Kadri Manjunatha Temple
Kadri Manjunatheshwara Temple is one of the oldest in South India and very beautiful temple. It is situated in North Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka, India. The main idol of Manjunatha (Lord Shiva) is made of bronze. It is 1.6m tall. Temple has a pyramid shaped roof.
Evidence indicates that the temple may have been built in the 10th– 11th century, the installation of the idol in the 968. King Kundavarma Bupendra of the Alupas lineage installed the statue in Kadarika Vihara, a Buddhist Settlement. This shows that Buddism flourished at Kadri till 10th century. A mutt called Jogimutt was built by King Kundavarma. There are stone caves atop the hill known as caves of Pandavas.
According to the Hindu Mythology, Lord Parashurama, an incarnate of Lord Vishnu, performed penance to Lord Shiva on the Sahyadri range after destroying cruel Kshthriyas(warrior clan) and donated their lands to Kashyapa. Lord Shiva in the form of Manjunath, requested Parashurama to throw away his axe into the river and build a temple at Kadri. The Saptakoti manthras became the seven thirtas, the water ponds of Kadri.
Temples of Machendranath, Gorakanath, Shringinath, Lokeshwara, Manjushree and Budha are present at Kadri. The Padmasanastha Lokeshwara statue, Goddess Durga, Lord Ganesha are some of the important temple present here.
Festival and Poojas
Kadituthsava is held yearly on the Bhdrapada Shudda Thadige.
Festivals like Ganesha Chathurti, Navarathri, Kathika Maasa, Deepavali, Makara Sankranti, Shivarathri, Ugadi are celebrated with great pomp and show.
Nine days of annual fun and fair, Rathothsava, Dhanurmasa Pujas are held yearly.
Every Monday, Rudrabhisheka to the Lord Manjunath is performed.
In 1988, Brahma Kalashothsava was held marking a grand event of the times. It’s a practice to hoist the 40 feet Garuda to the 62 feet tall flagpole during the annual fair. The other places to visit around the temple are Udhbhava Linga, Akshaya pond, the 5 feet tall statue of Thrilokeshwara and Deepasthamba.
How to reach:
By Road: 341 kms from Bangalore. From Bangalore, take N4 route. At Nelamangala(about 28kms from Bangalore) take N48 on the left. The temple is in North Mangalore.
By Rail: Mangalore Central Station has access to major cities by train.
By Air: Mangalore Bajpe Airport, 10 kms from Mangalore City.