District: Dakshina Kannada
Town: Nada Village
Temple: Surya Sadashiva Temple
The Surya Sadashiva Temple is situated in the Nada Village of the Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka. This temple lies four kilometres away from Ujire town and 12 kilometres from Belthangady taluk.
Surya Sadashiva Temple – Overview
The Surya Sadashiva Temple is dedicated to the deity Surya Sadashiva Rudra Devaru. This is another name for Lord Shiva. The temple is built in traditional coastal architecture. The priests performing the rituals here belong to the Madhwa community. The Madhwa community is a sub caste of Brahmins are better known as Vaishnavites.
Surya Sadashiva Temple – A Unique Tradition
The Surya Sadashiva Temple has a unique tradition in which devotees offer clay sculptures to Lord Shiva after getting their wishes fulfilled. The Surya Sadashiva Temple is probably one of its kinds because of this practice. Devotees usually make clay offerings on Mondays along with a kilogram of rice and a coconut. The clay offerings are available at the temple premises and there is an exhaustive list from which one can choose the clay sculpture that’s to be offered to Lord Shiva. For example, a small sculpture of a bride and groom can suggest marriage, and tables and chairs can suggest jobs.
Surya Sadashiva Temple – Facts
According to the tradition, you should visit the Surya Sadashiva temple in person after a wish comes true. After offering the principal deity a clay sculpture, you will have to go to another temple nearby to offer prayers. Outside the temple is a kalyani or a stepped well. This well is covered by green vegetation on all sides. A small paved path leads to the well. It has deep blue water and is 55 feet deep.
How to Get to Surya Sadashiva Temple
The Surya Sadashiva Temple is well connected by roads from Dharmastala. It lies at a distance of around 12 kilometres from Dharmastala and you can hire a jeep or auto to visit this temple.