya Mukhyaprana temple and Adi Shakti Veerabhadra temple. All of these sites mentioned are listed in Archaeological Survey of India. Chandranathaswamy Basadi.D. and at Dharmasthala installed by D. and the next will be in 2014 A. The Basadi has four identical entrances from the four quarters leading to the Garbagriha and hence is popularly known as Chaturmukha Basadi. The next important king was Immadi Bhairava (Bhairava II). It has lifesize statues of three theerthankaras and small images of 24 theerthankaras. He built the famous Kere Basadi. which is 39 feet (12 m) tall. Guru Basadi and Padmavathi Basadi. and vermilion. The Bahubali statue is the second tallest in the State. The Neminatha Basadi was renovated in 1946. The Chaturmukha Basadi is built in the form of a square mandapa or hall with a lofty doorway and pillared portico on each of its four sides and a pillared verandah. turmeric. An oriental school with free boarding and lodging facilities is being run here by the Bhujabali Brahmacharya Ashrama. Also an annual Rathotsava is held in February month.

rural village of Subramanya in the Western Ghats of Karnataka. He was received by Lord Indra along with other Gods. Vasuki prayed to the Lord to stay along with him permanently at this place and the Lord granted him this boon. and Lord washed his Shakti Ayudha (a battle-axe in the shape of a bayonet) in this river. Kukke Subramanya is on the bank of river Dhara. Veerabahu and other aides. According to Hindu Mythology Lord Kumaraswamy came to this place after killing the demon rulers Taraka. Lord Kumaraswamy also gave darshan to Vasuki the head of nagas. On the upper dais stands the idol of Sri Subrahmanya and then the idol of Vasuki and somewhat lower the idol of Shesha. There is Garuda pillar covered with silver between the sanctuary and the portico entrance. India. After his battle with the demons Lord Kumaraswamy came to the top of Kumara Parvatha along with his brothers Lord Ganesha. This temple is one of the famous pilgrimage sites in India. pleased by the success of the war Indra prayed the Lord to be kind enough to marry his daughter Devasena.KUKKE SUBRAMANYA & KUKKE SRI ABHAYA GANAPATHI Kukke Subramanya is a Hindu temple located in the small. a person either in this birth or any of his previous births can be afflicted by the sarpa (serpent) dosha (curse) either knowingly or un-knowingly through many ways). this pooja is performed by people from all faiths. Due to the wide belief in the snake god in the coastal regions of Karnataka and Kerala. It is believed that the pillar was charmed and planted there to shield the devotees from the poison flames streaming from the breath of Vasuki who resides inside. The devotees enter the courtyard from behind and walk around to go before the idol. or through a priest. From this onwards the river is famous as Kumaradhara. about 105 km from Mangalore. Devotees circle the pillar. From that time it is believed that the Lord has made his spiritual presence in this shrine along with his wife Devasena and Vasuki. Persons who are afflicted with this dosha are advised by the astrologers /horoscope writers to perform this pooja for their well being. Pooja can be done either by the person afflicted if he is a male and married. taking a holy bath in it before they go on to the temple to have darshan. Every year a famous car festival is being held here on 'Margashira Shuddha Shashti' with special poojas to the Lord. who was making a penance here. 17 . Devotions to these deities take place daily. In the center of sanctuary is a pedestal. Beyond the pillar is the outer hall and then the inner hall and after that the sanctuary of Sri Subrahmanya. Here the God Subrahmanya is worshipped for his divine power as a snake as the epics relate that the divine serpent Vasuki and other snakes found safety under God Subrahmanya Pilgrims going to the Temple have to cross the Kumaradhara River. Sarpa Samskara / Sarpa Dosha is one of the poojas performed at this temple by devotees to get rid of the sarpa dosha (according to belief. Shoorapadmasura and others in a war. This was agreed upon courteously and the marriage took place on the banks of Kumaradhara on 'Margashira Shudda Shashti'.

