Temples in coastal Karnataka
Anegudde Vinayaka Temple - Photo Courtesy Raghavendra Nayak Muddur
Mookambika Temple, Kollur (150 kms from Mangalore) - The temple attracts millions of pilgrims every year. It is believed that Adi Shankara installed the idol of deity in the temple 1200 years ago. Mookambika Devi is regarded as a manifestation of Shakti, Saraswathi and Mahalakshmi.
Temple of Mookambika Devi is one of the 'Seven Muktisthala' pilgrimage sites in Karnataka which are Kollur, Udupi, Subrahmanya, Kumbashi, Koteshwara, Shankaranarayana and Gokarna. Mookambika Temple is where a ceremony is conducted with Children before they start their formal education called Vidhyarambha.
Murudeshwar (170 kms from Mangalore) - This is a temple known for its very tall shiva deity. The sea on three sides surrounds the temple. The Murudeshwar temple has a history that dates back to a few centuries
Gokarna (150 kms from Panjim, Goa, 200 kms from Mangalore): Mahabaleshwara Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and pilgrimage destination and a beach getaway.
Other significant and well visited temples that are situated within 20 minutes drive of Kundapura area in Nh-17 are:
* Kotilingeshwara Temple (3 kms).
* Siddhi Vinayaka temple (10 kms).
* Anegudde temple at Kumbashi (5 kms)
Udupi (60 kms from Mangalore): Udupi is considered a town of temples with many temples around the area that have regional and local significance.
Udupi Krishna Temple is the most visited temple of them all and situated right in the middle of town centre.
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