Top Temples To Visit In Karnataka

Top Temples To Visit In Karnataka

 

KOLLUR MOOKAMBIKA TEMPLE

 

The Kollur Mookambika Temple is located in Udupi District in the state of Karnataka, India. It is a Hindu temple dedicated to mother Durga devi or Saraswati known as Mookambika Devi. Mookambika is Shakthi devi, the supreme mother goddess in Hinduism. She is worshipped in three different forms such as Maha Kali (goddess of power) in the morning, Maha Lakshmi (goddess of wealth) in the noon and Maha Saraswati (goddess of knowledge) in the evening. This attractive Mookambika temple with gold plated crest and copper roofs attracts thousands of devotees.This is a well known temple in the Weat Coast of Karnataka and is one of the most important places of pilgrimage attracting pilgrims from all over India. The temple is dedicated to Mookambika and stands on a spur of the Kodachadri peak. The Goddess Mookambika is in the form of Jyotir-Linga incorporating both Shiva and Shakthi. The Panchaloha image (five element mixed metal) of the Goddess on Shree Chakra is stated to have been consecrated by Adi shankaracharya during his visit to this place. There is an exquisite sculpture of Panchamukha Ganesha. Kollur is regarded as one of the Seven Muktislala pilgrimage sites in Karnataka. Kollur is known for its association with Aadi Sankara. Mookambika is said to have appeared before Aadi Sankara here, and he is said to have installed her image at this shrine. There is a room near the sanctum – enshrining the Sankara Simhasanam which is regarded as the very spot where he meditated and had a vision of Mookambika. Mookambika is regarded as a manifestation of Shakti, Saraswathi and Mahalakshmi. The temple has been patronised by ancient Hindu Kings and several parts in it are still believed to contain valuable treasures. This was the state temple for the Nagara or Bednore Rajas and many jewels now adorning the idol are said to have been presented by them and by their overlords of Vijayanagar. During the Mahratta raids in this district in the 18th century these freebooters are believed to have carried away gold, silver and gems worth crores of rupees.

 

How to reach

By Air :

Managlore International Airport, Bajpe about 20 kms from city centre. Kollur is 2 hours drive from Mangalore.

By Train :

Byndoor (Mookambika Road Station – BYNR) is the nearest station to Kollur, road distance is ~28km. From railway station to Byndoor catch rickshaw & from Byndoor to Kollur private bus facility is there

By Road :

Kollur is well connected by other major cities of the country via local buses.

Bus station – Kollur

 

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UDUPI SRI KRISHNA TEMPLE

 

Udupi Sri Krishna Matha is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to god Krishna and Dvaita Matha located in the city of Udupi in Karnataka, India.The day’s activity commences exactly at 4 a.m. with the blowing of the conch and the beating of the ‘Nagari’ in the gopuram outside the Mutt premises. With the ringing of the bells outside, garbhagriha door is opened.Inner room is opened by beating jaghante. Udupi is first among the seven places of pilgrimages. Thousands of pious devotees throng the Krishna temple all round the year to catch a glimpse of Lord Krishna. The unique feature of Shree Krishna Mutt temple is that the Lord is worshipped only through a window with nine holes called the Navagraha Kitiki. The window is exquisitely carved and silver – plated. It has been a tradition in this temple to worship the Lord only through this window.The Udupi is said to have attained the status of Vaikuntha, the kingdom of God. The town is famous as a place of pilgrimage because of the temple Sri Krishna Matha.

 

How To Reach

By Air :

Nearest Airport is Mangalore International Airport, Bajpe. Udupi is 60 Kms  away from Mangalore.

By Train : 

Udupi Railway Station is located 2 km away from Udupi town on the Thiruvananthapuram-Mumbai rail route.Direct trains are available to Mumbai, Delhi, Rajkot and Ahmedabad. Kundapura Railway Station is the nearest main station on the northern side.

By Road : 

Udupi Bus Station is located in the center of Udupi town. It is very close to National Highway 17. Regular bus services are available from Udupi to Manipal, Malpe, Brahmavar, Mangalore, Bangalore, Ankola, Kumta, Bhatkal, Dharwad and Belgaum. Inter-state services are available to Mumbai and Pune.

