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Kudupu Shri Ananthapadmanabha Temple

This temple is situated in Kudupu village, which is 10 Kms away from Mangalore City, in the Mangalore-Moodabidri route. This temple is dedicated to Lord Anantha Padmanabha (another form of Lord Vishnu) and famous for serpent worship. Annual festival Shashti is a famous religious ceremony falls in December. Also Nagarapanchami, a worship of sacrificing the milk to Lord Naga is celebrated with great devotion.
Temple surroundings:
Main deity Lord Anantha Padmanabha in the main sanctum is faced towards west. Naga Bana (place of serpent deity) though situated in eastern portion of the temple it is also faced towards west. There are more than three hundred of Serpent Idols in this Naga Bana. Holy pond Bhadra Saraswathi Thirtha is situated left side of the temple. In front of the temple there is one small shrine dedicated to Sub-deity Jarandaya. Inside behind the main sanctum there lies Sub-deity Shree Devi and Lord Mahaganapathi in southern portion. A holy anthill situated inside the temple beside which there is a stone idol of Lord Subramanya and either side of the main sanctum there are stone idols dedicated to Jaya and Vijaya (statues of divine watchmen). Out side in front of the temple there lies one Valmika Mantapa either side of which there are Shrines of Ayyappan and Navagriha.

Contact Details:
Shri Ananthapadmanabha Temple Kudupu Mangalore- 574508 D.K. Karnataka State – INDIA
LandLine:+91 824 262587

Kadri Manjunatheshwara Temple

The Kadri Manjunatha Temple located in Mangalore in the state of Karnataka, India, dates back to approximately 1068 The square temple built with nine water tanks, nestles at the foot of the highest hill at Kadri in Mangalore. The chief deity of this temple is Manjunatha. There is a shiv ling on him. There is also a ( Thri-Lokeshwara statue made of bronze. This statue of Lokeshwara in the seated position with three faces and six arms is tipped to be the best bronze statue in India. It is about 1.6m tall.

The temple is a neat middle sized structure with a pyramid-shaped roof. The temple, as the inscription indicates, may have been built in the 10th or 11th century, as evidenced by the installation of the Lokeshwara statue in the 968. The Balipitha in front of the temple also gives us an almost definite period going back to 10th century. Within the temple premises to the west is the temple of Goddess Durga, and to the north the temple of Lord Ganesha.

The earliest reference to it is in the epigraph dated 968 on this statue. It mentions that King Kundavarma Bupendra of the Alupas lineage, caused the Lokeshwara statue to be installed in Kadarika Vihara. Kadarika is the earliest name of the place, Buddhism took shelter at Kadri mutt till the 10th century. Hence the name Kadri. In one of the Vijayanagara epigraphs, the name Kadali can be come across. There are some stone caves on top of the hill. The idol of thri lokeshwarnath of the temple is said to be the oldest of the South Indian temples. The seven sacred ponds, Jogi Mutt and cave of Pandavas are the pilgrim attractions here.

Gomukha and water tanks
There is a natural spring at an elevated location at the back of the temple. It is called Gomukha. The water from this spring is let into 9 ponds of different sizes adjacent to it. People visiting the temple wash themselves in these ponds before entering the main temple.

Contact Details:
Shri Manjunatheshwara Temple Kadri Mangalore -575 002 D.K. Karnataka
Phone:+91 824 2214176

Mahatobara Mangaladevi Temple

In Tulunadu, in the 10th century, Kundavarma, the most famous king of Alupa dynasty was ruling. Mangalore was the capital of his kingdom. At that time, there came two sages named Machhendranatha and Gorakanatha from Nepal. They reached Mangalapura, crossing the river Nethravathi. The place were they crossed the river came to be known as “Gorakdandu”. They chose a place near the bank of Nethravathi which was once the centre of activities of sage Kapila. He had his hermitage there and it was a great centre of education.

Hearing about the arrival of the two saints the king came to meet them. Introducing himself as the king of Tulunadu he paid them his respects and offered all help and patronage. Pleased with the humility and virtues of the king they brought to his knowledge that his kingdom was a holy place and it was sanctified by the activities of holy saints and sages in the past. They requested him to grant them land so that they could build their hermitage and make it a centre of their religious activities under his protection and patronage.
For Kundavarma it was really a surprise to know that his land had such a hoary history. It was from these saints he came to know that once upon a time, in his land there existed a temple dedicated to mother Mangaladevi. He heard from them the story of Vikhasini, Andasura, Parashurama and the temple of Mangaladevi built by Parashurama. The two saints took the king to the places where all these historical events had taken place. They asked the king to dig the place and retrieve the Linga and the Dharapatra symbolising Mangaladevi and install them in a shrine along with Nagaraja for protection.
Kundavarma carried out the advice of the two sages. A grand shrine of Sri Mangaladevi stood on the holy place. The two sages themseleves guided and supervised the execution of the work. The temple attained special significance as Mother Magaladevi granted special favours, especially on maidens. Pious maidens who worship the goddess observing Mangaladharavrata (Swayamvara Parvathi) will heave their wishes fulfilled. They get husbands most suited for them.
Even today, heads of Kadri Yogirajmutt visit Mangaladevi temple on the first day of Kadri temple festival and offer prayer and silk cloth to the Goddess.

Sri Mangaladevi Darshan Timings
Morning : 6-00 a.m to 10.00 a.m.
Afternoon : 12-00 noon to 12-30 p.m. later at 1-00 p.m.
Evening : 4-00 p.m. to 8-30 p.m. (Fridays till 9-00 p.m.)

Daily Pooja timings
Morning Pooja at 6-00 a.m.
Afternoon Pooja at 1-00 p.m.
Evening Pooja at 8-30 p.m. (Fridays at 9-00 p.m.)

Entry Timings
Monday to Thursday   06.00 AM 01.00 PM    04.00 PM 08.30 PM
Friday                                06.00 AM 01.00 PM    04.00 PM 09.00 PM
Sarturday to Sunday   06.00 AM 01.00 PM    04.00 PM 08.30 PM

Travel Tips

  • Karpura Arathi will not be performed at Sri Mangaladevi Sannidhi between 10-00 a.m. to 12-00 noon
  • Devotees who wish to offer gold jewelery, sarees and other donations are requested to obtain the acknowledgment receipts for the same from the temple counter.
  • Devotees who wish to offer Shashwatha Seva to the goddess are requested to pay Rs.1001/- for the same and register their name for the day they desire the pooja to be performed.
  • Donations(above Rs.100/-) towards Annadana are accepted at the temple counter and acknowledgment receipts will be given for the same.
  • Donations towards the Temple Renovation Funds are accepted at the temple counter and the acknowledgment receipts will be given for the same.
  • Devotees who require information regarding marriages conducted the temple are requested to inquire at the temple counter.

Mangaladevi Temple Annual Jathra Festival

  • Mangaladevi Temple Annual Jathra Festival wil be celebrated at the temple from Friday the 29th March 2013 to Wednesday the 3rd April 2013.

Contact Details:
Mahatobar Shri Mangaladevi Temple Mangalore
Phone:+91 824 2415476 2415477
Address:Mangaladevi, Bolar, Mangalore – 575 001. D.K. Mangalore

Kunjarugiri Shree Durgadevi Temple Padubidri

Kunjaru is a hamlet in Kurkaal grama, situated 6-7 miles (approximately 11kms) to the south-east of Shree Krishna’s Udupi. This small village is reputed for its sanctity owing to the celebrated Durga Temple on a high hillock popularly known by the names: Kunjarugiri, Durgabetta and Vimanagiri.. This potent Durga Saannidhya, which was installed by none other than Lord Parashurama.
The high hills, abodes of Shree Durga and Lord Parashurama, look like “Kunjara” (Elephant) for which the place is known as “Kunjaragiri” or “Kunjarugiri”. It is also reputed as “Vimanagiri” because the Gods and Godesses came by “Vimana” to offer floral tribute, when Jaganmatha Durga was installed on the hill by the Lord Parashurama.
Sacred association of Vishwaguru Shri Madhwacharya – gives it a prominent place in the spiritual sphere.
The ancient Durga temple stands on the top of Vimanagiri amidst the lush green groves of hilly serenity. This very serene location of the temple, its antiquity and the divinity of the magnificent idol of the Goddess, at once creates a memorable feeling of long lasting devotion and piety in the hearts of the devotees. It has been the experience of every devotee who visits the temple for worship. The devotees feel the spiritual solace and the potent protection at the feet of Durgadevi. The holy atmosphere in and around the shrine, the holy Theerthas, the Lord Parashurama Temple and the nearness to Paajaka Kshetra makes it an important place for the pilgrims.
Yogamaya Rupa
Durga is one among the manifestations of Lakshmidevi. As Durga, She controls the tamo guna of the Prakriti (Primordial Matter and Nature). Under the command of the Lord, Durgadevi assumed the form of Yogamaya (Goddess presiding over Primordial Matter and Nature). In the Dwapara Yuga, when Lord Vishnu incarnated as Shree Krishna, the Yogamaya too manifested as Durga (as per the command of the Lord).
It was the Yogamaya who had transferred Shesha from the womb of Devaki to the womb of Rohini, facilitating the descent of the Lord (as Krishna). The same Yogamaya then manifested bearing the name Durga (as the baby of Yashoda) when Lord Krishna had incarnated as the son of Devaki. The Yogamaya (as the controller of the darkness and ignorance) had put the guards of Kamsa to sleep or a state of trance (when Vaasudeva manifested as Balakrishna in Kamsa’s prison) to facilitate the safe passage of Vasudeva (carrying Bala Krishna) towards the Nandavraja! She (Durga in the baby form) was brought (from Nandavraja) to Devaki by Vasudeva, replacing Krishna.
Presuming Her to be the eighth child of Devaki, Kamsa rushed to thrash Her against a rock! Escapingly, She sprang up to the sky! Assuming Her eight-armed cosmic form; warned Kamsa of his destruction, before She disappeared adding to the fears of Kamsa.

