Mukti Kshetra Darshan, Karnataka

In search of salvation

If he is the foremost of sages of Kaliyug, he is also the master of weaponry. Immortal and an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva, he is the axe-wielding god, Parashurama. He is considered the sixth avatar of Vishnu, powerful and  mighty.  In the coasts reclaimed by him from Varuna, between the sandy shores of the Arabian sea and the wilderness of the Western Ghats, stands the seven temples known as 'Parashurama Srishti' or 'Parashurama kshetra'. Here, devotees pay homage to the departed souls of forefathers and seek salvation; hence these temples are also known as 'Mukti kshetra'. The sacred pilgrimage to these shrines is the Mukti kshetra yatra of Karnataka.

Legend

Parashurama, after the annihilation of Kshatriyas, donated the land he conquered to Sage Kashyap. He then claimed the land of Konkan by fighting with the sea god Varuna. When the land in the western coast of India was overcome by the sea, Parashurama fought back, challenging Varuna to release the area of Konkan and Malabar. During their fight, Parashurama threw his axe into the sea and took back the land. The seven temples in theUdupi & Uttara/dakshina Kannada districts which stands on these lands that Parashurama reclaimed came to be called the seven Parashurama Kshetra or Muktistala of Karnataka.

Deity - Temples

Deity:- Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, Lord Karthikeya, Lord Ganesha, Mookambika devi

Temples Covered:-

Gokarna Mahabaleshwar Temple
Kollur Shri Mookambika Temple
Udupi Shri Krishna Temple
Kukke Subrahmanya Temple
Anegudda Vinayaka Temple
Kotilingeshwara Temple
Shankar Narayan Temple

Purpose

The aim of this pilgrimage is to help devotees attain salvation. The rites of ancestors are also performed here wherein devotees pay homage to the departed souls of forefathers.

Who can go?

Any one with pious faith can undertake the yatra.

Yatra Preparations

The journey is not very strenuous and can be easily completed by anyone. Make sure to find a good package and/or book rooms in advance if going during festival seasons.

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Area Covered

Karnataka
Language spoken :- Kannada

Auspicious Days

Maha Shivaratri and Navratri are celebrated with festivities in most of these temples.

Best time to Travel

The yatra can be done any time, throughout the year. However owing to the hot and humid days, it is best to avoid the summer season. Also heavy rains are expected during the monsoons. The best time to visit would be from August - March.

Duration

3 to 4 days from Mangalore.

Travel Method

All the temples of Mukti kshetra darshan can be reached by a combination of air/rail and road.

Crowd Expected

As these temples are open throughout the year they are not usually very crowded, unless during festival days. During the annual festival of these temples, there is a flow of devotees from all around the country.

Festivals

Maha Shivaratri and Navratri are celebrated with festivities in most of these temples.

Must Haves

Most of these temples lie is the vicinities of towns and hence  have access to essential items. Still, devotees are advised to carry dehydration salt packets, light snacks, essential medicines etc in their day pack. Light cotton clothing is best for the journey through this area.

Health Awarness

Most of these temples have good medical facilities in their vicinity.

Additional Info

The area around Udupi and Uttara, Dakshina Kannada districts have many famous temples other than the seven mukti kshetras. Most of the pilgrimage packages include visits to these shrines too.

Climate

This yatra can be undertaken any time of the year though it is best to avoid the scorching summers as well as the monsoons. Summers are humid and hot with temperatures in the high thirties. Winters are pleasant.

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