Marikamba Temple, Sirsi

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The Marikamba Temple in Sirsi, Karnataka, India, is a Hindu temple dedicated to a form of the goddess Durga. It is also known as Doddamma Temple, with "Doddamma" denoting the "elder sister" of all Mariammas in Karnataka. The central icon is an eight-armed image of Durga, also known by the names Renuka and Yellamma. It was built in 1688. It is at a distance of to the east of Gokarna.FeaturesThe temple's façade, a 19th-century addition, is painted blue. After one enters through the façade, there is courtyard in the middle, which has cloisters surrounding it. The cloisters are filled with images of deities from the Hindu epics. The changes made inside the temple have hidden any evidence of older structures. The sanctum sanctorum has the central image of a fierce form of the goddess Durga, multi-armed (eight shoulders), riding a tiger and killing a demon. It is believed that the 7ft image was retrieved from a pond on the road to Hanagal. The temple has very special paintings of murals in Kaavi art, an art form which was popular in the coastal Konkan region of Karnataka. In this art form, now extinct, the top plastered layer of the mural was first dyed with a red pigment, which when removed revealed a lower white layer of plaster over which the murals were created.
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  • This place is very famous for Marikambha jatre happens once in 2 years.. It's called one of the biggest jatre in karnataka.  more »
  • It's Must visitable holy place. One of the Shakti Kestra of Durga maa, We are here in the last Jatra, which is going once in every two years. Too much enjoyment you can have. Small city but crowed is ...  more »
  • The temple is worth visiting just to see the paintings and architechture. It is a divine place and not so crowded. Just do not plan your trip after the Jatra and before Ugadi. During this time, the in...  more »
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  • One of the oldest and very clean temple,also well maintained. It is the famous temple in sirsi
  • This is good holy place for Hindu Devotees. Nice & clean temple
  • Famous temple in Sirsi, Markikamba fair is considered as the most famous and biggest fair in Karnataka and is held every alternate year. We enjoyed a lot there till 3AM early morning.
  • The Marikamba Temple in Sirsi, Karnataka, India, is a Hindu templededicated to a form of the goddess Durga. It is also known as Doddamma Temple, with "Doddamma" denoting the "elder sister" of all Mariammas in Karnataka. The central icon is an eight-armed image of Durga, also known by the names Renuka and Yellamma. It was built in 1688.[citation needed] It is at a distance of 83 kilometres (52 mi) to the east of Gokarna.[1][2] The main priest at the temple belongs to the carpenter, or Vishvakarma, caste.[2][3]Kanakadasa, a famous saint poet of the Bhakti movement, had visited the temple and advised the people to stop animal sacrifice of the he-buffalo.[4]When Mahatma Gandhi visited Sirsi in 1934, during his campaign to abolish untouchability of Dalits, he refused to visit the temple, as animal sacrifice was a prevalent ancient practice at the temple; the sacrifice was in the form of offering of he-buffalo as a sacrifice to appease the goddess.[2] A he-buffalo was specially bred for offering as a sacrifice to the deity during the annual Rathayatra. Following the protest by Gandhi, there was a social movement in the town not only to abolish animal sacrifice but also to allow Dalits entry into the temple. This movement was spearheaded by Keshwain, chief trustee of the temple, in association with Vitthal Rao Hodike, a teacher and dedicated Gandhian of the town. Both objectives of the movement were fulfilled.[2]
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