It is by this way Durga (a manifestation of Lakshmidevi) came to be known as “Hariswasa” or Hari’s sister (Krishna’s sister)! One can get into the sequence of this background from the readings of Srimad Bhagavata.
As per the lore and according to the tradition (belief) the Yogamaya [Goddess presiding over the wonderful divine potency for the creation, preservation and destruction of the Universe] resides as Durgadevi in Kunjarugiri. The great works like Sumadhwa Vijaya and Theerthaprabandha too refer to Durgadevi of Kunjaru as Krishna’s sister or Hari’s sister.
The significance in the idol
The significance in the idol (Vishwa Roopa Darshana)
The magnificent idol of Shree Durga is a Chaturbhuja (four-armed) image. It stands holding the Shanka (conch) and Chakra (discus) in the upper hands and Dhanus (bow) and Trishula (trident) are being held in the lower hands.
Shanka and Chakra symbolizes protection and the fulfillment of wishes of the good (sishta rakshana), while Dhanus and Trishula symbolizes the destruction of the evil (dushta samhaara). The fallen Mahishasura stamped under the feet signifies the suppression and destruction of the evil .The horns on the head of the fallen demon Mahishasura represents the egotism in us! This makes us forget the God. But the idol shows and symbolizes the destruction of such ego.
The majesty of the image lies in the facial features. The divine serenity of the ever smiling face is a rare gesture found in the idol of Durgadevi during the act of asura samhaara (culling of demons)! This divine serenity signifies tranquility, peace and bliss.
In totality, the idol symbolizes the destruction of ahamkaara (resultant of tamoguna). The serene, blissful smile promises protection for the pious and good. It reassures a devotee of the blessings along with Jnana and Bhakti. Thus, the transcendental magnificence and grace of Durgadevi is reflected in idol at Kunjarugiri temple.
References in ancient literature
Great literary and historical works like Sumadhwa Vijaya (authored by Shri Narayana Panditacharya) and Theerthaprabandha of Shri Vadiraja Gurusarvabhoumaru are ancient works which eulogize and sing the praise of Shree Durgadevi of Vimanagiri. These ancient works give us factual details and required education to understand the significance of the Shrine.
Sumadhwa Vijaya (2-11) gives a detailed elaboration about the place while describing the significance of Pajaka Kshetra, the birth place of Jagadguru Shri Madhwacharya. Sumadhwa Vijaya refers to the place as Vimanagiri, the abode of Lord Krishna’s sister Durga, installed by Lord Parashurama (the 6th incarnation of Lord Vishnu).

Theerthaprabandha (Paschima prabandha 17.20) makes a mention to Durgadevi, who is ever residing on Vimanagiri in affection towards Her son Shri Madhwacharya. It further eulogizes Godess Durga and extols Her as the Slayer of Mahishasura. It describes the Goddess as Thrishuladharini, the giver Swarga (Heaven) and the Moksha (Liberation) for the qualifying devotees. Durga, the destroyer of the evil, is extolled as the Divine Mother, Protector and Saviour of the good, who resides in the hearts of all living beings.
Theerthaprabandha also eulogizes Durga as unfathomable even to the Devas and the learned! Further it mentions that She is ever inaccessible and unconquerable by the unrighteous, evil and wicked; hence the name Durga stands appropriate!
Apart from the above Sanskrit works, the Dasa Sahitya too makes a mention about the glory of this Kshetra, Shri Vijayadasaru has sung the glory of Lord Parashurama and Durga of Kunjarugiri. He has recorded the specialities of the Kshetra.

Installed by Lord Parashurama
The idol of Durgadevi was installed by the Supreme Lord Himself, even though it is quite unusual that a superior Lord installing a subordinate Deity. Lord Parashurama (incarnation of Lord Vishnu) is superior to Durga and precedes Her as Master. This unique feature too adds to the potency and significance of the Shrine.
Proximity to Jagannatha and Jagadguru
To the west of the Durgalaya there is Parashurama hill on which there is temple dedicated to Lord Parashurama. To the east (at the feet of Durgabetta) there is Pajaka- the birth place of Trailokyaguru Shri Madhwacharya where the great Acharya spent his early childhood days with utmost devotion towards the Supreme Lord and the Goddess.
Thus, these unique features prominently symbolize the blessings of the Lord on the Goddess and also the Motherly affection and blessings of the Goddess towards Shri Madhwacharya.
Devotees can reach up to the temple from all the directions of the hill. There are either steps or roads in all directions. The steps and road in the western side of the hill are familiarly used by the devotees.
Bana Theertha ,Gada Theertha and the Parashurama cave
To the east of Durgabetta there is Bana Theertha (arrow shaped sacred pool created by Lord Parashurama) and the Gada Theertha (mace shaped sacred pool created by Lord Parashurama) is to the west of the hill. These are the two Theerthas among the four theerthas created by Parashurama on the rocky terrain. The water of these Theerthas never dry up even during the hottest days of summer!
The Parashurama cave is located to the east of the temple on a slope terrain of Durgabetta, at a lower altitude than the temple. It is believed that there is the Divine presence, influence and saanidhya of Lord Parashurama even today. The four sacred Theerthas (Parashu Theertha, Dhanus Theertha, Bana Theertha and Gada Theertha) around the region, and the cave – all created by Lord Parashurama confirms the association of Lord Parashurama with this region.

The height of glory
The temple is located at an altitude of more than a hundred feet above the surrounding land level. One has to tread over 257 steps to reach the temple. The name Durga (of the Goddess) holds appropriate as Her temple stands like a crown or jewel on the top of Vimanagiri; hence the Goddess is known to be Giridurga! She stands on the top of Vimanagiri as a Saviour and Guardian of the good. The topography of the place signals that the Saanidhya of the Goddess is accessible only to those who toil upstairs with faith and devotion.
Serene atmosphere
One can experience and enjoy the rule of quietitude and peace, amidst the lush greenery filled with melodious notes of singing birds including that of peacocks, the pranks of monkeys too add to the diversity found on the hill.
The blowing winds, rustling leaves add rhythm to the divine song of nature. Here everything appears as if they are singing the glory of the Goddess in meditative silence! The devotees can experience something Divine; as they feel the existence of the Divine Mercy of the Goddess. Durgadevi is also known to be residing here as Vanadurga.
The waves of the Western sea (Arabian Sea) are clearly visible from the temple precincts. One can watch the reflection of the sea during the daytime and also watch the sunset during the evening. Whenever the sky is clear, one can have a memorable experience of the sunset in the background of the golden sea and the orange horizon!
The movement of the clouds, the scenery, the sunset, the picturesque appearances during the dawn and dusk, the greenery, the hills and rocks, the flora and fauna, the wind, the pleasant breeze, the buzz and even the silence add to the divinity of the place.
Glimpse of the Goddess from outer yard
The architecture of Durgalaya is ancient and special. One can easily have the darshan of the Goddess from the outer yard (horangana) itself. The inner yard of the temple is about three feet higher than the outer yard. The Sanctum sanctorum (Garbha-griha) including the pedestal on which the idol has been installed, is about three feet higher than the inner court. This enables the devotees to have easy darshan of the Deity even from the outer yard of the temple.

Contact Details:
Shree Durgadevi temple,Kunjarugiri,Udupi – 574105 Karnataka INDIA
Phone +91-820-2559444, +91-820-2009009

Mundkur Shri Durga Parameshwari Temple

Sri Mundkur Durga Parameshwari Temple is another such wonderful temple. It is along the Shambhavi river coast and can be reached if one takes the Belmann-Moodabidri road from Udupi. As per available ancient records and Skanda Purana Sage Bhargava Rishi has installed the idol of Mahishamardini as per the request of Sumedha Rishi and Suratha Raja. The idol was facing west, was turned to east by a Jain ruler called Veera Varma who removed lots of wealth from the bottom of the Moola Vigraha . The Great hero brothers of Tulunadu Kanthabare and Budabare killed Veeraverma and restored the peace in Mundkur Maagane by handing over the charges to moodabidre Chowtas as per Paddane(Legendary Tulu Folk Song).Hence Mundkur Durga is the Kuladevi for Bhargava Gothra Brahmins.
The prime deity is Sri Durgaparameshwari in the form of Mahishamardini, holding the demon Mahisha upside down and piercing thrishul on his body. Hence the name Mundakke oori nintha OOru became Mundkur in the later stage as per one version. Other deities being worshiped are Sri Maha Ganapathi (Kshipraprasaada swaroopi), Navagraha, Naaga, Ashwaththa Vriksha, Dhoomavathi, Raktheshwari, Vyaghra Chamundi(Pilichandi), Vaarahi (Panjurli) and Rakshopi Devatha (Protector from evil Spirits)in the temple. Photos of Sri Madhvacharya, Sri Vadiraja swamiji, Sri Raghavendra Swamiji, and Sri Bhootharaja are installed in Sri Madhva Mandira, where bhajans and poojas are held regularly.
Sri Ganapathi : The Ganapathi idol in the temple is fully covered with silver and looks very auspicious. This temple has a history of more than 1200 years old. The rings of the well, which is used to draw water for the rituals have not been changed over the years and stand as archaeological proof for the age of the temple. There are deep grooves on all the rings which stand as testimony to the fact that this temple has been in existence for thousands of years.
This temple, over the years, had been patronised by the rulers of Moodabidri. In fact, legend has it that the King and Queen of Moodabidri, when visiting the temple praying in front of the idol, the ear rings of the Queen dropped down. The Queen gave it as an offering to the idol. The ear rings are used to decorate the idol of Durga even today. Two wooden pillars were also carved on behalf of the King in memory of this event.
The annual Car-festival happens in the kumbha masa every year which is on Feb 17th or 18th. Navaratri, Deepotsava are other special days for the goddess. Jalaka (dipping in river shambhavi) takes place on the next day of the car festival. Punarprathista Day falls on February 2 and 5 February Brahmakalashaabhisheka Day.
Annual Car festival: In Karthika Masa, Nagara Sankeerthane is performed throughout the month followed by Deepotsava on krishna thriyodashi, Chathurdashi and Laksha Deepothsava on Karthika Amavasya.Madhva Navami, Sri Raghavendra Swami Aradhana, Sri Vadiraja Swami Punya thithi is celebrated through bhajans and Pooja. On Ganesh Chathurthi day Saarvajanik Ganesha Idol is worshipped and on the fifth day evening after mosaru Kudike with procession immersed in River Shambhavi in Sankalkariya border of Mundkur village and Udupi District (near Doddamane). During Navarathri Nine types of Durga Alankaara is done to the Main idol, which is Rare in Karnataka. On Moola Nakshatra Day Sri Sharada idol is worshipped and after Sri Chandika Havan on Vijayadashamiday, immersed in Kurkilbettu Brahmasthana gundi. The processions are very attractive and thousands of devotees participate on both the occasions. Saura Yugaadi, Panchanga Shravana, Upakarma, Deepaavali, Dhanya Lakmi pooja/Navanna Bhojana, Balindra Pooja, Paththenaaja are being celebrated in the temple.
How to reach Mundkur: Mundkur is in the extreme border of Udupi District. Devotees coming from Mangalore can take the route of Bajpe-Kateel-Kinnigoli-Mundkur and from Udupi – Katpadi-Manchakal-Belmannu-Mundkur Regular Buses are available from Mangalore, Udupi, Karkala, Moodabidri, kinnigoli to Mundkur.

