Published On: Mon, Nov 19th, 2018

The Temple of Goddess Mookambika in Kollur

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Nestled near the Western Ghats mountain range in Karnataka, Kollur is a small and charming South Indian pilgrimage town. Hindu devotees come here by busloads to visit the famous temple that is devoted to the goddess Shri Mookambika. Situated at a spur of the Kodachari peak, Kollur is believed to be one of seven pilgrim centres created by a mythological Hindu figure Parashurama.

Temple, Goddess Mookambika, Kollur

The Mookambika Temple in Kollur in Karnataka

Apparently the goddess Mookambika appeared to the famous Indian philosopher Adi Sankara who happened to be meditating in the area, and it was Adi Sankara himself who installed the image of the goddess that is found inside the temple. In front of the Mookambika image, in the temple, is a Jyothirlingam, a shivalingam – a symbol of the worship of the Hindu god Shiva. This Jyothirlingam is said to incorporate both Shiva and Shakti, male and female.The temple itself is surrounded by a large courtyard.

The Shri Mookambika temple attracts probably millions of pilgrims every year, but the atmosphere here is peaceful, far from the chaotic buzz of some larger Hindu temples in India’s bigger cities. Kollur also lies by the Sauparnika River, and as with many rivers in India, bathing in this river is believed to have a healing effect.

The Mookambika Temple is a living, working Hindu temple and not just a tourist attraction. Dress appropriately and leave your shoes outside. Read this article about visiting holy places in India.

Places to Visit Around Kollur in Karnataka

The green, forest-covered Western Ghats mountain range provides a beautiful background to the Mookambika temple. The Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary is one of Karnataka’s less-known and less-visited wildlife areas. The road that leads from Kollur inland to Shimoga goes through the sanctuary and offers some gorgeous views. It is also possible to trek to the Kodachari peak, as well as to nearby waterfalls.

There are several other important pilgrimage sites in this area including Dharmastala, Sringeri and Kukke Subramanya, as well as Udupi with its famous Krishna temple. This is an area that is very popular with pilgrimage tours, as Indian travel agencies arrange bus trips that take in several important sacred sites here.

How to Get to Kollur and the Mookambika Temple

Kollur is about 135 km from Mangalore, where the nearest airport is. The nearest larger town that has bus connections to Kollur is Kundapur, about 36 km away. Since Kollur is an important pilgrimage centre, there are regular bus connections, and there is also plenty of accommodation in Kollur for pilgrims.

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