5 temples in Mangalore that you must experience
India is the homeland of rich cultures and diverse traditions that have sustained across ages. It’s like a wholesome dish, with each region adding its unique flavour. The southwestern city of Mangalore is one such delectable ingredient in this rich heritage.
Mangalore is a land of innumerable majestic temples. They are a part of the Dravidian architectural style that characterizes Southern Indian temples. The city bears the marks of many dynasties, such as the Kadambas, the Vijayanagara Empire, and the Keladi Nayakas. All of these dynasties were patrons of art and architecture. Furthermore, this city is home to a multitude of communities, each with its own unique traditions. So, the temples that grace this city reflect these varied traditions and deep history.
To help you explore this fascinating legacy, here’s a curated list of the city’s most iconic temples that you should undoubtedly have on your must-visit itinerary.
- Shri Mangaladevi Temple
This ancient temple is dedicated to Goddess Mangaladevi, from whom the city of Mangalore derives its name. Interestingly, Mangaladevi is a form of the all-powerful Hindu goddess Shakti. Given its significance, it can be said that this temple is the heart and soul of the city. Beyond its spiritual importance, the temple’s architecture and history offer a glimpse into the essence of the region. Additionally, locals firmly believe that a visit to this temple can grant all wishes!
2. Thousand Pillars Jain Temple
This Jain temple is the rightful reflection of the religious diversity and rich architecture of the region. It’s renowned for its 1,000 pillars, none of which are identical. Established in the 14th century, its intricate carvings are depictions of various scenes from Jain lore and scriptures. Apart from its pillars, the temple has a calm pond and garden, where visitors love to relax and reflect.
3. Kadri Manjunath Temple
An embodiment of Mangalore’s past, the Kadri Manjunath Temple is said to date back to the 10th century. As one of the oldest temples in South India, it’s dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of Manjunatha. The temple has seven sacred ponds and a magnificent statue of Lord Manjunatha in the seated position, which is considered relatively rare. The temple is especially lively during Makara Sankranti, so that might be the best time to visit.
4. Anekal Shree Parashurama Temple
Situated on the outskirts of Mangalore, this temple is dedicated to Lord Parashurama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Legend has it that Parashurama created the coastal region of Karnataka, including Mangalore, by throwing his axe into the sea. The temple stands as a symbol of the region’s deep-rooted connection to this revered sage and its patron deity.
5. Gokarnanath Temple, Kudroli
Consecrated by the saint Sri Narayana Guru, this temple stands out with its modern architecture combined with traditional Dravidian aesthetics; another temple that honours Lord Shiva. The temple complex is particularly vibrant during the Navratri festival, when it’s all lit up and various cultural programs take place. But even on regular days, you might spot local artisans performing here, and children playing in the courtyard!
After a day of temple hopping, what better way to soak in Mangalore’s spirit than a stay at Hotel Sai Palace? Our hotel is more than just a resting place—it’s a continuation of Mangalorean spirit. So, if you’re considering a spiritual and cultural journey, Mangalore awaits you, and we’re here to make it memorable.