Bappanadu Sri Durga Parameshwari Temple

This temple is situated in the bank of Shambhavi River at Bappanadu village of Mulki town. It is 29 K.M. north to Mangalore following National Highway No.66. The main deity of this temple is Goddess Shree Durgaparameshwari. The place Bappanadu means Bappa’s village. As per the legend Bappa a Muslim merchant is responsble for temple construction. Annual festival (Brahma Rathotsava) of the temple falls in the month of April. Bappanadu Dolu (musical drum) is well known and There is a large drum that is kept in the side of the temple.
Once there was a demon called Darigasura ruling Shonitapura. He had enmity with Devatas and Lord Vishnu. In antagonism and with the intention of defeating the Devatas and Lord Vishnu he worshiped Lord Brahma and got a boon. With a help of this boon he defeated Devatas and Lord Vishnu and snatched the ammunitions from Lord Vishnu and handed over that to his wife and told to keep that in worship place. While Lord Vishnu was mourning for his lost ammunitions Goddess Durgaparameshwari appeared before him in the form of seven angel-women (Sapta-Durgas) and promised to kill a demon.
These Sapta-Durgas went to Shonitapura accompanied by one Deity called Guliga. Bhagavathi one of the Sapta-Durgas appeared before demon Darigasura while he was on the way to take a bath in the River, in disguised form of an old woman and begged for a meal. Darigasura advised her to go to palace and ask a meal with his wife. And also told her to tell him that if she didn’t get a meal. Accordingly Goddess Bhagavathi visited the palace of Darigasura and met his wife but asked for ammunitions of Lord Vishnu to be returned. While wife of Darigasura opposed to return, Bhagavathi willingly and wrongly informed Darigasura that his wife is not ready to give her a meal.
Hearing that Darigasura ordered his wife to give Bhagavathi what she wished. Darigasura’s wife gave the ammunitions of Lord Vishnu to Bhagavathi accordingly. Knowing deceived by Goddess Bhagavathi, demon Darigasura became furious and declared war against Sapta-Durgas and attacked them in ambush. He defeated Deity Guliga in war. But after seven days of furious war demon Darigasura was defeated by Sapta-Durgas and ultimately he ran away and took hide in underworld.
Goddess Bhagavathi taken form of Bhadra-Kali and began for his search. While demon Darigasura came for offering pooja to Lord Shiva in late evening, Bhadra-Kali found him and slewed him. Bhagavathi then accompanied by her other sister goddesses and Deity Guliga, visited Lord Vishnu and asked for a boat made by sandal wood for a journey from Vaikunta (Great heaven) to Bhooloka (earth) with a intention of settling down in Bhooloka for betterment of earthly people.
Lord Vishnu permitted them to take a Sandal wood tree from Vaikunta for preparing a boat. Accordingly they made a boat and started their journey. Boat came to Bhooloka and crossed Kasaragod, Kumble, Uppala, Pattattur, Manjeshwara, Udyavara, Ullala and Kudroli of southern coast of India. From there it came to Sasihithlu near Mulki town. There, Bhagavathi took tender coconut from one lower caste devotee and wished to settle there only. Goddess Durgaparameshwari emerged symbolically in conjunction point of Shambhavi & Nandini River at Mulki border.
In due course, one Muslim merchant viz. Bappa Beary while traveling through Shambhavi River for trading in remote places, his boat suddenly stopped in the middle of the river. While examining the cause he found blood spread over the river water and he deeply felt fear on that. Mean time a divine voice came from the ether ordering him construct a temple with the help of Mulki Sawantha (king) and to make pooja by the help of Baila Udupa (priest). Mulki Sawantha was belonging to Jain religion and a decent ruler. Hearing the incident from Bappa Beary, the king built one temple with the contribution of many other donors and made Baila Udupa as a chief priest of the temple. Hence the temple became Bappanadu Kshetra.
Historical view:
Bappanadu Sri Durgaparameshwari temple is one of the main Shakti worship Centre of the South Kanara district of Karnataka. Here main deity is in the form of Linga (symbolic statue). Eligibility of Muslims for accepting prasadas (blessings) of the temple is one of the special features of the Kshetra. Muslims also participate in the temple festivals. Even today the prasadas of the very first day of the festival is given to the house of Bappa Beary. But in spite of all these legendary and mythological views and following of the traditional cultural activities based on these views, the proper historical documents depicting the period of the temple is very rarely available.
While observing the temple we can find the feature of 14th century architectural style in device of main sanctum, pedestal etc. In 1333-35 A.D one African traveler viz. Iban Batoota visited India wrote that some of the Muslims in the region (Mangalore and Mallika town) were following Hindu traditions. But the region he mentioned is cannot be confirmed with the Mulki, as there is a vast difference in geographical features.
As believed by the local people Bappa a Muslim merchant has taken important role in the construction of the temple. But confirming the role of the Bappa Beary in construction of the temple is not available. Whether Bappa was a Muslim or he is a Bapa Pai (a Saraswath Brahmin) or he is a follower of Jainism is still a point to ponder. The name Bappa also comes in one copperplate inscription (1607 AD) available in Kotageri Jain Basadi in which it is said ” Moose Kavi son-in-laws offered Varaha 113 on this Kunhappagu to Bappa “.
However, we can assume that Muslims have a major part in this temple activity as it is mentioned in one recently got inscription of Hanjaman (Association of Muslim merchants). Also there are two inscriptions at either side of the temple. Though one is completely damaged, another inscription is pertaining to the era of 1411 AD and is belonging to Tedi. While verifying the words mentioned in this inscription we could strongly believe that in the history of temple many Non-Brahmins also participated in the activity of the temple.
Bappanadu Dolu (Drum):
Beating of the drums during annual festival of the temple is an important factor of celebration. Bappanadu Dolu is well known for it’s beating all over Karnataka. We can’t compare the number of drums with temples elsewhere in Karnataka. Beating of the drums while local rulers and landlords visiting the temple during festival was an age-old tradition. During annual festival time a certain community empowered to participate in beating of drums perform this service to the deity with great enthusiasm and devotion.
Temple authority would pay a certain amount of honorarium to these drum beaters. A beautiful view of this drum beating performed by beaters accompanied by their family members and community is really eye catching one. As a symbol of the specialty of drums, temple authority made one big size drum and hanged it beside the main entrance.
How to reach temple:
From Mangalore City there are plenty of service busses available to Mulki and Udupi. Since the temple is situated near the Udupi Mangalore High way it is very convenient even for new visitors to reach by catching these busses and getting down at Mulki or Bappanadu. From Mangalore to Bappanadu the distance is 29 K.M.

Contact Details
Bappanadu Sri Durgaparameshwari Temple, Mulki, Mangalore
Mobile:+91 9964247080
LandLine:+91 824 2290585
Address:Mulki, Mangalore-574154 D.K. Karnataka. India

Kateel Durgaparameshwari Temple

Kateel or Kateelu (Tulu/Kannada) is a temple town in the Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka, India. It is about 29 kilometers away from Mangaluru and is considered one of the holiest temple towns in Hinduism. The main attraction of the town is the temple of Sri Durga Parameshwari.
The holy temple is situated on an islet in the middle of the sacred river Nandini amidst panoramic scenes and greenery. Thousands of devotees visit Kateel every day to seek blessings from goddess Durga Parameshwari.

Origins of Kateel:
There is a story behind this spiritual place. A severe drought once hit this place and it did not rain for years. Even Brahmins were forced to eat meat and people were on the verge of giving up their principles. The great Sage Jabali was disturbed by this situation. Through his ‘Jnana Drishti’ (divine vision), Jabali realized the root cause of all this. He found that Arunasura, the ‘rakshasa’, who had escaped from death and fled when Goddess Durga killed Shumbhasura, had increased his life span by following the teachings of his Guru. He had forcefully stopped people from performing any yagas or yajnas as a revenge against the ‘devas’, and this has resulted in drought and scarcity for years.
Jabali wanted to put an end to human sufferings and decided to perform a yajna to please the devas. He requested Devendra to permit him to take Kamadhenu, the holy cow, for the yajna. Devendra asked Jabali to take Kamadhenu’s daughter Nandini, instead. Nandini refused to accompany Jabali to Earth, since evil was predominant there. After a lot of arguments, Jabali, in his anger, cursed that she be born as a river on earth. Realizing her mistake, Nandini prayed for mercy. Relenting, Jabali advised her to pray to Goddess Durga to redeem her from the curse, 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, she, Durga herself, would be born as Nandini’s daughter at the center of the river, and in the process, Nandini would attain purification. On Magha shudda Poornima, Nandini emerged as a river from Kanakagiri. Jabali performed his yajna. The devas were pleased and the earth was once again happy.
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. Brahma also powered him with the Gayatri Mantra. After acquiring these powers, Arunasura defeated the devas and conquered heaven. The Devas prayed to Goddess Durga for help.
One day, Goddess Durga appeared in Arunasura’s garden as a beautiful woman. Seeing the lady, Arunasura approached her. The beautiful lady reminded him that she had killed Shumbhasura, and from whom, Arunasura had escaped death. Arunasura became angry and tried to kill the woman with a sword. The Goddess suddenly turned into a stone. Arunasura slashed the stone with the sword, then a vast swarm of bees emerged from the stone and stung him.
The bees (dhumbi) stung him repeatedly till his last breath. Devas led by Jabali performed abhisheka with tender coconut water and requested the Bhramarambika (Queen of the bees) to bless the world. Goddess Durga then appeared in her ‘Soumya Roopa’ (calm form) in the middle of the river, where the present structure of the temple imparts its glory to the world. In Sanskrit( this is true for other Indian languages originated from it) language, ‘Kati’ means ‘center’ (midway between the ‘Kanakagiri’ the place where the river was born, and the end, Pavanje, where the river joins the sea) and ‘Ila’ means area (land). Thus the place is called ‘Kati + lla’ Kateel.

Contact Details:
Shree Durgaparameshwari Temple
Kateel Post, Mangalore-574 148.
Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka, India.
Phone: +91 824 2200361, 2200591,
Fax: +91 824 2200561

Polali Shree Rajarajeshwari Temple

Shree Rajarajeshwari temple is located at Polali in Kariyangala Village of Bantwal Taluk in Dakshina Kannada District of Karnataka State. Shree Kshetra Polali is in the heart of this village surrounded by high hillocks and wide paddy fields. River Phalguni flows from east on the northern side a furlong way from the temple. It turns left towards south at the back of the temple in the Western side. This place was being called as Pural and the deity in the temple was known as Porala Devi in several old records and ancient epigraphs available.

Puliapura is its Sanskrit version. In Kannada this is called Polali. It is believed that King Suratha got the temple constructed, installed the image and placed his own crown on the head of the image. This is an ancient temple. This temple has been alluded to in the Ashokan inscriptions and in the reports of the foreign travelers who visited India. Queen Chennammaji of Keladi visited Polali and got a grand chariot constructed for the temple.

Being a pilgrimage Centre, Polali attracts travelers and tourists with its natural scenic beauty and serenity. Polali Chendu is a unique festival in this temple, which will be performed during annual festival of the temple.

Mythology (Story from Puranas):

When evil forces gained strength and got the upper hand and embodied themselves as demons and began to destroy the Dharma Setu (Bridge of Dharma). Rajas and Tamas were the most predominant evil qualities in them. They tortured the people in innumerable ways. In such a situation Shree Bhuvaneshwari, Divine Mother assumed divine forms with the names Kumari, Tripura, Kali and Durga and established the age old Dharma by destroying the wicked and protecting the good.

These facts have been explained in Shastras and Puranas. The above were fractional incarnations of Shree Mahadevi just like the incarnations Matsya (fish) and Koorma of Lord Mahavishnu. But Shree Lalitha Devi was the full incarnation of Shree Bhuvaneshwari. After coronation She was called Shree Rajarajeshwari. Her sacred story is as follows:

After the untimely death of his wife Gouri, Lord Rudra renounced all activities and started severe penance. Seeing this Kama the God of Love shot Rudra with his darts of love. Rudra in rage opened his third eye and burnt Kama into ashes. After many years Lord Ganesha made a human form with that ash and placed it before Rudra. Lord Rudra looked at it with compassion and an inert image became a living being. Nandikeshwara initiated him with the holy Rudramanthra. The ash born being repeated the mantra with implicit faith and incessantly prayed Lord Shiva (Rudra). Lord Shiva became highly pleased with him and blessed him with many boons. This being became famous as Bhandasura.