 

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DHARMASTHALA MANJUNATHA TEMPLE

 

Dharmasthala Temple is an 800-year-old religious institution in the temple town of Dharmasthala in Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka, India. The deities of the temple are Shiva, who is referred to as Mañjunatha, Ammanavaru, the tirthankara Chandraprabha and the protective gods of Jainism, Kalarahu, Kalarkayi, Kumarasvami and Kanyakumari. The temple is considered unique since it belongs to the Shaiva sect of Hinduism. Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala, is the land of righteousness and piety. One of south India’s most renowned religious landmarks with a history as old as 800 years. Manjunatheshwara, the chief deity of the spiritual abode, has taken the form of a shivalinga and made immaculate, the temple town of Dharmasthala since and forever. “Dharmasthala”, the abode of dharma, is the quintessence of humanity and faith. As the name suggests, the word dharma in its truest sense means righteousness, it is the embodiment of the world’s most divine emotions in spite of one’s cast, creed or religion.

 

How To Reach

By Air :

Nearest Airport is Mangalore International Airport, Bajpe. Dharmasthala is about 65 kms away from Mangalore.

By Train :

Mangalore Railway Station is the nearest junction to Dharmasthala, situated at a distance of about 74 km. The railway station is well connected to all the major cities and towns in India. Travellers can hire taxis/cabs or take buses to reach Dharmasthala
from Mangalore.

By Road :

Tourists can travel by KSRTC buses or by private buses to reach Dharmasthala from all over the state. They can even travel by their own vehicles to reach Dharmasthala.

 

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GOKARNA MAHABALESHWAR TEMPLE

The Mahabaleshwar Temple, Gokarna is a 4th-century CE Hindu temple located in Gokarna, Uttara Kannada district, Karnataka state. It is built in the classical Dravidian architectural style & a site of religious pilgrimage. The temple faces the Karwar city
beach on the Arabian Sea in which Hindu pilgrims cleanse before visiting the temple for worship. The temple is considered as holy as the Shiva temple at Varanasi or Kashi in North India on the banks of the Ganga River. Hence, the Mahabaleshwar temple,
Gokarna is known as the Dakshin Kashi (“Kashi of the south”). The temple deifies the Pranalinga (“the reality of God which can be captured by the mind”) also called Atmalinga or Shiva Linga. In legend, it is said that the deity of the temple will bestow immense blessings to devotees, even to those who only glimpse it. According to the legend, the Atmalinga brought by Ravana got struck here and his efforts to extract it resulted in his throwing the coverings of the Atma Linga to Dhareshwar, Gunavanteshwara, Murdeshwar and Shejjeshwar temples. Ravana was unable to extract the Atma Linga from the ground again and finally he called the shiva linga as Mahabala (you are too strong). The Atma Linga of Lord Shiva is popularly known as Mahabaleshwar. The Mahabaleshwar temple is the main attraction at Gokarna. The deity here is two-armed, standing, and 1500 years old. The temple enshrines Mahabaleshwar, in a square Saligrama Peetha. A small hole in its middle permits devotees to have a glimpse of the top of the Atma Linga. Other places to visit at Gokarna are Tamra Gowri shrine, Ganapathi Temple, Chandikeswara, Aadi Gokarneshwara, Dattatreya, Koti theertha, Dhareshwar, Gunavanteshwara, Murdeshwar and Shejjeshwar temples. Shivaratri festival is celebrated at Gokarna with great enthusiasm.

 

How To Reach 

By Air :

Nearest Airport is Goa International Airport.

By Train :

Nearest railway junction is at Kumta. The railway station is 10 Kms away from the town.

By Road :

Gokarna is well – connected by Road Bangalore, Mangalore and Karwar. Regular buses ply from Kumata, Karwar, Goa and Mangalore.

