Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Kudroli Gokarnanatheshwar temple- Mangalore.

 Kudroli Gokarnanatheshwar temple  is  just 3 Kms from   Mangalore city railway station. The  presiding deity is Siva  and this idol was consecrated by Sri Narayana Guru, a  saint and social reformer belonging to Kerala in 1912. The temple was constructed mainly for the Billava community who were denied entry to other temples in those days.  There are also sub shrines for Krishna, Ganapathi, Subramanya,  Durga, Anna Poorneshwari, Hanuman, Saneeshwara and Navagrahas  here. The temple was renovated few years back. Marble is used extensively in this temple and is maintained very well.  In summer to help the devotees ,carpets are laid out on the walk way . The ceiling of each shrine is embellished with minute carvings.

Other temples, in and around Mangalore on My Pilgrimage

How to reach: Mangalore  can be reached by road , rail or air. 
Accommodation: Luxury , deluxe and budget hotels are available suiting  all.
Town buses, cabs and auto rickshaws are available to reach this place.
See map, for location which is given along with tags.

33 comments:

raji said...

Hi chitra ,this kudroli temple when it was newly renovated,like around 15 years back ,i used to admire this a lot beacuse the temple looked so 'grand 'with unique structures and architecture and marble flooring mainly.I remember performing bhratnatyam programme there that time too ..

aipi said...

Beautiful temple..thanks for the lovely tour!

US Masala

A said...

Chitra,

Beautiful temple and very good description..short but yet detailed.

KParthasarathi said...

I loved the pictures.They brought out the temple in all its beauty especially the intricate carvings on the ceiling.You have done an admirable job.

chitra said...

Raji,
Great Raji. A Bharatanayam performance from you .You must have become nostalgic seeing my post. I heard that late Prime Minster inaugurated the temple. Did you perform during that time?

chitra said...

aipi,
Welcome and thanks for your comment.Keep visiting.

chitra said...

A,
thanks.I do not like to give long descriptions as there are so many web sites providing the same. I respect valuable time and interest of my friends who read my posts. My pictures also speak a lot, is it not?

chitra said...

KP,
I am so happy you liked the pictures. I also got mesmersied when I saw the ornamental ceiling.

Mridula said...

The gold on the roof, the elephants and that diya all of them are so beautiful.

chitra said...

Mridula,Thanks.

bhagyareema said...

I love this temple for its vastness, the elephants and the kalash-well. And also bcos its quite near my place;) This temple will have alight show on weekends which kids enjoy a lot

Archana said...

I love the intricate carvings on the ceiling - are they gold plated?

Considering that this temple was built for a community which didn't have entry in other temples, it has done quite well, pointing towards the prosperity of the community.

Is it still maintained by the same community?

chitra said...

Bhagyareema,
You must be happy to see this post as you can relate to this temple very well.Didn't know about the light show.

chitra said...

Archana
Not gold plated .It's the paint I think or may be some other material.Many members of the community are well known figures and are rubbing shoulder with the elite and rich of the society now.It is still maintained by the same community. Ex central finance minister Janardhan Poojary initiated the work and locals say the temple belongs to him.It is only hearsay.

....Petty Witter said...

How beautiful. Can I ask about the elephants? They look to be life-size, are they?

Insignia said...

Beautiful temple. Your pictures lets us see things we normally miss.

R. Ramesh said...

chitra ji..u r doing such good service that buddha himself d be with u...yet. ..here's sending all the positive vibes of laughing buddha...wishing and hoping to hear some pleasant news fm u...keep the cheers:)

chitra said...

PW, Elephant images are not life-size. They are slightly smaller.

chitra said...

Insignia, thanks .

Ramesh- I too hope to hear some good news soon. Thanks for your good wishes. I am always cheerful like LB.Life is too short you see.

Martina said...

Hi Chitra, waht a gorgeous temple, it looks so fresh and new! Hope you have a pleasant time - enjoy each and every day!

SG said...

Thanks for the excellent narration.

Arti said...

Thats a grand temple indeed.. The carvings are magnificient. Loved the elephants!!

chitra said...

Martina, thanks dear. Have a nice day.

SG, Thanks for your comment.

Arti, That temple was renovated only in 1991. Upkeep is also good.Earlier it was a Kerala style temple.

Prabha Kamath said...

Nice Chitra. It is very informative. The Gopuram carvings are nice.All photographs are good.

chitra said...

Prabakka thank you so much.

Anonymous said...

Chitra your blog speaks through your pictures. Didn't the teachers tell us while at school " A good picture can replace 1000 words..."

I am not very religious but I love your blog for the beauty of it.. Keep up the good work.

chitra said...

Stranger,
I am happy you find my blog interesting. Keep Visiting. Your words are encouraging.

StarTraci said...

Those pictures are GORGEOUS! I love the colors and the elephant! As always, thank you for sharing, my friend.

:-)
Traci

chitra said...

Traci, Happy you liked this temple too. Keep visiting.Hugs,friend.

indicaspecies said...

I have visited this Kudroli Temple when it was beautifully lit during the Dussehra festival last year. I recall posting at least one picture of it on my blog under 'Mangalore' label.
A good post, and I enjoyed reading the details.

chitra said...

indicaspecies
Thanks for the visit and comment. I shall check your post too.

anupama said...

Dear Chitra,
Good Morning!
beautiful photos of the Temple and premises!
I loved the golden celing!What an amazing work!
May God Bless All The Children Of This Earth!
Let us pray for them as today is HAPPY CHILDREN'S DAY!
Sasneham,
Anu

chitra said...

Anu, thanks dear. Let's pray together for all the children. You are so nice dear, hence your mind is filled with good thoughts.