Monday, November 1, 2010

Kadri Manjunatheshwara temple- Mangalore

Majunatheswara temple is an ancient temple right inside the city of Manglore and the temple has Kadri hills  as a back drop. The thick green foliage on the hills lend a beautiful charm to the whole setting.  The tower of this temple is  unique and it  resembles a Buddhist pagoda. There is a Ganesha temple as soon as one enters the temple precincts, on the left side. The temple dates back to the  10th century but the present structure is around 500 years old . Goddess Parvati is worshipped on the Western side of the temple. It is believed that Siva and Parvati  came to reside here at the request of Lord Parasurama. The bronze statue of the Lord Lokeshwara here   in  padmasana (seated pose) is considered to be finest bronze statue in India.

A natural spring at an elevated location known as Goumukha,  believed here, to be the river Ganges itself. One has to climb a few steps to reach this spot.  The water flowing out is let into  the ponds here.  The temple pond  here is found at a higher level than the temple unlike other temples where it is found at a lower level.  There are also many caves  here and it is believed that Pandavas came and stayed here during their exile.

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.  
Other temples in Mangalore  on " My Pilgrimage"
2. Durga Parameshwari temple , Kateel near Mangalore.
For location, see map at the bottom of the post.


38 comments:

Kiran Bajaj Sawhney said...

All temples bring peace and calm. But there is a different serenity and tranquility about this temple.

Mridula said...

Such beautiful pictures and surroundings.

Bhagyareema said...

I love going to this temple, first of all therre is a vast empty space around and the Gomukh, somehow it calms me

chitra said...

Kiran, thanks .

chitra said...

Mridula, thank you so much.

Bhagyareema, I also loved the visit.That was my 2nd trip.

raji said...

Hi chitra ,nice post and explaination as usual. I had not heard of the natural spring there.u took me back to my childhood days where i used to go to this temple with my brother for janmashtami when a competetion is held for "krishna attire" at this temple.

chitra said...

Raji,
I have heard there are festivalS in kadri temple through out the year. Never knew about the Janmashtami festival. Happy you enjoyed my post.

Archana said...

This is interesting because Manjunath is a Buddhist deity.

This temple shows evolution in several stages - from its South Indian Shikhara, the kerala-style tiled-roofed structure and very modern Architectural features.

The Chakradhvaja is also interesting.

....Petty Witter said...

Is it just me or is it quite rare for a temple to be inide a city? As always a fascinating post, thanks Chitra.

Archana said...

Petty Writer -

A temple can be inside a city and a city can be inside a temple. A temple can be outside a city or a village as well.

Arti said...

I particularly love visiting ancient temples... Your pictures speak of serenity and calmness... I have never seen a temple pond above the temple.. Amazing! i loved visiting it with you..

A said...

Chitra,

As usual awesome post. i thinnk you shoudl travel to Gurudwaras in North India too.....:))))

chitra said...

PW,
Like Archana says, a temple can be right in the heart of a city like for eg. Madurai Meenakshi temple . Sri Rangam temple is a perfect example for a town inside the temple precincts.

What I meant 'inside the city' was, In India most of the towns or villages develop around temples.

chitra said...

Archana,
I read about Buddhist presence in Kadri. As i didn't want to make my post very long I didn't go into details. thank you so much for throwing some light on this and for the answer for PW.

chitra said...

Arti,
Thanks you so much. There about 9 ponds at an elevated ground.

chitra said...

A,
Like you say, I want to visit a Gurudwara. I am planning a N. India trip. Hope it would happen in the near future.

Sushma Mallya said...

Nice temple...

Anonymous said...

Chitra beautiful post and pictures. You always awakens my lust for traveling. Enjoyed reading. Thank you

sm said...

excellent slide show and info
always enjoy them

chitra said...

Sushma, thanks.
Stranger,Thanks:)))
Sm, thanks a lot.

Insignia said...

Awesome...pictures as as usual fantastic. To add, Kadri Gopalnath - the famous saxophonist and one of the pioneers of Carnatic music on saxophone is from this place

chitra said...

Insignia, thanks for the nice info. I have heard Kadri. G's concerts.
Happy Diwali.

R. Ramesh said...

gr8 yar..i really admire yr persistence bosss..best wishes always

SG said...

Thanks for the nice narration. Is this where Kadri Gopalnath from?

Happy Deepavali to you and your family.

chitra said...

Rameshji, Thanks a lot. Happy Diwali to you.

SG,
Happy Diwali to you and your family .
Yes, Kadri Gopalanath belongs to this place.

Prabha Kamath said...

Very beatiful and informative. The photos are very nice.

chitra said...

Prabakka thanks.

sm said...

Happy Diwali to you and your family

anupama said...

Dear Chitra,
Good Morning!
Thanks a lot Chitra,for the beautiful description and amazing photos.The morning is simply beautiful by reading your post.HAPPY DIWALI!
Hearty Welcome To God's Own Country!
HAPPY DIWALI!
Wishing you a lovely day,
Sasneham,
Anu

Martina said...

Hi Chitra, such a pretty post! Happy Diwali, i hope you have a happy weekend!

Sridharan said...

I am reminded of my trip way back in 2005. A very impressive temple. Well maintained. I didn't expect the temple to be this good.I enjoyed visiting this temple again thru this nice post Chitra....Nice Photos

chitra said...

Martina and Sridharan,
Thank you so much. I was in my hometown celebrating Deepavali.Enjoyed well.

Babli said...

Wish you a very Happy Diwali.
Wonderful post.

chitra said...

Babli, Wish you the same. Long time no see!!!Hope everything is well.:)

Anonymous said...

Nice. Thanks for writing.

chitra said...

Thanks Appu.

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chitra said...

santhosh,thanks for your greetings.