Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Venkatramana and Mahamaya temple - Mangalore

Mangalore is a busy town and it has a cosmopolitan crowd. It derives its name from the local Hindu deity Mangala Devi, and it has developed into a major port .It is the administrative head quarters of Dakshina Kannada (Southern Karnataka) .The city has a beautiful landscape surrounded from all sides by lush greenery , back waters, and fresh water streams.

Many Gowda Saraswath Brahmins (GSB) have made Mangalore their home and they lovingly refer to this city as Kodial and have established their temples here. The main GSB temple here is that of Lord Venakataramana. Like the Kochi Tirumala Devasom temple, this temple here is quite famous and is also a socio -religious centre for the GSB community.

The temple is maintained well and the idol of Venkataramana.( Lord Vishnu) is very attractive and the effulgence cannot be expressed in words. This temple like the Kochi temple has sub shrines for Hanuman, Ganesha, Mahalakshmi, and for the Lord's mount Garuda. The doors and dwajasthambha of this temple have rich carvings and are plated with silver. The outermost door is carved out of wood and is beautified with images from the Dasavathatra ( Vishnu's ten incarnations)

50 metres from this temple one can visit the Mahamaya, (The female form of Goddess) temple and is also as attractive as the Venakataramana temple.

When visiting Mangalore one cannot forget but visit another attraction, Ideal ice cream parlour offering Gadbad,and other varieties of Sundaes and ice creams at unbelievably attractive prices.

How to reach- Mangalore is well connected by Road, rail and air and offers attractive accommodation luxury, deluxe and economy class . People are friendly and anybody can be comfortable here.

65 comments:

SG said...

I have heard about this temple from our friends from Mangalore. But this is the time in this detail. Thanks Chitra.

Mridula said...

It is only through your photos I realize how beautiful our temples are!

Bikramjit said...

yep thanks to you i am seeing all these beautful places :)

Arti said...

Very beautiful place indeed!!
The doors are so wonderfully carved Chitra...
Happy Ganesh Chaturthi:)

chitra said...

SG
Thanks a lot.

chitra said...

Mridula,
People with varied interest, when appreciate each other makes a whole lot of difference. Thanks for the comment.

chitra said...

Bikram,
Thanks you.

chitra said...

Arti,
I am happy you liked my post. Thanks

Sushma Mallya said...

i have been here many times as i am a gsb myself...love to go there, so nice and beautiful temple...

Tastemaster said...

That trip was wonderful. Gadbad isn't to be missed!

A said...

Beautiful pics and good write up. Virtual tour..almost.. Cool :)

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sm said...

beautiful pics
didnot knew about icecream

Insignia said...

Didnt know how Mangalore derived its name. Thank you, I learnt something new. Gadbad is very famous in Mangalore :-)

Did you get to eat lunch at the temple?

chitra said...

Sushma,
I was under the impression you were from Mangalore. When ever I visit M'lore I don't miss this temple.

chitra said...

TM
I know, that was really wonderful especially the trip to gorge on ice creams after the temple visits in peak of summer:):)

chitra said...

A
I never knew, the widget you have mentioned is not working as it is showing on mine. Thanks for that input. I shall remove it.

chitra said...

sm
A trip to M'lore is incomplete with out a trip to Ideal ice cream parlour. Next time you are there, try Gadbad.

chitra said...

Insignia,
As we were temple hopping,we didn't wait for lunch. All the temples get closed around 12 noon so we were rushing to see others.

Kiran Bajaj Sawhney said...

I want to try this Gadbad too...:)
Great post about Mangalore and Venkatramana temple.

Babli said...

Very beautiful temple. I have been to Bangalore but not at Mangalore. After seeing your wonderful post I have planned to visit this temple at Mangalore during my next India trip.

chitra said...

Kiran,
Try and tell me how Gadbad comes , may be I will also try after that.

chitra said...

Your list is swelling Babli,. Enjoy when you are here.

Prabha Kamath said...

Hi Chitra,
Nice to go through the temple blog. The details of the Venkatramana Temple reminds me of our visit to the temple long back. It is an excellent temple and you have done a good job on the same.

....Petty Witter said...