Shrukracharya, the preceptor of demons took him to Shonithapura and there he was crowned as the King of asuras (demons). Shukracharya initiated Bhandasura with many mantras of mysterious power. As advised by Shukracharya, Bhandasura engaged himself in severe penance, got many boons became very powerful. Mad with the newly gained powers he began to torture the people. Even the three Gods – Hari, Hara and Brahma found him to be intolerable. He even invaded heaven and being impossible to face him all the Gods ran away from heaven and took shelter in riverbanks, forests and mountains in disguised form.

Later, after many years with the advice of Divine sage Narada the destitute Gods engaged themselves in meditation, worship and penance to make the Divine Mother manifest before them. They even got ready to Sacrifice their bodies in the blazing fire of Yajna. Shree Bhuvaneshwari in Manidweepa (Island of gems) saw the sufferings and penance of Gods and appearedbefore them in the bright form of Lalitha Devi, which is the full incarnation of Shree Bhuvaneshwari. Gods of heaven and Thrimurthis built a mahamantapa and a chariot for Shree Bhuvaneshwari with the help of Vishwakarma.

Brahma and other Gods assembled in the Mahamantapa and with just a look at Goddess Shree Mahadevi the things they desired was fulfilled. Goddess boarded her Shree Chakra ornamented with navaparvas. Shree Devi with her large army and assistants advanced in no time and arrived at Shonithapura of Bhandasura and encamped there. The battle raged. Within four days Bhandasura’s brothers, nephews, relatives and ministers, army chief and large army died fighting against the army of Shree Mahadevi.

On fifth day Bandasura himself came and fought against Shree Mahadevi and died. All the three worlds again returned to peace and happiness. Shortly afterwards Hari, Hara and Brahma engaged the services of the sculptors Vishwakarma and Maya and got sixteen cities built in the Himalayan region and in other places for the stay of the Divine Mother. All these towns were called Shreenagar and Shree Bhuvaneshwari still lives in these sixteen cities and protects all the worlds from the evil forces.

Installation of the Image of Shree Devi:

The pious soul who installed and worshipped the clay image of Shree Rajarajeshwari with subordinate deities in the ancient days deserves our greatest gratitude.

It is well known that King Suratha installed and worshiped Shree Rajarajeshwari. Starting from Swayambhuva there are fourteen Manus. In the early years, Swarochisha, the second Manu begot a son by name Chaitra. King Suratha was born in his line after many years. His vast kingdom spread all over the world. Unfortunately by force of circumstances he had to fight with a band of hunters by name ‘Kolavidhwamsi’. Even though they were less powerful, King Suratha suffered defeat at their hands. Therefore the King totally withdrew from the areas overrun by his enemies and returned to his capital city.

The Ministers now understood that their King had become weak and incompetent and took the military and treasury under their control. King Suratha now realized that his Ministers had cheated him. He feared that his ministers and military might conspire with his enemies and handover him to them. He therefore decided to flee away for safety. He told them that he was going out for hunting and rode away on his horse. At last he entered a dense forest and reached the hermitage of Sumedha, a great ascetic. The King prostrated before the sage and narrated the event that forced him to come to the forest.

The sage warmly received the King and asked him to stay there for some days. One day Suratha was walking around the hermitage bemoaning the loss of his Kingdom, wealth, wife and children. On the way he met a merchant. He paid his respect to the King and narrated his sad story that how his wife and children driven him away hankering for his wealth. Hearing this story the King took the trader to the sage. Both of them offered obeisance to the Muni (Ascetic). King Suratha then narrated the story of the merchant to the sage. Hearing this sage advised them to worship Divine Mother as prescribed in the Shastras and seek blessing from her.

The King and the merchant offered their obeisance to the sage and took leave of him. Now both of them were eager to see the Divine Mother face to face. At the same time they were will grief – striken because of their attachments to the people who had driven them away. They selected a place from where water had recently receded. This place was not far away from the hermitage of Sage Sumedha.

There, they built a hermitage and there in they made out a clay image of the Divine Mother along with that of her subordinate deities, strictly in accordance with the rules of Tantra Shastra and sculpture. Both of them began repeating the sacred Devi Sooktha, beginning with words, “Namo Devyai Mahadevyai” and invoked Chandika Devi, the one integrated form of Mahakali, Maha lakshmi and Maha Saraswathi into the image they were worshiping. In the beginning they were taking limited food at regular intervals.

Inner circle and sanctum:

But later on they reduced the intake of food and began fasting more and more intensely. They withdrew their six senses from outside objects. As days passed their faith grew stronger and stronger and their penance became more and more intense. Ultimately they began to offer oblation mixed with their own flesh and blood to their favorite deity. Thus they continued their rigorous penance for three years. Finally Devi manifested before them and pleased to grant a boon to them.

Then King Suratha prostrated to the Divine Mother and prayed for his Kingdom, wealth and happy life with his wife and children. The merchant Samadhi asked for divine knowledge and deliverance from all worldly bonds and ultimately a salvation. Accordingly Devi blessed them and disappeared.

Then King Suratha and the merchant went to sage Sumedha’s presence and respectfully saluted him. They narrated to the sage now the Mother granted the boons they prayed for. Then there arrived the ministers and other officials of Suratha’s Kingdom and begged him to pardon them for their unrighteous actions and with condescend request asked the King to come back to his Kingdom. The King then took leave of the sage and returned to his country. There he ruled his kingdom righteously till the end of his life. The merchant Samadhi also took leave of the sage. Being free from all worldly temptations he visited many holy places and gave up his body in course of time and ultimately attained salvation.

From very ancient times, the people have been telling that King Suratha and the merchant Samadhi engaged themselves in penance on the bank of the same Phalguni River, which is still flowing through Polali. It is said that the clay images of Shree Raja Rajeshwari and the subordinate deities now worshipped in the Polali temple are the images, which were installed and worshipped, by King Suratha and his merchant friend. By referring various Puranas we may assume that the image of Shree Rajarajeshwari in Polali temple is of at least five thousand years old.

Historical importance of Polali temple:

It is not easy to clarify the antiquity and importance of Polali Shree Rajarajeshwari Temple with historical evidences. It is said there were many inscriptions here and there around the temple. But, in the past these inscriptions might have been destroyed or taken away due to the indifferent attitude of the persons responsible for their upkeep.

Even then a few inscriptions found at Ammunje, Kariyangala and in Polali Temple are now preserved in the custody of the Karnataka Government. In olden days this Dakshina Kannada District was under the suzerainty of many royal dynasties like Kadamba, Chalukya, Aloopa, Rashtrakoota, Hoisala, Vijayanagara, Ikkeri, Mysore etc. As per history and inscriptions the kings of these dynasties ruled over Dakshina Kannada with the help of the vassals like Banga, Chouta, Ballal etc.

In some administrative divisions called ‘Maganes’ the kings appointed their own executive officers. They donated agricultural lands to the temples and monasteries under their jurisdiction and did their best to serve the temple deities and set an example to their subjects to become god fearing, religious and righteous. Alupa kings were one of the many royal dynasties that aided and enriched the temples and encouraged temple-worship in our district during their rule from 710-720 A.D.

Daily worship, Special worship, Religious services and Festivals: Daily poojas and special poojas in this temple are done as laid down in Durgagama and Skandagama. The daily morning pooja is regularly done at 8.30 a.m. The noon Mahapooja is daily conducted at 12.30 p.m. and the night pooja takes place at 8.30 p.m. The ‘Kartika pooja’ and the Flower pooja’ offered by the devotees are performed only during the time of the daily poojas and not at other times.

Contact Details:
Shree Rajarajeshwari Temple Polali, Mangalore
LandLine:+91 824 2266141
Fax: +91 824 2266241
Address: Polali Post, Bantwal Taluk , Mangalore – 574284

Sri Somanatheshwara Cave Temple Nellitheertha

Nellitheertha Cave is located 32 Kms far from Mangalore city on the way to Kateel in D.K. District of Karnataka State. The cave of Nellitheertha is about 200 meters long. The cave has the huge entrance but one needs to move by Knees at end and reach final point.

The cave temple of Nellitheertha dates back to year 1487. The cave of Nellitheertha is even believed to be used by the Sage Jabali to perform penance to appease Lord Durga Parameshwari. He wants that the Lord Durga should kill the demon Arunsura. On his sacrifices Lord Durga killed Arunsura at Kateel, which is the famous temple town near Nellitheertha cave.


The main deity of the temple is Sri Somanatheshwara (Shiva). The temple also has MahaGanapati (Elephant – headed God) and Jabali Maharshi as deities here. In fact, the Jabali Maharshi Brindavana was recently constructed. In typical Tulu-naadu (Tulu is the native language in this part of the woods) tradition, the temple also has its set of “Bhootas”. Bhootas are considered as the “Ganas” or warrior-assistants of the Gods. According to mythology, bhootas are appointees of Shiva and they administer the temple/village. The main bhootas of the Nellitheertha temple are Pili-Chamundi (Pili means Tiger in Tulu), Kshetrapala, Raktheshwari and Doomavathy.

The Lingam of Shri Somanatheshwara has been made out of pure Saligrama and is considered very sacred. The Lingam has been built as Ardhanareeshwara. There are other artifacts in and around the temple which are pointers to the past glory of this place. Among them are the Arasule Mancha (Kings seat), Arasule Mantapa(Kings abode) and the Jina Vigraha (Jain Statue). The temple of Shri Mahaganapati has been rebuilt recently and is splendid in itself.

The most beautiful aspect of the temple is the Cave. Apart from the cave, of course, there are numerous other places surrounding the temple which are worth visiting. To the east of the temples entrance is the Amblattapadavu hillock. This hillock is about 300-500 feet high and offers a splendid scenery from the top. One can spot places such as the Bajpe Airport, Mangalore, Panambur, the MRPL refinery and Suratkal. On a day with clear skies, one can even spot the Arabian Sea. Amblattapadavu offers a wonderful view of sunrise and sunset everyday.

The Nagappa Kere (Snake Pond) is a small pond situated to the north of the temple. This natural pond, along with its religious significance, is also a scenic spot. All devotees who want to enter the cave temple have to clean themselves by taking bath in this pond and only then are they allowed into the cave. The lake is at its best immediately after the monsoons (Oct-Dec) when its crystal clear water is a swimmers delight. There are plans to build a small herbal park around this pond as also a small deer park.

The Arasule Mancha or Kings seat is situated near the main entrance of the temple towards the north. Historical evidence suggests that this seat was where the king of the land used to be seated when he visited the temple. It is believed that even today, the spirits of the former rulers visits the place at night and so it is prohibited to sit on the seat after dusk.
The Nellitheertha temple is a symbol of secularism. The temple and the cave is open to members of all beliefs and castes. Any person, above the age of 5, is allowed to enter the cave irrespective of gender. Truly, Nellitheertha is a special and model place.

