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Sri Somanatha Temple Someshwara Ullal

Sri Kshetra Someshwara famous sanctum sanctorum of Lord Somanatha is considered as one of the 12 Sacred Shiva Kshetras of Indian continent. It is situated on the bank of Arabian Sea at the Western Ghats of South India 13 Kilometres away from Mangalore. It is called as Rudrapada Kshetra, also and a piligrimage centre for its beautiful scenic spot for viewing the sunset and for its beach.
The Temple has been built at an elevated spot in form of fort and it has its own legendary history. It is believed that King Kharasura has built this temple and worshipped lord Somanatha. Kharasura was the relative of Ravana, the demon king and as such the temple is believed to have been existing right from Ramayana period of Tretayuga.
It is also believed that Pandavas of Mahabharata times visited this place and worshipped lord Somanatha. A lake near Somanatha temple is called as “Gadhatirtha” said to have been built by Bhimasena.
Historically it is said to have been built by Kings of Alupa dynasty in the 10th century A.D. The temple was under the Administrative rule of Kadambas of Banavasi and choula kings of Ullala of 12th Century A.D. The two inscriptions found in the temple says that it was renovated in 15th Century A.D. at the time of Vijayanagara King Immadi Devaraya by Rajaguru Shree Kriyashaktri Devavodeya.
The temple is surrounded by Nagabana on its southwest side and has a Udhbhava Naga and there are other temples of lord Siddivinayaka, lord Gopal Krishna, lord Janardhana and Raktheswari.
Lord Somanatha is being worshipped as a family deity of Ombathitha Magane, Gatti samaja people and Basittaya, Karanta and Bhatt families and all the customary pooja rituals are being managed by these communities people. A 5th day Utsava and Rathotsava of lord Somanatha will be held every year during Meenamasa period.

Stone inscriptions at Someshwara Temple
Two stone inscriptions are found in the vicinity of the temple. While one is at the western side Gopura (tower) of the temple another is inscribed on a small stone pillar near Pakashala. They were numbered as 467 and 468 by the Archeology department in 1929 and reported to have been in damaged condition. Several attempts were made to read them by ephigrphies and recently it was found possible to know the details by Sri Umanathashewari, history lecturer of Venkataramanaswamy College Bantwala who could read the same recently.
The first inscription numbered 467 has got 25 lines and said to be written on Monday the Chandrasuddha padya of Dondhibi Samvatsara i.e., an April 1, 1443 A.D. The inscription details that is; ‘Vijayanagar Empire was ruled by Rajamaharajadhi raja, Rajaparameshwar Immadi Devaraya between 1424 AD to 1446 A.D’. At that time his designated Governor sri Triyamakadevaodeya was ruling the Tulu kingdom of Mangalore State. During this period Sri Kriyasakthi Devaodara the Rajaguru of Vijayanagara emperor Immadi Devaraya visited Someshwara on stone inscription. The inscription regulated that the produce of the land and other otherings made by kings of Banga and Chouta dynasty as well as by the Brahmin community be used scruplusly for the continuous pooja sevas of lord Someshwara till sun & moon exists on the earth and utsavas and fairs to be conducted as laid down by the governers as Vijayanagar Empire. It also cautions that any misuse will lead to severe punishment and wishes good to all who obey the reulations.
The second stone inscription numbered 468 bears only two links the rest of which is completely perished. The two links read as
“Saka 1117”
“Swasthi Samastha Bhuvivikyatha”
Though we could read only there two lines on this inscriptions, it provides a lot of information on the period of this temple construction. The “Saka 1117” reveals that the temple is of more than 791 years old and the other line “Swasthi Samastha Bhuvivikyatha” reveals that it is the title of Alupa King Nalvadi Veerakalasekhara who ruled between Saka 1092 to 1142 i.e, 1195 A.D. As such this line of inscription reveals the fact that the temple was built earlier than the period of Veerakulasekhara i.e., it was built before 1195 A.D.
It is unfortunate that we have no more details in view of the delaminated condition of the inscription. However we can predict that King Veerakulasekhara must have made offerings to Lord Someshwara as a disciple of Shiva. He was known for his bravery by defeating the Pandya Kings of Madhure to protect her kingdom Alvakheda. As described in another inscription of 1205 AD. He has also brought out Gold coins known as Mangalore Gadyanas. As such it is presumed that Alup kings as a disciples and cevotees of Lord Someshwara might have be the great partrons of the temple and worshipping right before 650 AD itself.
Queen Abbaka was the devotee of this temple and she has donated a Boat (Jaladhoni) about 450 years back and it is in the temple and used during Jathra festival.

Main Attractions

  • Sri Somanatha Temple
  • Sri Ganapathi
  • Rudrapada
  • Kallurti, Kalkuda, Guliga
  • Nagabana
  • Sri Panchadurgi
  • Sri Goapalakrishna
  • Sri Vishnumurthi
  • Someshwara Beach

Navarathri: Nine days (Navarathri) pooja’s for Goddess shri panchadurgi
Annual Festival: 5 Days Annual Festival

Daily Activities
06.00 Am Temple open
12.00 PM Mahapooja (Noon)
01.00PM Temple closed
05.00PM Temple open
08.00PM Temple open

Entry Timings
Monday to Sunday 06.00 AM 01.00 PM

Better time to Visit
Normally Morning & Evening is good to visit the Temple.
Yearly January to May, September to December.

Travel Tips

  • Anna Dana (Noon) -Monday & Saturday
  • 1.00PM to 5.00Pm Temple is closed.

Contact Details
Sri Somanatha Temple Someshwara, Kotekar Post, Mangalore -574152
Mob:+91 8105106420 LandLine:+91 824 2466778

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

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

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
  • Laxmi Nivas (KT) Hotel Kalladka
  • Hotel New Sathkar B C Road
  • The Srinivas Residency 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
  • SBI ATM B C Road

Nandavara Sri Vinayaka Shankaranarayana Durgamba Kshetra
Mr. Ramakrishna Bhandary (Manager)
Mobile:+91 9480280091
LandLine:+91 8255 280091
Address:Nandavara, Panemangalore Post, Bantwal – 574231, Dakshina Kannada District, Karnataka

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.

BIRTH OF THE BRAVEHEARTS: A naming ceremony was arranged and the King named the twins as Koti and Chennaya. The children’s horoscopes predicted that the boys would bring name and fame to their land. The very next morning of the naming ceremony, Deyi’s soul departed for heavenly abode. Perumala Ballala was taken by grief at sudden demise of Deyi who came as a God in disguise to save his life. He arranged for a stately funeral.
The King asked Kantana Baida and Sayana Baida to leave Deyi’s children in the palace as it would be difficult for Kantana and Sayana to take care of the newborn twins. The two with a heavy heart acceded to the Kings request & went home. They looked forward to the day Koti-Chennaya would be big enough to be taken back home.

BOYHOOD OF KOTI-CHENNAYA: The twins became center of attraction and affection in the Palace. The King played with them and treated them like his own children. They sat on his lap, they shared food with him, they slept by his side. Their royal qualities impressed the King very much. The King’s growing affection towards the twins made shrewd Budhyanta jealous. He feared someday the boys would overshadow him and thus he would lose his importance. He succeeded in inciting the Queen against the boys and the queen started pestering the King to send the boys back.
Budhyanta’s plan worked and one day the King called for Sayana Baida and handed over the custody of the boys to him. Their father Kantana had an untimely death. King ordered Sayana to send them to Gymnasium and to make them learn archery. He promised Sayana to take care of all their needs; milk, food and clothing. They left the palace and were warmly welcomed by the baida community.
Koti and Chennaya loved playing. Once when they were aged around seven, they approached some children playing with a ball (or palle-a red dry fruit almost flat on both sides). They were Budhyantas children. Koti-Chennaya requested the boys to include them in the team, but Budyantas arrogant children refused to allow them because they were from different caste. Koti-Chennaya tried in vain to make them understand that caste-system had nothing to do with children’s play.
Finally Budhyantas children agreed to play on the condition that whoever wins would keep the ball. Koti-Chennaya won the game but the Budhyantas children refused to part with the ball. The Strongly built Koti-Chennaya beat them up. Budyantas children started crying loudly.
Just then, Budhyanta who was nearby in the fields,stepped in on hearing the loud cries of his children. Taking his children’s side Budhyanta scolded Koti-Chennaya for snatching the ball. After some exchange of words, Budhyanta forcibly took the ball away from Koti-Chennaya. Furious, at this act of Budhyanta, Koti-Chennaya took a vow to take back the ball when they grew up. This incident sowed the seeds of hatred for Budhyanta in the hearts of young Koti-Chennaya.

