Yelinje was the first temple I visited as part of my project. This is a small but beautiful temple located near Kinnigoli, about 30kms from Mangalore. Yelinje has a Lakshmi Janardana temple. The temple also has a Mahaganapati idol. Here is some information on the temple.
Name: Sri Lakshmi Janardana Mahaganapati Devasthana.
Location: Yelinje, Mangalore Taluk.
Main deities: Lakshmi Janardana, Mahaganapati, Nagas.
Bhutas: Panjurli, Rakteshwari
Specialities: A Bavali Dhama (bat colony) right next to the temple. Hundreds of bats are perched on a few huge trees and survive on the temple food. The bats do not harm anyone.
Address: Sri Lakshmi Janardana Mahaganapati Devasthana, Yelinje, Mangalore Taluk – 574 141.
How to get there: From Mangalore, reach Mulki and then turn right towards Kinnigoli. After Kinnigoli, reach Moorukaveri and turn left towards Belmann. Yelinje is located about 5 kms from here.
Annual festival: From Magha masa, Shukla paksha, shashthi till dashami (typically in February).
Misc: The temple was renovated in 2003 and is in reasonably good shape now. The temple area is very serene and is located amidst lush greenery. The drive from Moorukaveri to Yelinje is really enjoyeable.