Main Attractions:
It is believed that inside the Nellitheertha cave the drops of water in the shape of Gooseberries (amla) keep on dripping down constantly. The lake inside the cave is made up of these drops only. The most striking feature of the lake is the natural Shiva Lingam. The lake is full of exotic wildlife, you may find here plenty of animals. The most common among them are the snakes, which are found in all varieties. Apart from that you may find here scorpions, porcupines and thousands of bats. Tourists should keep in the mind that they do not disturb these animals and maintain the at most silence. There is the place inside the cave where the Sage Jabali performed his Tapas (penance). Nellitheertha Cave is one of the holy destination in the state of Karnataka, visited by hundred of tourists every year. The Cave has the pond which is considered as extremely sacred and the pilgrims gather here to take the holy bath in its water. The name Nellitheertha is made up of two words – Nelli means amla and theertha means the holy water. As the cave remains open to the tourists for the period of six months only, rest of the six months in the cave are meant for the Rishis and Gods to perform their tasks. It is the rejuvenation period for the cave, when its water gets freshen up and the animals inside the cave enjoy their life without any disturbance. It is believed that the mud inside the cave has the great healing powers. On the visit to the cave the devotees carry the mud from here to their homes and keep it for years.

Distance :
32 Kms distance from Mangalore to Nellitheertha Cave
8 Kms distance from Kaikamba (small town) to Nellitheertha Cave
13 Kms distance from Kateel (small town) to Nellitheertha Cave
15 Kms distance from Kinnigoli (small town) to Nellitheertha Cave

How to reach By Bus: There are many Service Buses available from Mangalore Service Bus Stand to Kateel/Kinnigoli passing through Nellitheertha connecting road at Ganjimatt. Then you can go by hired vehicle like Auto Rickshaws, Omni etc.
How to reach By Train: Mangalore Central Railway Station (32 Kms), Mnaglore Junction Railway station (32)
How to reach By Air: Nearest Airport is to Nellitheertha is Mangalore International Airport (IXE) is just far from 8 KMS
Tourists also can be reached by private vehicle or hired vehicle as per below mentioned route map)

Route Map:

  • Mangalore City / Pumpwel –> Nanthoor Junction (Right) –> Bikarnakatte (Stright)–> Vamanjur (Stright) –> Ganjimatt (Stright) –> 3 Kms –> Gnandhunagar (Left) –> 8 KMS –> Nellitheertha
  • B.C. Road (Right) –> Polali –> Kaikamba (Stright) –> Ganjimatt (Stright) –> 3 Kms –> Gnandhunagar (Left) –> 8 KMS –> Nellitheertha
  • Bajpe –> Kathlesaar –> Nellitheertha

Better Time to visit : Nellitheertha cave is opened only for the period of six months from October to April in a year. Morning is the better time is to visit Nellitheertha.

Local Languages : Kudubi Konkani, Tulu, Kannada

Travel Tips :

  • Nellitheertha cave is closed for the period of six months from May to September in a year. Cave open every Thula Sankramana Day. This year 17th October, 2014 to  17th Feb, 2015.
  • Take a good torch light along with you because there is a very dark inside the cave.
  • Don’t go alone / group without the assistance from experienced guide of the centre.

Accommodation: lodging facilities available in nearest towns Moodabidri (12Kms) & 3* category hotels are available at Mangalore City(32KMS).

Restaurants : Restuarants are available withthe Local menu at Muchur (a small town) which is 2Kms far from Nellitheertha.

Tourist Guide : Near to Nellitheertha there is a Somanatha Temple. The Acharyas of this temple are giving detailed information and take tourists in to the cave with the proper guidance.

Contact Details
Sri Somanatheshwara Cave Temple, Nellitheertha, Mangalore
LandLine:+91 824 2299142, +91 824 2016142
Sri Kshetra Nellitheertha, Neerude Post, Kompadavu Village, Mangalore Taluk, South Kanara District, Karnataka, India 570063

Shree Shishileshwara Temple Shishila

Shishila is a remote village about 110 kilometres away from Mangalore and it comes under the jurisdiction of Beltangady taluk of Dakshina Kannada District. It has a significant place for its sheer natural beauty coupled with healing powers of God Shishileshwara. The Shishileshwara temple is situated on the banks of Kapila River in Shishila village.

The history of Shishileshwara temple dates back to 700 years. This place is also referred as Matsya Theertha. The Mahashir (in Tulu ‘Peruvelu’) fish is found in huge numbers in the Kapila river.
The fish in the Kapila River at Shishila are believed to be sacred and Naivedyam is offered to them after offering daily pujas. It is also believed that one can get rid of all types of skin disease after worshipping at Shishileshwara temple and feeding the fish in Kapila River.
There are two rocks in the river. While one is ‘Huli Kallu’ (rock named after tiger), the other is called as ‘Dana Kallu’ (rock named after cow). According to mythology, a tiger and a cow reached the river when tiger chased the cow. But God did not want violence. Hence, he converted tiger and cow into rocks. The rocks do wear the looks of cow and tiger. These rocks are also worshipped during the annual festival.
According to the temple sources, pilgrims throng in big numbers from January and May. Many devotees come here with offerings for fulfilling their wishes. They also enjoy watching fish in the river and feed them with rice, beaten rice and puffed rice. While watching these fishes and natural beauty here, one can forget all the miseries of life. Shishila indeed has that power. The freedom, love and care experienced by fish here perhaps is something which is very unique to this place only.

Distance from Nearest Cities / Town in Kms to Shishileshwara Temple
Distance from Bangalore to Shishileshwara Temple is 303Kms
Distance from Mangalore City to Shishileshwara Temple is 95Kms
Distance from Dharmastala to Shishileshwara Temple is 30Kms
Distance from Subrahmanya to Shishileshwara Temple is 55 / 59 Kms (via Yenjira / Kokkada)
Distance from Uppinangadi to Shishileshwara Temple is 45Kms
Distance from Nelyadi to Shishileshwara Temple is 27Kms
Distance from Kokkada to Shishileshwara Temple is 18 Kms
Distance from Arasinamakki to Shishileshwara Temple is 8Kms
Distance from Shishila (Umanthimar) to Shishileshwara Temple is 0.5Km

Entry Timings to Shishileshwara Temple
Morning : 09.30 am to 11.30 am
Noon : 12.30 pm to 01.30pm
Evening : 04.30 pm to 08.00pm

Better Time to visit to Shishileshwara Temple: September to May

Weather at Shishila:

  • Mansoon : June to September
  • Winter: October to Feb
  • Summer: March to May

Local Languages in and around Shishileshwara Temple: Tulu, Kannada

Main Attractions at Shishileshwara Temple

  • Shishileshwara & other Temples within temple Compound
  • Nagabana
  • Kapila River
  • Peruvelu (A Kind of Fish at Kapila River)
  • Dana Kallu & Huli Kallu at Kapila River
  • Kumara Hill
  • Hanging Bridge
  • Devarakallu within temple compound

Fairs & Festivals at Shishileshwara Temple:

  • 7 Days Shishileshwara Temple Annual Festival on May 13th onwards
  • Mahashivarathri celebration as on calendar Date

Accesibility (How to reach ) to Shishileshwara Temple:

Nearest Bus Stands to Shishileshwara Temple: Shishila(0.5km), Kokkada (18 Kms), Mangalore City & Service Bus Stand (95Kms) & KSRTC Bus Stand Mangalore (96 Kms)

Nearest Railway Station to Shishileshwara Temple: Subrahmanya-Nettana (55 Kms), Kabaka Puttur Railway Station-KBPR (60 Kms), Mangalore Central railway Station-MAQ(95 Kms), Mangalore Junction Railway Station-MAJN (93Kms),

Nearest Airport to Shishileshwara Temple is Mangalore International Airport-IXE (107 Kms)

Route Direction to Shishileshwara Temple:

  • Mangalore City /Mangalore Central Railway Station / Mangalore Airport -Pump well circle – Uppinangadi – Nelyadi – Peryashanthi Cross (L) – Kokkada – Arasinamakki-Shishileshwara Temple
  • Ujire – Dharmastala – Kokkada – Arasinamakki-Shishileshwara Temple
  • Sulya – Subrahmanya – Gundya – Kokkada -Arasinamakki–Shishileshwara Temple
  • Kasaragod – Vittal – Puttur – Uppinangadi – Nelyadi – Peryashanthi Cross(L)-Kokkada -Arasinamakki-Shishileshwara Temple

Tourist (Visitor) Facilities at Shishileshwara Temple:

  • Tourist can get only basic amenities
  • Fresh up facility
  • Free Lunch for visitors on every Monday and Annual Festival days
  • Information / Seva Counter

Travel Tips while visiting to Shishileshwara Temple:

  • The fish in the Kapila River at Shishila are believed to be sacred and It is also believed that one can get rid of all types of skin disease after worshipping at Shishileshwara temple and feeding the fish in Kapila River.
  • Fishing is restricted in Kapila River in and around 2 kilometers from Shishileshwara temple
  • Gents have to remove their shirts & Banyan to enter the temple

Tourist Guides at Shishileshwara Temple:

  • There is no professional tourist guides at Shishileshwara Temple. But on request, office staffs / local people guide the visitors.

Local Shopping Items & Mall:

  • There are no readymade special things to buy at Shishila. But on earlier request handicrafts will be prepared by local community which is daily useable like Cane (Bamboo) Baskets, Arecanut leaf caps, plates etc.

Books / Literature about Shishileshwara Temple:

  • “KURONTAYANO” a souvenir published by Brahma Kalashotsava Samithi, Sri Shishileshwara Temple, Shishila, Belthangadi Taluk, Dakshina Kannada- 574 198

Surrounding tourist places to Shishileshwara Temple:

  • Ethinabhuja -trkeekking spot (15Kms to top)
  • Amedikallu – trkeekking spot (13Kms to top)
  • Udaya Parvatha -trkeekking spot (5 Kms)
  • Chingani Gudda-Trekking Spot ( 4 Kms)
  • Montethadka Shri Durgaparameshwari Temple,Shibaje (16Kms)
  • Sauthadka Mahaganapathi Temple (20)
  • Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Temple (30Kms)
  • Kukke Subrahmanya Temple (55 Kms)

Nearest ATM Centers to Shishileshwara Temple:

  • SBI ATM at Nelyadi
  • Canara Bank ATM at Nelyadi
  • Corporation Bank ATM at Nelyadi

Emergency Numbers

  • Police Station : Nelyadi (0824 – 254101)
  • Fire Service: 100
  • Ambulance: 108


  • Arasinamakki Govt. Hospital
  • Kokkada Govt. Hospital
  • Panchami Ayurvedic Hospital, Kokkada
  • Nelyadi Govt. Hospital
  • Ashwini Hospital, Nelyadi

Nearest restaurants at Shishileshwara Temple:
There are no full pledged well equipped restaurants at Shishila. There are Local Canteens providing food & beverages. On earlier request standard menu foods will be prepared in the canteen or local house for groups.

