October 27, 2012

Mangla Devi Temple, Mangalore

Site Name: Mangla Devi Temple
Site Type: Hindu temple
Location:  Around 3 kms from the city center - Mangalore, Karnataka state, India
Highlights: One of the most important temples in Mangalore city; the city was named after the deity of this temple
Nearest Railway Station: Mangalore
Nearest Airport: Mangalore
How to reach: Well connected by road 
Hotel: A lot of options across the city
Restaurants: All sorts of restaurants are present in the city

Mangalore is an important city in Karnataka state of India. The city was named after the Hindu Goddess Mangla Devi. The temple dedicated to this Goddess is located in an area called Bolara.

It is believed that the temple was built by the king Bangaraja. In due course, the temple lost its shine and no one knew about the place. It was in the 9th century AD the site became famous after the Tulu king named Kundavarman of Ahepa dynasty renovated the temple. The two saints from Nepal named Machendranath and Goraknath discovered this site and advised the king to renovate the temple. As per some stories, it is the site where the demon Andhakasura was killed by the mother Goddess.

The current structure of the temple appears to be new and is built in Kerala type temple architecture. It is a small temple with two prakaras (corridor) surrounding the main shrine. A very long flag staff, bali peeth and the lion statue stand in front of the main shrine. The main shrine places the main deity Mangladevi. The idol has only head and not the other parts of the body. The idol of nagas (snakes) are found near the main shrine. The temple also houses a shrine for Ganesha and another shrine for the mother Goddess where the idol is comparatively bigger and found with four hands.

If you go to Mangalore, do not miss this temple.

Happy travelling.

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