I love the earthy colours of this temple and it's so nice to read of a city surrounded by lush greenery and fresh water streams.

Santosh Bangar said...

hi chitra u give us too much informationof temple that we must see bit we get very gtood information in ur blog

Sanand said...

I too have heard a lot about this temple but never visited the place. Thx for the info.

Satya said...

hi chitra...the temple n the description u have portrayed sounds so divine ... my MIL n FIL in their 70s have visited this place n talked highly of this place....i will surely visit with my hubby...many people say when we retire we should visit all the holy places ... but i feel why wait !! thanks for sharing


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chitra said...

Prabakka,
Thanks for the comment. It would have been nice reminder of your trip.

chitra said...

PW,
Thanks for the comment.I am happy you liked the post.

chitra said...

Santhosh Bangar,
I am happy you liked my blog. Thanks.

chitra said...

Sanand,thank you.

chitra said...

Satya, It is better to visit all the holy places when one is young, then one will have more energy and moving around would be pretty easy.

Archana said...

Hi Chitram,
Thanks for this post. The temple looks very much like the temples of Konkan coast, such as in Goa. Perhaps this is the Konkan style which extends upto Mangalore.

R. Ramesh said...

mridula is right..yr photos liven up the posts..

chitra said...

Archana ,
Not only up to Mangalore even the temples in Kerala of Gsb's have a similar style.

chitra said...

Ramesh,
Thanks. I am happy, you words are encouraging, dear friend.

R. Ramesh said...

:)

Sandhya Hariharan said...

great post about mangalore and sply about the temples..
a gr8 place for any records...

chitra said...

Sandhya,
Welcome and thanks for the comment. Have a nice day.

sm said...

always enjoy your slide show.
2nd time saw it.

chitra said...

sm, thank you so much. I am extremely happy. Do you know I was about to read your post.:)

budh.aaah said...

Hey nice blog, and lovely pix to go with it..hope to visit more often.

Martina said...

Nice post chitra - would love to be there now - and have ice-cream ;)

chitra said...

budh.aah
You are most welcome here. I am happy you liked my blog.

chitra said...

Martina,
Ice cream is something no one should miss while in Mangalore. May be we can eat together.

budh.aaah said...

Thanks Chitra for visiting my blog. Yes thats a hot topic of discussion in not just the US but the entire world I am sure..Its asensitive topic..raw.

R. Ramesh said...

thanks chitra:)

Martina said...

hey Chitra, thanx for coming! I guess, in india there is so much color already - but germany needs to lighten up a bit - therefore the bunting! But who knows, it might look good everywhere ;)

HaRy!! said...

chinna vayasula poi anga vizhunthu... legla plaster elam potu poi sami kumbiten :)!!! nala nyabagam iruku :) kadavul punyam, ungal blog :)!

Haddock said...

That was informative.
Actually, have never been to Mangalore so far.
Must include it in my coastal trip next time.

chitra said...

Martina, thanks once again.

chitra said...

Hary,
ha ...ha How you are relating to my post. God bless.

chitra said...

Haddock, I am happy you liked my post. You would enjoy M'lore for sure.

bettyl said...

So lovely and colorful!

anupama said...

Dear Chitra,
Good Morning!
Thanks a lot for taking the riders for avisual treat.You are blessed that you can visit so many temples.You do bring awareness about the different styles and structures.
I enjoyed your post.
You did not write about Ganesh Temples or Ganesh Chaturthi?
Wishing you a lovely day;A BIG GOD BLESS YOU!
Sasneham,
Anu

chitra said...

Thanks Betty.

♥Aps♥ said...

Hey chitra I m from mangalore nd mahamaya temple is of our family it makes me nostalgic reading abt this post I m waiting to come down to mlore nd eat the Ideal ice cream...
Lovely blog :)

chitra said...

Aps,
So happy to see a Manglorean and nice to hear that Mamayi is your family deity . Happy it made you nostalgic too. See you.

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callezee said...

I visit this temple 3 years back ,awesome one..

R. Ramesh said...

again thanks..when is the next post coming here? waiting for that..ssure all well with u friend..

chitra said...

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chitra said...

callezee,
Thanks for the comment.

Stranger said...

Beautiful post. We feel as if we too were with you.