Kolluru Mookambika Temple
Kolluru Mookambika Temple (Or Kollur) is situated 40km from Kundapura town and about 140 km away from Mangalore City in Karnataka state in Southern part of India. Kolluru village lies at the foot of the Western Ghats, and is famous for the Mookambika temple, a Hindu pilgrim center.
Legend goes that a Kola Maharishi (Monk) was enchanted with nature’s beauty and decided to perform a penance on a rock near the Agni Theertham. Lord Shiva, delighted with Kola Maharishi, appeared before him and blessed him. The Maharishi wished for the welfare of mankind and nothing else. The Lord, happy with Kola Maharishi, granted him his wish. He assured that a Swayambu Lingam would appear for his daily worship. However, Kola Maharishi wanted to worship Devi also. So, a Swarna Rekha (gold line) appeared on the Lingam, signifying Shakti. Thus, Shiva and Shakti are worshiped together in the Lingam. Besides this, a unique feature is that the other Gods and Goddess of the Hindu pantheon also believed to reside in Aroopa (non-form) in the Lingam. It is thus believed to be an abode of the entire celestial congregation.
It is believed that Adi Shankaracharya had a vision of Sri Mookambika Devi and installed the deity here.The legend goes, that Adi Shankara mediated at Kudajadri (or Kotachadri) hills and Devi incarnated before him asking for his wish. He revealed his wish to incorporate Devi to a place in Kerala to worship where he wanted. Devi agreed and put forward a challenge that she will follow Shankara and he should not look back until he reaches his destination. But to test Shankara Devi deliberately stopped the voice of her ornaments when they reached Kollur, and Shankaracharya turned back because of doubt. Devi then asked Shankaracharya to install her Vigraha (statue) as he sees her.
Kodachadri Mountain on Western Ghats:
Adi Sri Shakthi Mookambika Temple is on the top of mountain believed to be the real abode of Devi from where Adi Shankara re-established it at foothills at Kollur.
Arishna Gundi Water falls:
This is scenic waterfall inside the deep jungle only approachable by trekking and due to the special effect of sunrays falling on the water droplets around the waterfall looks orange/yellow the name is Arishna (Turmeric).
Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary: is world Wildlife Fund Aided. This sanctuary is home for endangered species animal called Lion tailed monkey. Spread along the Kundapur-Kollur- Shimoga road, this sanctuary is generally off the tourist map.
Sigandur is famous for temple of Goddess Chaudeshwari: This is situated at a distance of 45 km from Kolluru where a diversion from Kolluru-Shimoga (Shivamogga) Road has to be taken at Nagodi.
How to reach Kolluru
Kollur is around 35 km from Kundapura, the taluk head quarters. From Kundapura, one can take three different routes to reach Kolluru.
1. One route is via Tallur-Hattiangadi-Karkunje-Vandse.
2. Second route via Hemmadi-Vandse and third one is via Byndoor.
3. However, the shortest route is through Hemmady. On the National Highway 17, after around 7 km from Kundapur, at Hemmady one has to take right deviation to reach Kolluru.
4. The nearest railway station is Kundapura (40 km) where a few long-distance trains halt. You can get taxis from the station. The station has a waiting room for the passengers. Railway Station Phone no: +91-8254-237365.
5. The nearest Airport is Mangalore International Airport , Mangalore( Bajpe Airport)flights are operated by Air India Express. There are prepaid taxi to Kollur u from Airport and it is a 3 hours drive or approximately 150 kilometer.
Driving Directions and Taxi Fare from Managlore to Kollur
Kollur Mookambika Temple Contact Information
Sri Mookambika Temple
Kollur – 5762200
Phone:(08254) 258488, 258489, 258521, 258221
Hotels and Stay at Kollur
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We don’t have any relational or link with them.
SEETHA DELUXE LODGE
KOLLUR- 576 220
Tourist vehicles are available to Kotachadri,murdeshwar,Dharmasthala & other places.
Boarding & Lodging
opposite Sri Mookambika Temple,
A/C,Non A/C,Deluxe Rooms,clock Room and Dormitory facilities available
SMT.NAGAVENI MANJUNATHA BHAT MEMORIAL TRUST(R)
“NAGAVENI MANGALA BHAVAN”
opposite Sri Mookambika Temple,Kollur-576 220
contact us for:
marriages & other religious functions homa & poojas,meetings & stage programs pure vegetarian food,outdoor caterings.
near Sri Mookambika temple,kollur-576 220
ph: 08254 258244