Famous temples in Udupi district will be a very big list and I will mention 3 of the most popular once. Udupi district is not just famous for beaches, it’s a divine land of some of the holiest and ancient temples. Udupi district is also called as Lord Parashurama Kshetra. The legends say that Parahurama retrieved the Western coast from the sea. Parashurama is believed to be an avatar of Mahavishnu, Parashurama threw his battle axe into the sea. As a result, the land of the Western coast arose, and thus was reclaimed from the waters.
Famous temples in Udupi
- Udupi Shri Krishna Matt : Among many famous temples in Udupi, this one the most popular temple since its one of the very significant temples of Lord Krishna. There is a lot of history attached to it. Udupi is first among the seven places of pilgrimages. Thousands of devotees visit the Krishna temple all round the year to catch a glimpse of Lord Krishna. The unique feature of this temple is, the lord Krishna is worshipped and seen only through a window that has seven holes called Kanakana Kindi. Reaching this temple is quite easy since the temple is located in the heart of Udupi city.
- Kollur Mookambika Temple: Another very widely popular temple in Udupi district. Kollur Mookambike temple is another Muktisthala. The temple is set up by Sri Adi Shankaracharya, It is believed that the goddess Shakti worshipped in this temple and Devi Mookambike is worshipped has Shakti Devatha. Legend says that monster Kaumhaasura, known as Mooka was put to death in this Kshethra. Mookambike is an Adi Shakthi as the Linga has integrated on it’s left side ” Mahakali”, Maha Lakshmi” and Maha Saraswathi” and Adi Shakthi in this form can be seen only here. In the form of Udhbhavalinga, Mookambike has also integrated Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva on the right side. The left side of the Linga represents the Shakthi and right represents Shiva. The nearest railway station is in Byndoor and from there you can take public transport. The bus is not frequent to the temple hence a taxi is a recommended transport to visit this templeAnaegudde Vinayaka temple
- Anegudde Siddi Vinayaka Temple: Anegudde village is located at a distance of 9 km south of Kundapura, in Udupi District. Anegudde is also popularly called as Kumbashi. The name Kumbhashi is said to be derived from demon Kumbhasura. According to history, when drought hit this area, Sage Agasthya performed penance to appease the Varuna, the Rain God. During the penance, demon Kumbhasura started troubling the sages. Bheemasena gets a weapon from Lord Ganesha to kill Kumbahasura and assassinate him at this place. Anegudde is rewarded as one of the seven ‘Mukti Sthalas’ of Karnataka (Parashurama kshetra). The temple at Anegudde is dedicated to Lord Vinayaka (Ganesha). Anegudde is the combination of two words – ‘Aane’ meaning ‘Elephant’ and ‘Gudde’, which stands for ‘hillock’ as it is the abode of the elephant-headed god, Lord Vinayaka.
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