Along the foothills of Kodachadri, among the lush green thickets, on the banks of the holy river Sauparnika, lies one of the most revered pilgrimage sites of South India, the Kollur Mookmabika temple. This is one of the seven shrines built by Parashurama and the only one that is dedicated to Parvathy Devi. The sanctuary shares a bond with Tipu Sultan, who on his way to conquer the area was so enthralled by the beauty of Devi, that he surrendered his weapons and offered his prayers with a salam. In recognition of the same, a "salam arathi" is performed to this day. Mookambika Devi idol is ornate with exquisite jewellery that have been gifted by her devotees like precious stones by Rani Chennamma, gold mask by Krishnadevaraya and donations by kings of Keladi dynasty among others. The present temple structure is said to have built around 1200 years back.
The temple has two main stories with regard to its origin. The first relates to Kamasuran, an evil demon who was trying to become all powerful through his severe penance but was killed by goddess Parvathi. Devi made him dumb before he could ask for a boon from Lord Shiva, thus prompting his name as Mookasuran. Later the goddess slayed him with her Chakra and came to be called as Kollur Devi Mookambika. ...View more
nbsp; Another legend is that, pleased with Adi Shankara's meditation, Devi incarnated before him. She agreed to follow him to fulfil his wish of placing her idol in Kerala but put forth a condition that he should not look back till he reaches his destination. To test Shankara, Devi deliberately stopped the chime of her anklets when they reached Kollur. Shankara's suspicion made him turn and look back. Devi, then instructed Shankara to install her idol at that very location in Kollur."This temple is part of Mukti Kshetra Darshan.
The architecture of the temple belongs to the Keladi period. The entrance to the shrine is a wooden gateway adorned with the carving of Nrithya Ganapathi(dancing Ganesha). The temple comprises of the sanctorum, a hall, the Garbha Griha and the Lakshmi Mantapam. The Lakshmi Mantapam has four pillars embellished with exquisitely carved images of Indian gods and goddesses. Inside the sanctum, a bejewelled Mookambika Devi, made of Panchaloha(five met...View more
ls) sits in the padmasana posture with the shankh and chakra in her hands radiating sublime divinity. A huge deepasthambam, opposite to Garbha Griha, with its base like a tortoise's head has 21 concentric circles aglow with the flaming lamps.Pic :- "Kollur Mookambika Temple 20080123" by Premkudva - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org /wiki/File:Kollur_Mookambika_Temple_20080123.JPG
By plane : The nearest airport is the Mangalore International Airport. Pre-paid taxis are available from the airport to Kollur. The ride is approximately 3 hours. By train: Kundapura and Byndoor are the nearest railway stations where many of the long distance trains halt. Taxis are available from the station to Kollur. Frequent buses operate to the temple from 6.00 am to 8.30 pm. By road : Buses ply regularly between Kollur and Mangalore city via Udupi. From Bangalore, Kollur is approximately 400kms via Shimoga. KSRTC as well as private buses operate on this route.
Men - Dhoti or pants can be worn. They cannot wear any upper garment but a shawl or dhoti can be draped.
Women - Any traditional outfit like sari, salwar etc. Jeans and shorts not allowed.
The place is famous for Udupi cuisine as well as the Ashta Matts, the eight hindu monasteries by Madhavacharya. Yakshagana, the dance and drama folk art is highly popular in this area.
Language Spoken:Kannada, Tulu, Konkini
Dantha Dhavana Mangalarathi, morning, afternoon, evening and night Bali utsavam
Thrimadhuram, ghee lamps, sarvalankara pooja, payasanaivedaya, thulabhara
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