Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 6.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Saturday: 6.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Sunday: 6.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Public Holidays: 6.00 AM - 7.00 PM
Kadri Manjunatha Temple is said to have been built during the 10th or 11th century. Converted to a complete stone structure during the 14th century, the temple is located on the hills of Kadri. In the temple is housed the idol of Lord Manjunathaswamy, which is famed as the oldest in any South Indian Temple. It is believed that after killing the kshathriyas, Parashurama who was living in Sahyadri, donated the lands to Kashyapa.
His prayers to Lord Shiva for a place to live were answered when he assured him that if he performed a penance at Kadali kshethra, he would reincarnate as Manjunatha for the betterment of the world. Parashurama's prayers provoked Lord Shiva to appear as Manjunatha along with Goddess Parvathi and stay at Kadri for the betterment of the world. Manjunatha also wished the sapthakoti manthras to become the seven theerthas.
A number of water ponds are present in front of the temple. In a huge light-pole, Laksha Deepotsava is held, during karthika maasa. In the temple are housed idols of Machendranath, Gorakanath, Shringinath, Lokeshwara, Manjushri and Buddha. On the west side of this temple, the temple of Goddess Durga is located, while temple of Lord Ganesha sits on the northern side. Prominent festivals celebrated in the temple include Kadiruthsava on the Bhadrapada Shuddha Thadige, Ganesha Chathurthi, Navrathri, Karthika Maasa and others.
City Bus No. 3, 3A, 4, 4C, 6A, 6B, 6C, 14, 14A, 14B, 21, 22, 30A, 30B and 48 can be availed to reach the temple.
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