July 14, 2012

Anegudde Vinayaka Temple

Site Name: Anegudde Vinayaka Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location:  Kumbasi village, near Udupi, Karnataka state, India
Highlights: An important and ancient temple of Lord Ganesha in Karnataka state; one of the seven important pilgrimage sites in 'Parasurama Kshetra' region
Nearest Railway Station: Udupi (Mangalore train station has better connectivity from other parts of India; Udupi station is a small one with less connectivity)
Nearest Airport: Mangalore
How to reach: Well connected by road from Udupi
Hotel: A lot of options are available within Udupi and around Udupi
Restaurants: Udupi cuisine is popular; many vegetarian restaurants are located in Udupi

It is common to find Lord Ganesha's idol in almost all the Shiva temples and even in some Vishnu temples. However, it is very rare to find big temples dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Shri Varasidhi Vinayaka temple located in Kumbasi village in Kundapur Taluk near Udupi is one of the most important Ganesha temples in India.

The big temple is built in Kerala type temple architecture. The sanctum sanctorum of the temple has large idol of Ganesha found with four arms. The temple is believed to have been originally built by Parasurama. It is considered as one of seven important pilgrimage sites in Parasurama Kshetra region. Aane means elephant and Gudde means hillock. As it is abode of the elephant faced God, it is called as Anegudde.

Anegudde Vinayaka Temple
As per the legend, when drought hit this area, the sage Agastya performed yagna. The demon Kumbhasura disturbed the yagna. Upon getting the blessing and sword from Lord Ganesha, Bheem of Pandavas killed the demon and facilitated the yagna.

The temple has two prakaras. The inner prakara has a lot of stucco images depicting various scenes related to Lord Ganesha. The outer prakara has a mandap where Satya Narayan pooja is performed regularly.

Meal is served everyday to thousands of the devotees in this temple. It is similar to the other important temples of this region.

Amirteeswari Temple

Kota is a small village between Anegudde and Udupi. Mata Amirteeswari temple is popular in this village. Apart from Amirteeswari's idol in the main shrine, the temple also has the shrine of Kali.

Kota Amirteeswari Temple

It is believed that the Goddess' blessing would help the childless couple to become parents soon.

Saligrama Hanuman Temple

Saligrama is another small village on the way to Udupi. It is small temple but very popular. A small red stone bas relief image of Hanuman is the only idol found in this temple.

Happy travelling.

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