 

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MURUDESHWARA TEMPLE

Murdeshwar is a town in Bhatkal Taluk of Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka, India. Murdeshwar is another name of the Hindu god Shiva. It is famous as the world’s second tallest Shiva statue built on Kanduka hill. The town lies on the coast of the Arabian Sea and is also famous for the Murdeshwar Temple.Murdeshwar Temple is world renowned for the 123-feet Lord Shiva statue and a modern Rajagopuram or tower at the entrance of this ancient temple. The Rajagopuram is the world’s tallest,which is 249 feet.The gopuram has 22 floors and is the only gopuram to be fitted with elevators. Visitors can go to the topmost floor and have an aerial view of the Arabian Sea and the statue of Lord Shiva. Another exclusive feature of this temple is the life- sized statues of two elephants at the base of the gopuram. Murdeshwar beach is a populat tourism destination and is one among the most beautiful beaches of Karnataka. Murdeshwar is located along the Arabian Sea Coast and is around 70 km south of Gokarna and around 180 km north of Mangalore and is 1 km off NH17. The temple is modernized with the exception of the sanctum sanctorum. The deity here is known as Sri Mridesa Linga or Murudeswara. Believed to be a piece of the AtmaLinga, the linga here is about two feet below ground level.

 

How To Reach

By Air :

Nearest Airport is Mangalore International Airport. It is 165 kms away from Murdeshwar Temple.

By Train :

Nearest railway station is Murudeshwar. The Karwar express from Bengaluru connects Murudeshwar to other important towns.

By Road :

Regular buses are available from major cities of Karnataka.

 

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KUKKE SUBRAMANYA TEMPLE

Kukke Subramanya is a Hindu temple located in the village of Subramanya, Sullia taluk of Dakshina Kannada District near Mangalore, Karnataka. Here Kartikeya is worshipped as Subramanya, lord of all serpents. The epics relate that the divine serpent Vasuki and other serpents found refuge under Subramanya when threatened by the Garuda. Sri Kshetra is on the river bank of Kumaradhara. Born to annihilate the demonic forces. Kukke Subramanya, one among the seven holy places created by Parashurama is mythologically and historically famous for “Nagaradhane”.  Kukke Subramanya temple is one among the seven holy places created by Parasurama. This is also called as Gupta Kshetra. The devotees are given some soil of the snake hill here as Prasad also called as “Mruthika Prasada” which is considered to cure several illnesses. The central deity of this temple is also praised as ‘Annadana Subbappa’ meaning the Lord who loves serving poor to the needy. 

 

How To Reach 

By Air :

Mangalore International Airport is the nearest Airport. It is about 115 Kms away from Kukke Subramanya.

By Train :

Subramanya Road Railway Station is the nearest railway junction to kukke subramanya which is about 7 Kms away.

By Road : 

Regular state and private buses for Kukke Subramanya are available from Bangalore and Mangalore.

 

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KOTILINGESHWARA TEMPLE

Kotilingeshwara Temple is a temple in the village of Kammasandra in Kolar district, Karnataka. The presiding deity of the temple is lord Shiva. This temple has been constructed by Swami Sambha Shiva Murthy in the year 1980. The first linga was installed in 1980 and since then there have been many lingas present in the temple. The temple has one of the largest lingam in the world. The Shivalinga is 33 mts and is the tallest in the World. It has an accompanying Basava statue which is 11 mts tall and is surrounded by a large number of Shivalingas spread across the area. Within the premises of the temple, there are about eleven other temples for different deities. The first of them includes the temple of Lord Vishnu, Lord Brahma, and Lord Maheshwara temples. This is followed by a temple of Lord Kotilingeshwara. The project involves an establishment of one crore shivalingas hence it is named Kotilingeshwara and currently, there are about a hundred lakh shivalingas. 

 

How To Reach 

By Air :

Nearest Airport is Bangalore International Airport. It is about 103 Km away from kotilingeshwara temple.

By Train : 

The nearest railway junction is Bangarpet which is at a distance of about 15 km.

By Road :

Local buses ply from majestic & K.R. Puram every couple of hours.

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HORNADU ANNAPOORNESHWARI TEMPLE 

The Annapoorneshwari Temple is located at Horanadu India 100 km from Chikkamagaluru in the thick forests and valleys of the Western Ghats of Karnataka. Also called “Sri Kshethra Horanadu”, it is situated on the banks of river Bhadra in a remote corner of Chikkamagaluru district of Karnataka, surrounded by the natural vegetation, forest, green lands, and natural environment of the Western Ghats. This ancient Hindu temple of Goddess Annapoorneshwari has been restored and renamed as the Adi-Shaktyatmaka Shree Annapoorneshwari. The single image is of the Goddess Annapoorneshwari standing on a peeta with Shanku, Chakra, Sri Chakra and Devi Gayathri in her four hands. The word Annapoorna is made of two words ‘Anna’ meaning grains or food and ‘Poorna’ meaning perfect and complete. Hence, Annapoorna means complete or perfect food. Sri Annapoorneshwari is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Parvati, wife of Lord Shiva. Devi Annapoorna is lauded and appraised in several ancient texts like Rudrayamala, Annapurnamalininaksatramalika, Sivarahasya and Annapurna Kavacha.

