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Ajay gopinath

Ajay gopinath4.3/5

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Mookambika Temple

One of the most revered temples in South India. A must yearly visit for the devotees. Most of them make a visit to Udupi Krishna Temple which is 60 Kms on the way to Mangalore from Kollur. Don't miss the Kudajathri trip from Kollur. However, aged and ailing may give it a miss as the trip in the local Jeep can be quite an adventurous one.

Venkatesh prasad

Venkatesh prasad5.0/5

6 reviews

Spiritual heaven

A wonderful destination for those who are spiritually inclined. The location of the temple and the journey itself is very rejuvenating and refreshing. Kollur is a small hamlet centered around Mookambika Temple. There are good options to stay and dine at this destination and it is reachable from various cities and towns of Karnataka.
The location is such that it is nestled deep in the mountains and amidst lush green forests. The journey to Kollur prepares you for the tryst with the Goddess Mookambika and it is very rarely that a pilgrim will return back disappointed. The serene settings of the temple enables one to tune into the strong spiritual vibes. The temple has shrines for various deities like Ganesha, Shiva, Hanuman etc .. But the main sanctum sanctorum is presided by Goddess Mookambika and there is a shrine for Sri Adi Sankracharya just behind it. This is not to be missed while going round the sanctum sanctorum. In my case I had stayed overnight at Udipi and chose to drive to this place in the evening by 4pm and it was a journey of self discovery. While there are options to stay at Kollur, once an also chose to be based at either Udupi, Mani pal or Mangalore and reach this place. The roads are good and it winds its way through a thick green foliage of the Western Ghats.

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Kollur Overview

Situated about 37 km from Kundapur Town and 133 km from Mangalore, Kollur is a small village located in the state of Karnataka. Kollur is famous for the Mookambika Temple, a Hindu pilgrimage centre, and is also easily accessible from Tamil Nadu. The destination majorly attracts the worshippers of Shakti which is rich in Puranic Lore.

The Mookambika Temple is dedicated to goddess Parvati which is believed to be created by Parashuram. In Tamil, Goddess Parvati is known as Thai Mookambika. The temple is situated on the banks of the River Sauparnika. The river is known as Sauparnika, as it is also believed that an eagle called Suparna attained salvation when she did penance on the bank.

Kollur is steeped in mythology. According to legend, Maharishi Kolan, enchanted with nature’s beauty, decided to perform penance on the rock called Agnitheertham. Lord Shiva was delighted with Kolan’s dedication and granted his wish that a Swayambu Lingam would appear for daily worship.

There is another story behind the temple. Adi Shankaracharya had a vision of Mookambika Devi and had the deity installed here. As he was meditating on the Kodachadri Hills, the Devi appeared before him in the form of an incarnation and asked him his wish, whence he replied that he wanted to install her deity in a place in Kerala. The Devi agreed to his wish but told him that she will follow Shankara and he should not look back till he reached the destination. In order to test him, the Devi deliberately stopped the sound of her anklets near Kollur and Shankar looked back. At this, she asked him to install her vigraha immediately at the place.

Kollur is also amongst one of the seven most sacred coastal regions in India. The destination also attracts adventure lovers for rock climbing and trekking. Apart from the mythological importance, it is also known for having the oldest and the deepest gold mines in the country.

The best time to visit Kollur is between the months of October and March. Kollur can be easily reached by bus from Udupi. The nearest rail station is also at Udupi, which is a part of the Konkan Railway. The nearest airport is at Mangalore, from where buses and taxis are available to Kollur.

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Mookambika Temple, Kollur

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Anoop Madhu radhika

Mookambika Temple, Kollur
Mookambika Temple, Kollur

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Anoop Madhu radhika

Mookambika Temple, Kollur
Kodachadri Hills, Kollur

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Karthik Nandhyala

Kodachadri Hills, Kollur
Kodachadri Hills, Kollur

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Karthik Nandhyala

Kodachadri Hills, Kollur

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