Mookambika Devi Temple of Kollur is one of the most prominent shrines for
people in the state of Karnataka and Kerala. Located at a distance of 147 km
from Mangalore in the picturesque surroundings presented by the banks of the
river Sauparnika and the lush green Kudashadri hill, the temple attracts
millions of pilgrims every year. The temple holds immense relevance for the
devotees as it is associated with revered Hindu saint and Vedic scholar Adi
Shankara. It is believed that Adi Shankara perceived the idea of having a
Mookambika Devi temple at Kollur and himself installed the idol of deity in
the temple some 1200 years ago. People have high faith in Mookambika Devi
Temple as Goddess Mookambika is regarded as a manifestation of Shakti,
Saraswathi and Mahalakshmi. In fact Temple of Mookambika Devi is one of the
pilgrimage sites in Karnataka which are Kollur,
Udupi, Subrahmanya, Kumbasi, Kodeshwara, Sankaranarayana and Gokarna.
Mookambika Devi Temple is built in the Kerala style of architecture. It has
a big courtyard and a spacious sanctum in which the graceful idol of
Mookambika Devi in the form of Jyotir-Linga incorporating both Shiva and
Shakthi is placed. The idol is made of Panchaloha
- an alloy of five
metals. The Goddess is seated in Padmaasana posture holding 'Shanku' and
'Chakra' in Her two upper hands and showing 'Abhaya' and 'Varada' mudras in
Her other hands. Idol of the Devi is adorned with exquisite gold and diamond
jewelry. On either side of the Mookambika Devi idol are idols of Goddess
Kali or Parvathi and Saraswathi.
In the corridor around the sanctum, there are smaller shrines for Lord
Vinayaka (with 10 hands), Subramanya, Anjaneya, Veerabhadra and Adi Sankara.
The image of Anjaneya is said to have been installed by Madhwa Acharya, Sri
Other Places of Interest
There are several interesting places in and around the Mookambika Devi
Temple which catches the attention of tourists and devotees. About 28 km
from the historic town of Kollur, there is a place called Maaranaghatta. The
place has mythological relevance as Mookambika Devi is said to have
vanquished the demon Mookasura at this spot. As ordained by the Goddess,
Mookasura is worshiped here even today. A Car Festival is also conducted in
honour of Mookasura.
This article was added on
request of Mr Rajesh M.K.