GARADI EXERCISES: The handsome brothers joined Garadi for extensive training in body-building, archery and fencing. They soon become very popular for their bravery and skill in armed fights. Koti-Chennaya’s brotherly love for each other made them even stronger. The well-mannered, noble, fearless boys became talk of the town. Now quite grown-up, Koti-Chennaya had a burning desire to see King Perumala Ballala.
They visited the King with large number of followers in a procession complete with horses and musical band. The King received them with great love and affection. Koti-Chennaya presented a gift to the King. As Budhyanta was not offered a gift he became angry and left the Court in a huff. On the Kings advice, Koti-Chennaya visited Budhyantas place with a gift. Although his ego was satisfied in making Koti-Chennaya come to his place with a gift, Budhyanta made them wait for hours. He ignored their presence. Tired with long waiting and irritated by the lack of respect from Budyanta, Koti-Chennaya left the place with heavy heart. Their hatred for him became more intense.

THE END OF EVIL BUDHYANTA: Koti-Chennaya’s fame spread to places for their bravery, nobility and kindness. Their straightforward words against injustice and oppression gained the hearts of the common people. Their giant physique and superb archery skills made people bow to them with respect. Padumale’s fame spread due to Koti-Chennaya. The King was quite proud of them. However Budhyanta turned green with jealousy.
Then came the day when the King decided to give a part of land to Koti-Chennaya for cultivation. Budhyanta was dismayed to learn that the land given was a part of his land. He could not imagine sharing the land with Koti-Chennaya. The dark clouds of hatred engulfed his mind.
Kambala is a traditional buffalo race in muddy waters just before the harvesting season. One day Budhyanta who on his way to an astrologer to get a date for Kambala, passed by Koti-Chennayas house. Koti asked him to get a date for him too and gave a coconut to be offered to the astrologer. Budhyanta agreed to his request but broke the coconut halfway down the road to the astrologers house. Some boys who saw him break the coconut and drink its water, told Koti-Chennaya about the incident.
When he returned Budhyanta gave Koti-Chennaya a date which fell on the new moon day or ‘amawasya”. Kambala was never held on amawasya day. Realizing Budhyantas ill intentions, Koti-Chennaya planned their Kambala on the same day as Budhyantas. They invited everyone to participate in their Kambala. Those having four buffaloes were requested to send two to them and the other two to Budhyanta. Those having two buffaloes were free to send the buffaloes to any of the two Kambalas. On the Kambala day Koti-Chennaya received good response from people but Budhyantas field had only his own buffaloes. To help him, Koti-Chennya sent four buffaloes to him. Budhyanta took this as an insult and beat up the buffaloes.

Few days later, the jealous Budhyanta drained the excess water from his field to Koti-Chennaya’s field destroying their crop. Koti went to Budhyanta and demanded an explanation for this act of cowardice. The arrogant Budhyanta justified himself by saying that he knew cultivation better that Koti-Chennya. He started to abuse Koti in a filthy language for his audacity to question him- a high class Minister.
Chennaya who was nearby became furious with anger at Budhyantas insulting words. He went after Budhyanta with a sword in his hand. Budhyanta ran for his life but Chennaya leapt like a leopard and pulled him down. Both the brothers attacked evil Budhyanta and killed him. Then recalling their challenge made to him during a match in their boyhood, they went to Budhyantas house and took the ball (palle) back.
The news of Budhyantas death spread like wildfire. Most sighed relief at the end of Budhyantas tyranny. Koti-Chennaya declared that they fought against injustice and were prepared to face the consequences. Righteous Koti-Chennaya gained more respect from the people oppressed by Budhyanta.

FAREWELL TO PADUMALE : In their next visit to the King Koti-Chennaya asked the King for the boon he had promised to their mother Deyi Baideti but the King refused to grant the boon. Enraged Koti-Chennaya announced that they would leave Padumale forever. No amount of pleading by the King Perumale Ballala could make the dignified brothers turn back. The long journey began.
They set out on foot for a journey, the destination of which was completely unknown. On the way they reached a river but the boatsman refused to come in the midnight. Trustingtheir Deity (kuladevata )they walked on water and crossed the river to the horror of the boatsman.
They were tired from long journey. They encountered an old brahmin man who enquired about their caste. Koti answered ‘We are Billawa by caste’ and Chennaya said ‘and brahmins by our deeds’. Chennaya refused to drink water from the pot offered by the brahmin and instead drank from his sword (suriya). The brahmin was taken aback by the unusual way of drinking water and realized that he was speaking to extraordinary mortals. The old man turned out to be a fortune-teller. He predicted Koti-Chennaya a tough time ahead and told them that their names will last forever.

KOTI CHENNAYA IN PANJA: As per uncle Sayana Baida’s advice Koti-Chennaya visited Paiya Baida’s house and met their elder sister Kinnidaru there. She was born to Kantanaa Baida and the first Deyi Baideti and married to Paiya Baida. Tears rolled down Kinnidaru’s eyes when Koti-Chennaya introduced themselves to her as her twin brothers. Her happiness knew no bounds. Koti-Chennaya stayed there for a few days.
Koti-Channaya remembered their Mother’s wish which was made during their birth, to donate to the place of origin (moolasthana) of their ancestral deity (kuladaiva) Kemmalaje Nagabrahma. They expressed their desire to Paiya Baida who knew the place well. He gave them exact directions to reach the place located in a dense forest of Enmur.

Koti-Chennayas were known for their heroic deeds, well-built body and war skills. People flocked to meet them when Koti-Chennaya arrived in Panja. These people now saw one more side of the brothers. Koti-Chennya’s humility and respect towards the elders, love for children, their friendly nature, poise and nobility won the hearts of the villagers. Their magnetic & powerful personality turned them into natural leaders. People loved them. Distressed people went to their shelter for help. Chandugidi became anxious about these developments. He feared that Koti-Chennaya’s fame would jeopardize his Ministership someday.
Meanwhile, the King Padumale Ballala was sad and broken since the day Koti-Chennaya had left Padumale. He missed the boys whom he had fed with his own hands. He wanted to bring them back at any cost. Out went his spies in search of the lions of Padumale. Some of those spies brought the good news of Koti-Chennayas whereabouts. Immediately the King sent a message to the Kemara Ballala, the King of Panja to hand over the brothers to Padumale. Cunning Chandugidi read the message as an order to arrest or kill the brothers. Although Kemara Ballala had a soft corner for Koti-Chennaya, Chandugidi succeeded in mis-leading Kemara Ballala and secured the King’s permission to handle the matter on his own.
Meanwhile, Koti-Chennaya wanted to meet the King Kemara Ballala. They expressed their desire to Paiya Baida. He took them to Chandugidi who promised to arrange a meeting with the King. He worked out a vicious plan to trap the brothers.
He called in men to build a palace-like structure overnight. It was specially designed to trap Koti-Chennaya. The structure was called Dindumale. Chandugidi took the brothers near Dindumale. He then asked Koti & Chennaya to go inside as the king wanted to speak to him in private. Unsuspecting Koti-Chennaya went inside and got trapped. Chandugidi laughed loudly from outside. Betrayed by Chandugidi and trapped in total darkness, Koti-Chennya prayed to Kemmalaje Nagabrahma. Using all their strength Koti-Chennaya managed to break the wall and escaped from Dindumale. Chandugidi trembled with anger and fear at the news of their escape.

KEMPU KEMMALAJE NAGABRAHMASTAHANA: Enmur province was next to Panja. It was ruled by a just King – Deva Ballala. A forest named Tuppekallu located in the border was the matter of dispute between the two provinces. Although the forest belonged to Enmur, Chandugidi had forcibly shifted the border-stone to cover the forest area.
After escaping from Dindumale Koti-Chennaya entered Tuppekallu forest and noticed the shifted border-stone. Realizing the foul play by Panja, Chennaya restored the stone to its original place. Before entering Enmuru the brothers wished to offer their prayers to Kemmalaje Nagabrahma using the directions given by Paiya Baida. By the time they reached the temple, the morning ritual (pooja) was over and the temple doors were shut. Koti-Chennya requested the priest to reopen the doors but the priest advised them to wait till next morning.

As they had to offer the offering without which they could not proceed further, Koti Chennaya sat opposite the closed door of the temple and prayed fervently. Miraculously the doors opened by themselves and the bells started swaying making loud Ghantanada. Tears filled the eyes of Koti-Chennaya’s eyes who thanked the deity for offering a darshan. The priest was shocked to see this phenomenon. Realizing the intensity of Koti-Chennaya’s prayer & devotion which made the deity to open the doors for Koti-Chennayya, he sought forgiveness from the famed brothers.

ENMURU DEVA BALLALA’S SHELTER: Koti Chennaya were received with great respect in Enmur. King Deva Ballala offered them royal hospitality and a piece of land named ‘Aivattoklu’. They had a great challenge ahead to convert the barren land into productive land. With strong determination, Koti-Chennaya mobilised young people to work with them to convert the dry land into a green patch. They introduced new methods of cultivation. Looking at the developments many families shifted to newly developed land of Koti-Chennya. Koti-Chennaya paid great attention to irrigation projects all over Enmur. They constructed new roads for transport. Their enthusiasm spread to the entire province and motivated the youth. Within a couple of years the agricultural produce in Enmur increased multifold.

