Shakti Peethas of Udupi

Udupi is surrounded by eight Temples in eight directions, making a perfect Satellite Temple System. In four directions- earth, south, west and north- it has a Temple each belonging to Durga in Indrani, Bailur, Kannarpady and Kadiyali-respectively. All these four Temples have the deity of the wives of Lord Shiva.

Shakti Peethas of Udupi
Shakti Peethas of Udupi

Udupi is popularly known as Temple Town. Having the oldest Anantheshwara Temple in its heart, Udupi is surrounded by eight Temples in eight directions, making a perfect Satellite Temple System. In four directions- east, south, west and north- it has a Temple each belonging to Durga in Indrani, Bailur, Kannarpady and Kadiyali-respectively. All these four Temples have the deity of the wives of Lord Shiva. In southeast, southwest, northwest and northeast directions, again it houses four Temples – that of Shiva’s son- Skanda. They are situated at Mucchirukolu, Mangodu, Arithodu and Thangodu.

In the outer circle, again we find Alevoor, Udyavara, Puttur and Herga Temple – all belonging to Goddess Durga. Besides, it has Sharada Temple at Kunjibettu and Chitpady, Mahakali-Janardana Temple in Ambalapady and Durga Temple on Kunjaru Hills. So, in all Udupi has 12 Shakthi Temples. Though, Udupi is predominated by Vaishnava style of worship, it also gave due importance to the devotion of Goddess Shakthi.

Indrani Panchadurga

Indrani Temple is situated about 2 km east from Udupi and it is in the West of Vedachala (Manipal). The Temple, belonging to eleventh century, was last renovated in 1993 as per the plans of Raval Padmanabha Shastri, former priest of Sri Pashupathi Temple, Nepal. The whole sanctum sanctorum had been rebuilt in stones. The Goddess Durga is exhibited herself here in the form of five laterite Lingas (Panchadurga). At its back portion, an idol of Vanadurga is found. It has been replaced be a stone sculpture as the earlier wood sculpture (Daru Shilpa) was deteriorated due to exposure to sum, rain and other natural factors.

Sri Indrani Panchadurga Parameshwari Temple
Indrali, Kunjibettu Post
Udupi-576 102, Karnatka, India
Phone: 91 820 2570365

Bailur Mahishamardini

The Thirteenth century Bailur (Mahishamardini) Temple is just 2 km away from Udupi. The statue of Goddess Mahishamardini is three feet in height and made up of Balapa (a whitish pot-stone, used for writing on slate). The idol is exhibiting a posture of killing Mahishasura by the edge of her Thrishula (trident). We can find a lithograph, which is said to be of 14th century, in the Temple complex, which provides needful information of the Temple. The Temple was renovated recently thanks to the efforts of late Bailur Vasudev Bhat.

Sri Bailur Mahishamardini Temple
Badagubettu, Bailoor,
Udupi – 576 101, Karnataka, India
Phone: 91 820 2528355

Kannarpady Jayadurga

The name ‘Kannarpady’ came into practice after a Brahmin family, known as ‘Kannara’, lived in the village. The Jayadurga Temple here has a square-shaped shrine, made out of solid stones. The Temple has a statue of Goddess Vanadurga, which is three feet in height, is more attractive because of a huge Prabhavali (holo or aureole) covering the entire idol from the back.

Sri Jayadurga Parameshwari Temple
Kanarpady, Udupi – 576 103, Karnatka, India
Phone: 91 820 2524269

Kadiyali Mahishamardini

Kadiyali (earlier it was called as Kade Halli- the last village) houses ancient Mahishamardini Temple. It is said that the Temple was constructed along with the Anantheshwara Temple in Udupi. The shrine was renovated in 1997 and a Brahmakalashothsava was performed.

Kadiyali Mahishamardini Temple
Kadiyali, Udupi – 576 102 , Karnataka, India
Phone: 91 820 2521937

Alevoor Durgaparameshwari

Alevoor is 5 km away from Udupi in southeast direction. Devotees believe that Goddess Mookambika of renowned Kollur Temple stayed here in the form of a Linga (a symbol of Shiva). Devotees offered a Golden mask to Goddess Durgaparameshwari here in April 2000. Various construction works are underway.

Sri Durgaparameshwari Temple
Alevoor, Udupi
Karnataka, India

Udyavara Shakthi Peetha

Udayapura (Udyavara) was the capital of Alupa emperors. The Shakthipeetha, which is believed to be a Temple of Sapthamathrukas, is situated near Shambhukallu Temple. According to renowned researcher Dr. Gururaj Bhat, this Temple was constructed way back in the 13th century. But presently, we can find only four out of the actual seven statues inside the Temple. Its main shrine has Bhramari, Maheshwari and Vanishnavi Devi idols, whereas, the deity of Goddess Chamunda (Kali) is situated outside of the Temple.

