Video - In and Around Mookambika Temple
Significance of the templeThe Mookambika Temple is the only temple that is dedicated to goddess Parvathi and believed to be created by Parashurama. This famous temple is very well known among the people of Tamilnadu and the goddess Parvathi is called in Tamil as Thai Mookambika. This auspicious Parvathi temple is located exactly on the banks of the perennial river Souparnika which runs close to the foot hills of the Western Ghats. River Sauparnika has derived its attribute to the eagle called Suparna that did penance in this bank and attained salvation.
The Mookambika temple in Kollur of Karnataka state is renowned for its beauty and aesthetics, all over the world. Goddess Kollur Mookambika is adorned with flowers. Ritual bathing and prayer to the idol is a common feature of the presiding lingam. The perennial and auspicious Souparnika river's pure water is used for theertham and puja. The Kollur Mookambika temple celebrates Navrathri with pomp, show and gaiety.
The legend goes like there was an agora that lived in the place, called Kamsasuran. He was performing auspicious penance for being invested with the boon of immortality. The celestials were afraid that if this boon was granted to him, he would become uncontrollable and his misdeeds could come to an end.
They then prayed to Devi that such a boon should not be granted to him. Devi, along with Veerabadra, Ganapathi and Lord Shiva, rendered him dumb so that the boon could not be asked for at all. Mooka is Sanskrit for a dumb person. It was thus that Kamsasuran became Mookasuran.
Adi Sankara installed the image of Mookambika, made of metal, behind the Lingam. Devi is seen with three eyes and four arms, with the divine disc and conch in her hands. The roof of the temple is made of copper and is gold crested. Adi Sankara is said to have composed his Soundharya Lahari when he was here.
Significance of SwayambhulingaSwayambhulinga which has manifested itself when Parameshwara drew the Srichakra with his toe and Kola Maharshi performed a long lasting penance in its vicinity, as a result of which power of meditation spread far and wide on the earth. Udhbhava linga is the tangible form of Sri Chakra Bindu that is said to have the proximity of all gods. There is a huge significance since Shri Mookambika Devi has merged with this Linga and fulfills the desires of devotees. A golden line has formed in the swayambhu Linga and it is wider on the left side as also taller.
Decoration is the only rite that is performed to the idol of Mookambika temple. All the other rituals like abhisheka and aradana are performed only to the Lingam. The theertham for abisheka is brought from the Sauparnika river.
Navarathri is celebrated in a very grand manner in Kollur. There are special decorations and puja on all the nine days. Besides this, the nine days in the month of Panguni are celebrated with flag hoisting on Panguni Uthram.
Rituals of the templePooja practices here at Mookambika Temple are based on two disciplines- one as per vathula, which is one of the 28 vedas of Shaivagama, and which includes the rituals of Bali (sacrifice); secondly, as per Vijaya yagama Shastra. The five different poojas are performed at the temple everyday are Dantadavana (brushing the teeth), morning, afternoon, evening (pradhosha) and night. Pradosha Pooja is also called as "Salam Mangalarathi". It is said that Tippu Sultan, the ruler of Srirangapatna, once arrived here during pradosha pooja, witnessed the Mangalarathi, and became so impressed with the Devi, that he offered a Salaam in Muslim tradition to the Goddess, hence the name came into existence.
Other celebrations held at the temple, "Sharannavarathri" which is held usually during October, and "Brahma Rathotsava" held usually in the month of March are both very prominently observed.
There are several instances of childless couples, the dumb, the blind and many such other people making a vow to the Goddess and realizing their desires.
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How to reach the TempleAbout 135 Kms from Mangalore, Kollur has the famous Mookambika Temple at the foot of the Western Ghats. The attractive Mookambika temple has been built with gold plated crest and copper roofs which attracts thousands of devotees. This is a well known temple in Kundapur taluq of Karnataka visited by pilgrims from all over India.
Since the Kollur Mookambika is one of the very famous temples, transport facility from all over the Karnataka state is available. There are frequent bus services from Mangalore and Udupi. From Mangalore it takes 3 hrs journey by bus. Many tour operators also include the visit of the temple in their conducted package tour programs.