HUNTING IN TUPPEKALLU FOREST: Wild animals used to enter the fields developed by Koti-Chennaya and destroyed the crops. This became more frequent in the coming days. To end this problem, Koti-Chennaya decided to hunt them down. Taking the permission of the King they entered the forest with some men. Chennaya shot a boar with an arrow. A badly hurt boar ran out of Enmur border and died in the jungle which belonged to Panja. Chasing the animal Koti-Chennya reached the place with their men. The people of Panja claimed that the boar was theirs because it it was lying in their territory. Koti -Chennya argued that it belonged to them as they had killed it. A fight broke out and Koti-Chennaya attacked the Panjas and after defeating them took the dead boar to Enmur.
Chandugidi turned red with anger on hearing the news. He declared that Panja would avenge the humiliation. He ordered for the boar to be returned and demanded an apology from Koti-Chennya. Kemara Ballala sent a letter to Deva Ballala demanding the custody of Koti-Chennya. He warned of dire consequences on failing to comply with his demands.
Peace loving Deva Ballala was worried about these developments but he could not imagine handing over Koti-Chennya to the enemy. Sensing his dilemma Koti-Chennaya assured him to take charge of the situation. Deva Ballala sent a strong reply to Kemara Ballala inviting a war. Kemara Ballala had never expected such a reply. Now he had no other option but to prepare for for war.
Both the sides started preparing for war. Scared of Koti-Chennaya, Kemara Ballala sought the help of Perumala Ballala who blindly agreed to join Panja in a war against Enmur. The war started and a fierce battle left many soldiers dead from both sides. On the seventh day Chennaya and Chandugidi were facing each other with swords in their hands. After a long fight Chennaya killed Chandugidi. Enmur rejoiced at the end of the evil person.

THE END OF KOTI-CHENNAYA: Next morning Koti looked serious. He told Chennaya about a bad dream he had the previous night in which he saw a soldier riding a buffalo going towards the North. The soldier had applied plenty of oil on his head and his body was covered with blood. Carrying a sword in his hand the soldier laughed weirdly. The dream was clearly an ill omen. On hearing about the dream Chennaya suggested that he would lead the army instead of Koti, but fearless Koti did not agree. He decided to lead the army himself.
After Chandugidi’s death Kemara Ballala decided to enter the battlefield. Koti faced Kemara Ballala in a fierce duel. Swords flashed and a timed attack from Koti dislodged Kemara Ballala’s sword from his hand. Kemara Ballala ran for his life. Koti followed him shouting that he does not kill those who surrender to him. Just then an arrow pierced Koti from behind.
Koti collapsed and turning around saw Padumale Ballala hiding behind a tree. Koti could not believe his eyes. Bleeding Koti questioned Padumale Ballala for this act of cowardice. How he could kill the boy he had fed and played with & how this barbaric act would bring him fame? The King told Koti that he did not wish to kill him but he did it under the influence of some evil force. Filled with remorse, he said he did not wish to return to Padumale after killing his beloved Koti. The Broken Padumala Ballala then pulled the sword to kill himself, but Koti stopped him by pulling the sword from the King with his trembling hand. Koti advised the King not to kill himself and to end the war. He requested him to extend his friendship to Enmur.
When Chennaya saw his brother die he could not control himself. The pain and agony of losing his loving twin brother was too immense to bear. Chennaya smashed his head against a yellow rock (manjol paade). Koti-Chennaya gave up their life. The tragic death of Koti-Chennaya pained a million hearts. It is believed that Koti-Chennaya did not take re-birth and they still help and protect those who believe in them.
The Billawas strongly believe that Koti-chennaya protect them from all evils and they continue to worship the spirits of Koti-chennayas through various rituals. For more details read Bhootaradhane section on this website.

City Center Mall, Mangalore

The City Centre which is stated to be the largest mall in the coastal and Malnad region. The biggest mall of Mangalore, the second biggest mall of Karnataka and India’s 10th largest mall “City Centre” is another feather in the cap of Mangalore’s glistening landscape. Mangaloreans are all set to embrace the new mall culture and the life is going to move in a faster pace in the city.
The City Centre which is stated to be the largest mall in the coastal and Malnad region. The biggest mall of Mangalore, the second biggest mall of Karnataka and India’s 10th largest mall “City Centre” is another feather in the cap of Mangalore’s glistening landscape. Mangaloreans are all set to embrace the new mall culture and the life is going to move in a faster pace in the city.
With nearly 5,40,000 sq ft sale space, 800 plus car parking provision at 5 levels, this second largest mall in a Tier II city in the country (next only to Alfa Mall in Amritsar) will certainly open up new horizons for the people of the entire belt from Kasaragod to Bhatkal, emerging as a single-destination shopping haven for all their shopping needs. Food courts with multi-cuisine restaurants, fast food joints, gaming, entertainment, shopping, bowling alley, banquet facilities, high-end saloon and spa facility, having a peep into an art gallery or just loitering in the vast expanse of the spacious lobby of the mall – there is everything for everyone and for every age groups all throughout the year.
This project promoted by reputed developers of Mangalore Mohtisham Group, has withstood the gale and its ramifications and is now all set to open new vistas of life to Mangaloreans. “With the new mall opening no one can no more complain that Mangalore comes to a standstill with the night fall.
“The City Centre will have 170 plus retail stores including national and international brands which will make shopping in Mangalore a delightful experience. With tourism promotion high on the agenda of the District Administration under the present regime the opening of this mall will also offer plenty of shopping opportunities for tourists who visit the city on weekends or on work related tour and will have something to take back home.

Milagres Church Mangalore

Milagres Church, Mangalore was built in 1680 by Bishop Thomas De Castro, a Theatine Priest of Salsette. The Church was then built at the site of the present cemetery.

The 16th century marks an important event in the history of our community, as conversion to Christianity by Portuguese influence waned due to several reasons. The Christians had migrated farther south to Kanara but they were in great spiritual desolation for want of Priests, as many of the Priests had been recalled to Goa when the protection of Portugal was withdrawn.

In 1658, a Carmelite missionary visited the Kanara Christians and reported their sorry plight to Rome. The Holy See lost no time in coming to their aid. It appointed Rev. Fr. Thomas de Castro, a Theatine Priest, Vicar Apostolic of Kanara and Malabar in 1674.

Although he was to have reached in 1674, delays not uncommon in those days prevented his arrival in Mangalore until three years later. On his arrival, feelings the need for a place of worship for the local Catholics, he built the church in 1680.

He died on 16th July 1684 and his grave in the Milagres cemetery may be identified by bronze slab next to the St. Monica Chapel.

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Kambala – Buffalo Racing: A native sport of Tulu Nadu

Kambala or Kambla is a traditional water buffalo race in muddy waters. In Tulunad region there are various entertainments available for the people, who are basically agriculturist in nature as well as people from rural community. Among those, Kambala is a one of the popular traditional sport. Kambala or Kambla is the native sport of Tulu Nadu region (Dakshina Kananada, Udupi & Kasaragod districts) of South India.

Ideally Kambala’s would be held from December to till April on unused fields. In some cases this schedule might also get extended till early June before the cultivation of the first crop. Each of these events is cheered by a large number of supporters thus giving a boost for this tradition to continue.

Origin & Growth of Kambala:

a)Historical Background: History says that for the purpose of entertainment, the Alupa King used to organize Kambala annually. These known as Arasu Kambala (Kings Kambala). This sport has grown up among the race of cultivators of the wet land. Usually Bunts, Jains, and other rich land owners own the racing buffaloes. Of the many buffalo pairs used for the agricultural activity, one pair is kept exclusively for the racing purpose. Earlier the race was not held for prize or stakes, there was no betting either but mere a status symbol.

As per the origin & growth, we may divide the Kambala in to two parts like Traditional Kambala & Modern Kambala.

b)Traditional Kambala: In ancient Tulu Nadu, Kambala was a simple sport & there were no much rules and regulation to join the Buffalo race. In some places the cultivators & land owners were joining together and racing the buffaloes with joy & happy at the last after made the ready of their paddy fields for second crop (Suggi) but before plantation.

Ancient Buffalo racing were held at Single Track Called Onti Kare in Tulu. This race called as Onti Kare Kambala. In earlier people were taken Kambala as like their other traditional festivals. So that they were given special importance for Kambala as well as Kambala field called Kamblada Kanda (Tulu) or Kambalada Gadde (Kannada). They were worshipping Kambala field every year by standing Pookare or Bare / Bale with flower decorations & lamps. Pookare is a structure of pillar with surrounded by steps facing 4 directions (NSEW) from top to bottom in different level which is made by Arecanut tree planks. Bare (tulu) /Bale (Kannada) means banana plant. Because of this reason these Kambala fields were called like Pookare Kambala & Bare / Bale Kambala. Now also these kind of practices of worshipping followed by many land owners in Tulunadu region. But all are not organizing Kambala’s because different reasons.

c)Modern Kambala: After 1970’s Kambala has got rapid developments & so many changes occurred in organizing it. The tradition Onti Kare Kambala (Single track Kambala) changed in to Jodu kare Kambala (Double Track Kambala) for buffalo racing. They fixed certain names for these tracks to identify the race field for the participants & judges like Lava-Kusha, Jaya-Vijaya, Koti-Chennaya etc.

