Kadri Manjunatha Temple


14.5/5(6 Ratings)

Kadri Manjunatha Temple Overview

Ranked 8 of 41 sightseeing in Mangalore

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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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Operating hours

Monday - Friday:
6:00 AM -7:00 PM
6:00 AM -7:00 PM
6:00 AM -7:00 PM
Public Holidays:
6:00 AM -7:00 PM

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Reviews and Ratings

Sonu Narayan

Sonu Narayan3.6/5

37 reviews

Very good temple to visit

Very beautiful temple. Main attraction is temple premises. There's water from 7 different holy places (photo attached). Very big pillar. Peaceful place to relax. If you climb up through steps, you can find a big anjaneya statue (photo attached). You should still climb up and go (keep water with you, long way to go and you won't find anything to eat and drink), you will get a matta (parashurama statue inside). You can see parashurama yagna kunda. It's said that yagna kunda will always be hot.

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  • Very good temple to visit
  • Very good temple to visit
  • Very good temple to visit


J K5.0/5

1 review

Peaceful place amidst greenery

The temple is in the heart of the city. Easily accessible using local bus or auto rickshaws. There are 4/5 temples in the temple complex. Monday is the best day to visit. The annual festivities will be in the month of January which is also the best time to visit.

Manoj Sethu

Manoj Sethu5.0/5

23 reviews

Great serene spiritual place and a huge temple area

Nice temple with serene atmosphere. Built in the 10th century, it houses Lord Manjunatha as presiding deity, with Parvathi Devi, Ganapathy, Subramanian and Lord Ayyappa as deities. Inside of the temple is spacious and nice to do pradakshina. It is said, that if you visit on important festivals or occasions, they even serve afternoon prasada oota, but I haven't been lucky to receive that prasadam as I went late in the evening and it was a normal day. However, the very visit, pray and darshan, was more than enough and was well worth many prasadams. Enjoyed this lovely temple visit. The bus stop is about a km away, and so need to either take an auto or walk it up. We took an auto from our hotel so had to cough up Rs. 60. For returning, we walked all the km distance to the bus stop, took the bus back to the hotel. Was easy with the bus and with some walk. Overall a satisfying and fully spiritual evening.

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Anandhan Krishnan

Anandhan Krishnan4.3/5

5 reviews

Manjunatha Temple

As we went during holidays crowd was more so we waited for about 2 hrs.

Vijayakumar Rajaram

Vijayakumar Rajaram3.9/5

4 reviews

Good place to vist in Mangalore

Good Temple to visit in Mangalore. Looks different from other South India Temples.

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Kadri Manjunatha Temple, Mangalore

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Sonu Narayan

Kadri Manjunatha Temple, Mangalore
Kadri Manjunatha Temple, Mangalore

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Sonu Narayan

Kadri Manjunatha Temple, Mangalore
Kadri Manjunatha Temple, Mangalore

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Sonu Narayan

Kadri Manjunatha Temple, Mangalore