Temples around Udipi and Mangalore
The Udipi / Mangalore region is one of the important sacred regions of Bharat and has a fantastic collection of ancient temples.
There are 7 ancient and popular temples which are called “Sapta Kshetrams” and they are:
- Udupi, Kollur, Subramanya, Sringeri, Horanadu, Dharmasthala and Mangalore
Also, there are 7 Kshetras that are popularly known as “Parashurama Srishti”, created by Parashurama which are:
- Udupi, Kollur, Subramanya, Kumbhakaashi, Gokarna, Shankaranarayana and Koteshwara
Sri Krishna Temple
Udipi is synonymous with the Sri Krishna Temple.
Udupi acquired nation-wide fame, when it was turned into a unique seat of Vedantic learning in the 13th century under the leadership of Sri Madhvacharya. Apart from his contributions to Vedantic philosophy, Sri Madhva founded the famous Krishna Temple of Udupi and made it the fountain-head of a new devotional movement, which eventually spread all over the country.
Legend: Devaki, the mother of Lord Krishna, had not seen the charming feats and frolics of his childhood at Gokula. Therefore, she once entreated Krishna in his adulthood at Dwaraka to show her one of those frolics of his childhood. In response, Lord Krishna once again assumed the form of his childhood and enacted all his childhood plays once again. Devaki’s joy knew no bounds, as she witnessed this sport of the Lord. Rukmini, who also sighted this childhood posture of the Lord requested him to get an image of it carved out in Shalagrama Shila for her daily worship. When Krishna departed from earth at the close of Dwapara Yuga, this rare image was deposited by Arjuna at a holy spot called Rukmini Vana in Dwaraka.
In the course of the Kali Yuga, a merchant carried this image as merchandise from Dwaraka, mistaking it for a clod of Gopichandan in which the image lay hidden. The ship was wrecked near the sea-shore of Vadabhandeshwar (near Malpe port). Madhvacharya came to know the wreckage of the ship by intuition and got the image dug out of the ship (The sea-shore at Vadabhandeshwara where Madhvacharya secured the image of Lord Krishna is another sacred spot, near which there is a shrine dedicated to Subramanya). He kept the image immersed for a few days in the holy tank of his Math, and installed it for worship on an auspicious Makara Sankranthi day, nearly 700 years ago. Hence forth, Lord Krishna became the presiding deity of Udupi.
The unique feature of Shree Krishna Mutt temple is that the Lord is worshipped only through a window of nine holes called the Navagraha Kitiki. The window is exquisitely carved and silver – plated.
Sri Chandramouleshwara Temple
Udipi got its name from this temple
Udupa means Moon. Legend has it that the Lord Chandra (moon) did penance at this spot to appease Lord Shiva. The temple, just across the Krishna Mutt, was constructed below the ground level. It must have been constructed on a lake-bed. This temple is said to have been built after the construction of the Anantheshwara Temple. The architecture of this temple dates back to the seventh or eighth century A.D.. In the inscriptions, the Anantheshwara and Chandramouleshwara temples have been referred to as “Padudeva” and “Mududeva”. These temples have been referred to as “Mududevalaya” and “Padudevalaya” in Madhwavijaya.
Sri Anantheswarar Temple
This is just adjacent to the Chandramouleswara Temple
Udupi, described in traditional religious literature as “Rajata Peetha” or “Ruupya Peetha”.
The Sanskrit name “Rajata Peetha” means a silver seat. This name is associated with this ancient Anantheswara Temple, where a legendary king called Ramabhoja is believed to have worshipped Lord Parashurama in the form of a Shiva Linga, which manifested itself on a silver seat offered by the king for the purpose of worship. Shiva worshipped in this temple, in the one and the same symbol of a Shiva linga. Hence, the deity of this temple is called Anantheswara.
Anantheshwara temple has great spiritual and historical significance. Parents of Sri Madhvacharya (called NADILLAYAs) had worshipped the Deity of this temple continuously for 12 years to beget a child. The great Acharya was born in fulfillment of their penance. This temple was also a favorite resort of ACHYUTA PRAJNA, the ascetic, who initiated Madhva into the ascetic order. While at Udupi, Madhvacharya himself used to hold his philosophical discourses in this temple. The Acharya is reported to have disappeared from human sight in his 79th year while holding a discourse on his favourite Upanishad, namely AITAREYA, at a particular spot in this temple. Since then, this spot has been adored as a sacred spot, containing the invisible presence of the Acharya.