Later these Kambala organizers join together & formed a committee for organize Kambala smoothly with common rules.

In tradition Kambala, organizers used to judge the winners of the Buffalo Race only by the decision of ground umpires through eye measurement. But in Modern Kambala, organizers applied two more methods to get the true result of the race & to run buffalo race smoothly. Those methods are Watch Measurement and Third Umpire decision by video.

Watch Measurement helps to measure the time taken by the buffalo pairs from starting to reach Manjotti & filter buffalo pairs by ranking according to time taken. Sometime, ground umpires find difficult to judge the winners of the race because both buffalo pairs reach Manjotti with little difference. At that time they are getting assistance from Third Umpire decision by video.

Rearing the racing Buffaloes:
It is a perfect art in rearing these buffaloes used for the racing purpose and this could be obtained only through experience. The buffaloes are chosen carefully from the good breed which has no hair on the body. They are paired just when they are small. Usually, one is black and other reddish in complexion, natively called Kale and Bolle. They are fed with black grams which are wet and ground, coconut cake, ground nut cake etc. Their bodies are massaged with Gingelly oil (Ellina enne) and given hot bath regularly. They are tamed to obey the orders which are in Tulu language and there is a separate person appointed, only to look after the buffaloes. These racing buffaloes are usually maintained by the rich agriculturist, as it involves huge expenditure. The buffaloes frequently have to undergo rehearsal; a fast running youth is engaged to race them. The horns are given a shine by removing the upper layer a piece of glass and applied oil. The tamed buffaloes reared in this way, will only obey the master and the moment the master holds a cane they tremble with fear. When the maser says to lie-down and when told to kneel, they do the same with front legs.

The charming procession of Kambala:
Grandeur of procession taking the buffalo pair for the racing is almost, that of a ‘bridegroom going to the wedding’. On the back of the buffalo, a cloth called Mukmul is laid on which the sun god, the moon god, pictures of the Shiva Linga, name of the master and village are embroidered in silver (At present it is very rare to see). The garland of flowers are put round the neck, horns and the belly, a bunch of small bells are tied round the neck which makes sweet sound. In the front of procession, the persons beating drums, blowing horns, trumpets followed by occasional exploding of fireworks (in earlier) called Kadina (indigenously made fireworks when exploded gives a terrific sound) at present generally using crackers available in the market. Besides the buffalo pair, there are four persons with the master following, along with the racer and the person appointed to look after the pair. The master wears a shawl round his neck and carries a cane in his hand. They reach the site of the competition by noon and get ready for the race.

The preparation for the Kambala:
The field where Kambala takes place is ploughed properly, made even about a feet of water is left in the field. The Length of Kambala fields are from 300 feet to 400 feet. The destination where the race ends is called Manjotti, which is steadily five feet in height; this is to slowdown the speed of buffaloes. All the racing pairs are brought to the Manjotti and readied for the race by tying Pane. Pane means a big cane, made out of Arecanut tree about two inches in diameter, tied along with the yoke to the horns. Then a rope is tied to the buffaloes around the neck. The pane is tied with the aim, that while racing, the buffaloes are not able to have the side view and look straight ahead. The task of tying pane has to be done carefully, as this is an important factor in the race.

VI. The Competition:

There are 4 types of Buffalo Race Competitions:

1.Rope Race – Haggada Ota

  • Junior Category
  • Senior Category

2.Plough Race – Negilu Ota

  • Junior Category
  • Senior Category

3.Wooden ply race – Kane Halage Ota

4.Leveller Plank Race – Halage Ota

1.Rope Race (Haggada Ota): In the Rope race, the yoke (Noga) is placed on the shoulders and the buffaloes are raced by holding the rope, which is tied in the middle of the yoke. The criteria for winning in the type of race is the time taken to reach the Manjotti, the time is determined with aid of a stop watch. There are two sub categories in this competition. These are Junior & Senior categories.

2.Plough Race (Negilu Ota): In the Plough race, the yoke (Noga) is placed on the shoulders and the buffaloes are raced by holding the plough, which is tied in the middle of the yoke. The criteria for winning in the type of race is the time taken to reach the Manjotti, the time is determined with aid of a stop watch. There are two sub categories in this competition. These are Junior & Senior categories.

3.Wooden ply race (Kane Halage Ota): In the wooden ply race (Kane Halage Ota), the ply with shape of T is tied to the yoke. The racer holds the rope in his hand and keeps one leg and sometimes two on the ply and races the buffaloes. In the middle of the racing field a cloth called Nishane or Thoranam is tied across in different heights, since it determines the height of the water splashing. While racing the water splashes from the back of the ply and height at which the splashes becomes a criteria for winning.

In the middle of the racing field a cloth called Nishane or Thoranam is tied across at the height of fifteen feet, since it determines the height of the water splashing.

4.Leveller Plank Race (Halage Ota): In Leveller Plank race or Halage Ota, the same T shaped wooden plank is tied, it is quite wide and the racer stands on the plank. This is quite dangerous, since while racing, the plank might hit the rear legs of the buffaloes, besides, it also reduces the speed and causes injury.

There are several rounds of Competition.

  1. Trail round for every single pair
  2. Watch measurement round: Normally, more number of buffalo pairs competes for Rope race & Plough race. In this round they race the buffalo pairs one by one in single track and measure the time has taken from starting to reach Manjotti (Destination). Through this measurement they rank the buffalo pairs for third round.
  3. As per the result of second round the ranks will be given to every participated buffalo pairs. The race will be conducted with the basis of highest v/s lowest, Next highest v/s next lowest. The top 20 buffalo pairs selecting for the Fourth Round.
  4. In this round there is no race for top 12 buffalo pairs. There is race only for next 8 pairs by making 4 teams with highest & lowest rank basis like 13th rank & 20th rank buffalo pairs, 14th rank & 19th rank buffalo pairs, 15th rank & 18th rank buffalo pairs and 16th rank & 17th rank buffalo pairs.
  5. The top 16 pairs considering for the fourth round. Through drawing chits they decide the 8 teams each for first & second round. The winners of the 4 teams each in both rounds will be qualified for Quarter Final.
  6. As per the result of the Quarter Final round the winning 2 teams each in both rounds will be qualified for Semi Final.
  7. Semi final for qualified 2 teams each in both rounds.
  8. Final for the top 2 buffalo pairs.

Presentation of Kambala:
During the race, the enthusiastic spectators stand alongside the racing field and the dignitaries of the village given seating arrangements. In a specially erected pendal alongside the racing field where the judges, chief guest, dignitaries of the village and landlords sit. The prizes like Golden Medals, Shields, Bunch of Bananas are Kept at Higher Place. While racing the cloth which is put on the back of the buffaloes is removed, the racer takes each pair at time from the Manjotti through the racing field brings to the starting point. At this juncture when the pairs and the buffaloes are getting down to the water, horns are blown, fireworks burnt etc. Hence slowly all the pairs are brought to the starting point, when again sounds horns. Drums, pipes trumpets echo in the air and the people stand on the tip of their toes. The racer stripping himself to the necessary minimum garment, mounts on the plank, while some of his friends cling round the buffaloes, like the ants struggling round the dead beetle. While he is fairly up they let him go and the buffaloes start racing. He drives with nothing but a waggling trail to hold on to and to steer by. Opening his mouth wide, he shouts for all he is worth, saying ‘Habudi’, and starts the race by beating the buffaloes with cane, coupled with cheers from the crowd along side. By the time the pair is stopped at Manjotti, the judges record the speed. Marks are given for the speed, style, sticking to the plank and for throwing up the biggest and widest splash. At the end of course, the racer jumps off the plank with a parting smack at his buffaloes, which run up the slope of the Manjotti. Sometimes, Buffaloes bolt scatter in to the crowd and cause chaos among the people.

At a big Kambala, over one hundred pairs, brought from throughout Udupi & South Kanara will take part in the competition. The roads leading the venue of the race are alive with horns and toms for several days. The race starts at around 2 O’clock in the afternoon and continues up till the next morning, usually held on the weekends in the months of October to March.

That’s Kambala, a wonderful game of agricultural community in South Kanara, udupi & Kasargaod Villages where people take part in the event with great enthusiasm. All community of people participating without any religious partiality. Major all politicians also joining together and supporting to Kambala because it is a native sport of Tulu Nadu. At present Government also giving more support for Kambala. Pilikula Kambala is organized by Government. Now a day’s Kambala is also attracted by more number of youth & City people. And also attracted by more no of Domestic & International tourists. Hence, it becomes a never to be missed event.

Gokarnanatheshwara Temple Kudroli Mangalore

Sri Narayana Guru (A social reformer and a saint) consecrated the Shivalinga in this temple in 1912. This temple is situated at Kudroli, which is about 3 Km away from the main city area of Hampankatta in Mangalore. The original temple structure was in Kerala style, which was replaced, by Chola style during recent renovation in 1991. The main deity of the temple is Lord Shree Gokarnanatha ( Lord Shiva). Navarathri Utsava (Dasara festival) is very famous and is one of the main tourist events in this temple. A grand procession of Goddess Durga along with the Nava Durgas takes place during this festival now popularly known as “Mangalore Dasara”, which attracts many tourists and devotees from distant corners of the state, Nation and all over the world and is very popular like Mysore Dasara.

