Did you know? 23rd September 2008

According to our Puranas, Budha (mercury) is the illegitimate son of Chandra (moon) and Tara (wife of Bruhaspati – Jupiter) !!

Muchur – Temples of Tulu Nadu

Muchur is a small little village located close to Mudabidri. It is located 6 kms off the Kinnigoli – Mudabidri road. The village is famous for its Durga Parameshwari Temple. The temple is magnificent and large and has been renovated a few years ago.

 

Muchur entrance

Muchur entrance

 

 

Sri Durga Parameshwari

Sri Durga Parameshwari

The temple has a very close link to the Nellitheertha Somanatheshwara Temple. Local legend has it that when sage Jabali performed a penance at the Nellitheertha Cave, Lord Durga appeared there and assured him that the demon Arunasura would be killed (at Kateel). She then blessed the region to have three temples in close proximity. Thus the Nellitheertha, Muchur and Kompadavu (Vishnu) temples came into existence.

 

Tirtha Mantapa

Tirtha Mantapa

 

 

Prakara

Prakara

 

 

Name: Sri Durga Parameshwari Devasthana.

Location: Muchur, Mangalore Taluk, Dakshina Kannada.

Main deities: Durga Parameshwari, Ganapati.

Bhutas: Rakteshwari, Jumadi

 

 

Ganapati

Ganapati

 

 

 

Bhuta Sthana

Bhuta Sthana

 

 

Specialities: The temple Bhutas here do not have any Bhuta Kolas done to them. Instead, the Maisandaya Bhuta which stays nearby in a chieftain’s house is brought to the temple during its annual festival and is treated as the main Bhuta and Kola is offered.

 

Bhuta Gudi

Bhuta Gudi

 

Address: Sri Durga Parameshwari Devasthana, Muchur, Neerude Post, Mangalore Taluk, Dakshina Kannada – 574163.

Contact: By snail mail.

How to get there: From Mangalore, take the Mudabidri Road, cross Gurupura, Kaikamba and Ganjimatha. Turn left towards Muchur as you near Yedapadavu. Muchur is 8kms from here.

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Sri (Sode) Bhutaraja Stotras

I am uploading two stotras on Sri Bhutaraja of Sode. As usual, you can download them from the Mantras page.

I also learnt recently that there is a Mula Sthana (Original Abode) of Sri Bhuta Raja near Ganji Matha in Mangalore taluk. Hopefully, I can visit the same soon.

Did you know? 20th September 2008

Sri Madhva is known for this crisp and short writings. Most of his works are very short in size (but, needless to say, oceanic in depth!).

In fact, in one of his works “Yamaka Bharata”, the 78th shloka is actually a series of 32 “Bha”s. Something like..

Bha Bha Bha………Bha (16) |

Bha Bha Bha……….Bha (16) ||

This shloka has attracted numerous commentaries!

Did you know? 17th September 2008

Sri Madhvacharya, in his work Krishnamrutamaharnava, mentions five qualities in a person which make him worthy of being respected. The five are wealth, relation, age, position (achievement) and knowledge – wealth being the least important of them all and knowledge being the most important!

Posaral – Temples of Tulu Nadu

Posaral is another beautiful, sleepy little village on the border of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts. It has an extremely old temple of Lord Mahalingeshwara and Mahaganapati. The temple was renovated in 2006 and we found that it has all the basic infrastructure. 

The local priest informed us that there is recorded evidence of the temple having existed more than 1200 years ago.

We (me and my cousin Vasu) got hold of a book published by the locals about 2 years ago. It mentions the existence of a pillar in the village dating back to the 12th century in which the chieftain of Barkur has recorded his gifting of the village to some one from this place.

 

Name: Sri Mahalingeshwara Mahaganapati Devasthana.

Location: Posaral, Karkala Taluk.

Main deities: Mahalingeshwara, Mahaganapati, Nagas, Brahma.

Bhutas: Panjurli

The temple is located on the banks of the river Shambhavi. Another unique thing about this temple is that there are some very antique carvings on the pillars of the Theertha Mantap.

Specialities: The speciality of this temple is that the locals believe that the Lord here is very pleased with tender coconut abhishekam. So it is a custom to offer the Lord a few tender coconuts if one’s wishes (as requested to the Lord) comes true.

Address: Sri Mahalingeshwara Mahaganapati Devasthana, Saccharipete, Mundkur village, Karkala Taluk, Udupi – 576128.

Contact: By snail mail.

How to get there: From Mangalore, reach Mulki and then turn right towards Kinnigoli. After Kinnigoli, reach Moorukaveri and turn left towards Belmann. Reach Jaarikatte and turn right. You will find an arch to Posaral on the right side after about 2kms.

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Did you know? 15th September 2008

Sri Narahari Tirtha, a direct disciple of Sri Madhva and one of the early converts to Sri Madhva’s school, was deputed by Sri Madhva to Kalinga (now Orissa) to spread Tattvavada. He ended up “ruling” Kalinga for over 12 years due to the untimely death of the King of Orissa!