Shambhukala Temple
Udyavara – 574 118

Bhaghavathi Sri Durgaparameshwari Temple

‘Hosathu Ooru’ (New Village) gradually became ‘Puttur’ to facilitate easier pronunciation. It is only three kilometre away from Udupi in northwest direction. The ancient Temple, built in the 13th century, has an idol of Goddess Durga in the form of a stone-vessel. Available records show that the Temple was constructed by Saint Parashurama.

Bhaghavathi Sri Durgaparameshwari Temple
Puttur, PO Santhakatte
Udupi – 576 105

Durgadevi Temple, Herga

Herga, a small village, about 8 km away from Udupi and 3 km from Parkala junction, has Durgaparameshwari Temple on a small hilltop. Stories surrounding the Temple say that the Goddess Durgadevi came from Indrali and stayed here in the form of a Linga. The Temple was renovated in 1983 as per the guidance of Sri Herga Srinivasa Thanthri. A stone-made flag post (Dwajasthambha) was offered in 1993.

Shri Durgadevi Temple
Herga, PO Parkala
Parkala – 576 123

Ambalapady Mahakali Temple

Situated just four km west of Udupi, the Mahakali-Janardana Temple in Ammana Pady (Ambalapady) attracts more and more devotees from all over the state. According to myths, Goddess Mahakali appeared here even before Lord Janardana. The Temple shrine is facing towards the west. The Mahakali Temple also covers nine beautiful statues of Navadurga. The six feet tall idol of Goddess Mahakali is a Daru Shilpa (wooden sculpture). The Temple, which was completely renovated in 1991, is being visited by large number of devotees on Fridays because of ‘Hoovinapooje’ and ‘Darshana’.

The Temple is inching towards the popularity thanks to the efficient management of Sri Annaji Ballal. The Temple Trust is also assisting other institutions in holding religious, social and cultural activities.

Sri Janardhan & Sri Mahakali Temple
Ambalpady, Udupi- 576 103
Karnataka, India
Phone: 91 820 2520871

Chitpady Sharada Temple

Late Saraswathi Bai Rajawade (Giribale) constructed a Temple in Chitpady near Udupi in 1976, where Sri Abhinava Vidyadheesha Theertha Swamiji of Sri Sringeri Mutt, established an idol of Goddess Sharada and made arrangements from regular poojas and other rituals.

Shri Sharadambha Temple
Udupi – 576 101, Karnataka, India

Kunjibettu Sharada Temple

Sri Abhinava Vidyadheesha Theertha Swamiji of Sringeri Mutt installed another idol of Goddess Sharada at a shrine situated inside premises of Sri Sharada Mantapa. It also houses the idols of Lord Ganapathi and Jagadguru Shankaracharya. An administrative body, headed by Mr Ambalapady Krishna Rao, is looking after the management of this Temple.

Shri Sharadha Madira
Dasapaya Compound, Sharada Mantapa
Kunjibettu, Udupi – 576 102
Karnataka, India

Sri Durga Temple, Kunjarugiri

The Mahishamardini Temple on the picturesque Kunjaru Hills in Kurkalu village, about 10 km away from Udupi, is one of the ancient Temples of Udupi, said to be established by Saint Parashurama. The Goddess Durga (Mahishamardini), though holding Mahishasura in the edge of her trident (Thrishula), her face appears to be very calm.

The Goddess Durga of Kunjalugiri has her significance since Dwapara Yuga. According to Sudhanva Vijaya (authored by Narayana Pandithacharya) and Theertha Prabandha (Vadiraja Theertha), Goddess Durga of Kunjalu played a leading role in Kamsa Vadhe (Killing of wicked Kamsa) and helped Lord Krishna in his task of protecting the world from evil forces. To support this myth, we can find Shankha (conch shell), Chakra, Bow and trident in her hands.

The Temple is situated 100 feet above from the ground level and devotees have to climb 257 footsteps to have the Darshana of Goddess Durga. It also has beautiful Bana Theertha and Gada Theertha ponds beneath the hill. Devotees recently offered a silver door (Dwara) to the Temple, which is managed by Adamar Mutt.

Shri Mahishamardini Temple
Kunjargiri – 574 105

Special poojas such as Kalpoktha Pooja, Navarathri, Chandika Homa, Pushpalankara, Navadhanya Havana, Kumkumarchane and others are being performed on request of devotees in all these Temples.


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