There are four Durga temples, situated in the four corners of udupi at Kadiyali, Bailur, Kannarpady and Puttur. Situated in villages adjacent to the town are four minor shrines dedicated to Subramanya by the legendary King Rama Bhoja at Muchilagodu, Mangodu, Thangodu, and Arittgodu.
Ambalpady Sri Mahakali and Janardhana Temples
Location: 4 kms from Udipi
Kadiyali Sri Mahisha Mardini Temple
Location: 5 kms from Udipi
A 7th Century temple. The statue of Mahishamardini is in a standing posture. She has four arms. In Her upper right hand, She holds the Prayaga Chakra (the discus) and in Her upper left hand, the Shanka (conch shell). She is piercing the head of Mahishaasura, the Buffalo shaped Demon, who has fallen at Her feet, with the Trishul (Trident) held in Her lower right hand. She is pulling the tail of Mahishaasura with Her lower left hand. This emphatically portrays the helplessness of the Demon whose abdomen is bulging due to the pressure exerted by the pulling of his tail. The bearing of the Goddess in the standing posture, Her facial expression and the casual way of Her holding the weapons shows that it is but a child’s play for Her to vanquish evil. This is a sculpture of unique beauty, devoid of any ornamental trappings. One falls under Her divine spell the moment they lay eyes on Her.
Location: 10 kms from Udipi
1) Venugopal Swamy Temple
2) End point
The End Point is a beautiful viewpoint in Manipal which is one of the important tourist attractions in Manipal and gives a panoramic view of the lush green valleys near the Swarna River.
Location: 6 kms from Udipi town
Beach with endless stretches of Golden Sand
St. Mary’s Island
A 30 minutes boat-ride away from Udipi, here one can find unique formation of volcanic rocks which have Crystallized into columns and split into vertical Hexagonal Blocks. This is neither a swimming nor a strolling Beach. It’s a beach to be gazed and wondered at. Legend has it that Vasco da Gama landed in 1498 on one of these Islands.
Udipi – Kollur – Jog Falls (North of Udupi)
Batte Vinayaga Temple at Barkur
Location: 16 kms North of Udupi
The majestic Seeta River flows through Barkur and joins the Arabian Sea. The major highlight of the temple is the sculpture of Lord Ganesha facing towards North but leaning towards the west. You can find the idol of Lord Vinayaka enclosed with cloth around the waist and bells and plaited hair. Although the temple is visited by all kinds of devotees but drivers and vehicle owners are the most frequent visitors.
Bramhalingeshwara Temple Hosakatte Mundadi
30 kms North East of Udipi
Saligrama Sri Guru Narasimha Temple
Location: 25 kms from Udipi
The idol of Guru Narasimha is entirely made of the sacred Saligrama stone. It is to be noted that the idol itself was never carved by anyone, but is “Swayambhu”. The name of the place “Saligrama” owns to this legend. The idol has a Shankha(conch) in one hand and a Chakra(disc) in another. It is seated in a yogic posture attributing to the name “Yogananda Guru Narasimha”. The idol is seated on a Mahaganapati yantra. The reason for this is that, Bhattacharya witnessed that in this place lions and elephants lived in harmony which is quite contradictory to their nature. As a result he called this place as “Nirvairya sthala” meaning “the place of no enemity”.
Sri Amritheshwari temple at Kota
Location: 27 kms from Udipi
Shri Anegudde Vinayak Temple at Kumbashi
Location: About 30 kms from Udipi and 9 kms from Kundapur.
A highly popular temple situated in Kumbhashi. Anegudde means elephant (Aane) hillock (Gudde) and it is the abode of the elephant god, Sri Vinayaka. It is believed when drought hit this area sage Agasthya came here to perform yagna to please the rain god. The demon Kumbhasura tried to disrupt the yagna by troubling the sages performing the yagna. To rescue the sages Lord Ganesha blessed Bheema, the strongest among the Padavas with a sword, using which Bheema killed the demon and facilitated the completion of the yagna.