The Billawa Community was being traditionally suppressed by the upper caste treating them as ‘untouchables’. It is in such a scenario that the community found a messiah in Sri Narayana Guru. Sri Narayana Guru who hailed from Kerala has been regarded as the uplifter of the downtrodden and a visionary social servant. Learning about the work undertaken by Sri Narayana Guru in establishing social equality through his temple in Shivagiri, Kerala, a prominent Billawa leader from Mangalore, Sahukar Koragappa visited the Guru along with the leaders of the community in 1908. The delegation appraised Sri Narayana Guru about the problems faced by the Billawas in admission of the community into the temple at Mangalore. Sri Narayana Guru visited Mangalore on invitation from this delegation and ascertained for himself, the exactness of the then prevailing situation. After visiting the place, Sri Narayana Guru himself selected the place in Kudroli and advised the community elders about a suitable location to build a temple and the work began under his direction in the year 1908. Elders such as Sahukar Koragappa took the initiative in ensuring smooth progress in the temple’s construction.

Sri Narayana Guru himself formally consecrated the temple in February 1912 by installing the Sacred Shiva Linga, which was brought by him. He also named this place as Shree Gokarnanatha Kshethra. Sri Narayana Guru advocated that all of God’s creation had the right to worship the Almighty and preached that people irrespective of the caste, creed or religion must worship one divine force, known by different names.

As per the Guru’s advice, idols of Lord Ganapathy, Lord Subramanya, Goddess Annapoorneshwari, Lord Bhairava, the Nava Grahas (Lords of Nine Planets), Lord Shanishwara and Lord Shri Krishna has been installed at the Kshethra. This has helped devotees to worship at all these sannidanams (abode) and seek blessings and solace for their varied problems at one place.

Contact Details:
Gokarnanatheshwara Temple Kudroli Mangalore
LandLine:+91 824 2494040, 2495740
Fax: +91 824 2494040
Address:Kudroli, Mangalore-575003, Karnataka, India

Sri Sharavu Mahaganapathy Temple

Sri Sharavu Sharabeshwara – Sri Mahaganapathy Kshetra is an outstanding, pious center of great illustrious history of marathon 800 years. Located in the heart of the Mangalore city.

The name “Sharavu” is derived from “Shara” which means arrow. About eight centuries back, the “Sthalapurana” or local legendary depicts, a very powerful king, Maharaja Veerabahu of tuluva region, killed a cow by sheer mistake by shooting it with an arrow. He in reality meant to shoot the tiger which was standing besides the cow. But, his unculpable terrible sin had to be erased, for which he did install a “Shiva Linga” as per the suggestion of a great seer Sri Bharadhwaja.

This Shivalinga has been worshipped by the Maharaja as Sharabeshwara. This sacred place was termed thereafter as “Sharavu” and the newly formed temple tank as “Sharatheertha”.

Shri Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple:
Later, the most revered divine image of “Sri Dhashabhuja Mahaganapathy” along with “Siddilaxmi” appeared on the southern wall of this sacred Sharabeshwara temple. Lord Laxmiganapathy has been worshipped by a pious archaic named Yeshiva of Ganapathya cult. After a course of time, he had to endow this noble responsibility of worshipping Lord Ganesh to an old Brahmin, named Ganesha Kekunnaya as per the divine command of Lord Ganesha.
Thereafter, it is Sri Ganesha Kekunnaya’s family which has the sacred responsibility of performing “Pooja” to Lord Sharabeshwara and Lord Laxmiganapathy, and also looking after the management of the temple affairs.
It is a thrilling story, having a wide currency that once the muslim ruler of Srirangapattana Tippu Sultan had a strong desire to plunder this famous temple during his military march over Mangalore. But, on the very previous night, he had a horrible dream in which an angered elephant was crushing him beneath its feet. He woke up suddenly and inquired thoroughly about this ghastly dream. He has been explained that the mysterious divine power of Lord Ganapathy of Sharavu Kshetra was cautioning him not to resume any misadventure of plundering this famous temple. Consequently, Tippu Sultan gave up his ill conceived adventure and offered “Tastik” of 4 varahas (gold currency) per year with atmost awe and reverence towards this temple.

The family of Sri Ganesha Kekunnaya has acquired much reputation with vast learning, high scholarship and total devotion to Lord Mahaganapathy. One Ganapathy Bhatta of this family has been honored by Maharaja of Mysore, profusely even with “Raja Mudra” gold ring and a title “Shastry” which means a “Learned Scholar” in the year 1836. From that time onwards, the surname of this “Archak” family has been known as “Shastry” and the same family is having the perpetual right of hereditary Trustee or “shile shile Mokthesara” of the Temple.
Sri Sharavu Kshetra has been renovated in a grand scale recently by Late Sharavu Ramakrishna Shastry. His Children Sri Raghavendra Shastry and Sri Dr. Sudesh Shastry are continuing this illustrious tradition with maximum devotion and sincerity. This temple attracts thousands of devotees everyday. On the special occasions like Sri Ganesh Chaturthi, annual Car Festival or “Rathothsava” starting on Chandramana Yugadi, Deepothsava or Festival of Lights and on Shankasti Chaturthi days, a very large number of devotees do have the sacred “Darshana” of Lord Sharabeshwara Lord Mahaganapathy. This temple is indeed the center of a variety of cultural activities like Yakshagana, Dance Drama etc. and also of humanitarian as well as social service activities.

Contact Details:
Raghavendra Shastry, Hereditary Archaka & Managing Trustee
LandLine:+91 824 440328
Address:Sharavu, Mangalore -575001, Karnataka, India

Ullal Seyyid Madani Darga

The Ullal darga famous for its legend & Uroos celebration. Ullala Darga is situated about 13 kms from the Mangalore city. Ullala Darga is easily accessible by buses, auto-rickshaws and taxis.

The Dargah to commemorate Saint Sayyid Mohammed Shareeful Madani, located in Ullal in South Kanara, has been drawing pilgrims from all faiths. Legend has it that about 500 years ago, Sayyid Muhammed Shareeful Madani came to Mangalore from Saudi Arabia, reaching the shores of Ullal by floating on a piece of cloth. He camped in a small mosque at Melangadi in Ullal village where he led asimple life showering his love on the poor.
Now Ullal Darga is one of the popular pilgrim center as well famous for charity through its Educational institutions, Hospital & financial assistance to poor people, supply free books to poor students, Medical assistance etc.

Distance from Nearest Cities / Town in Kms
Distance from Mangalore City to Ullala Darga: 13 Kms
Distance from Thokkotu to Ullala Darga: 2 Kms
Distance from Talapady to Ullala Darga: 12 ms
Distance from B.C. Road to Ullala Darga: 27 Kms

Entry Timings to Ullala Darga: Morning 5 Am Night 10PM

Better Time to visit to Ullala Darga: Any time of the year

Local Languages in and around Ullala Darga:
1. Byari  2.Malayalam  3.Tulu  4.Kannada  5. Hindi

