Neklaje Sri kalikamba Temple, Karkala

Sri Kalikamba Temple in Neklaje is an important shrine of the historical Karkala town

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Sri Kalikamba Temple in Neklaje is an important shrine of the historical Karkala town. The Kalikamba Temple, believed to be a construction of eleventh or twelfth century, was built by a renowned sculptor Arkasali Bhujangacharya. Situated at the west of the famous Gomatabetta (Sri Bahubali Hill), the Temple attracts a number of devotees thanks to its calm and quiet atmosphere.

The idol of Goddess Kalikamba, appearing in sitting posture, holds sword, Chakra, fruits and Abhaya Mudra in its four arms. The Temple reached its flourishing state of prosperity and popularity especially after Balmanja Krishnayya Purohitha took over the charge as the managing trustee of the Temple. He initiated many developmental projects and kept the Temple on the course of improvement. Brahmakalashothsava was performed in 1981 after the Temple was completely renovated.

The outer yard consists of Anjaneya and Datthathreya shrines along with the shrines of Raktheshwari, Kalkuda and Panjurli Bhoothas (Daivas or evil spirits). Annual festival takes place for three days during Mesha Pournami every year. Navarathri (Ashwija Masa) and Pushpa Pooja (Shravana Masa) are also celebrated. Ekaha Bhajana (singing bhajans for the duration of one full day) is held on Karthika Bahula Ekadashi, followed by Deepothsava on the next day. Special poojas are offered on every Friday accompanied by the Bhajans of the devotees.

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