Kadri Manjunath Temple, Mangalore

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One of the oldest shrines in South India, Kadri Manjunath Temple features spectacularly diverse scenery. At the back of this colorful temple, a natural spring on an elevated platform drops water into nine ponds of different sizes, where devotees bathe before entering. Originally built between the 10th and 11th centuries as Buddhist temple, the complex was converted into a Hindu shrine by the 13th century, featuring numerous statues of deities. Set in the rural Kadri Hills some 4 km (2.6 mi) away from the densely populated Mangalore, the ancient site offers a picturesque scene of natural beauty. Make Kadri Manjunath Temple part of your personalized Mangalore itinerary using our Mangalore journey planning website .
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  • This is one of the best temple in Mangalore reflecting rich cultural heritage. The temple surrounding and interior are shows traditional roots. The rituals performed are worth watching. Ample parking ...  more »
  • As its situvated bottom of kadri hill, but many water ponds kept above the temple roof level eventhen you will not see any water in the surface level of the temple.  more »
  • Very beautiful Shiva Temple. Situated in the Heart of the City. This is one of the rarest Temple where the Pond are situated higher that the temple. Huge Lord Hanuman Statue is also present here. You ...  more »
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  • A lovely temple in Mangalore. The temple is very neat and well maintained. They have a Ganesha and Ayyappa temple in the same courtyard. Must be a nice place to visit in the evenings.
  • Shiva temple of ancient age. A must visit for tourists. Trekkers will love the trail to Gorokhnath Temple.
  • temple complex has various hindu gods and goddess temples , has ample parking space and can be reached by auto or any private vehicle
  • Kadri Manjunatha Temple is one of famous and ancient temples located on Kadri hills in Mangalore city. It is believed that the temple has been built during the 10th century and it was converted to a complete stone structure during the 14th century. The Kadri Manjunatha temple built with nine water tanks, nestles at the foot of the highest hill at Kadri in Mangalore. This Temple on Kadri hills is dedicated to Lord Manjunatha, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. The idol of Lord Manjunatha is oldest among the south Indian temples. The idol of Lord Manjunatha is made of bronze. The sub-deities include Lord Ganesh, Lord Vishnu, Goddess Durgaparmeshwari, Lord Shasta, Vyasa Muni and Gomukha Ganpathi. The main pilgrim attractions of Kadri are the temple, the seven sacred ponds, Jogi Mutt and caves of Pandavas. The Name - Kadri: The earliest orientation to it is in the epigraph dated 968 on this statue. It mentions that King Kundavarma Bupendra of the Alupas lineage, caused the Lokeshwara statue to be installed in Kadarika Vihara. Kadarika is the earliest name of this place, and 'Vihara' is the name given to a Buddhist settlement. Buddhism flourished at Kadri till the 10th century. Even after its decline and with the beginning of the Natha Pantha, the name continued in practice. Hence, the name Kadri. Legend: According to the legend, Parashurama who lived in Sahyadri, killed the kshatriyas who were unkind and donated the lands to Kashyapa. He prayed to Lord Shiva to settle down. Lord Shiva assured Parashurama that if he performs a penance at Kadali (Kadri) kshetra, then Lord Shiva would reincarnate as Manjunatha for the welfare of the world. As per Lord Shiva's instructions, Parashurama threw his axe into the sea and formed a place for his penance. Lord Shiva was pleased from Parashurama's penance and Lord Shiva appeared to him as Manjunatha along with his wife Goddess Parvathi and resided at Kadri for the welfare of the world. Yielding to Parashurama's prayers Lord Shiva appeared to him as Manjunatha along with Goddess Parvathi and stayed at Kadri for the betterment of the world. As per the instructions of Lord Manjunatha, the Sapthakoti manthras become the seven sacred ponds. In front of the temple, at a height there are 7 water ponds. There's a garden surrounding the ponds. There is a natural spring at an important location on the backside of the temple. It is called as Gomukha. The water from this spring is let into 7 ponds and devotees before entering the temple come here and wash themselves.
  • Really really worth spending time over here, if you want to connect spiritually and want to do some trekking it's your must see place. It's very evident Parasuram got the axe from Lord Shiva after severe tapas. Mobiles should be kept switched off.
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