Brief History of Ullala Darga:
The history says that the Saint came to Ullal around 500 years ago from the Holy city of Madeena in Saudi Arabia by floating across the sea on a piece of “Chadar” or “Musallla“. He camped at a small mosque in melangadi area, which is the present Juma Masjid for Ullal, Permannur, Someshwar, Kotekar and Jappina Mogaru Villages.
The Saint led a very pious and simple life. His simplicity and devotion of faith, love towards the poor attracted the villagers. The villagers were pouring towards him because he used to solve their problems through his prayers and spiritual powers. Hearing of his miraculous healings people irrespective of caste and creed flocked to Ullal to have a glimpse and blessings and blessings to the Saint.
Later on the Saint married a girl from a poor and respectable family. This family used to reside in a tenanted land. One day the landlord came to the plot and got plucked the tender coconuts from the tree in the yard. Children in the yards asked for a tender but the landlord refused to give one to them. When the Saint came home he saw the children’s crying for the tender coconut. He pacified the children’s and thus the children’s stopped crying. Few days later the landlord came to the Saint and complained to severe stomach pain. He confessed his guilt and begged the Saints pardon. The Saint gave him a glass of water. On drinking it, the landlord was relieved of his pain. To show his gratitude he gave the tenanted land to the Saint. The descendants of the Saint are still in the enjoyment of the land. The Saints name is associated with several such miracles. Out of the few are given below.
One day when the Saint was performing his ablution (Wazu) in a tank of the nearby mosque at Alekal locality, he suddenly started throwing water upwards toward water werstern side. He was found throwing water high above him. People who were performing the wazu near him were surprised. Lated they asked the Saint why he did so? The saint replied that he was trying to extinguish the fire that was broken out at Mecca mosque (Haram Shareef). It was later confirmed by pilgrims who had been to Mecca that there had indeed been a fire in a corner of the mosque at Mecca and a sudden showers had extinguished it.
On another occasion it appears that a vessel bound for Mangalore from Arabia lost a bag containing valuables in the sea. In spite the captain’s best efforts he could not located the bag. Finally on the advice of some locals of Mangalore the captain of the vessel approached the Saint for help. The Saint asked him to come the following day. When he did, the Saint lifted the bag form his backside intact and handed it over to the Captain. There was water dripping out from the bag as if he same was just lifted from the sea bed.
The Saint never saved anything for his future. When was bed ridden his wife wept bitterly asked him, how she would cope after his death? The Saint consoled her and told her that she would find a rupee coin beneath her pillow every day. That is exactly happened after the death of Saint. As like any other women, the widow instead of spending the entire money saved half a rupee. To surprise, the next day onwards she started finding only half of a rupee under her pillow. Realizing her folly, she began spending the whole amount without saving anything till her death. When the Saint died a tomb was erected over his. His grave which is the present day Ullala Darga. Even today miracles continued to take place there. A dumb person who used to visit the Ullala Darga regularly fell down without any reason. As and when the person regained his conscience, to his surprise he had his speech fully restored.
A moth long Uroos celebration held once in five years attracts huge crowds. Once during the period of Uroos a person committed theft. After a while he suffered severe stomach pain. Immediately Doctors were summoned but in vain. Finally the man admitted his fault and sought the pardon at the Ullala Darga of the Saint. After that he was relieved of his pain.
On another occasion of the Uroos, a catholic painter by name Albert who was doing the painting work at the Ullala Darga made a vow for the return gold neckleces that he has lost 2 years earlier; if he receives back he would offer certain offerings at the Ullala Darga Shareef. The next day he found the same ornament wearing by women at Mangalore. Thus he was able to recover them. True to his word Albert fulfilled his vow also.
In the year 1945 there was acute shortage of water in the Melangadi area, where the present Juma Masjid is situated. It was the time of Uroos festival. Thousands of devotees had come to the Uroos festival. There was no water to drink and cooking purposes at the Ullala Darga. The devotees assembled at the Ullala Darga for the Uroos prayed for water and save them from thirst. To their surprise a gurgling sound was heard and water filled up in the well near the Ullala Darga. Ever since this particular well never dries up, even if the surrounding areas face dry spells. Devotees visiting the Ullala Darga drink this water believing that it has curative powers. Even now whatever quantity of water is drawn from this well the water does not get exhausted, on other occasions the water could be completely drained within an hour’s time by pump. Deveotees visitning the Ullala Darga drink the water if this well with devotion and faith.

Main Attractions at Ullal Darga

  • Tomb of the Saint Seyyed Muhammad Shareeful Madani
  • Holy Well
  • Juma Masjid

Fairs & Festivals:
Ullala Darga Uroos: The first annual Uroos celebration was recorded in the year 1920. Later on the Managing committee was celebrating celebration once in five years. These celebration held for period of one month. During the Uroos period renowned scholars give religious discourses in Arabic, Urdu, Malayalam and Kannada. Devotees from all parts of India irrespective of cast and creed visit the Ullala Darga and pay their homage to the Saint and seek his blessings and to fulfill vows. The Last Uroos held during the month of April, 2010 attracted more than 15 Lacks of devotees. Uroos ends with mass feedings. A team of Jamath Volunteers manage the mass crowd as no police personals are permitted within the Ullala Darga complex.

Accessibility (How to reach ) to Ullla Darga:
Nearest Bus Stands to Ullal Darga: Ullal Bus Stand (1Kms), Thokkottu Bus Stand (2 Kms), Mangalore City & Service Bus Stand (13Kms) & KSRTC Bus Stand Mangalore (15 Kms)

Nearest Railway Station to Ullal Darga: Thokkottu (2Kms) & Someshwara Railway Stations (3)only for Local Passenger Trains, Mangalore Central Railway Station-MAQ (13KMS), Mangalore Junction Railway Station-MAJN (12 KMS)
Nearest Airport to Ullal Darga is Mangalore International Airport-IXE (28 KMS)

Route Direction to Ullala Darga:

  • Mangalore City /Railway Station / Mangalore Airport -> Pump well circle -> Thokkottu (R) – Overbridge – Mastikatte –> Ullala Darga
  • Kasaragod – Talapady – Thokkottu (L) – Overbridge – Mastikatte –> Ullala Darga
  • B.C. Road / Puttur/ Vitla /Uppinangadi -> Melkar circle – Mudipu Cross -> Thokkottu (R) – Overbridge – Mastikatte –> Ullala Darga 

Tourist (Visitor) Facilities

  • Free Fresh up facility
  • Free Lunch for visitors
  • Information Counter

Travel Tips

  • All religious people are allowed to visit Ullala Darga.
  • Tourist Guides: There is no professional tourist guides at Ullala Darga. But on request, office staffs guide the visitors.

Books / Literature about Ullala Darga:

  • Seyyed Muhammad Shareeful Madani Darga: A Brief History published by Seyyed Muhammad Shareeful Madani Darga in English & Kannada Language
  • Ullal Juma Masjid (402) & Hazarath Seyyid Muahammed Shareeful Madani Darga Ullal published by Seyyid Muahammed Shareeful Madani Darga in English Langauage

Surrounding tourist places to Ullal Darga:

  • Ullal Beach (1 Kms)
  • Somanatheshwara Temple (3 Kms)
  • Someshwara Beach ( 3Kms)
  • St. Sebestian Church (1 Kms)
  • Madyaru Parashakti Temple (8Kms)
  • Bhagavathi Temple, Ullala (0.5 Km)
  • Umamahesgwari Temple, Thokkottu (2 Kms)

Nearest ATM Centers to Ullala Darga

  • State Bank of India ATM,Mastikatte, Ullala
  • Corporation Bank, Near Netaji Hospital, Thokkottu (2Kms)
  • Karnataka Bank ATM, Near Amma Electronics, Thokkottu
  • State Bank of Mysore ATM, Near Sahara Hospital, Thokkottu

Emergency Numbers

Ullala Police Station
Fire Service :100
Ambulance: 108

  1. Seyyid Madani Charitable Trust Hospital, Ullala ( 0824-2467575, 2467576)
  2. Netaji Yallappa Hospital, Thokkottu
  3. Sahara Hospital, Thokkottu

Nearest Restaurants to Ullala Darga

  • Madani Canteen (Veg.)
  • Baba Restaurant (Veg. & Non Veg.), Mastikatte
  • Vrindavana Restaurant (Veg.), Thokkottu
  • Samadhan Restaurant (Veg.), Thokkottu
  • Grills & Chats (Veg. & Non Veg.), Thokkottu

Nearest Accommodation Facility to Ullal Darga

  • Summer Sand Beach Resort, Ullal
  • Baba Lodge, Mastikatte
  • Udupi Home Lodge, Thokkottu
  • Aysha Lodge, Kotekar

Contact Details Of Ullal Darga
Seyyid Muahammed Shareeful Madani Darga, Post Box No.1201, Ullal – 575020, Mangalore, D.K. Karnataka. Phone: 0824- 2467285/ 2467401 Fax: +91-0824-2467400. ,

Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Temple

Dharmasthala is the perfect embodiment of the word “Dharma” for it displays every shade of meaning with which this word is inspired from. The greatness of Dharmasthala, however is the fact that it has added an active element to “Dharma”, which touches the lives of people with a transformational directness that is unique.

To those that come for worship, Dharmasthala represents religious tolerance wherein caste, creed and faith of pilgrims are no bars. For here, the Jain Theerthankara is worshipped on the same consecrated grounds as the native Daivas and Lord Manjunatha (Lord Shiva). The priests are Vaishnavite Brahmins and the guardian of the temple is Heggade, a Jain by faith. Altogether forming a confluence of faiths that harmonize in belief of the Omnipotent.

To those that come for justice, Dharmasthala is the scale that does not tip in favour of a lawyer’s glib tongue. Here, without any legal formality or argument Shri Heggade dispenses justice, acting in the tradition of his ancestral role as the Heggade and as representative of the presiding deity.

To those that come in need, Dharmasthala is an Oasis, where succour, solace and hope abound in the serenity of the temple and in the free hostelries that provide food and shelter.

And to those that come in curiosity, Dharmasthala is a miracle of paradoxes. Here different faiths co-exist in harmony just as traditions make room for experimental services. High or low, rich or poor, devout or atheist, at Dharmasthala all are equal.

Dharmasthala has not been content being a source of inspiration to the devout. Having expanded the meaning of Dharma to encompass the advancement of society at large, it has played an active role in bettering the lives of communities far and wide. Its initiatives have aimed at renewing the faith and hope within, so that people may be helped to help themselves.

MAHA NADAVALI: Any description of Dharmasthala will be incomplete if one does not talk about its most important festival, the Maha Nadavali. It is all about accountability, responsibility and continuous fun and feast for 11 days.

To understand the rituals of Maha Nadavali, its important to recap the past. As explained earlier in this book, several centuries ago, lore has it that Dharma Daivas (Angels of Dharma) came to Kuduma and visited Nelliadi Beedu, the official residence of the Heggades (known as Pergades those days). They requested the Heggade to vacate their residence and convert it into a temple for the Dharma Daivas. Even today it is the most revered place in Dharmasthala and regular Nemas (rituals) are conducted for them.