The main sanctum sanctorum contains the majestic figure of Vinayaka resplendent in silver Armour, in standing posture. Of the four arms two are “varada hasta” indicating his inclination to grant boons. Two hands point to his feet, as a means to salvation
Mahalingeshwara temple is one of the other temples in this area
Shri Kotilingeshwara Temple at Koteshwara
Location: 35 kms from Udipi; and 4 kms from Kundapur town.
One of the 7 “Parashurama Srishti kshetras” of this region, i.e., creation of sage Parashurama. Gigantic Brahmaratha, vast Car Street and Kotitheerta, which is about 4-5 acre wide, are the specialties of the Kotilingeshwara temple.
Kundeshwara Temple at Kundapur
Location: 37 kms from Udipi
The town of Kundapur was named after the Kundeswara Temple, constructed by Kundavarma, which is situated near the Panchagangavalli River and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The presiding deity is a black stone garbhagriha idol, which is a 4 ft high Shiva Linga. One-third of the Shiva Linga appears on a pedestal and the remaining is buried beneath it.
Sri Siddivinayaka Temple at Hattiangadi
Location: About 8 kms North-East of Kundapur
The idol of the ancient and famous Siddivinayaka temple is carved in a Saligrama stone. The trunk is bent towards the left (Edamuri). It is believed that the idol may be in standing posture. The deity’s right hand is situated inside the basement and holds a vessel full of Modakas in its left hand.
Location: 14 kms from Kundapura and 50 kms from Udupi on NH 17.
A picturesque place, Arabian sea on the left and Souparnika river on the right for a stretch of about 1 km makes this a unique landscape. Besides the amazing view of sea and river, this place is also known for virgin beaches. Boat ride is also available.
Shri Agashehwara Temple at Kirimanjeshwar
Location: 60 kms from Udipi
Shri Shankaranarayana Temple at Shankarnarayana
Location: 25 kms East of Kundapura and 40 kms from Udipi
“Shankaranarayana” is considered as one of the seven holy places created by Maharshi Parashurama. This is one of the rare temples where we can see the sangam (confluence) of Shankara(Lord Shiva) and Narayana (Lord Vishnu).
Udbhava Murthy: The main deity of Shankaranarayana Temple is in the form of Udbhava Linga. The naturally formed lingam of Lord Shankara and Lord Narayana is one feet below the ground, inside the Garbhagudi. The devotees can only see the mirror image of the lingam. The Shankara Linga is on the right (left as seen by the devotees) and Narayana Linga on the left. While Shankara Lingam is in round shape, where as Narayana Linga is a flat one with foot prints of holy cow in it. Devotees believe that these were foot prints of Kamadhenu (holy cow) which had stood here for dripping milk on the Shankara Linga. There is water around Udbhava Linga at any time of the year. This holy water is called Suddhamrita Theertha.
Location: 22 kms from Kundapur town.
Halady River surrounds this village to the north. The Marlu chicku is one of the deities of Halady which attracts a large number of people. Laxmi Narasimha with seven foot stone statue is another temple of attraction. The historical ‘yakshagana mela’ is also famous in Halady.
Guddattu Vinayaka Temple
The idol of Lord Vinayaka was emerged by itself near this rock. The black stone sculpture of Lord Ganapathi is in sitting posture. The special pooja which is offered in this temple is ‘Ayurkoda Abhisheka’.
Shri Mookambika temple at Kollur
Location: 70 kms from Udipi; 35 kms North-East of Kundapura
Kollur is an important seat of Shakti worship. The temple is rich in puranic lore.
Legend goes that a Maharishi (monk) Kolan was enchanted with nature’s beauty and decided to perform a penance on a rock near the Agnitheertham. Lord Shiva, delighted with Kolan, appeared before him and blessed him. The Maharishi wished for the welfare of mankind and nothing else. The Lord, happy with Kolan, granted him his wish. He assured that a swayambu Lingam would appear for his daily worship. However, Kolan wanted to worship Devi also. So, a swarna rekha (gold line) appeared on the Lingam, signifying Shakti. Thus, Shiva and Shakti are worshipped together in the Lingam. Besides this, a unique feature is that the other Gods and Goddess of the Hindu pantheon also believed to reside in aroopa (non-form) in the Lingam. It is thus believed to be an abode of the entire celestial congregation.
