Kollur Mookambika Temple in South India-A Holy Place for Excellence in Educational and Creative Pursuit
Kollur Mookambika temple in Karnataka is one of the most famous temples in South India. People reach here in pursuit of their knowledge related to music, dance and other art forms. It is a favorite spot of writers as well people from the music industry. KJ Yesudas, the famous playback singer in India is a regular visitor here on his every birthday. An apt place for 'Vidyarambam' or the process of initiating your children into learning of letters.
The Kollur Mookambika Temple is situated in the small town of Kollur in the Udupi district of Karnataka, South India. The temple is an ancient and popular Hindu pilgrimage center with believers coming mainly from Kerala and, to a lesser extent, from other states, namely Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra.
The temple often called "Temple of Knowledge and Wisdom" since making a prayer here is believed to boost your knowledge and help you enhance your excellence in education as well creative pursuits. For the very reason, thousands of devotees visit the temple. It is an amazing power of the Goddess and an undeniable fact, which is certified by some well-known artists like K.J. Yesudas, a voice India had been listening to joyfully for the last fifty years. It is also endorsed by some other great film personalities and musicians. Yesudas conducts his concert (Sangeetha Katcheri) every year here on his birthday. He has never given a break for the concert in the last forty years. All this just to express his sincere love and gratitude to the Mookambika Goddess.
Those learning classical music and dances never miss a chance to visit the temple and make a performance on the Saraswati Mandap (a stage in the name of Goddess Saraswathi) for the divine blessing.
Features of the Mookmabika Temple and the Surroundings
The best place suitable for making your kids' 'Vidyaramba' (initiation of learning of letters). It is believed that the Goddess of Vidya (knowledge), Saraswathi will bless you richly if you come and pray here.
Singers and dancers can render their maiden performance here.
The serene village setting offers peace, scenic beauty and a cool climate for the enjoyment of visitors.
The 'Panchaloha Vigraha' (Idol) is believed to be installed by Adi Shankara
The temple is devoted to Parvathi, wife of Lord Shiva.
Lord Saraswathi, the Goddess of Knowledge or 'Vidya' has a prominent place and importance here.
Saraswathi Mandapam (stage): Artists can do their performance here. Sitting, performing and praying from this spot will be a bliss, blessing and helpful for your talent enhancement. It is believed that Adi Shankara had written 'Soundarya Lahiri' sitting here.
Raja Ravi Varma, the world famous Painter, had done some of his great works on the walls of this 'Mandapa'.
This temple is one of the seven pilgrimage centers created by Parashurama
Male pilgrims need to enter with bare chest (to sanctum sanctorum only); Trousers/Pants allowed.
All religious people including foreigners can enter the temple. Now a lot of Europeans are visiting the temple.
'Kashaya Theertham' is distributed every day at 9.00 pm. This holy water is believed to have some medicinal value. It contains jaggery and dried ginger. So collect and consume it.
Don't miss taking an ablution or bath in the holy water of the Souparnika River, about 10 minutes away by foot from the temple.
Kollur Mookambika (Karnataka)
There are two varieties of Prasadams available and served in the temple
1. Kashaya Theertham - distribution at night from 9 pm and
2. Day Meals- Lunch from 12 noon and Night Meal from 8 pm. It is free. Their service is neat, prompt and quick. It is fine to taste this 'prasadam' at least once.
Hotels/Lodges (STD Code : 08254)
- Amma Guest House - 258212
- Ashwathi Tourist Home – 258334, 258372
- Beena Residency - 258258
- Bhageerathi Tourist Home – 258290, 094492 69420
- Chandra Tourist Home – 258232, 094493 66936
- Chinmayi Tourist Home – 094487 90482
- Chithramoola Tourist Home – 094499 36097
- Devi Kripa – 258274, 258374
- Kairala Residency – 094483 27447
- Mayura Guest House - 258455
- Mookambika Palace – 258560/61/62
- Sree Varadha – 258454, 094974 96236
Observe the photos of the temple and surrounding area (Click to enlarge)Click thumbnail to view full-size
If you prefer journey by luxury bus, the Skaniya of KSRTC is a good option. It srarts from Trivandrum at 4pm and reaches Kollur next day at 9.35 am. Its return journey from Kollur starts at 2 pm and reaches Trivandrum at 7.35 am. It has stop at the following places: Kollam, Karunagapally, Kayamkulam, Harippad, Alappuzha, Cherthala, Ekm., Angamali, Chalakkudi, Tsr., Kunnamkulam, Edappal, Kottaykkal, Clt., Vadakara, Mahe, Tly., Knr, Tlpba, Pynr., Kanjangad, Kasaragod & Mangalore.
For More Information on Mookambika
- How to Reach Kollur Mookambika Temple
This article gives you some tips on how to reach Kollur Mookambika Temple, the famous South Indian pilgrimage center.
Address/Telephone Nos. for Correspondence/Contact
The Executive Officer
Sri Mookambika Temple
Phone: +91 - 8254 - 258245
Mobile: 094481 77892
Puja (Worship) Schedule/Temple Timings
For information on Puja (worship) and time schedules, click the 5th thumbnail photo from the left (6th from right).
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