We all know Dakshina Kannada as an abode of naturalistic beauty and serene scenes. However, in its roots and culture, this land is a home for mysticism and rituals of its own kind. If you travel around then you find so many sacred shrines dedicated to Sanathana Hindu Gods and Goddesses. All these temples have their own story to tell associated with mythology and folktales. Among such beautiful temples located in this part of Karnataka, Kollur Mookambika temple is popular for its own reasons. Come, let us know about the temple of Kollur on today’s read.
Things to know about Kollur Mookambika Temple
The Kollur Mookambik temple is situated in the Udupi district of Karnataka, standing as one of the seven abodes of Salvation created by Parashurama.
This sacred shrine is dedicated to Shree Mookambika Devi, an incarnation of Adi Shakthi who is depicted with three eyes, four arms, with a disc and conch in hands. The temple is located on the banks of the river Souparnika and the Goddess here can be seen in the form of Swayambhu Linga.
This is one of the rarest abodes of Devi on Earth where Adi Shakthi is worshipped in the form of Udbhava Linga. There is also an integration of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva on the right side with a gold chain dividing the linga into left and right portion.
The idol of Mookambika Devi in its subtlest form was said to be installed and consecrated by Shri Adi Shankara. It is set up on ‘Shri Chakra Yantra’ which is considered as the most powerful form of Devi. The rituals in the temples are performed as per the Vijayagama system formulated by Shri Adi Shankara. One can also see Shankara Peetha on the western side of the temple’s sanctorum.
If we look at the history of this temple then it dates back to ancient years. As per the legend, there lived a demon named Kaumhasura who was put to death in this Kshetra. When Kaumhasura does penance to acquire boons to disturb the life on earth, Parvathi makes the demon dumb stopping him to ask for boons. From then on, Kaumhasura takes the name Mookasura.
However, due to Shuklacharya’s blessings, he gets back his speech and starts killing sages across. When his sins cross the limit, Goddess Parvathi descends in a powerful form and kills Mookasura and takes the name Mookambika. So, today, Devi here in Kollur is worshipped as Mookambika and thus the name Kollur Mookambika.
The kollur temple is largely dedicated to knowledge and art and the Goddess here is also worshipped as Vagdevathe (Lord of Speech and Letters). The idol of Mookambika is said to be made of Panchaloha (Gold, Silver, Copper, Iron, and Lead).
The temple hosts Trikala Pooja to Devi on a daily basis. At 5 AM, the special Nirmalya Pooja takes place during which Devotees can have a divine Darshan of Swayambhoo Linga.
Today, Kollur Mookambika temple has become one of the significant pilgrimage centers in South India. People from all walks of life visit the temple to have a Darshan of Devi. It is said that 50% of the devotees visiting the temple are from Kerala and the rest are from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
During Navaratri, the temple takes a glorious form like never before. Also, during the month of Phalguna on the Moola Nakshatra day, Devi’s birthday is celebrated with all grandeur. It hosts politicians, film stars, and devotees in large number.
Besides temple and its religious significance, Kollur is an amazing tourist point blessed with natural beauty and heritage.
So, this was about Kollur Mookambika Temple. When you take a trip to Udupi then make sure you visit this temple to seek the blessings of Maa Mookambika.
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