Kollur Mookambika Temple is located at Kollur in Byndoor Taluk of Udupi District in the region of Tulunadu and in the state of Karnataka, India. It is a Hindu temple dedicated to the Mother Goddess known as Mookambika Devi. Mookambika is the union of Adipara Shakthi and Lord Shiva as the Linga has integrated on it’s left side “Maha Kali, Maha Lakshmi and Maha Saraswathi”.
It is situated in the foothills of Kodachadri hills, on the southern bank of Souparnika River. Being situated in the land between Gokarna and Kanyakumari, believed to be created by sage Parashurama. The main deity of the temple is a swayambhu (self-born) jyotirlinga with a golden line cutting it into half, in which the left half represents Tridevis, and the right half represents Trimurtis. Along with this, a four-handed panchaloha idol of Goddess Mookambika is also installed.
There are sub-shrines for Ganapathi, Shiva, Vishnu, Hanuman, Subrahmanya, Virabhadra and Snake gods in the temple. Rathotsava in the month of Phalguna and Navaratri in the month of Ashwina are the main festivals in this temple. Goddess Mookambika is said to be the name given to Goddess Shakti after she killed the demon Mookasura (also known as Kaumasura). Though the temple is located in Karnataka, most number of devotees coming here are from the neighbouring state of Kerala. It is also one among the most popular shrines visited by Malayalis irrespective of religion and caste.
Photos Clicked on Thursday, October 6, 2005