Contact details:
Sri Shishileshwara Temple, Shishila,
Belthangadi Taluk, Dakshina Kannada- 574 198
Phone: 08251-269321 Mob:9483240874, 9448622805

Mahathobhara Shri Karinjeshwara Temple

Mahathobhara Shri Karinjeshwara Temple is situated at a height of about 1000feet from sea level in the midst of lush green Kodyamale hills; Karinjeshwara is a popular pilgrimage centre and an upcoming tourist spot of Dakshina Kannada District.
Commonly known as Karinja, this beautiful spot is located in Bantwal Taluk of the District. Just 2.4 Kms of ride, through the deviation road from Vagga a village on Bantwal – Dharmasthala State highway takes one to this temple.
Here the temple dedicated for lord Shiva is on the top of a cliff and another temple, which is dedicated for the goddess Parvathi is situated in the middle of way to the cliff. Both of these temples attract lot of devotees and the lush greenery, water sources rich flora and fauna attract the nature admires to this place.

Praised as Rudragiri (Kritha Yuga), Gajaradgiri (Thretha Yuga), Beem Shaila (Dwapara Yuga) and Karinja (Kali Yuga), in different eras, this was the place of reverence from mythological periods.
The main temple of the shiva is told to have a history which goes back to one thousand years. Stories tell that Sri Ramachandra had visited this place along with his younger brother Lakshman, in respect of which an offering of a large amount of rice is made to the lord during the noon pooja and it is then poured on a rock slab in front of the shiva temple for monkeys. People gather in large numbers to watch a large number of monkeys coming from all sides of the forest to feast upon the hot rice prasadam. Till today it is the custom among these monkeys that the eldest and bulkies of the bunch named as “Karinja Dadda” takes the first byte of the feast and who ever breaks the rule will be punished by the boss – “the Dadda”. Stories also refer back to Dwapara where in pandyas took shelter in the caves around this place during their excite. Gadatheertha a large lake right at the pot of the cliff, assumed to be by Beema Senas Club (Gadha) stands as a testimony for the story. On the cliff there is another water source created by Arjuna’s arrow, named as Varaha Thirtha, along with this there are two other water sources namely Ungushta Theertha and Janutheertha which are respected by the devotees. A holy dip in these water sources on specific days is told to cure away skin diseases.

Architectural Style of this Shiva Temple is influenced by both Vaishnav and Jain styles of Architecture. A stone sculpture on the base of the flag post of the temple indicates that the Kelady rulers, who were under Vijayanagara Kingdom had given royal patronage to this temple.
Karinja Cliff is also becoming a popular tourist spot. People visit this cliff just to enjoy the fresh air, lush green surroundings of cool water of this cliff. During night, watching the electric lamps of the nearby towns; specify likes stars, from the top of the cliff is a feast for eyes.

The Important Places Worth Seeing Are:

  • Sri Karinjeshwara Temple
  • Shashthara Sannidhi
  • Seetha Pramana Kallu
  • Varaha Thirtha
  • Janu Thirtha
  • Ungusta Thirtha
  • Arjunas Arrow Mark
  • Ninni Echo Stone (Prathidwani Kallu)
  • Parvathi Temple
  • Maha Ganapathi Sannidhi
  • Ugrana Guhe (Cave)
  • Battivinayaka (Reka Ganapathi) Sannidhi
  • Nagabana
  • Gadha Thirtha(1.4Acre)
  • Vana Bhojana Guhe (Cave)

Fairs /Festivals

  • January : Makara Sankramana
  • February /March : Maha Shivarathri (Annual Festival-7Days)
  • April : Sowramana Yugadhi (Followed by Rathothsava)
  • June : Bhattivinayaka Prathista Dina
  • July/August : Ati (Ashada) Amavasya Thirtha Snana, Nagara Panchami, Ganesh Chaturthi
  • August/Sept. : Kadiru Utsava
  • October : Navarathri Celebration
  • November/December : Laksha Deepothsava

Daily Activities:


Sri Karinjeshwara TempleSri Shashthara Sannidhi Sri Parvathi TempleSri Ganapathi Temple
Temple Open Time

09.00 AM

09.00 AM

Morning Pooja

09.15 AM

09.30 AM

Maha Pooja

12.00 PM

12.30 PM

Temple  Close Time

12.30 PM

01.00 PM


Temple Open Time

06.00 PM

06.00 PM

Evening Pooja

06.30 PM

07.00 PM

Temple  Close Time


07.30 PM

Time For Entry:

Morning : 09.00 AM TO 01.00 PM
Afternoon 05.30 AM TO 7.30 PM

Facilities Offered To The Tourists Here:

  • Dressing Room availed for those who wish to have Thirtha Snana.
  • Lavatories
  • Drinking Water
  • Parking Facility
  • Midday Meals served on Every New Moon Day (Amavayse Dina)
  • Suitable Time for the Visitors:
  • In the Day, Morning and Evening Time
  • Every Month New Moon Day (Amavasye Din)
  • Fairs & Festival days

Distance From The Nearest Town (In Km.)

  • Karinja Cross to Karinjeshwara Temple is 02.40 Kms
  • B.C.Road to Karinjeshwara Temple is 14.40 Kms
  • Mangalore City to Karinjeshwara Temple is 37.40 Kms
  • Uppinanagadi to Karinjeshwara Temple is 18.00 Kms
  • Guruvayanakere to Karinjeshwara Temple is 38.00 Kms
  • Puttur  to Karinjeshwara Temple is  33.00 Kms
  • Dharmasthala to Karinjeshwara Temple is 42.40 Kms
  • Subrahmanya to Karinjeshwara Temple is 71.04 Kms
  • Bangalore to Karinjeshwara Temple is 324 Kms

How to Reach by Road:
BC Road Bus Stand: B. C Road Bus Stand located 14 KM far from Karinjeshwara Temple. From places like Mangalore city, Moodabidri, Konaje, Vitla, Uppinangadi, Puttur, Sullia, Chikamagalore, Mysore, Bangalore you get KSRTC and Private Buses. Those who come via Ujire-Guruvayanakere – they can come enroute Vagga and alight at Karinja Cross. Autos are available from Karinja Cross.

How to Reach by Train:

  • BC Road Railway Station
  • Mangalore Central Railway Station
  • Mangalore Junction Railway Station

How to Reach by Road Air:

  • Mangalore International Air Port.


  • Mangalore –> BC Road – > Karinja Cross – > Karinjeshwara Temple
  • Dharmasthala –> Ujire – > Guruvayanakere – > Karinja Cross – > Karinjeshwara Temple
  • Uppinangady – > Kalleri -> Kakkepadavu – > Athrelu – > Karinjeshwara Temple
  • Kasargod -> Vittal -> BCRoad – > Karinja Cross – > Karinjeshwara Temple
  • Talapady -> Thokottu -> BCRoad -. Karinja Cross – > Karinjeshwara Temple
  • Udupi – Karkala –Mudbidre – Bantwal Bypass /Guruvayanakere -> Karinja Cross – > Karinjeshwara Temple


  • Especially holy bath (Thirtha Snana) is offering New Moon Days of every month.
  • Pradosha Pooja is offering at Shri Karinjeshwara Sannidhi.
  • Special poojas are offering on every Monday & Friday
  • On Maha Shivarathri Days & Monday in Pradosha Days (Next day of Ekadshi) also offering Abhisheka at Night in Sri Karinjeshwara Sannidhi.
  • Doing Thirtha Prokshane of 3 ponds in the Shri Kshetra and then offerings being made will bring very good results to the devotees.
  • Midday Meals served on Every New Moon Day (Amavayse Dina). Tourist will come with group please intimate in advance to the temple officer.
  • Shayana Seve is a popular pooja offered by the devotes, after fulfilling their prayer related to marriage purpose.

Nearest Accommodations

  • Birwa Centre Melkar
  • Krishnima B C Road
  • Prithesh Tourist Home, Bantwal
  • Hotel Padma Tourist Home B C Road
  • Hotel Rajesh B C Road
  • Akshay Lodging B C Road
  • The Srinivas Residency B C Road

Local Restaurants:

  • Birwa Centre Melkar
  • Krishnima B C Road
  • Hotel New Sathkar B C Road
  • The Srinivas Residency B C Road
  • Local Travel Agencies:
  • Saraswathi Tours & Travels B C Raod
  • Karavali Travelling Agency B C Road

Cyber Centres

  • Vinayaka Cyber Zone B C Road

ATM Centres

  • HDFC Bank ATM B C Road
  • Bank of Baroda ATM B C Road
  • Corporation Bank ATM B C Road
  • SBI ATM BCRoad

Local Languages
The common people here speak Tulu, Kannada. Educated people speak in Hindi and English for communication for business purposes.

Publications About Tourist Places (Printed/Web Site)

  • Sri Karinja Kshetra Mahathme written by N Srinivasa Shashthri, published by Temple Administrative Committee.
  • Shri Karinja Kshetra written by Y. Umanath Shenoy, published by Shri Mahalaxmi Prakashana, Puttur.

Other Tourist Places Found Nearby Are:

  1. Sri Narahari Parvatha Sadashiva Temple
  2. Nandavara Sri vinayaka Shankaera Narayana Temple
  3. Sri Kallurti Kshetra Panoli Bailu
  4. Panchalingeshwara Temple, Vitla
  5. Puttur Mahalingeshwara Temple
  6. Sri Mahaganapathi Kshetra, Sowthadka
  7. Kukke Subrahanya
  8. Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala
  9. Gadayi Kallu

Contact Details:
Sri Mahathobhara Shri Karinjeshwara Temple
Karinja Post, Kavalamudur Village, BantwalTaluk – 574 265
Phone: 08255-285255, Mobile: 9741637183

Narahari Parvatha Sadashiva Temple

The Sri Narahari Mountain Sadashiva Temple 28 kms away from DK Dist. to the East, near NH 75. This being a pilgrim centre, it is above 1,000 feet height from the sea level and it is a scenic spot. You need to climb 333 steps to reach to top of the mountain. Even if you get a little fatigued climbing stairs, through the darshan of the Lord, from the ambience you get here your fatigue gets warded off soon. This kshetra being ancient, renowned and alluring, here you will find Sri Sadashiva, Vigneshwara and Naga Deva idols. Besides, Shanka, Chakra, Gadha, Padma thirtha ponds which are attractive, renowned places due to which the number of devotees is multiplying every day. When you stand atop the Sri Narahari Hill, in the east in front of you will find renowned Sullamale, Ballamale, and in the south, Kadenjamale looks beautiful.
In one direction, there is NH 75, at another front you have the Mangalore-Mysore-Bangalore Railway route, at yet another side you have the flowing of Netravathi river. Below the mountain you will find coconut, paddy fields which are again eye pleasing.