It is believed that Adi Shankaracharya had a vision of Sri Mookambika Devi and installed the deity here. The legend goes that Adi Shankara mediated at Kodachadri hills and Devi incarnated before him asking for his wish. He revealed his wish to install the Devi idol in a place in Kerala to worship where he wanted. Devi agreed but put forward a challenge that she will follow Shankara and he should not look back till he reaches his destination. But to test Shankara, Devi deliberately stopped the voice of her anklets when they reached Kollur whereupon Shankara turned and looked back because of doubt. Devi then asked Shankara to install her vigraha, just as he sees her, at that very location in Kollur.
- Since Moohambigai is a God of knowledge, Vidhya pooja is very special. There will be many bhattars available and you can tell any of them to do for you. They will do it in the temple verandah. They will give prasadam (kalkandu sort of). I have a strong faith in this pooja and it had a good effect on my son.
- In the same way, Ishwarya pooja is also done
- Just behind the moolasthanam, in the inner praharam, there is a private place where Adhi Shankara used to sit for meditation / do pooja. It is a narrow and small room which is locked normally. Only when you request/ only for special people, they will open.
- The lingam in front of Moohambihai, normally covered with silver covering, is considered very powerful. You can request the priest to open it for you and show.
- There are 4 deeparadhanais in the evening, Onur, Lakshmi, Saraswathi and Durga. At the end of all, they serve Kashayam as prasadham in the night which is considered very sacred and powerful.
- Kollur is the ancestral temple (Kula dheivam) for Malayalees. MGR, from the Dravidian party was bold enough to visit the temple often and he had gifted a golden sword also.
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Location: 14 kms from Kodachadri
Kodachadri at an altitude of around 1800 mts can be reached only by jeeps available at Kollur. Private vehicles are not allowed. At the peak it is believed that Aadhi Shankara did meditation in the midst of forest and to substantiate the same we can find a Sarvajna Peetha, Paravatha Peetam and Ganapaty cave. After a long meditation by Aadhi Shankara, Moola Mukambika Goddess first appeared here before She stationed Herself at Kollur.
Kodachadri is a beautiful relatively unexplored hill station famed for its glorious sunrises and sunsets. The hill is covered with rain forests that are shrouded in an everlasting haze of mist. The wonderful waterfall ‘Arishina Gundi’ is another sightseeing place here. This waterfall is the point of interest nearby.
Location: 105 kms from Udipi
1) Mahaganapathi Mahamaya Temple
History: The deities were in Goa in the area called Golti and Naveli. On account of the hostile religious policies pursued by the Portuguese rulers around 1560 A.D., the devotees left Goa. Being unable to take with them the idols, they invoked for the ‘saanidhya’ or the presence of the deities in the silver trunk of Lord Ganesha and the face cover of the mother goddess Mahamaya and took with them. They reached Bhatkal and being unable to construct a temple immediately, kept these two symbols in a shop of a devotee, of course offering poojas etc. Later on they could construct a temple in Shirali where it stands today. Therefore, the deities are called Pete Vinayaka and Shantadurga also as they were in the ‘pete’, a town in Kannada. The temple has a unique darshan seva called, “mali”.
2) Chitrapur Saraswat Math
Murudeshwar Temple Murudeshwara
Location: 105 kms from Udipi
This Shiva temple is built on the Kanduka Hill which is surrounded by sea on three sides. The Rajagopura is 20-storied and 237.5-feet-tall – one of the tallest. Two life-size elephants in concrete stand guard at the steps leading to it. The temple is entirely modernized with the exception of the sanctum sanctorum which is still dark and retains its composure. The main deity is Sri Mridesa Linga, also called Murudeswara. The linga is believed to be a piece of the original Atma Linga and is about two feet below ground level. The Lingam is essentially a rough rock inside a hollowed spot in the ground.