 

How To reach 

By Air :

Nearest Airport is Mangalore International Airport. It is 66 km away from Horanadu.

By Train :

Horanadu deosn’t have a direct railway junction. Nearest railway station is Bantawala which is 55 km away. 

By Bus : 

Regular state and private buses are available from all major cities of the country.

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KATEELU DURGAPARAMESHWARI TEMPLE

Kateel or Kateelu is a temple town in the Dakshina Kannada district of the Indian state of Karnataka. It is considered one of the holiest Hindu temple towns in India. The town hosts the temple of Sri Durga Parameshwari. The temple is situated on an islet in the middle of the sacred river Nandini amidst panoramic scenes and fascinating greenery. Thousands of devotees visit Kateel every day to seek blessings from goddess Durga Parameshwari (also known as Bhraamare or Bhramarambha). The word ‘Kati’ which means ‘center’ (between the ‘Kanakagiri’, birthplace of river Nandini and the end) and ‘lla’ which means ‘area’. Thus the place is called ‘Kati + lla’ – Kateel. Laksha Deepotsava is celebrated on the day of Kartika Bahula Panchami. Since Goddess Durga was a dancing damsel in the garden, ‘Yakshagana’, a popular dance of Karnataka, is enacted here.

How To Reach 

 By Air : 

Nearest Airport is Mangalore International Airport. It is about 16 kms away from kateelu. Regular Flights are available from New Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Chennai & Bengaluru.

By Train : 

The nearest railway station is Mulki which is 11 km away from Kateelu. It is connected to Bengaluru, Mandya, Mysore, Hassan, Subrahmanya, Surathkal, Mookambika, Murudeshwar, Honnavar, Karwar, Gokarna, Thane and Mangalore.

By Road :

The town can be approached on NH17. Regular buses are operated by both the Government as well as the private operators from Mangalore, Bengaluru, Mysore and several other pilgrim towns in Karnataka.

 

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CHENNA KESHAVA TEMPLE 

 

The Chennakeshava Temple which is also referred to as Keshava, Kesava or Vijayanarayana Temple of Belur, is a 12th-century Hindu temple  in the Hassan district of Karnataka state, India. It was commissionedby King Vishnuvardhana in 1117 CE, on the banks of the Yagachi River in Belur also called Velapura, an early Hoysala Empire capital. The temple was built over three generations and took 103 years to finish. It was repeatedly damaged and plundered during wars, repeatedly rebuilt and repaired over its history. It is 35 km from Hassan city and about 200 km from Bengaluru. Chennakesava is a form of the Hindu god Vishnu. The temple is dedicated to Vishnu and has been an active Hindu temple since its founding. It is reverentially described in medieval Hindu texts and remains an important pilgrimage site in Vaishnavism. The temple is remarkable for its architecture, sculptures, reliefs, friezes as well its iconography, inscriptions and history. The temple artwork depicts scenes of secular life in the 12th century, dancers and musicians, as well as a pictorial narration of Hindu texts such as the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and the Puranas through numerous friezes. It is a Vaishnava temple that reverentially includes many themes from Shaivism and Shaktism, as well as images of a Jina from Jainism and the Buddha from Buddhism. The Chennakeshava temple is a testimony to the artistic, cultural and theological perspectives in 12th century South India and the Hoysala Empire rule. The Belur temple complex along with the nearby Hindu and Jain Templesat Halebidu have been proposed to be listed under UNESCO World  Heritage Sites.

How To Reach 

By Air:

Nearest Airport is Mangalore (Bajpe) International Airport which is about 114 Kms away.

By Train :

Hassan railway station is the nearest railway junction to reach Belur.

By Road :

State Transport facility is available from all major cities like Bangalore, Hassan, Mysore etc., to reach Belur.

 

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