Kollur, 80 kms from Udupi, is one of the most important places of pilgrimage on the west coast attracting pilgrims from all over India. The temple dedicated to the Divine Mother, Sri Mookambika, stands in the valley of the great Kodachadri peak. Inside the sanctum sanctorum of the temple, there is an ancient jyotirlinga which is divided by a golden line into two unequal parts, the greater representing the three Goddesses, Mahalakshmi, Mahasaraswati and Mahakali and the smaller Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara. The temple dome, including the kalasha, is made up of gold.
According to the legends, Kola Maharshi who was doing penance here, was disturbed by a demon who was also engaged in doing penance to please Lord Shiva, to get a boon from Him. To prevent the demon from fulfilling his evil desire, the Divine Mother made him dumb (mooka) and when the Lord appeared before him, he could not ask for anything. Thereupon he got enraged and soon began troubling Kola Maharshi who prayed to the Divine Mother for deliverance. She appeared and killed the demon. At Kola Maharshi’s prayer, the Divine Mother accompanied by all the Gods; stayed there to be perpetually worshipped by the devotees. Later when Sri Adi Shankaracharya visited this temple, he installed a Sri Chakram and consecrated the idol of Sri Mookambika on it. This is the central idol behind the Lingam. On either side of this are idols of Parvati and Saraswati. It is said that Sri Shankara did penance on the peak of the nearby Kodachadri mountain. Here are two temples dedicated to Kalabhairava and Umamaheshwara.
At Sri Mookambika temple, there is feeding arrangement for the pilgrims. The temple guest houses and the P W D Inspection Bungalow, besides several private lodges, are available to the pilgrims for stay
Sri Mookambika Temple
Kollur – 576 220, Karnataka, India
Tel: 91 8252 758221