Situated in the border area of Kundapur and Udupi taluks, Guddattu is a place of natural beauty. The Temple is constructed here adjacent to a huge granite rock, which looks like a sleeping elephant.
The History of Guddattu Sri Vinayaka Temple runs back for about 700 years. It is said that the three feet idol of Lord Vinayaka was emerged by itself near this rock. The black stone sculpture of Lord Ganapathi is in sitting posture. His trunk, eyes and legs are clearly visible.
Apart from regular poojas, there are two kinds of special poojas offered in this Temple. One is the Ayurkoda Abhisheka (bathing the idol with one thousand pots of water) which is performed every morning. Pooja should be performed after taking bath afresh wearing wet clothes. If this procedure is not followed, as people say, a serpent appears in front of the people in default to caution them. The water used for Abhisheka last day should be used on the next day for performing Rudrabhisheka and Panchamruthabhisheka. It is followed by Ayurkoda Abhisheka, accompanied by Pavamana Pathana.
Akki Kadubu Seve is the second kind of special offerings take place in Guddattu Temple. Kadubu (a dish) is prepared using 12 Mudi rice (approximately 480 kg) and 6 Mudi Uddu (a common pulse; phaseolus mungo- approximately 240 kg). It was offered twice when the Temple sanctum sanctorum was renovated and Brahmakalashothsava was performed in 1996.
Visitors face some inconvenience in reaching Guddattu Temple. If you are going via Brahmavar, you have to catch an auto at Shiriyara and if you are travelling from Kundapur, you need to hire an auto at Hunsemakki or walk about 1.5 km to reach the Temple.
The Temple trustee Sri G Anantha Padmanabha Bhat has planned constructing Yaga Shala, main entrance (Hebbagilu), Pouli (tall enclosing wall), Arikottige (a place for preparing Naivedyam) and Theertha Mantapa. His plan also includes building a kitchen, dining hall and an overhead tank for providing water at a total cost of Rs 75 lakh. Thousands of devotees visit this Temple on occasions like Ganesha Chaturthi and Sankashtahara Chowthi. If the Temple is connected with regular bus services and provided with basic facilities such as water supply, it could attract more number of devotees in future.
Sri Kalikamba Temple at Barkur is one of the ancient Temples of the Udupi district. The 14th century Temple has a beautiful idol of Goddess Kalikamba carved out of ‘Neelanjana’ granite. The idol, which is facing towards north, has a symbol of a camel at its base (Pani Peetha), which is the unique feature of this Temple. It is said that Vishwakarma Brahmins settled in and around Barkur town installed the idol and started worshipping Goddess Kalikamba as per the directions of Anegondi seer.
The Temple covers 12 Maganes, namely, Barkur, Kota, Koteshwar, Haladi, Hebri, Sooralu, Udupi, Perdur, Hiriyadka, Kaup, Padubidre and Hejamadi. Devotees from distant places such as Sringeri, Koppa and Hosanagara, also visit this Temple at least once in a year.
Padubidre Baburaya Acharya, who was the managing trustee of this Temple for about 27 years (1943-1970), initiated Shashwatha Nithya Pooja Project when the Temple lost its land and other sources of income after the implementation of Land Reforms Act.
Alevoor Prabhakar Acharya, who took over as the managing trustee of this Temple in 1982, carried out many ambitious projects in a paced manner. He built a Kalyan Mantap at a coast of Rs 10 lakh in memory of Kannaru Krishnappa Acharya, dug a well utilising the generous donations of Huchkere Narayana Acharya, constructed houses for the priest and managers of the Temple and provided sanitation facilities.
The shrine was renovated in 1995 and Brahmakalashothsava was performed. The Temple has started Vishwa Brahmana Sanskrit Vidyapeetha at Kodankur in 1997, where about 30 students have been offered education in Veda, astrology, and Sanskrit. It also has a huge collection of valuable books on Veda, philosophy and spirituality. The Temple is also active in social services.