|Sri Mangaladevi Temple
place name Mangalapura ( now Mangalore) owes its origin to the
temple of Mangaladevi. Situated in Bolar about 3 kms from
Hampankatta ( the heart of the city), the temple has its
roots into the ninth century. The ardent devotees even
today believe that the worship of Mangaldevi brings them
prosperity and happiness.
For Kundavarma it was really a surprise to know that his land had such a hoary history. It was from these saints he came to know that once upon a time there existe a temple in his land dedicated to mother Mangaladevi. From their own mother he heard the story of Vihasini and Andasura, Parashurama and the temple built by them. The two saints took the king to the olaces where all these historical events had taken place. They asked the king to dig the place and relieve the linga and the Dharapatra symbolising Mangaladevi and install them in a shrine along with Nagaraja for the protection.
Kundavarma carried out the advice of the two sages. A grand shrine of Sri Mangaldevi stood on the hallowed place. The two sages themselves guided and supervised the execution of the work. The temple attained special significance as Mother Mangaladevi granted special favours, especially on maidens, pious maidens who worship the goddess observing Mangaladharavrata (Swayamvara Parvathi) will have their wishes fulfilled. They get husbands most suited for them.
Even today the two temples Mangaladevi and Kadri have maintained their connection. The hermits of Kadri Yogirajmutt visit Mangaladevi temple on the first days of Kadri temple festival and offer prayer and silk clothes.
Various pujas and rituals are performed by vedic brahmins on a regular basis. During Navarathri (dussera) special pujas are performed 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. On this day Aayuda puja is performed. All the weapons and tools are worshipped as the day marks the slaying of the cruel demons by the goddess Durga. On the ninth day also known as Mahanavami, a large number of devotees participate in the Rathothsava. The decorated godess in mounted on the grand chariot and pulled with thick ropes. the procession goes to Marnamikattte where the goddess is worshipped.
The temple is easily accessible by city buses, autorikshaws and taxis. To get there take the City Bus No. 27, 27A, 29A.