During Maha Nadavali, the ‘Nema’ for Dharma Daivas is conducted at the specially erected mantap in front of the Nelliadi Beedu. The ‘Nema’ is a dialogue between the Heggade and the chosen representative of the Dharma Daivas.

Cotact Details:
Sri Manjunatheshwara Temple Dharmasthala                                                                 Belthangadi Taluk – 574 216  Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka.
Landline:+91 8256 277121, 277141 Fax: +91 8256 277116

St Joseph Vaz Shrine Mudipu

Mudipu which is about 8 km from Fajir Church is in between and borders Fajir, Ammembal and Vorkady parishes. Mudipu is an extensive village out of the 19 wards of Fajir Parish, 4 wards come under Mudipu Chapel. They are Pandikatta, Yermatti, Arkan and Kurnad. There are about a hundred families coming under these 4 wards.
Besides there are 25 families of Ammembal and Vorkady, who are living closer to Mudipu Chapel and later joined to Mudipu Parish made into Ira, Church, Sunangala and Kanthoor Kutatajje wards. Earlier Mudipu was a part of Panir Parish which was known as Pandikatta. Now it is divided into 4 wards. There is a hill in Mudipu which also belonged to Panir Parish. In 14.9.1937 the Pandikatta ward of Panir Parish was handed over to Fajir Parish together with the hill, the later as a donation.

Fr.Salvadore Rodrigues began the Mission: When Fr. Salvadore Rodrigues was the Parish Priest of Fajir the Pandikatta ward from Ullal Panir Parish was given to Fajir Parish along with the Mudipu Darkas donated to Fajir on 14.09.1937. Fr. Rodrigues put up an incomplete chapel on top of Mudipu Hill where the life of venerable Fr. Joseph Vaz.

Fr.Robert Z.M. DSouza (1969-1978)
Fr. Robert Z.M. DSouza completed the chapel in the Mudipu Hill. Now it is no more. The wall was built around the shrine.

History of Mudipu Hill: Mudipu hill is a place of great importance which has a special history behind it. Rev.Fr. Joseph Vaz, born in Goa in the year 1651, April 21, worked in the Diocese of Mangalore from the year 1681 to 1684 and reached Mudipu preaching the Good News. He went house to house teaching catechism and serving the poor and the marginalized. This brought great joy to the people and was eagerly looking forward to his coming. But some people were against him and were trying to destroy him and his work. The place where they tried to harm him and kill him for his faith is marked even today upon the hill at Mudipu. Even today the faithful visit this place with great reverence and devotion. Later Fr. Joseph Vaz went to Sri Lanka and died there. For his virtues and the kind of life he led, he was made venerable in 1989 and now the “Blessed” in 1995. There is no doubt that very soon he will be canonized a saint and given the honor of the Altar and that day will be a great day for the people of Mudipu.

Rev. Fr. Gregory DSouza (1978-82): Since the hill was far and out of the way without and approach road, Rev.Fr.Gregory DSouza (1978-82) applied for a vacant land of the Government in the year 1981 which was closer to the Mudipu town. After that he applied to the Bishop for a chapel and a commission was set up by the Bishop on 3.2.1981 and subsequently permission was granted. But God had different plan before the work was started. Fr.Gregory DSouza died on 3.7.1982.

Rev.Fr. Michael Pereira (1982-1985):
Rev.Fr. Michael Pereira was named Parish Priest of Fajir on 4.7.1982. He continued the work began by Fr.Gregory DSouza. With the support and co-operation of the people of Mudipu he purchased the land applied for, 2.17 acres for a sum of Rs.3987.00. He dug a well in that land and began the work of building a chapel. The foundation stone was blessed and laid by the Bishop of Mangalore on 27.10.1984. But as Gods ways are incomprehensible, Fr. Michael Pereira expired on 16.7.1985.

Rev.Fr.Gregory Serrao (1988-1993):
The work of building the chapel was continued by Rev.Fr. Gregory Serrao, who was appointed Parish Priest of Fajir on 23.5.1988. At first he built a small house at Mudipu and in 1991, in memory of the 150 years Jubilee celebrations of Fajir Parish Church, that house was inaugurated as chapel and on 1.1.1991. The Eucharistic Celebration was held for the first time. A committee has been formed to take after the interest of the chapel. 22-6-1991, under the leadership and guidance of the parish priest with the co-operation of the parishioners, the generosity of various people and parishes, the work of the new chapel was completed in the first week of May, 1993. This beautiful and magnificent edifice has been dedicated to St. Joseph.

Memorable day in the history of Mudipu Parish:
This inauguration and the blessing of the Mudipu Chapel were held on May 10, 1993. The days programme began with the formal inauguration of the chapel by Rt. Rev.Msgr.Aloysius DSouza, the Vicar General of the Diocese. The inaugural programme followed by the concelebrated Eucharistic celebration presided over by very Rt.Rev.Basil DSouza, The Bishop. During the Mass the Bishop blessed the Main Cross, the Chapel Hall, the altar and the tabernacle. Very Rev. Victor Machado was the preacher of the day. The Parish Priest of the Cathedral, summarized his thoughts saying, God resides not only in the temples but also in our hearts. Therefore, we need to build in every heart a temple for him.

The Eucharistic Celebration was followed by the public function during which Fr.Gregory Serrao, the Parish Priest of Fajir, welcomed the President of the programme, the Bishop and the rest of the guests. Smt. Lilly DSouza briefed the crowed with the history of the chapel and Sri Felix DSouza, the President of the Catholic Youth Movement of Mudipu recalled and thanked the contributors of the chapel. The Bishop in his message to the participants and the parish members said, The church which is built on this holy land where Venerable Fr. Joseph Vaz himself had once walked, is dedicated to St. Joseph. May Venerable Joseph Vaz dedicated life is an inspiration to the people of this parish to grow in love of God through the service of the neighbour.

The Bishop also congratulated the Parish Priest, Fr. Gregory Serrao, by offering garland and fruits on behalf of the Mudipu Catholic Community. The Vice-President of the Chapel Committee, Mr.Michael DSouza, was garlanded then by the Vicar General and in his speech he appreciated the services of the Vice-President of the Chapel Committee and the service and sacrifice of the Catholic Community of Mudipu. Towards the end of his speech, the Bishop recalled with gratitude the service of late Rev. Frs. Gregory DSouza and Michael Pereira. On behalf of the Diocese, then the Bishop congratulated the Parish Priest, Fr. Gregory Serrao, by garlanding him. Mr.Michael DSouza, the Vice-President of the Mudipu Chapel Committee gave the vote of thanks. The gathered crowd, about 2,500, was served with cold drinks and snacks. The programme which began at 9.45 a.m. was wound up at 12.15 p.m.

Rev. Fr. Victor Gerald DSouza(1993-1997)
Rev.Fr.Gregory Serrao handed over the charge of the Fajir Parish to Fr.Victor Gerald DSouza on May 22, 1993. On his tenure Joseph Vaz became Blessed and the Holy Mass was celebrated for the First time in the shrine.

Erecting of New Mudipu Parish (29-06-1997)
The New Mudipu Parish was errected as parish on 29.6.1997 the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul by Rt. Rev.Dr.Aloysius P. DSouza; Fr. Alwyn DCunha was appointed as the First Parish Priest. The new Parish was dedicated to Blessed Joseph Vaz.The New Parish Council came into existence on 7.9.1997. Mr.Felix DSouza was elected as the Vice-President and Mr. Paul DSouza became the Secretary.

Fr. Alwyn DCunha (1997-2004)
30.11.1997 was a historical day in the history of Mudipu Parish. On that day a small Shrine of Blessed Joseph Vaz was inaugurated in front of the church. The life size statue of Blessed Joseph Vaz was brought in procession from Mudipu bus stand to the shrine. Rt.Rev.Dr.Aloysius DSouza accompanied the statue from Mudipu bus stop, blessed and installed it in the shrine. Nearly 3500 people took part in the event. In order to honour and spread the devotion of Blessed Joseph Vaz. Thursday was dedicated to him as a Novena Day. The first Novena was held on 4.12.1997 at 4.45 P.M. The statue of Blessed Joseph Vaz was taken in procession from the church to the Miraculous Hill on 18.1.1998. V. Rev. Marcel Saldanha Vicar Forane of Panir was the main celebrant for the Eucharistic Celebration and Fr. Walter DMello preached the Homily. Nearly 1,500 people participated in the celebration. The first Parish Feast of our parish was celebrated in a grand scale on 21.1.1998. On 5.4.1998, Palm Sunday from Mudipu bus-stand to the Miraculous Hill way of the cross devotion was conducted. The temporary stations were erected on the way. Nearly 1000 people had come for this devotion. On 23-08-2001 the foundation stone was laid for the chapel in Mudipu Hill by Rt. Rev. Dr. Aloysius P. DSouza was inaugurated on 12-02-2004.