There is nothing written historic information over Sri Narahari Mountain Sadashiva Temple. But the temples built, ponds made, use of rocks speak of the history of the place. Through stories heard passed from lip to lips we can learn about the wonderful history of the place.
After the Mahabharath Kurukshetra war was fought Pandavas (Naras) and Krishna (Hari) for freeing themselves from their sins, they visited pilgrim centres of South India and climbed the mountains. Sri Hari formed through his mace formed Shanka (conch shell), Chakra, Gadha (Mace), Padma (Lotus) shapes thirtha ponds in the memory of he stayed there. Taking bath in the holy waters Arjuna gets cleansed and offers prayer before the Shiva Linga. Through prayers to Hara, he gets Vara Prasada and consequently this place came to be famous as “Narahari Sadashiva” and became popular, it is believed so. In the North side of the temple, there are signs of Bhima’s feet on the rocks. Also this mountain becomes Thapo Bhoomi, a place for penance. Besides, there are certain signs found to prove that Thapaswis’s meditated here. The “Huli Gallu” found here is a sure sign to prove that this hill was a place for the tigers then.
Earlier in 1905 this temple was renovated & later Kshetra Brahma Kalashotsava was held in 1992 with the help of Dr. Virendra Heggade, Sri Hari Krishna Punaruru. In the leadership of Late Dr. Kallaje Bhasker Marla and through the donations received from donors from far & wide, through the Brahma Shree Padmanabha Thatnhri’s Pourohithya every thing worked out the way they wanted.

The Important Places Worth Seeing Are:

  • Sri Narahari Parvatha Sadashiva Sannidhi
  • Sri Maha ganapathi Sannidhi
  • Sri Naga Sannidhi
  • Shanka, Chakra, Gadha, Padma Ponds
  • To the East of the temple Sulla Male, Balla Male
  • Towards the South of the temple Kademnjamale
  • Towards the North of the temple Nethravathi river flows.
  • Sun rise and sun set

Fairs /Festivals

  • February 8/9 : Celebrating Brahma Kalasha Prathista Day.
  • March : Maha Shivarathri
  • June/July : Nagara Panchami
  • July/August : Ati (Ashada) Amavasya Thirtha Snana
  • July/August : Ganesh Chaturthi
  • August/Sept. : Sona (Shravana) Amavasya Thirtha Snana
  • November/December : Karthika Deepothsava ( Yearly Festivity)

Daily Activities:

  • 07.00 A.M. : Opening the door of the temple
  • 8.300 A.M : Morning Pooja
  • 12.30 P.M. : Noon Pooja
  • 04.30 PM : Evening Pooja
  • 07.00 P.M : Closing the door of the temple

Time For Entry:

7.00 AM till 7.00 PM

Facilities Offered To The Tourists Here:

  • Dressing Room availed for those who wish to have Thirtha Snana.
  • Lavatories
  • Drinking Water
  • Parking Facility
  • Guides for the tourists
  • Provision for food made if it is intimated in advance.
  • Suitable Time for the Visitors:
  • In the Day, Morning and Evening Time
  • In a year, from September to May months
  • Festival/ Jathra times

Distance From The Nearest Town (In Kms)

  • Melkar to Narahari Parvatha Sadashiva Temple Distance is 02 Kms
  • BC Road to Narahari Parvatha Sadashiva Temple Distance is 05 Kms
  • Kalladka to Narahari Parvatha Sadashiva Temple Distance is 02 Kms
  • Vitla  to Narahari Parvatha Sadashiva Temple Distance is 15 Kms
  • Puttur  to Narahari Parvatha Sadashiva Temple Distance is  25 Kms
  • Mangalore to Narahari Parvatha Sadashiva Temple Distance is 28 Kms
  • Uppinangadi to Narahari Parvatha Sadashiva Temple Distance is 26 Kms
  • Bangalore to Narahari Parvatha Sadashiva Temple Distance is  324 Kms
  • Dharasthala to Narahari Parvatha Sadashiva Temple Distance is 56 Kms
  • Subramanya  to Narahari Parvatha Sadashiva Temple Distance is  77 Kms
  • Mudipu  to Narahari Parvatha Sadashiva Temple Distance is 17 Kms
  • Thokkuttu to Narahari Parvatha Sadashiva Temple Distance is 24 Kms

How to Reach
How to Reach by Road: Bc Road Bus Stand: There is BC Road Bus Stop close to the Sri Kshetra. From places like Mangalore city, Moodabidri, Dharmasthala, Konaje,Vitla, Uppinangadi, Puttur, Sullia, Chikamagalore, Mysore, Bangalore you get KSRTC and Private Buses. Those who come via Kalladka – they can come enroute Melkar and alight at Melkar. Autos are available from Melkar.
How to Reach by Train: BC Road Railway Station Mangalore Central Railway Station Mangalore Junction Railway Station

How to Reach Air: Mangalore International Air Port.


  • Mangalore / Dharmasthala –> BC Road – > Melkar – > Narahari Temple
  • Uppinangady / Puttur – > Mani -> Kalladka – > Narahari Temple
  • Kasargod -> Vittal -> Kalladka – > Narahari Temple
  • Thokottu -> Mudipu -> Melkar -> Narahari Temple


  • Those desiring Rudrabhisheka to be performed in the Sri Kshetra,should reach an offer Pooja before noon.
  • Those offer Hagga Seve in Sri Kshetra being determined, their Asthama, nerver disorders, paralysis and such diseases disapper. For this Seva Hagga Seva Counter is made availed.
  • Doing Thirtha Prokshane of 4 ponds in the Shri Kshetra and then offerings being made will bring very good results to the devotees.
  • If the tourists will intimate in advance, food arrangement can be made.

Nearest Accommodations

  • Birwa Centre Melkar
  • Hotel Padma Tourist Home B C Road
  • Hotel Rajesh B C Road
  • Akshay Lodging B C Road
  • The Srinivas Residency B C Road

Local Food Facilities/Services:

  • Birwa Centre Melkar
  • Krishnima B C Road
  • Laxmi Ganesh Hotel Kalladka
  • Laxmi Nivas (KT) Hotel Kalladka
  • Hotel New Sathkar B C Road
  • The Srinivas Residency B C Road

Cyber Centres

  • Expert Cyber Centre Kalladka
  • S S Cyber Zone Kalladka
  • Vinayaka Cyber Zone B C Road

ATM Centres

  • Axis Bank ATM Kalladka
  • HDFC Bank ATM B C Road
  • Bank of Baroda ATM B C Road
  • Corporation Bank ATM B C Road

Local Languages
The common people here speak Tulu, Kannada. Educated people speak in
Hindi and English for communication for business purposes.

Publications About Tourist Places (Printed/Web Site)
Books : Sri Narahari Parvatha Sadashiva Temple’s Kshetra Parichaya,
Publisher: Sri Narahari Parvatha Sadashiva Temple Renovation Committee.

Other Tourist Places Found Nearby Are:

  • Nandavara Sri vinayaka Shankaera Narayana Temple
  • Sri Kallurti Kshetra Panoli Bailu
  • Panchalingeshwara Temple, Vitla
  • Puttur Mahalingeshwara Temple
  • Karinjeshwara Temple, Karinja
  • Sri Mahaganapathi Kshetra, Sowthadka
  • Kukke Subrahanya
  • Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala

Contact Details:
Narahari Parvatha Sadashiva Temple Bantwala Mangalore
Mr. Anand (Manager)
Mobile:+91 9481391204, 9964351157
LandLine:+91 8255 280604
Address:Panemangalore, Bantwala – 574231 D.K. Karnataka

Pilikula Nisarga Dhama

Pilikula Nisarga Dhama (Pilikula) is a major eco-education and tourism development project promoted by the District Administration of Dakshina Kannada in the beautiful city of Mangalore in Karnataka State, India.

An integrated theme park with a wide variety of features, Pilikula has many attractions of cultural, educational and scientific interest. The park is spread over an area of 370 acres comprising of a tropical forest and the enchanting Pilikula Lake. The project presently includes a Biological Park, Arboretum, a Science Centre, a Lake Park with Boating Centre, a Water Amusement Park and a Golf Course. Other features which are currently being developed include a Heritage Village, an Ayurveda Health Therapy Centre and Tourist Cottages.
Probably the first project of its kind in India, Pilikula is inspired by the concept of providing a wholesome experience of the native natural and cultural heritage of the region along with all modern recreational facilities.
Being located close to Western Ghats mountain range, which is one of the 18 globally recognised bio-diversity hot spots, many of the features of Pilikula are an attempt to conserve the unique wildlife and plant species of this region and help save them from extinction. Pilikula is also an attempt to showcase the rich native heritage and coastal culture of the people of Dakshina Kannada district. In short, Pilikula is one-stop education and recreation destination in India – a must visit place for all visitors to this part of the world.


  • Lake Garden
  • Amusement Park
  • Biological Park
  • Arboretum
  • Aquarium
  • Regional Science centre
  • Planetarium
  • Artisans Village
  • Heritage Village

Contact Details:
Pilikula Nisarga Dhama Society
Vamanjoor,Mangalore-575028 D.K. Karnataka, India
Phone:+91 824 2263565,2263562

Nandavara Vinayaka Shankarnarayana Durgamba Temple

Sri Vinayaka Shankaranarayana Durgamba Temple is located at Sri Kshethra Nandavara in Sajipa Munnur of Bantwal Taluk in Dakshina Kannada district. The temple is located at a distance about 28 Kms from Mangalore, the district headquarters. This famous temple is dedicated to Lord Vinayaka Shankara Narayana.
The name Nandavara is derived from a combination of two words, Nanda and Pura. The Nanda kings established their kingdom on the bank of the Netravati River, and built a fort and a palace. The place came to be known as Nandapura, which in course of time became well known by the present name of Nandavara.
Sri Vinayaka Shankaranarayana Durgamba Kshetra having a historicity of 900 years is on the banks of Netravathi in Bantwal Taluk. The precincts of the temple of historic religious centre Nandavara, Sukanasi, Thirtha Mantap, Pouli Gopula are made from stones. Sri Kshetra has been a pilgrim centre, tourism centre and a place of worship for the devotees. It has grown as a religious centre here. It is found to the Southern direction near the Railway Bridge while travelling over Panemangalore Bridge drawing attention of people over the river bank of Netravathi.

Sri Vinayaka Shankara Narayana Durgamba Kshetra being in Pane Mangalore in Bantwal Taluk of D.K. District, it has been a temple of worship of 4 villages viz Sajipa Magane’s Sajipa Munnoor, Sajipa Mooda, Sajipa Nadu, Sajipa Padu.
The 2 tier clay fort relics, Gudi of Veera Bhadra, temple of Hanuman, Vinayaka Shankaranarayana Durgamba Temple are the historic remaining of the past history of the place. History tells that Nanda Raja built this temple here, after many centuries this was confiscated by Banga Kings and built Jain King’s Palace, Basadis.
There is reference that Nanda King Clan ruled over the Nadavara, but the date couldn’t be fixed. The historians have opined that Nandas ruled over this area from 9th Century to 15the Century. Banga Arusu from Belthangady defeating Nandas in the 15th Century built palace in Nandavara, who built mud fortification and built Veerabhadra Gudi, Adeeshwara Swami’s Basadi, Temple of the Mukhya Prana Temple Pilichamundi Temple inside the fort.
In 1894, Narikombu Narasappayya bought the property of Banga Kings in an auction over Moola Geni rights and renovated the property. Shivayya’s Grand Son Nooyi Venkatayya, was called the “Architect of the new Nandavara”. Running the administration from 1923-1980, he gave great contribution for the development of the temple. In 1980, at his 82 years age, he introduced the temple to Endowment Administration rule.

