Kollur is a small town situated at the base of the Kodachadri Peak in Western Ghats of Udupi district. It is about 40 Kms from Kundapur town and 130 Kms from Mangalore. It is situated on the banks river Sauparnika. Goddess Mookambika is the main god here.
Kollur is one of the sacred and important pilgrimage centers of Karnataka. It is one of the seven pilgrimage centers believed to have been built by Parashurama in the name of goddess Parvathi.
Pilgrims visit this temple from all over India. The goddess is called as Thai Mookambika in Tamilnadu. Jyothirlingam is another name of ShivaLinga, which is the main statue here. Mookambika here is in a seated posture holding a conch and divine disc with three eyes and four arms. The lingam is divided into two unequal parts by a golden line and is visible by the reflected sun light.
Kollur is regarded as one of the Seven Muktistala pilgrimage centers in Karnataka. They are Udupi, Subrahmanya, Kollur, Kodeshwara, Kumbasi, Sankaranarayana and Gokarna.
Adi shankaracharya during his visit had installed a Panchaloha image of Shree Chakra. There is also a exquisite sculpture of Panchamukha Ganesha.
Sankara Simhasanam is in a room near the sanctum this is the very place where Adi shankaracharya meditated. Mookambika is regarded as a manifestation of Shakti, Saraswathi and Mahalakshmi. There are also shrines of Subramanya, Veerabhadra, Naga, Vinayaka and Anjaneya.
Navarathri is celebrated here with great pomp and show.
History of Kollur
The origin of the temple has a long history. Kamsasuran a demon who lived here wanted to become very powerful through his penance. Worried about this Devi along with the help of Shiva, Veerabadra and Ganesha made him dumb and he was later called as Mookasuran. Mooka (In Kannada means dumb). Seeing this the goddess got worried and killed him with her Chakra on the midnight of Shukla Astami from then on Devi is known as Kollur Devi Mookambika.
Executive Officer Sri Mookambika Temple P.O. Kollur – 576 660 Udupi district Karnataka State Phone: +91-8254-758221
Arishna Gundi waterfalls located deep in the jungle is very scenic and reachable only by trekking. Arishna (in kannada means Turmeric/Yellow)
The falls gets this name because the rays of sun falling on the droplets of water makes it look yellow/orange.
Kodachadri Mountain is a beautiful mountain range in the Western Ghats. It is located in Hosanagar taluk of Shimoga district. It is 1,343 mts above sea level. The view of the Arabain sea and the Linganamakki backwaters is really amazing and attracts a large number rock climbers, naturelovers and trekkers. A trek to the peak of the Kodachardi and a hike to the Govinda Theertha waterfalls are noteworthy trips from Kollur.
This region has always been a popular destination for wildlife photography, bird-watching and trekking. During monsoon and winter several trekkers flock the peak and the waterfalls.
Kodachadri is now a heritage site. It is now open to tourism and off limits for mining lobby. The Ambara Gudda region, covering over 250 hectares, in the Kodachadri area was declared a Natural Heritage site. The court has banned mining and construction activities around this region.
Mookambika Wildlife sanctuary is aided by the World Wildlife Fund. This sanctuary is home to an endangered species called the Lion tailed monkey.
How to get there
Road: Bangalore – Kunigal – Hassan – Sakaleshpura – Mangalore – Udupi – Kundapur – Kollur is about 400 Kms from Bangalore. Kollur is well connected to Mangalore, Bangalore and Mysore, regular buses ply from Udupi.
Rail: The nearest railway station is at Kundapura (40 km) where a few long-distance trains halt. You can get taxis from the station to Kollur. Another station near Kollur is Udupi.
Air: The nearest Airport is Mangalore International Airport at Bajpe. You ca find pre-paid taxis to Kollur from the airport and it is a 3 hours drive or approximately 150 km.