(Last Updated on : 12/02/2009)
There are several temples of Mangalore district set on the panorama of palm-fringed beaches, luxuriant green fields and enchanting forests. The temples of Mangalore district are sheltered by the soaring Western Ghats on the east and the mighty Arabian Sea roaring along its western shores.
Kudroli Gokarnanatha Temple is one of the important temples of Mangalore district that is situated in the city of Mangalore. This beautiful temple is the abode of Lord Gokarnatha, another name for Lord Shiva. Compared to the other temples of Mangalore district, this temple was built pretty recently but reflects the traditional pattern of architecture. Shri Narayana Guru, the great saint and philosopher, who had visited Mangalore in the year 1912, uttered his wish that the Billavas (a caste of people) should build a temple for Lord Shiva in the city. The Navarathri Utsava is a famous annual festival of this temple.
Kadri Manjunatha Temple is also one of the beautiful temples of Mangalore district, situated on the hills of Kadri. There is however route number 44h, 60, 61, which halt just about half a kilometer away from the temple. The temple was built during the 10th or 11th century. Later, it was converted to a complete stone structure during the 14th century. The idol of Lord Manjunathaswamy of the temple is called as oldest among the South Indian Temples.
Mangaladevi Temple is possible one of the most recognised temples of Mangalore district built by the Ballal family of Attavar in memory of a Princess of Kerala. Various pujas and rituals are performed by Vedic brahmins regularly. During Navarathri (dussera) special pujas are performed in this temple on all the nine days. On the seventh day, Godess Mangaladevi is worshipped as Sharadamba and on the eight day the goddess is worshipped as Maarikamba.
Shree Parivara Panchalingeshwara Temple, Shree Shanmukha Subramanya Temple, Shree Sita Ramachandra Devasthana, Shree Vasuki Subrahmanya Temple, Shree Venkatramana Temple, Shri Adishakthi Brahmalinga are some of the main temples of Mangalore district. Majority of the population here following Hinduism ardently visits the temples of Mangalore district like Shri Durgadevi Temple, Shri Lakshmi Venkatesh Temple and Shri Mangaladevi Temple. The temples of Mangalore district have become popular tourist destinations over the year.