A question usually asked by people is "what are the attractions at Kollur (Mookambika)? And "Why does one need visit Mookambika?"
The obvious answer is "Mookambika". The radiant grace of the omnipotent Mother Goddess Mookambika is the prime attraction of Kollur that draws people in droves. It is not without reason that millions of people, including famous cine artists, playback singers, musicians, dancers, writers, prominent industrialists, businessmen, professionals and politicians from all over India visit Mookambika temple very frequently. Many have benefitted from their devotion to Mookambika. Paying obeisance to Mookambika is the main intent of visiting Kollur. But the appeal of Kollur does not stop at that.
Kollur is a place nestled in the evergreen forest of Western Ghats. While the grace of Mookambika soothes the soul, the enchanting beauty of the landscape rejuvenates the mind. Relating oneself to the nature that too at an acknowledged sacred place like Kollur Mookambika is the best way of invigorating the inner being. A well known Malayalam writer Dr Punathil Kunjabdulla had rightly said that Kollur is the only place where one could feel the vibrancy of Mother Earth.
Two coastal districts of Karnataka i.e. Dakshina Kannada (Mangalore) and Udupi (where Mookambika Temple is situated) have everything that a nature enthusiasts crave for. Unpolluted sea with vast stretches of pristine beaches, uncontaminated rivulets, cascading waterfalls, precipitous rocks, exquisite hillocks covered with an enticing expanse of grass and an extensive carpet of greenery invite nature lovers here. Those who want to blend pilgrimage with excursion this is an ideal place. Kodachadri Hills, Jog Falls, Arashina Gundi, Govinda Theertha, Hidlumane Falls, Jomlu Theertha, Maravanthe Beach, Ottinene etc are some ideal spots for Sightseeing and trekking.
Do stay at Kollur; offer your prayer to the Supreme Mother Mookambika. Get a vehicle to Nagodi. Trek through the grass carpeted breezy hills for about 10 kilometres and you are on top of the trekker's paradise "Kodachadri". The sight from the top of the Kodachadri hill is awesome. Look at the west and you see the blue sky fuse into the Arabian Sea at the horizon. Look at the north and you see the backwaters of Linganamakki like a gigantic lake spread over hundreds of square kilometres. Catch the clouds hovering around you. Listen to the symphony of nature. Breathe the fresh fragrance of the wildflowers. Walk around under the canopy of lofty tree branches, you will feel the exhilaration of being identified with nature.
If you are looking for an exclusive spot for trekking while on a pilgrimage to Kollur Mookambika Temple, Hidlumane Falls below Kodachadri Hill is an ideal location. Adventurous and enduring trekkers can climb to Kodachadri from Hidlumane Falls.If you want to enjoy the excitement of a trekking expedition in the deep forest, Arashina gundi is the perfect place for you. It is a small waterfall with a natural pool below it situated at about eight kilometres from Mookambika Temple. Govinda Theertha also known as Belkal Theertha gives you the thrill of bathing under a huge natural shower.
The advantages of choosing Kollur for forest expedition are many. The climate here is not extreme in any season. The vagaries of nature may inconvenience you but not imperil you. There are no dangerous wild animals. It is really an inexplicable phenomenon that no one had ever been attacked by wild animals in this forest. Faithful attribute this aspect to the grace of Mookambika. The jungle trails are not treacherous. It is highly improbable that one would get lost in the jungle. Hills are not unwieldy.
P.S:- Please, comply with legal formalities before venturing into Reserve Forest.
Kollur is an ideal place for those who want to immerse themselves in the calmness of piety, the poise of spirituality and serenity of mother nature. Certainly, Kollur is not the place for those looking for star rated comforts. Being a remote location, surrounded by forests, Kollur has few constraints. There are no luxury hotels, resorts and classy restaurants at Kollur. Keep away your crave for luxury, comforts and cosiness before you embark on a pilgrimage to Mookambika.
We Realize All Inclusive Nature of the Divine in Kollur Mookambika
When we enter the hallowed sanctum of Mookambika Temple, the doors of the heart are opened. We try to tune ourselves to be receptive to the divine power that radiates from Goddess Mookambika to get the maximum benefit from the visit. We experience the power that guides and removes the obstacles on the path and that divine grace lifts us to higher levels of consciousness. The vibrant spiritual power in the goddess Mookambika gives us access to our own divine dimensions. The spiritual atmosphere in Mookambika temple helps us for communion with the Divine power. The renowned temple of Sri Mookambika, a great centre of spiritual power functions as a divine dynamo and helps activate the higher potential in us, bestowing peace and happiness. Here, we come in contact with the Reality within, and we gain strength to face misfortunes. We acquire a new energy and hope and experience miracles.
