Mookambika (Kollur)Temple in Karnataka
The Moobkambika shrine at kollur is one of the most popular temples in karnataka The mookambika temple is located at distance of 147km from Mangalore.The nearest railhead is Udupi, nad it is well connected with tourist centers such as mangalore and shimoga karnataka and kannanur in kerla:-
Kollur is known for its association with Aadi Sankara Mookambika is said to have appeared before Aadi sankara here , and he is said to have installed her image at this shrine. There is a room near the sanctum- enshrining the sankara simhasanam which is regarded as the very sport Where he meditated and had a vision of mookambika. Mookambika is regarded as a manifestation of shakti, Saraswathi and mahalakshmi The kudashardi hill houses sites such as Ambavanam the Kudashadri hill houses sites such as Ambavanam and Chitramoolam Where Adi Sankara Is believed to have Meditated
Deities of Shri Mookambika (Kollur)Temple :-The Swayambhu lingam in front of the image installed by adi sankara, has a golden rekha(line) approximately at thr center ,and is considered to be a shiva-shakti manifestation the image of mookambika is in a seated posture,bearing the conch and the discus.also enshrined near this image are those of mahakali and sarawathi. There are also shrines to veerebhadra is worshipped frist by devotees before entering the shrine to mookambika
Shri Mookambika (Kollur)Temple :-Located in very pictureque surroundings kollur is on the banks of the river sauparnika (said to possess medicinal properties)at the foot of the hill kudashadri. The temple is located in a spacious courtyard , and isentered entrance is opened only on special occasions it is believed that aadi sankara entered the temple through the western entrance.
Legends of Shri Mookambika (Kollur)Temple :-Kollur is referred to in the skanda purana it was originally known by the name Maharanyapura It is said to have been home to several sages and yogis A sage by name kola was advised to worship shakti at kollur A lingam appeared on its own accord then at kollur, and shiva requested kola rishi to worship it and that in dua coures shakti would manifest herself as mahalakshmi there the name kolapura eventually changed to kollur Further,the ravages of the demon kamha brothered the ascetics of kollur Upon being requested by kola and other sages of kollur, Shakti cursed the demon to become mooka or dumb. Undaunted the demon continued his attrocities, and an enraged devi vanquished him.Upon vanquishing mookasure was destroyed in the temple at maarana ghat, there is a sri chakra symbolizing devi