The Temple of Divine Mother

()NE UEHOLDS FROM far-off places, as one nears Kollur, l lie awe-inspiring pyramidal peak of Kudajaadri jutting into the •kies, its mystic heights declaring the location ofthe holy temple < >1 the Mother ofthe Universe-Sri Mookambika. Encircledby i lie mountains, rich in lush tropical forests, the ancient temple is located by the gently flowing river with a charming name, Soupamika.()NE UEHOLDS FROM far-off places, as one nears Kollur, l lie awe-inspiring pyramidal peak of Kudajaadri jutting into the •kies, its mystic heights declaring the location ofthe holy temple < >1 the Mother ofthe Universe-Sri Mookambika. Encircledby i lie mountains, rich in lush tropical forests, the ancient temple is located by the gently flowing river with a charming name, Soupamika.Kollur, a quiet place charged with heavenly peace, in the alley of Kudajaadri, is 140 kms from Mangalore city, on the north-eastern border of Udupi district in Karnataka State. Mangalore is accessible by air, train and bus. Kollur is about Imagethree and a half hours drive from Mangalore. Buses pass through the towns, Udupi and Kundapur. On the way to, or while returning from Kollur, one may get down in Udupi (about one hour drive from Mangalore) to worship at the famous Sri Krishna temple. While nearing Kundapur (one hour journey from Udupi) there is the Annegudde Sri Ganesha temple and Sri Koteshwara temple at Koteshwar. From Kundapur it is about two hours journey to Kollur via Byndoor and one hour and a half through a shorter route via Vandse. On the way via Vandse, 18 kms before reaching Kollur, there is an ancient shrine at Maranakatte where the great mystic symbol Srichakram is worshipped. This temple, which has a legendary association with Sri Mookambika temple, has a large collection of very artistically carved and painted rustic figurines of wood and stone of the chieftains and retinue of SriSouparnika bathing ghat (Photo.Srikant)
Mookambika. The whole journey through the beautiful and undulating coastal strip of Karnataka, passing through villages, towns, holy places, bridges spanning broad rivers and roads winding through the rich green forests of the mountainous Sri Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary, is very exhilarating.f rom Bangalore there is a direct bus service to Kollur via Shimoga. (Distance: Mangalore to Kollur via Vandse 140 kms;I Idupi to Kollur 84 kms. Kundapur to Kollur via Vandse 38 kms; I )harmasthalato Kollur via Manipal 220 kms; Sringeri to k ol lu r via (1) Nagodi 114 kms, via (2) Someshwara and Vandse 110 kms; Gokamam to Kollur via Bhatkal and Byndoor 140 Kins; I ktngalore to Kollur via Shimoga 400 kms.)

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