Experience New Yourselves in Spiritual Expansion at Kollur
Ancient saints have prescribed many rituals like japa, pooja, parayana, homa etc for the spiritual as well as well as physical well being of the mankind. Modern man is pestered with tension. Doubts, anxiety and fear assail him. He tends to consider himself as a meaningless product of destiny. He fails to recognize any sublime harmony between himself and the universe. From many of his clinical studies, Carl Jung the eminent psychologist was convinced that people who got relief easily from mental and physical afflictions were those who had turned to religion. Jung says "we moderns are faced with the necessity of rediscovering the life of the spirit. We must experience it a new ourselves. It is the only way in which we can break the spell that binds us to the cycle of biological events. When one prays in a place of worship, the conducive atmosphere facilitates communion with the inner fact, which is the supreme source. Sincere yearning for the spiritual expansion refines the mind, making one wiser, abler and happier". The message of the legend reveals that human mind, despite its inherent divine powers and faculties, tends to misuse its relative freedom of choice and assumes a demoniac character by developing self-oppressive pride, egoism and greed. The divine is the ultimate source of all power. But man's inflated ego tends to misuse the power he has. He becomes irrational, forgets the supreme source and deflects from the path of his natural evolution to a higher stature. This is the cause of evil. Kollur Mookambika Temple is the place where the human metamorphosis into divine
SIGHTSEEING IN AND AROUND MOOKAMBIKA TEMPLE KOLLUR
The appeal of Kollur does not stop at just the temple deity and Goddess Mookambika. It is a place nestled in the evergreen forest of Western Ghats. While the grace of Mookambika soothes the soul, the enchanting beauty of the landscape rejuvenates the mind. Relating oneself to the nature that too at an acknowledged sacred place like Kollur Mookambika is the best way to treat yourself. You can easily stay in one of the hotels in Kollur Mookambika Temple.
A popular spot for nature lovers, trekkers and rock climbers, a climb to Kodachadri peak offers mesmerizing views of the Arabian Sea. It is marked as a heritage site by Government Karnataka. and it is 10th highest peak of Karnataka.natural above sea level. It is declared as kmsKodachadri Mountain provides a resplendent site for anyone who is looking for some solitude. These beautiful mountains range is located in the Western Ghats region and is somewhat around 1343 mts.
River Souparnika is one of the prominent rivers among the holy rivers of India. It flows through the Kundapur Taluk in the South Indian state of Karnataka. This river is mainly popular for the spiritual reasons where tourists come to take a holy dip. The proximity of Souparnika river from Moodambika temple (1 km) makes it a very attractive destination for tourists visiting the temple. It is one of the major attractions for people planning a trip to Kollur. This scenic river spot has a bridge and great forest trekking opportunities for travelling aficionados.
Arishna Gundi Waterfalls
This waterfall is located at a distance of 83 km from Udupi & 10 Kms from Kollur temple. Arisina Gundi Falls (also called as Arasina Makki Falls) is a famous waterfall located in the thick forest inside the Mookambika wildlife sanctuary. One can expect to find these falls inside the dense forest which is close and amidst the Kodachadri hills and requires a small trek from the nearest approach road to reach. Entry permission to these waterfall needs to be obtained in advance and one can get it at the check post while entering into the forest. The location of the waterfall is such that when sun rays fall on its droplets, they depict a beautiful yellow-orange hue. It is due to this that the waterfall got its name as Arishna meaning Turmeric or yellow. The ideal mix and match of forest and falls, make it a perfect expedition for travel enthusiasts.
Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary
Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary is located along the Kundapur-Kollur-Shimoga road and considered an abode to two endangered species like Lion-Tailed Macaque and cane turtle. This sanctuary is aided by World Wildlife Fund.
Anegudde Vinayaka Temple
Anegudde Vinayaka temple is one of the seven places of pilgrimage in the region called "Parashurama Srishti" or the creation of Saint Parashurama. This temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and forms one of the most famous temples of Udupi. Located 10 km to the south of Kundpur Railway Station, this temple is situated on the hill and attracts a large number of pilgrims every year.
Murudeshwara is a town in the Bhatkal Taluk of Uttara Kannada district in the state of Karnataka, India. "Murudeshwara" is another name of the Hindu god Shiva. Famous for the world's tallest Shiva statue, this beach town lies on the coast of the Arabian Sea and is also famous for the Murudeshwara Temple.
Udupi is a city and the headquarters of the Udupi District in the Indian state of Karnataka. Udupi is notable for the Krishna Matt located here. It also lends its name to the Udupi cuisine.