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Kollur - Goddess Mookambika Temple

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.

Kollur-Mookambika Temple Images

Pilgrim Attractions

  • Ancient temple located on the banks of river Souparnika at the foot hills of Western Ghats
  • Mookambika temple is among the most important shrines for Hindus in India
  • The goddess Mookambika embodies the powers of Mahalaxmi, Mahasaraswathi and Mahakali
  • Shiva Lingam is the main deity and is known as Jyothirlingam
  • Legend is goddess Parvathi killed the demon Mookasura and became Mookambika
  • Celebrities like Ravi Verma, MGR, Jesudas and Ilayaraja etc. are devotees of Sri Mookambika

Where is Kollur

Kollur is located in Kundapura Taluk, Udupi district of Karnataka state, India - 576220.

How to Reach

Mookambika kollur is near to west coast road (NH 17) and 75km away from Udupi.
  • Distance From: Mangaluru - 128 km, Udupi - 75 km, Gokarna - 135 km, Shivamogga - 128 km
  • Nearest Airport: Mangalore
  • Nearest Bus Station: Mookambika Kollur
  • Nearest Railway Station: Byndoor Mookambika Road - 30km, Udupi
  • 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

Pooja Timings

  • 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.

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