and this has resulted in drought and scarcity for years. Nandini prayed for mercy. After acquiring these powers. The Devas prayed Goddess Durga for help. Nandini emerged as a river from Kanakagiri. Jabali realized the root cause of all this. The great Sage Jabali was disturbed by this situation. Next to this temple. she. would be born as Nandini's daughter at the center of the river. Relenting. A severe drought once hit this place and it did not rain for years. Nandini would attain purification. blesses the devotees. Jabali performed his yajna. Nandini appealed to Goddess Durga who appeared to her and informed her that though Nandini would be born as a river in fulfillment of the curse. The holy temple is situated on an islet in the middle of the sacred river Nandini amidst panoramic scenes and fascinating greenery. The devas were pleased and the earth was once again happy. This is a newly constructed temple and the Ganesha Idol is very beautiful as are the huge and majestic bells in front of the deity. He requested Devendra to permit him to take Kamadhenu. Devendra asked Jabali to take Kamadhenu's daughter Nandini instead. Arunasura approached 18 . Seeing the lady. the 'rakshasa'.Just a few minutes from the Kukke Subramanya temple. had increased his life span by following the teachings of his Guru. One day Goddess appeared in Arunasura's garden as a beautiful woman. Nandini refused to accompany Jabali to earth since evil was predominant there. A huge Ganesha. and in the process. who had escaped from death and fled when Goddess Durga killed Shambasura. Arunasura defeated the devas and conquered heaven. 21 feet tall. in his anger. Thousands of devotees visit Kateel every day to seek blessings from goddess Durga Parameshwari. the holy cow. Brahma also powered him with the Gayatri Mantra. He found that Arunasura. we stopped at the Kukke Sri Abhaya Ganapati temple. Elsewhere Arunasura acquired a boon from Brahma that he would not suffer death from any two legged or four legged being or from any weapon. Jabali wanted to put an end to human sufferings and decided to perform a yajna to please the devas. It is about 29 kilometers away from Mangalore and is considered one of the holiest temple towns in Hinduism. On Magha shudda Poornima. Durga herself. Even Brahmins were forced to eat meat and people were on the verge of giving up their principles. Jabali.Durga Parameshwari Temple Kateel or Kateelu is a temple town in the Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka. Through his 'Jnana Drishti' (divine vision). India. for the yajna. After a lot of arguments. cursed that she be born as a river on earth. Realizing her mistake. The main attraction of the town is the temple of Sri Durga Parameshwari. KATEEL . There is a story behind this spiritual place. He had forcefully stopped people from performing any yagas or yajnas as a revenge against the 'devas'. Jabali advised her to pray to Goddess Durga to redeem her from the curse. is the temple of Goddess Vanadurga.

Recently this temple has been renovated and now it is one of the tourist attraction places in Mangalore. The bees (dhumbi) stung him repeatedly till his last breath. Kudroli etc. where the present structure of the temple imparts its glory to the world. where the river joins the sea) and 'lla' means area. The idol of Lord Manjunathaswamy of the temple is called as oldest of the South Indian Temples. then a vast swarm of bees emerged from the stone and stung him. Shri Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple: Mangalore is known as a pilgrim center and boasts of many sacred temples like Sharavu. Mangaladevi Temple : The place name Mangalapura (now Mangalore) owes its origin to the temple of Mangaladevi. away from main Nehru Maidan Bus Stand. MANGALORE TEMPLES Kudroli Gokarnath Temple It is situated 3 Km. The Goddess suddenly turned into a stone. Lord Shiva would reincarnate as Manjunatha for the betterment of the world. Mangaladevi. Pavanje. Kadri. 'Kati' means 'center' (midway between the 'Kanakagiri' the place where the river was born. Gokarnanatha Kadri Temple The temple of Manjunatheshwara on the hills of Kadri is a very beautiful and popular temple in Mangalore. The beautiful lady reminded him that she had killed Shambasura and from whom Arunasura had escaped death. Arunasura got angry and tried to kill the woman with sword. 19 . Goddess Durga then appeared in her 'Soumya Roopa' (calm form) in the middle of the river. Venkatramana Temple : This Temple: Is one of the very old temples of Mangalore situated on the Carstreet where Lord Srinivasa is the presiding deity popularly known as Venkatarama. Out of these Sri Sharavu Sharabeshwara . The ardent devotees even today believe that the worship of Mangaldevi brings them prosperity and happiness. Kadri Manjunatha Mangaladevi Maha Maya Temple: This temple has a history of about 2000 years and is the abode of the incarnation of Goddess Kali. killed the kshathriyas who were cruel and donated the lands to Kashyapa. and the end.her. In Tulu language.It is believed that Parashurama who was living in Sahyadri. Thus the place is called 'Kati + lla' Kateel. the most famous king of Ahepa dynasty with help from sages named Machendranatha and Gorakanatha from Nepal. the temple has its roots into the ninth century. Arunasura slashed the stone with the sword. pious center of great illustrious history of marathon 800 years. It is said to be built during the 10th or 11th century. This temple was excavated by King Kundavarma.Sri Mahaganapathy Kshetra is an outstanding. It was converted to a complete stone structure during the 14th century. Situated in Bolar about 3 kms from Hampankatta (the heart of the city). Lord Shiva assured Parashurama that if he performed a penance at Kadali kshethra. He prayed to Lord Shiva for a place to live. Devas led by Jabali performed abhisheka with tender coconut water and requested the Bramarambhika (Queen of the bees) to bless the world.

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