Kulai – Temples of Tulu Nadu

Kulai is a very, and I mean very ancient temple in Tulu Nadu. It is a small locality on the outskirts of Mangalore city, and has been merged within the City limits now. It is located on the Mangalore – Udupi highway, close to Suratkal. The main deity in this temple is Lord Vishnu, known as Vishnu Murthy.

 

Vishnumurthy
Vishnumurthy

 

 

Ganapati
Ganapati

The antiquity of the temple can be guaged by a close look at the main deity’s idol. Even without any scientific examination, it becomes clear that the idol is several hundred years old, at the least. In true Tulu Nadu style, the temple also has a Ganapati idol. In addition, the temple has a very attractive and revered Naga statue.

 

Naga devaru
Naga devaru

 

Theertha mantapa
Theertha mantapa

The main Bhuta in the temple is Panjurli which has its own “Gudi” towards the South-east corner of the temple. The temple also has an attractive “Pushkarani” or pond and a separate section for conducting Bhuta Kolas.

 

Pushkarani
Pushkarani

 

Bhuta mantapa
Bhuta mantapa

Name: Sri Vishnumurthy Devasthana

Location: Kulai, Dakshina Kannada district

Main deities: Vishnu, Ganapati, Nagas

Bhuta: Panjurli

 

Panjurli
Panjurli

 

Main idol
Main idol

Address: Sri Vishnumurthy Devasthana, Kulai, Mangalore – 575019

Telephone: 91-824-2408090

Contact: By phone or snail mail

How to get there: On the Mangalore – Udupi highway, Kulai is located 17kms from Mangalore, just prior to Suratkal. You will find the temple arch on the right as soon as you enter Kulai limits (while traveling from Mangalore). The temple is a kilometre away once you enter through the arch.

Annual festival: Starting from the 18th day of Meena masa, for five days (typically in the first week of April)

Best time to visit: October to May

Specialities: Being a Vishnu temple, Kulai is very well known for the numerous “Bhajan” programs held there. You are sure to attend a Bhajan session if you happen to visit on a Saturday or a Wednesday.

More photos can be found here.

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2 thoughts on “Kulai – Temples of Tulu Nadu

  1. Hi! I came across your blog when I was searching for some information on the Panjurli bhuta who is also our Mane Bhuta. I really enjoyed reading your posts. Great job!

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