Suggestive of the presence of the Tuluva tribes in Basrur, Udupi the Tuluveshwara Temple is a natural wonder. Today, the temple stands in ruins but what makes it special is how the lingam in the temple seems to be protected by the roots of the trees growing around it.
Quick Facts About Shri Tuluveshwara Temple, Basrur
- Main Deity: Shiva
- Best Time To Visit: October
- Temple Timings: All-day
- Entry Fee: Free
- Visit Duration:1 hour
- Address: Anagalli Rd, Basroor, Karnataka 576211
- Phone: +91-77600-07747
Overview Of The Tuluveshwara Temple, Basrur
The Tuluveshwara Temple is one of 24 temples in Basrur. Other significant temples in the area include the Nakhareshwara Temple, the ‘Shree Mahatobar Mahalingeshwara Temple and the Sri Mahalasa Narayani Temple.
The original Tuluveshwara Temple is believed to date back to the 5th to 6 Century CE. The temple that stands in ruins today was built at some time in the 1400 CE.
Significance Of The Temple, Basrur
The Tuluveshwaratag is suggestive of the Tuluva tribes that once lived in the region. It is possible that the Alupa Kings who ruled Mangalore succeeded these tribes.
According to the Halmidi inscription, the Alupa kings were followers of the ‘Pashupata’ cult. They were followed by the Natha cults who revived Shaivism in the region.
The temple itself can longer be seen. The ruins of the walls and a doorway stand amidst dense greenery. To see the main lingam itself, one must peek through what seems like a wall of roots.
How To Reach The Tuluveshwara Temple, Basrur
At a distance of 97.4 km, the nearest airport is the Mangalore Airport. Visitors can hire a taxi to reach the temple.
The village of Basrur is less than 2km away from the Kundapura Railway Station. A number of trains linking Kundapura to other parts of Karnataka stop here.
The Tuluveshwara temple in Basrur is well connected by road to the towns and cities around Basrur.