Sri Mangaladevi Temple, Bolar, Mangalore

The ancient Mangaladevi temple is in Bolar, 3 kms. from Mangalore city bus stand. According to the legend, the name "Mangalore", originated from the Goddess Mangaladevi who is enshrined in this temple, built in the tenth century in memory of a Rajmata of Malabar of the same name, who is said to have accompanied Yogi Matsyendranath, a prominent Guru of the Nath tradition.

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The ancient Mangaladevi temple is in Bolar, 3 kms. from Mangalore city bus stand. According to the legend, the name “Mangalore”, originated from the Goddess Mangaladevi who is enshrined in this temple, built in the tenth century in memory of a Rajmata of Malabar of the same name, who is said to have accompanied Yogi Matsyendranath, a prominent Guru of the Nath tradition. While he was on tour in Malabar for propagating his message, the Rajmata became his follower, renounced her worldly life and being initiated in the Nath tradition, and settled down at Bolar. At first there was a small building for her residence. Later a temple was constructed in her memory and an image of the Divine Mother was enshrined in it. This was the origin of the Mangaladevi temple which was re-built by the erstwhile ruler of Mangalore in 968 AD Thereafter the place came to be known asMangalapura, which, in course of time, was changed to Mangalore. The sculpture of Goddess Mangaladevi is perhaps the earliest Durga sculpture in the South Kanara District