|The temple of Manjunatheshwara on the hills
of Kadri is a very beautiful and popular temple in Mangalore. It is said
to be built during the 10th or 11th century. It was converted to a complete
stone structure during the 14th century. The idol of Lord Manjunathaswamy
of the temple is called as oldest of the South Indian Temples.
It is believed that Parashurama who was living in Sahyadri, killed the
kshathriyas who were cruel and donated the lands to Kashyapa. He prayed
to Lord Shiva for a place to live. Lord Shiva assured Parashurama that
if he performed a penance at Kadali kshethra, Lord Shiva would reincarnate
as Manjunatha for the betterment of the world.
|As per Shiva's orders Parashurama
threw his axe into the sea and created a place for his penance. Yielding
to Parashurama's prayers Lord Shiva appeared to him as Manjunatha
along with Goddess Parvathi and stayed at Kadri for the betterment of the
world. As per the orders of Manjunatha the sapthakoti manthras become the
In front of the temple, at an height there are a number of water ponds.
There's a garden surrounding the ponds. When one walks down from there
in front of the temple is a huge lightpole. During karthika maasa, deepothsava
is held here. There are statues of Machendranath, Gorakanath, Shringinath,
Lokeshwara, Manjushri and Budha in the temple.
Sri Manjunatha Swamy
The padmasanastha Lokeshwara statue is very beautiful. Behind the temple
of Manjunatha, on to the west is the temple of Goddess Durga. To the Northern
side is the temple of Lord Ganesha.
Several festivals are celebrated with devotion and joy at Kadri throughout
the year. During Kadiruthsava on the bhadrapada shuddha thadige, Ganesha
chathurthi, Navarathri, Karthika Maasa and from Deepavali to Paththanaaje
special poojas and religious ceremonies are held. Flag hoisting in Makara
Sankranthi, nine days of annual fair and Rathothsava, Dhanurmaasa pooja,
Shivarathri, Ugadi are meticulously and religiously celebrated. Every Monday
Rudrabhisheka is held. In 1988 from April 17th to 23rd BrahmaKalashothsava
was held in great pomp and grandeur after a long time. It's a practice
to hoist the 40 feet Garuda to the 62 feet tall flagpole during the annual
fair. The other places to visit around the temple are Udhbhava Linga, Akshaya
pond, the 5 feet tall statue of Thrilokeshwara and Deepasthamba.
It is situated 4 Km. away from Nehru Maidan Bus Stand and hence is easily
accessible. To get there take the City Bus No. 3, 3A, 4, 4C, 6A, 6B, 6C,
14, 14A, 14B, 21, 22, 30A, 30B, 48.
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