The devotion of goddess mari was commenced in Tulunadu during 17th century. Basappa Nayaka, one of the prominant rulers of Keladi royal family built a fort “Mahoragadha” on Kapu seashore in 1743. He also constructed a fort in Mallar to Shelter his military (Dandu). The goddess “Dandinamari” came along the military and settled in Kapu
British rulers occupied the port after the demise of Tipu Sultan. People started to devote the goddess at a new temple in Pallapadpu.
Goddess marai is regarded as ” Kapuda Appe”. Kapu houses three mari temples. The temple at pallipadpu is recocognised as old Marigudi. Earlieer, people, irrespective of thier caste and religion, were worshipping the goddess. But a dispute came between the gowda Saraswath Brahmin families and other devotes regarding the managment of the Temple.Finally, the judgment came in favour of the GSBS. So the devote constructed separate temple in 1830. Chief of the Kapu Beedu generously donated land for constructing new marigudei
In the beginning of the 20th century, another dispute between Beedu Family and Sankappa Sheety of Mallargutthu, resulting construction of third shrine at Kalki near Ulliyaragoli
Hale Mariamma Temple
Hosa Mariamma Temple
Kapu Maripooja is one of the seven rituals of the unilateral Dakshina Kannada district. The other six are – Udupi Paryaya, Bappanadu Dolu, Arasara Kambala, Kavatha Ayana, Dharmastala Deepotsava and Padubidri Dhakkebali.
Maripooja is being offered thrice in a year the suggi Maripooja in the month of March is the most important than the other two Viz at Maripooja Jarde Maripooja.
The process of Mari pooja starts with a ritual “Bete Biduvudu” An ash cucumber is treated as sheep and offered to the goddess. This ritual takes place on the next Tuesday of every Meena, Karkataka and Vrushchika sankramana. A
Pooja is offered to the goodes and the first prasadam is handed over to the Havaldar (Kote Serigar). Then the prasadam will be taken to Kotemane, where people assemble near the Basil Plant and worshipped an ash cucumber.
Then it will be brought to the Marigudi in a proession. The ash cucumber so brought will be placed at Ucchangi Gudi and once again worshipped before taking it to the seashore where it is handed over to a shepherd. The ritual of presenting “Veelya” is followed.
On the following day, a ritual called “Mara Muhurtha” takes place. The Temple has no permanent idol of Goddess Mari. So, Worshipping of “Gadduge” (Platform) is considered as the most sacred one.
A Puppet of goddess is prepared from ” Hongaraka” Tree just before every maripooja. Everything used in maripooja should be new.
The Decorated puppet will be brought inside the temple in a procession. During Suggi Mari Pooja, The decorated idol is kept on shrine and offered pooja accompanied by fireworks
As the idol being decorated, the Naivedyam (Charva) is cooked at Babbarse (Kitchen). This is followed by Darshane Seve. People involved in “Bete” are entitled to receive the first prasadam. People then bring back the Kushmanda from the sea shore and placed on the Charva before cutting it with a sword on the Charva before cutting it with a sword to symbolise scape. Then the charva is to symbolise scape. then the charva is dissolved into the sea. This ritual is followed by Armane Pooje and acchangi Pooje.
Once again Darshana isd performed and people collect “Abhaya Prasada” from the “patri” (representative of the godess) and return home. Finnaly th idol is dissolved at a particular place in Kalathur Village.
A small idol inside the main shrine of the marigudi is said to be left behind by a witchcraft, who made an unsuccessful attempt to steal the powers of goddess.
The temple is open on every Tuesdays. It will also be kept open on all days of Navarathri and during Mari Pooja
“Pilikola” is also a special ritual at Marigudi, held for five days
Ucchangi is the younger sister of godess Mari. The Shrine also has no idol. The godess is worshiped through the symbol of feet’s
Kapu Konkani Mutt
Kapu also has a temple of Lord Sri Venkataraman, Which is also called as Kapu Sri Konkani Mutt Sri Venkataramana Temple, The 300 year old temple has a unique idol of Lord Hayagreeva, belonging to the 15th century.