Mookambika Temple is a famous pilgrimage centre, located in Kollur, Kundapur taluk of Udupi district, on the banks of River Souparnika in Karnataka State. Situated in the picturesque surroundings at the foot of the Kudashadri Hill, Kollur Mookambika Temple attracts thousands of devotees, from all over India
It is one of the seven pilgrimages, which were created by Parashurama. The other pilgrimages created by Parashurama are devoted to Lord Shiva, Lord Subramanya and Lord Ganesha. The temple derives its name from a demon Mookasura who was destroyed by the goddess Shakti.
The sanctum sanctorum of this temple contains the Shiva lingam called the Jyothirlingam. The lingam is divided into two unequal parts by a golden line and is visible only in the light of reflected sunlight pointed at the lingam. The right portion of the lingam represents Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva while the larger left part represents Lakshmi, Saraswathi and Parvathi.
The metal image of the Goddess was installed by the celebrated spiritual leader Sri Adi Sankara. The image of Sri Mookambika is in a seated posture, bearing the conch and the discus. The other shrines in the temple are Veerabhadra, Subramanya, Naga, Vinayaka and Anjaneya. Veerabhadra is worshipped first by devotees before entering the shrine to Mookambika.
According to legends, Suparna, an eagle, performed penance on the banks of the river and attained salvation hence the river got the name Sauparnika. It is believed that heading for a darshan of Goddess Mookambika at the temple, after taking a dip in the holy river, is very pleasing experience. This holy river is said to posses medicinal properties.
The temple is open to devotees between 5 a.m to 1.30 p.m and again from
3 p.m to to 9 p.m
Other Attractions nearby:
A trek to the peak of Kudashadri hills.
A hike to the Govinda Theertha Waterfalls.
The famous Murudeswara Temple is just 60 kms away. A beautiful beach is also there.
A famous Vinayaka temple at Edigunji is just 20 kms away.
Taxis can be hired to visit these places.
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By Air: The nearest Airport is Mangalore, 135 kms away.
By Train: The nearest railway station is Udupi.
By Road: Kollur is well connected by roads to other major cities in Karnataka. There are direct buses from Bangalore to Kollur.