There is also a huge Shiva stucco figure sitting on top of a small hillock right on the sea shore. He will be seen from a distance of 2-3 kms itself.
Sri Maha Ganapathy Temple at Idgunji
Location: 85 kms fom Mrudeshwara
Udipi – Sringeri (East of Udipi)
Sri Anantha Padmanabha Temple at Hebri
Location: 35 kms from Udipi
Location: Around 25 kms from Sringeri and 50 kms from Udipi in the Udipi-Sringeri route.
Agumbe, famous for the sunset view, is among the places that receive high rainfall and is rightly called the Cherrapunji of South India. A view point balcony on top of the hill has been setup from where we can see the beautiful view of sunset in the midst of rivers. At whatever time you go, just stop by and have a glimpse of the nature’s beauty.
Agumbe also served the screening of most of the episodes of one of the most popular television serial Malgudi Days of R.K Narayan.
Karkala is situated at about 35 kms South-East of Udupi en route Sringeri; and 52 kms. North-East of Mangalore
1) Lord Bahubali (Gomateshwara) Betta
The 45-feet tall statue of Lord Bahubali (Gomateshwara) is estimated to weigh 80 tons and is rendered more striking by its situation on the top of a huge granite rock, 300 feet high, on the verge of a picturesque little lake.
2) Chaturmukha Basadi
At 1 km from the Lord Bahubali Betta, the Chaturmukha Basadi is counted amongst the most attractive Jain monuments in Karnataka. This structure located on top of a rocky hill has 108 pillars which provide support to the flat roof built by granite slabs. This site was named ‘Chaturmukh Basadi’ as it has four doorways that are located on four directions and lead visitors to the garbhagriha. Upon entering the garbhagriha, visitors will get the chance to explore statues of Suryata, Malli and Ara. Apart from standing statues, the garbhagriha has images of Yakshi Padmavati and the 24thTirthankar.
A popular leisure spot with many view points and trekking routes.
Location: About 95 kms East of Udipi
Sringeri is the first maţha established by Sri Adi Shankaracharya, the Hindu theologian and exponent of the Advaita Vedanta philosophy, in the 8th century C.E
1) Sri Sharada Peetam
The ancient temple of Sri Sharada, the presiding deity of Sringeri has a glorious history that begins with the setting up of the Dakshinamnaya Peetham by Sri Shankara Bhagavatpada. Originally it was an unpretentious shrine with the Murti of Sharada made of sandalwood, installed over the Sri Chakra that Sri Adi Shankara carved on a rock. Subsequently Sri Bharati Krishna Tirtha and Sri Vidyaranya had a temple built in the Kerala style, with timber and tiled roof. Sri Bharati Krishna Tirtha substituted the sandalwood idol with the present golden idol.
2) Vidhya Shankara Temple
There are several pillars inside the Sharadha devi temple, each one belonging to a particular star. During the specific month(s) of the star, sun rays fall (only) on that particular pillar. Like this, throughout the year, sun rays fall on every pillar. It is considered very holy to feed the fishes at the river by the side of the temple.
3) Behind the Vidhya Shankara temple, Sringeri Acharya mutt is present
4) Mallikarjuna Temple / Mahanikareshwara Temple
The temple is situated on top of the Mallappa Hill. The large black-stone Shiva Linga worshipped in this temple is believed to be swayambhu (self manifested). The Linga stands over the site of sage Vibhandaka’s disappearance from the mortal world and called Malahanikareswara. Sri Abhinava Nrisimha Bharati (1600-1623) drew a figure of Lord Ganesha with a piece of turmeric on a pillar. This image is called Kambada Ganapati.
The temple can be reached through 150 well laid steps. Early mornings or late evenings are ideal to be at the top.
Sri Rishya Shringeswarar Temple at Kigga
8 kms West of Sringeri, this is the famous temple of Rain God
Annaporneshwari Temple at Horanadu
Location: Around 115 kms East of Udipi and 50 kms South of Sringeri
It is one of the seven popular temples around Udipi.
