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Mookambika Shrine of Kollur
- Prof. venkata ramanamurty mallajosyula
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Outside the central shrine are placed the accompanying deities or 'Parivaara Devatas': Sri Veerabhadra Swamy, Panchalingeswara, Shri Paarthesara (different manifestations of Lord Shiva), Lord Subramanya and Devi Saraswati. On the left of Shri Paartheswara shrine is the temple of Shri Panchamukha Ganapati the five-faced Lord Ganesha. The Kudajaddiri Hills The 1400-meter high Kudajaddiri Hills with its diverse fauna and flora are a treat to trekkers and nature lovers. As one treks through the jungles with its rugged wild terrain, he encounters two small shrines. In the first shrine the goddess is worshipped in her terrific form and in the second, in her beautiful and merciful form Uma. Vedic rituals as performed here. Climbing further, one reaches the Ganapati Guha with an ancient idol of Lord Ganesha. Further up, on the hilltop is the Shankara Peedam where Sri Aadi Shankaracharya is said to have immersed himself into deep meditation. The entire structure is made of granite and resembles a 'Meru' a three dimensional form of the mystic design called the 'Srichakram'. One has to descent steeply on the western side of the hill to reach a holy cave called Chitramoola, another place where Aadi Shankara meditated for several days. How to reach : Mangalore is accessible by air, train and bus. Kollur is about 140 km from Mangalore and buses ply very regularly between Kollur and Mangalore. Accommodation : There are numerous hotels in the vicinity of the temple where one can stay. There is also the temple guesthouse to the north of the temple.

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