Mookambika temple is an ancient temple located in Kollur village, exactly on the banks of the perennial river Souparnika that runs close to the foot hills of the Western Ghats. Mookambika temple is among the most important shrines for Hindus in India. Mookambika Temple is also one of the most legendary temples. Kollur Temple itself is generally known as 'Mookambi' or 'Moogambigai' in Kerala and Tamil Nadu respectively. Though the Kollur Mookambika Temple is in Karnataka most of the devotees visiting the Mookambika temple are either from Kerala or from Tamil Nadu.
Unique Godess - Mookambika
Sri Mookambika is unique among the other Hindu gods and goddesses as she embodies the powers of Mahalaxmi, Mahasaraswathi and Mahakali combined into one as Adiparashakthi - Mookambika. Udbhava Linga (self manifested phallus) of Mookambika Temple represents both Purusha (male) and Shakthi (female).
Legend / Sthala Purana
This temple has a long history for its origin. It is said goddess Parvathi killed the Kaumasura who lived here and who attempted to become all powerful through his penance. Devi along with the help of Veerabadra, Ganapathi and Shiva initially made him dumb and he came to be called Mookasuran, mooka means to be dumb. Later the goddess killed him with her Chakra on the midnight of Shukla Astami. From then on Devi came to be called as Kollur Devi Mookambika. Then her divine energy became one with the lingam worshipped by Kola Maharishi.
At the Sri Mookambika temple the Lingam is the main deity and is known as Jyothirlingam. Devi Mookambika has three eyes and four arms, with the divine disc and conch in her hands. The Mookambika temple is renowned for its beauty and aesthetics. Goddess Kollur Mookambika is adorned with flowers. Ritual bathing and prayer to the idol are a common feature of the presiding lingam. The perennial Souparnika river’s pure water is used for theertham and pooja. The kollur Mookambika temple wears a festival look during Navarathri and Navarathri is celebrated with pomp, show and gaiety.
Different Forms of Goddess Mookambika
Mookambika as Goddess Saraswathi is patron Goddess of education and fine arts. She can be propitiated for progress in education and accomplishment in fine arts. Great artists like Ravi Varma, Swathi Thirunal etc were devotees of Sri Mookambika. M.G.Ramachandran, Late Guru Gopinath, Jesudas, Ilayaraja etc. are great contemporary artists who were / are ardent devotees of Kollur Mookambika Temple. Mookambika as Mahalakshmi is the Goddess of wealth. So She can be worshipped for progress in business and profession. Mookambika as Kali or Durga will be helpful to secure health, extinguish ailments and eliminate enemies.
Kollur-Mookambika Temple Images
Entrance arch on the way
Sri Mookambika temple profile
Devotees taking blessing during Rathotsavam
A street in Kollur village
Singer K.J. Yesudas renders hymns at a Sangeetharchana in the temple
Transport: Kollur town is well connected by road. Buses run frequently from Udupi and Gokarna
Where to Stay
The Kollur Mookambika Temple administration has few Guest Houses which provide a wide range of rooms that can be booked as per the devotee’s needs.A large number of Hotels and guest houses provide a comfortable stay at nominal rates. Some of the hotels among them are Mayura Guest House, Chitramoola Tourist Home, Chinmayi Tourist home, Bhagirthi Tourist Home etc.
Where to Eat:
The Kollur Mookambika Temple administration provides free meals in the Temple premises at 12.00pm and at 08.00pm to all pilgrims. Besides that, a number of small vegetarian restaurants are available outside the Temple Complex. The cuisine is mostly South Indian.
Festivals / Events
Nithyothsavam – Every day ritual
Varothsavam - Weekly ritual
Pakshotsavam – Fortnightly ritual
Varshika Brahma Rathothsava – Annual Car Festival is celebrated for ten full days
Navarathri (Dasara) Festival - Celebrated on grand scale with pomp, show and gaiety. Lakhs of devotees visit temple during Navarathri days.
Worship & Darshan Timings
05.00am to 01.30pm
03.30pm to 09.00pm
01.30pm to 03.00pm Break
05.00 am: The Temple opens
05.15 am: Abhishekam to the Lingam
05.30 am: Ganahoma
06.30 am: The morning Pooja
07.15 am: Dantha Dhavana Mangalarathi
07.30 am: Panchamritha Abhishekam
07.45 am: Naivedya
08.00 am: Morning Mangalarathi and Bali Utsavam
08.15 am: End of Morning Bali Utsava
11.30 am: Noon Pooja
12.30 pm: Maha Mangalarathi and afternoon Bali Utsava
06.30 pm: Pradosha Pooja, Panchamritha Abhisheka
07.00 pm: Naivedya
07.15 pm: Mangalarathi
07.30 pm: Salam Mangalarathi
07.45 pm: Mangalarathi for all accompanying Deities.
08.00 pm: Naivedyam, Bali and Mangalarathi
08.15 pm: Night Bali Utsava
08.30 pm: Naivedya
09.00 pm: Kashaya Mangalarathi
Things to Take Care
The Kollur Mookambika Temple administration requests the male devotees to remove their shirts and vests before entering the Temple premises. Clothes such as Coats, Hats, Turbans, Bermuda and Shorts, and Lungi are not allowed inside the temple. The Women are requested to dress decently.