“Sri kshetra Horanadu ” is situated on the banks of river Bhadra in the midst of forest, green lands, and natural beauty of the western Ghats. The great deity of Adishakthyathmaka Sri Annapoorneshwari prathistapana was done by his holiness Agasthya Maharishi. The prasad (food) in Horanadu Annapoorneshwari temple is considered very sacred and so don’t miss it. It is being served 3 times a day in the morning, afternoon and night.
Kalasehwara Temple at Kalasa
Location: 6 kms South of Horanadu
Per Legend, Sage Agasthya halted at Kalasa, and got the dharshan of the wedding of Shiva Parvathi at Kailash from here. A Shiva Linga appeared out of his Kalasha, the pot, and is now called Kalaseshwara. The Linga is enshrined in a silver mandapa. The Devi in this temple is known as Sarvanga Sundari.
Udipi – Mangalore (South of Udupi)
Pajaka kshetra – Madhwacharya’s birth place
Location: 15 kms South East of Udipi
Pajaka Kshetra is the birthplace of the great saint Madhwacharya (1238-1317 AD), the exponent of Dwaita Vedanta or philosophy and one of the three great Indian thinkers, Shankaracharya, Madhwacharya and Ramanuja,.
Pajaka Kshetra is situated in the foothills of Kunjarugiri. Madhwa’s house stands in the east of Kunjarugiri Hill. On this hill is situated an ancient temple dedicated to Goddess Durga, the diety who was reverred by Madhwa’s parents. One of the holy tanks created by Parashurama is situated close by into which flows the Dhanush Theertha, Gadatheertha, BanaTheertha and Parashurama Theertha. Opposite the Durga Temple is the Parashurama Betta holds a temple dedicated to Parashurama.
Madhwacharya has left back bundle of evidence of his existence. First and foremost is Udupi, the abode of Sri Krishna Temple and the Ashta Mathas a renowned centre of religion and philosophy in Karnataka. Sri Madhwacharya established both in the 13th century. The relics that adorn Pajaka include an impression of Madhwa’s feet, a stone he used to write on and a banyan tree he planted and the carving of young Madhwa overpowering the demon.
He disappeared from human sight in his 79th year while delivering a discourse on Aitareya, his favourite Upanishad at a particular spot in the Anantheswar temple just opposite the Krishna Temple at Udipi.
Sri Durgadevi Temple at Kunjarugiri
Sri Mahalingeshwara Mahaganapathi Temple at Padubidri
Bappanadu Shri Durga Parameshwari Temple at Mulki
Location: 30 kms from Udipi
Bappanadu means Bappa’s village and this temple was constructed by a Muslim merchant named Bappa.
One of the main Shakti worship centers in Karnataka is the Sri DurgaParameshwari temple. The main deity is in the form of a linga or a symbolic statue. One of the special features of this temple is that Muslims are also allowed to visit and accept prasad from the temple. The main sanctum has been constructed in the 14th century architectural style.
Sri Venkataramana Temple at Mulki
Location: 32 kms from Udipi near Bappanadu
Presiding Deities : Shri Vittala, Shri Venkatraman, Shri Ugra Narasimha and Shri Bindu Madhav (the procession deity) Shri Narasimha was installed by Shrimat Vijayeendra Tirth Swamiji, the founder preceptor of Shri Kashi Math Samsthan.
Darshan Seva : Usually Darshan Seva is held on every Saturday, Sunday & Wednesday at 10:00 am. The temple has a unique record of unbroken darshan seva for the last 225 years performed by the Nayak family of Palimar, a neibhbouring village of Mulki.
Shri Durga Parameswari temple Katteel
Location: 45 kms from Udipi and about 26 kms from Mangalore
This famous temple is one of the main Sakthi peetams. The picturesque temple is situated right in the middle of the river Nandhini in a wonderful ambience. During rainy seasons, the river Nandini flows and gushes like a python. The nature surrounding the temple is a real treat to watch during this time. Pilgrims who visit the temple during the season do not feel like leaving because of the divinely charged Temple environs and its scenic beauty.