Sri Vinayaka Shankaranarayana Durgamba: Nandavara Sri Vinayaka Shankera Narayana Durgamba Temples being in the same premises, the temples were built at different points of time.

Vinayaka Temple: The roof of the Vinayaka temple carrying carvings of idols is estimated to have belonged to 8-9th Century. Being established by Shringa Muni, worshipped by Raja Maharajas, the statue of Bala Ganapathi of Bala Muri snout it has the crown of Karandaka Model this temple was established by Shringa Minis and Kings and Lords.
In & around the stone ceiling of this temple is inscribed with Nava Graha engravings and this Vinayaka is very much powerful, fond of “Appa Prasada”. The devotees believe that their desires will be fulfilled instantly when they do Appa Pooja and pray.

Shankeranarayana Temple: There is a divider found in the middle of the statue in the temple which is worshipped in Shankaranarayana Temple. The right side is divided to be Shankara and the left part is divided to be Narayana. The linga is indicative of saying that there is no difference between Harihara. This linga belonging to 10th Century, was being worshipped, the historians maintain.
There is neither Nandi statue, nor Garuda Statue in the Nandi Mantapa in front of the temple. The Gopura of the temple is called “Somanatha Chawadi”. The pillars of the temple are sensitively engraved and found beautiful. Jain Thithankara image being found beautiful at the entrance of the temple in the Paryankasana, it is symbolic of all religions.

Durgamba Temple: The statue of Durgamba found at the left side of Shankeranarayana temple, it is estimated to have been installed in the 10-12 century. Behind the Durgamba statue, found in an ecstatic mood holding weapons in the hand, there is circle shaped attractive Makara Thorana found here.

At Present: Though the temple has been renovated, the temple maintains the old glory through its several religious and social activities highlighting the temple’s commitment towards the devotees. The temple believes that “Serving Community is Serving God” that there is no better way of serving God than serving community.

Main Attractions:

  • Sri Durgamba Sannidhi
  • Sri Shankaranarayana Sannidhi
  • Sri Vinayaka Sannidhi

Fairs /Festivals

  • February : Annual Festival (Jatre).
  • March : Maha Shivarathri
  • June/July : Nagara Panchami
  • September / October : Karthika Deepothsava ( Yearly Festivity)

Daily Activities

  • 06.00 A.M. : Opening the door of the temple
  • 06.30 A.M : Morning Pooja
  • 12.30 P.M. : Noon Pooja
  • 07.30 PM : Evening Pooja
  • 08.00 P.M : Closing the door of the temple

Facilities for visitors

  • Dressing Room availed for those who wish to have Thirtha Snana.
  • Lavatories
  • Pure Drinking Water
  • Parking Facility
  • Guides for the tourists
  • Annadana (Noon)

Entry Timings

  • Monday to Sunday 06.00 AM 01.00 PM
  • Monday to Sunday 03.00 PM 08.00 PM

Suitable Time for the Visitors:

  • Generally whole year you can visit this temple.
  • In the Day, Morning, Noon and Evening pooja time is good time for those wish to offer pooja’s.
  • Annual Festival is good time to visit the temple to see Festival/ Jathra times

How to reach By : Road
Nearest Bus Stand :B C Road
There is BC Road Bus Stop close to the Sri Kshetra. From places like Mangalore city, Moodabidri, Dharmasthala, Konaje,Vitla, Uppinangadi, Puttur, Sullia, Chikamagalore, Mysore, Bangalore you get KSRTC and Private Buses. Those who come via Kalladka – they can come enroute Melkar and alight at Melkar. Autos are available from Melkar, Panemangalore, Marnabailu.

How to reach By: Rail

  • BC Road Railway Station: It is located 2 KM away from the Temple. This Railway Station connects Mangalore, Bangalore, Mysore, Kannur trains.
  • Mangalore Junction Railway Station (MAJN) is located 13 KM away from the Temple. 
  • Mangalore Central Railway Station (MAQ)is located 14 KM away from the Temple.

How to reach By: Air
Mangalore International Airport (IXE) is located 25 KM far from this Temple

Distance Route guide & time

  • Melkar to Nandavara Temple distance is 02 KMS
  • Panemangalore  to Nandavara Temple distance is  1.5 KMS
  • B C Road to Nandavara Temple distance is  04 KMS
  • Kalladka to Nandavara Temple  distance is 06 KMS
  • Vittala to Nandavara Temple distance is  18 KMS
  • Puttur to Nandavara Temple distance is  29 KMS
  • Mangalore to Nandavara Temple distance is  28 KMS
  • Uppinangadi to Nandavara Temple distance is  30 KMS
  • Bangalore to Nandavara Temple distance is  328 KMS
  • Dharmasthala to Nandavara Temple distance is  55 KMS
  • Subrahmanya to Nandavara Temple distance is  80 KMS
  • Mudipu to Nandavara Temple distance is  16 KMS
  • Thokkottu to Nandavara Temple distance is 25 KMS

Directives for the tourists:

  • Alankara /Seva Poojas are held during Navarathri days only.
  • Swayamvara Parvathi Pooja’s are held only on Tuesday and Friday.
  • Here, against a deposit of Rs. 1,501, Shashwatha Pooja are held and Prasadam is sent to the concerned.
  • Noon food arrangement can be made for the group of tourists, if they will be intimated in advance.

Nearest Accommodations

  • Birwa Centre Melkar
  • Hotel Padma Tourist Home B C Road
  • Hotel Rajesh B C Road Mangalore
  • Akshay Lodging B C Road
  • The Srinivas Residency B C Road
  • Krishna Classic B C Road

Nearest Service Providers
Cyber Centres

  • Expert Cyber Centre Kalladka
  • S S Cyber Zone Kalladka
  • Vinayaka Cyber Zone B C Road


  • Birwa Centre Melkar
  • Krishnima B C Road
  • Laxmi Ganesh Hotel Kalladka
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Koti-Chennaya Historical Places

Koti and Chennayya: Koti and Chennayya (1594-1629) are legendary twin heroes characterized in the Tulu epic of the same name, which is considered one of the two truly long epics of the Tuluva. The story of these heroes may be taken to roughly around five hundred years ago according to the Tulu Padana. Koti and Chennayya were born to the Deye Baidethi of the Billava community lived in Padumale of Tulu Nadu in the state of Karnataka. Owing to the brothers heroic deeds, they are worshipped and remembered as protectors. They died in battle at Panja near Enmur. Memorial temples called “Garadi” have been built in the name of Koti and Chennayya all over Tulu Nadu region. Every year celebrating the festival called “Nema” in the garadis and village people gathering here to pray for well-being & watch the “Nema”. These valiant twins are also Called as as the “Karnika Purushas”.

The interested places related to Koti-chennaya:

  • Padumale (Birth place of Koti-Chennaya)
  • Panja
  • Enmur Garadi
  • Kemmale Nagabrhmasthana
  • Kallembi Dola-Kinnidaru House

KING PERUMALA BALLALA: The story has been transmitted on from generations, mainly through word of mouth. As in such transmissions, invariably perceptions, interpretations, dates, places may differ slightly. However, the main body of the story remains & gets passed on to future generations.
The story dates back to the 17th & 18th century to a place named Padumale. King Perumala Ballala ruled the territory. The King desired to build a Lavish Palace–the unparalleled beauty of which would far outlive his lifetime. After a thorough search, he zeroed on Mallaya who was known for his intelligence & work.
Mallaya built a magnificent palace as desired by the King. Being immensely pleased with the work, the King – Perumala Ballala, conferred on him a name “Budyanta” which meant an Intelligent & brilliant man. The King made him a minister & slowly Budyanta took over complete charge of the Kingdom. The King slowly withdrew from the day-to-day affairs & delegated his power to Budyanta. The wise say “Power corrupts… and Absolute Power corrupts Absolutely”. Budyanta got intoxicated with power & became a dreaded, arrogant & ruthless minister who oppressed the poor subjects of the land.

THE DREAM: One day, towards noon, Perumala Ballala had a terrifying dream. The King sought explanation for his dream. Bira Balyaya, the famous soothsayer explained that if he does not perform rituals which were performed by his ancestors, it would not be good for the land. Perumala ballala, following the rituals of his ancestors went for hunting. While returning after a successful hunt, a thorn pierced his foot & nothing could stop the bleeding. On reaching the Palace the King’s wound swelled and the intense pain pushed him to near unconscious statement. No treatment or medicine could heal his wound or ease his pain.
The king then asked for Deyi Baideti to be called. Deyi Baideti, who specialized in ayurveda was a vaidya by family tradition. Since she was pregnant, the King arranged to bring her in a royal palanquin (dandige). Before proceeding further, it is important to know story of Deyi Baideti.

ABOUT DEYI BAIDETI: Pijinar an issue-less Brahmin, used to go to the seashore every day to offer prayers to God. One day to his surprise, a bright golden coloured egg-shaped object floated towards him. He carried the egg-shaped object home. The couple opened it to find a female baby with a glowing golden skin. Pijinar named her “Suvarna Kedage”.
Suvarna Kedage grew into a beautiful young girl. She attained puberty at an early age of seven. According to social customs prevailing then, if a girl attained puberty before her marriage, she was abandoned by the society. Under societal pressure, the teary eyed Pijina took Suvarna Kedage to Sankamale forest. He removed her gold ornaments and clothes while she was asleep and left her alone in the forest. Thus she was forced not to return home.
Sayana Baida, a vaidya (Doctor) by profession, was walking through the Sankamale forest in search of medicinal herbs. On hearing the wailing of Suvarna Kedage, Sayana Baida rushed to the terrified. His heart filled with pain and compassion for the poor girl. He accepted her as his sister and took her to his home.
He named Suvarna Kedage after his late sister Deyi. His sister Deyi was married to Kantana Baida and had a daughter named Kinnidaru. Suvarna Kedage now known as Deyi baideti soon became an expert in the preparation of ayurvedic medicines. She got married to Kantana Baida but they did not have marital relations as he looked at her in veneration.
Her prayers to Kemmalaje Nagabrahma yielded and she became pregnant by divine grace while taking a bath in a lake.

DEYI TREATS KING-PERUMALA BALLALA: Deyi Baideti got the message from the king to treat her & proceeded to the palace. The suffering Perumala Balalla promised her that he would give anything she asked, if she could cure him. Deyi started her herbal treatment and slowly the King recovered to his good health. Knowing that her knowledge of medicine had been put to good use, Deyi asked for the King’s permission to leave and reminded him gently about his promise. The ungrateful King denied having made any such promise.
Deyi left the palace wondering about changed behaviour of the King. As she stepped out of the Palace, the Kings wound was torn apart. Immediately he sent his Queen to bring Deyi back. The Queen pleaded with Deyi to save her husband’s life. Softhearted Deyi returned to treat the King once again. The King felt ashamed at his ungrateful behaviour and requested to be forgiven. Soon the Kings wounds healed and the kingdom celebrated his rejuvenation.

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