Fr. Andrew DSouza (2004-2011)
Rev. Fr. Andrew DSouza took over the charge on 21-05-2004. He beautified the whole campus. He tried to build the communication between srilanka and Goa. The relic of Blessed Joseph Vaz was brought from Srilanka. Counseling was started in the shrine and also on the eve of Tri-Death centenary of Blessed Joseph vaz the novena day was changed to Friday and the exhibition was arranged. Foundation for the Sahuardha Bhavanan and the dining hall was laid on 17-04-2008. 60 cents of land was bought and the grottos and entrances were constructed. Under his leadership, the feast of the shrine was extended for three days on the first week of December. The project of Thursday meals to all the devotees has kept up even to Fridays.

Fr. Gregory Dsouza
Rev. Fr. Gregory DSouza took the charge on 01-06-2011. He is committed to the progress of the shrine. At present Friday Meals are given in the kitchen of the new building yet to be completed. The office room is in construction yet to be furnished. Astra ole has been installed and the new store room has been constructed. There are many more projects need to be implemented under the guidance of present director.

Contact Detais:
St. Joseph Vaz Shrine Mudipu Bantwala
Parish Priest
Mobile:+91 9448004830
LandLine:+91 8255 260334,261334,
Address: Mudipu, Kurnad Post – 574153, Bantwal Taluk, Karnataka

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Day01 Arrival at Bangalore Airport/Railway Station/Bus Stand. Pick up and drive to Coorg by Car.Night  Halt at Hotel.
Day02 Full Days Sightseeing (Halt)
Day03 Full Day  Sightseeing (Halt)
Day04 Check out from Hotel. Shopping. Drive to Bangalore. Drop at Airport/Railway Station/Bus Stand. Tour Ends
Visiting Places: Madikeri-Raja’s seat, Omkareshwara Temple, Gadige, Fort, Dubare Elephant   Camp,  Mallali Abhi Falls, Pushpagiri, Kaveri Nisargadhama, Golden Temple, Abhi Falls, Tala Kaveri, Bhagamandala.

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Art & Cultural Attractions in Mangalore

Dakshina Kannada can be said as land of culture, tradition and rituals. Even today, most people of the district follow traditions, customs and rituals. The district has many temples of Hindu gods and goddess, which are ancient and have deep spiritualism attached to them.


Yakshagana is the popular folk art of this district. The Yakshagana is a night-long dance and drama performance practiced in Tulu Nadu with great fanfare.


Nagaradhane or Snake worship is practised according to the popular belief of the Naga Devatha to go underground and guard the species on the top. Worship of spirits is prevalent in these areas.

Bootha Kola (Bhutaradhane )

Rituals like Bhuta Kola are done to satisfy the spirits.

Kambala (Buffalo Race)

Kambla, a form of buffalo race on muddy track in the paddy field, is organised.

Ati Kalanja – A Folk dance

Aati Kalenja is a traditional dance form practiced in Tulu Nadu, India. It is a traditional dance which is typically performed during the monsoon months of July and August. As part of the ritual, a person dresses up in the form of a bhuta “spirit” known as Kalenja. Then, the Bhuta and his assistant, a drummer, go around the village and dance in front of homes. The householders reward them with rice, coconuts, etc.

It is believed that honoring the Kalenja in this manner will rid the village of all evil spirits. Kalenja is believed to be the protector of the village(s) from evil spirits. Hence the impersonator of Kalenja is welcomed by the villagers during the rainy season. The persons adorning the role of Kalenja are typically from a community called Nalike. The costume of Kalenja consists of coconut leaves, colorful dresses and a cap made of areca spate.

Karadi Vesha (Bear Dance)

Karadi Vesha (Bear Dance) is one more popular dance performed during Dasara.

Tiger Dance (Huli vesha)

Pilivesha (Tiger dance) is a unique form of folk dance in the region fascinating the young and the old alike, which is performed during Dasara and Krishna Janmashtami.

Cock Fight

On a religious and cultural level, Theyyam deities are propitiated through blood sacrifice or cock-sacrifice which does also include the cockfight and is a prime example of “cultural synthesis of ‘little’ and ‘great’ cultures”. Cock fight (Kori Katta in Tulu) is another pastime of rural agarian people, but unfortunately has turned into gambling.

Tourist Mosques in Mangalore

Tourist Attractive Mosques in Mangalore(D.K.)

  • Seyyid Muahammed Shareeful Madani Darga, Ullal Mangalore

           The Ullal darga famous for its legend & Uroos celebration. Ullala Darga is situated about 13 kms from the Mangalore city. Ullala Darga is easily accessible by buses, auto-rickshaws and taxis.
The Dargah to commemorate Saint Sayyid Mohammed Shareeful Madani, located in Ullal in South Kanara, has been drawing pilgrims from all faiths. Legend has it that about 500 years ago, Sayyid Muhammed Shareeful Madani came to Mangalore from Saudi Arabia, reaching the shores of Ullal by floating on a piece of cloth. He camped in a small mosque at Melangadi in Ullal village where he led asimple life showering his love on the poor.
Now Ullal Darga is one of the popular pilgrim center as well famous for charity through its Educational institutions, Hospital & financial assistance to poor people, supply free books to poor students, Medical assistance etc.

  • Baba Fakruddin Dargah Ajilamogaru

This is an ancient Dargha is located at Maninalkoor Village about 20kms east of Bantwal town. The annual Uroos (Festival) in august is famous.

  • Zeenath Baksh Jumma Masjid in Bunder, Mangalore

            The Zeenath Baksh Masjid also known as the Jumma Masjid, is found in Mangalore. It was built in the seventh century by the Muslim invaders.

The Masjid Zeenath Baksh, Bunder, Mangalore is said to have been established in 644 A.D. The masjid was inagurated on Friday the 22nd of the month of Jumadil Avval. The first Khazi appointed was Hazarath Moosa Bin Malik, the son of Malik Bin Abdullah.

In the Seventeenth century Tippu Sultan who was the King of Mysore was ruling Mangalore. He renovated and beautified the mosque by adding wooden carvings and pillars. These carvings are rare pieces of artwork. Tippu Sultan has also built a Masjid in Mangalore 2km away from this Mosque, which is presently known as Idgah Masjid. During the latter half of 18th century he named the masjid ‘Zeenath Baksh’ after his own daughter.

The mosque has special religious significance and connotation for the Muslim community because the pioneers who set up the mosque are said to have been the kith and kin of ‘Sahabas’ (or associates) of Prophet Mohammed Rasulullah himself.

The mosque was renovated according to the present day needs, as the city of Mangalore was being developed. The Friday prayer is the most popular day for the Muslims to offer their prayers. People stand in lines almost reaching upto the main roads on Fridays.

Considering the needs of the economically weaker section of the community, the Management Committee of the Mosque has taken timely step of extending free service in various angles for the needy people of the community. Funds are also raised for various reason like marriage, education, shelter, medical purposes etc. The Management Committee of this mosque also takes care of the burial of dead bodies for free of cost.

Celebrations: Three important celebrations held at the Zeenat Baksh mosque and the Idgah mosque are Eid ul Fitr, Eid ul Azha, Milad ul Nabi in the Islamic calendar.

Tourist Churches in Mangalore

This is a list of Churches in Mangalore(DK), a region in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. 

Tourist Churches in Mangalore (D.K.)

  • St. Joseph Vaz Shrine Mudipu Bantwala
  • Milagres Church Mangalore
  • St. Aloysius Chapel Mangalore
  • Rosario Cathedral Mangalore
  • Infant Jesus Shrine Bikarnakatte Mangalore
  • Holy Cross Church Hosabettu Mangalore
  • Mother of God Church Puttur

Tourist Temples In Mangalore

This is a list of temples in Mangalore(DK), a region in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. Mangalore is famous for numerous temples dedicated to Vishnu, Shiva and Durga as well as hundreds of temples of other deities.

Mangalore Tourist Temples:

  • Mahathobhara Sri Mangala Devi Temple
  • Kadri Sri Manjunatheshwara Temple
  • Kudroli Sri Gokarnanatheswara  Temple
  • Kudupu Sri Anathapadmanabha Temple
  • Kateel Sri Durga Parameshwari Temple
  • Bappanadu Sri Durga Parameshwari Temple
  • Someshwara Shri Somanatha Temple
  • Polali Sri Rajarejeshwari Temple
  • Nellithirtha Sri Somanatheshwara Cave Temple
  • Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Temple
  • Shishileswara Temple
  • Durga Kalikamba Temple Savanalu
  • Mahathobhara Sri Karinjeshwara Temple
  • Sri Sadashiva Temple at Narahari Betta
  • Sri Vinayaka Shankarnarayana Temple at Nandavara
  • Mahalingeshwara Temple at Puttur
  • Shri Gopala Krishna Temple, Shakthinagar
  • Kukke Subrahmanya Temple
  • Sauthadka Sri Maha Mahaganapathi Temple
  • Shibaje Durgaparameshwari Temple
  • Hosanadu Annapoorneshwari Temple –Kodyadka
  • Bachanayaka Sankapala Temple & Mathsya Gundi
  • Jain Basadis at Mudabidre
  • Vittal Panchalingeshwara Temple