Mookambika Devi Temple is an ancient temple, situated in Kollur village of Udupi, Karnataka and is dedicated to Devi Mookambika.
Kollur Mookambika temple is very popular specially among the people of Tamilnadu as Goddess Parvathi in Tamil is called Thai Mookambika. It is one of the most important shrines of Hindus in India. It is the only temple that is dedicated to goddess Parvathi and believed to be created by Parshurama. Sri Mookambika is unique from other hindu gods and goddesses as she embodies the power of Mahalakshmi, Mahakali and Mahasaraswati combined. Udhbhava Linga(self manifested phallus) of Sri Mookambika temple represents both purusha(male) and shakti (female).
Mookambika temple is one of the most holiest siddhi kshetra i.e. a place to attain mystic powers, in the whole world. It is believed that a sojourn to this temple is equivalent to praying at thousand temples.
Mookambika temple Karnataka is located exactly on the banks of the perennial river Souparnika that runs close to the foot hills of the Western Ghats. River Sauparnika has its attribute to the eagle called Suparna that did penance in this bank and attained salvation.
Kollur Mookambika temple image can be seen attached below which shows the tradtional architecture of the building, also Kollur Mookambika temple’s photos can be found all over web and after only seeing them it will get difficult for someone to resist not visiting the temple.
Kollur Mookambika temple’s history holds a long story of its origin. A long time ago at Mookambika Devi Temple lived a demon named Kaumasura, who terrorised all the gods by the special powers he had obtained from Lord Shiva. All the gods tried their best to stay away from him, but soon the good news came that the demon would face death soon. When the demon learnt of his impending doom, Kaumasura undertook severe penance to impress lord Shiva.
Lord Shiva appeared, asking the demon what boon he would like to be granted. Sensing that grave danger that would come if the demon’s boon was granted, the goddess of speech took away his ability to speak. Hence Kaumasura came to be known as Mookasura or the mute demon. After that the goddess mobilized all the powers from all the gods and killed the demon with her chakra on the midnight of shukla ashtami, and hence she came to be known as Mookambika.
As per the legend, Adi Shankara, the spiritual leader from Kerala, once offered intense worship to goddess Saraswati, the goddess of wisdom and learning here. The goddess appeared before Shankara impressed by his prayers. Shankara told her that he wishes to have her come along with him to Kerala, where no temple was dedicated to her. Goddess Saraswati agreed to go with him on the condition that Shankara will lead the way for her to follow, without doubting her and not looking back even once to check if she was with him. If he broke the condition, she would stop and stay right where she was at that time.
Shankara agreed to her condition. So they started walking down the Kodachari hills, with Shankara leading the way and goddess’s anklets trinkling and letting him know that she was with him. After some time, the trinkling of the anklets stopped all of a sudden. Shankara waited a few moments and stole a quick glance backwards to find the goddess was still with him, watching him with reproach.
As per the condition, the goddess stopped right there. Shankara, however was not someone who would give up. He apologized profusely for breaking the condition and repeatedly begged and pleaded to the goddess to go with him to Kerala. Impressed by his determination, the goddess finally agreed to be present at the Chhotanikara temple in Kerala in the mornings and return to the Mookambika temple by mid-day.
The Mookambika Devi temple Kollur , was established by Supreme Lord Parmeshwara, the temple is estimated to be at least 1200 years old and is mentioned in relation with king Hallugalu Veera Sangayya who established the idol there.
How To Reach The Temple :
Mookambika Kollur is a small village of about 6 sq.km in area, at the foot of western ghats.
The city of Mangalore on national highway 17 is the nearest big city to Kollur which is connected to all important cities through road, rail and air routes. People travelling from south have to travel via Mangalore to reach Kollur. People coming from eastern and western parts need to reach Kollur via Shimoga. Travellers from Konkan route have to take Bhatkal or Kundanpur route to reach Kollur.
There are also many buses running directly from to Mangalore to Kollur. Direct buses are also available from Udupi and Sringeri to Kollur.
Kollur is also well connected via bus routes to major cities like Bangalore and Chennai.
The Distance from Mangalore to Mookambika is about 132.4 km and Bangalore to Mookambika is at a distance of 429.5 km, moreover distance from Murudeshwar to Mookambika is about 59.7 km.
People travelling in their own vehicles have to take deviation from National Highway at Hemmadi, situated 5 km north of Kundanpur and 100 km from Mangalore.
Byndoor (Mookambika Road Station – BYNR) is the nearest station to Kollur, road distance is 28km. Take rickshaw from railway station to Byndoor & from Byndoor to Kollur go using private bus facility. Other option is hiring private taxi from Byndoor or from the railway station.
The nearest Airport is the Mangalore Airport located at Bajpe, 60 km away from Udupi. There are 2 flights daily from Mumbai, Bangalore and from other parts of India. From there you can reach Kollur by car.
Staying In Kollur :
Now coming to the point about where to stay when you visit Kollur Mookambika Temple.
For the devotees visiting the temple , the temple authorities have made lodging arrangements whose details are given below.
Sri Mookambika Temple Guest-House Details :
|SL. NO.||NAME OF GUEST HOUSE||DETAILS OF THE LODGE||NO. OF ROOMS||RENT PER DAY||NO. OF OCCUPANTS ALLOWED|
|1||LALITHAMBA GUEST HOUSE||AC (DOUBLE BED) DELUXE ROOM||28||600||4|
|2||LALITHAMBA GUEST HOUSE||AC (DOUBLE BED) NON DELUXE||26||500||4|
|DELUXE ROOM (DOUBLE BED)||29||4|
|4||LALITHAMBA GUEST HOUSE||NON- DELUXE ROOM||42||300||4|
|5||LALITHAMBA GUEST HOUSE||HALL-BIG (GENERAL BATH AND TOILET)||7||200||30|
|6||LALITHAMBA GUEST HOUSE||NON DELUXE ROOM (3 BED)||8||300||6|
|7||SOWPARNIKA GUEST HOUSE||NON DELUXE ROOM (3 BED)||26||300||4|
|8||MATHA CHATRA GUEST HOUSE||NON DELUXE (3 BED)||31||300||4|
|9||JAGADMBIKA GUEST HOUSE||NON DELUXE (3 BED)||8||250||2|
|10||JAGADMBIKA GUEST HOUSE||DELUXE ROOM(DOUBLE BED)||42||200||4|
Kollur Mookambika temple address – Kollur, Karnataka, 576220.