Savirakambada Basadi (Thousand Pillars Jain Temple) at Moodabidri
Location: 30 kms North-East of Mangalore
Sri Rajarajeswari Temple at Polali
Location: 15 kms North-East of Mangalore
This ancient temple in this important pilgrimage Centre attracts lots of devotees. It is believed that King Suratha got the temple constructed, installed the image and placed his own crown on the head of the image. Queen Chennammaji of Keladi visited Polali and got a grand chariot constructed for the temple. This temple has been alluded to in the Ashokan inscriptions and in the reports of the foreign travelers who visited India.
Location: 62 kms South of Udipi
This is one of the 7 important kshetras (Sapta Kshetras) around Udipi.
1) Kadri Manjunath temple
This temple complex has 4 temples within and they are: Ganpathi temple, Durga temple, Ayyappa temple and the very famous Manjunatha temple.
It is believed that Parashurama who was living in Sahyadri, killed the kshathriyas who were cruel and donated the lands to Kashyapa. He prayed to Lord Shiva for a place to live. Lord Shiva assured Parashurama that if he performed a penance at Kadali kshethra, Lord Shiva would reincarnate as Manjunatha for the betterment of the world. As per Shiva’s orders Parashurama threw his axe into the sea and created a place for his penance. Yielding to Parashurama’s prayers Lord Shiva appeared to him as Manjunatha along with Goddess Parvathi and stayed at Kadri for the betterment of the world. As per the orders of Manjunatha the sapthakoti manthras become the seven theerthas.
There is a perennial water stream believed to be from Badhrinath flowing in a good quantity. You can take this water and do the abhishegam yourself for Sivan nearby. It’s a practice to hoist the 40 feet Garuda to the 62 feet tall flagpole during the annual fair. The other places to visit around the temple are Udhbhava Linga, Akshaya pond, the 5 feet tall statue of Thrilokeshwara and Deepasthamba.
2) Mangaladevi Temple
The place name Mangalapura (now Mangalore) owes its origin to the temple of Mangaladevi. Situated in Bolar about 3 kms from Hampankatta (the heart of the city), the temple has its roots into the ninth century.
3) Sri Gokarnatheswar temple at Kudroli
This is a beautiful, rich and colourful modern day temple.
Nara Hari Betta at Bantwal
Location: It is situated 25 Kms. from Mangalore in Bantwal.
This Shiva temple is historically known as a place where Nara and Hari, incarnations of Lord Vishnu were supposed to have performed the penance. This hill top temple is also known for its lyrical ponds, which are in the shape of Shanka (Conch), Chakra (Wheel), Gadha (Heavy Weapon) and Padma (Lotus), the weapons of Vishnu. Taking a holy dip in these ponds on the day of Karthik Somvar is considered to be sacred according to the Hindu mythology.
Karinjeshwara Temple at Karinje Bantwala
Location: 35 km East of Mangalore and 14 km from Bantwal.
This is a “not to be missed” hill temple in a beautiful location.
Mahalingeshwara Temple at Puttur
45 kms South-East of Mangalore
Location: 62 kms East of Mangalore
1) Sri Manjunatha Swamy (Shiva) Temple
This is one of the 7 important kshetras (Sapta Kshetras) around Udipi.
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.
2) Bahubali Betta
The 39 feet tall single granite statue of Lord Bahubali is installed on a hill.
Kokkada Maha Ganapathi Temple at Southadka
Location: 15 kms South of Dharmasthala with a 30 mins journey.
There is no big temple here but Maha ganapathi is on a small elevated place. Free food is available from 12 to 2-30. Avalakki prasada is a beauty.
Kukke Subramanya Temple
Location: 105 kms South East of Mangalore
This is one of the 7 important kshetras (Sapta Kshetras) around Udipi.
The God Subrahmanya is worshipped for His divine power as a snake as the epics relate that the divine serpent Vasuki and other snakes found safety under God Subrahmanya. It is famous for Sarpa Samsakara or Sarpa Dosha.
The temple lies on the banks of the river Kumaradhara. One has to take a holy dip in the waters of Kumaradhara and enter the courtyard of the temple from behind to view the idol. There is silver covered Garuda pillar positioned to shield the devotees from the poisonous flames from the breath of the snake God Vasuki.