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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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • 10 of the family members visited this temple during navaratri. very beautiful temple and the statue of Goddess Marikamba. 2nd time visit after 25 years. many things have changed. but the attraction is...  more »
  • its a devotional and local god temple, who are interested in god and temples can visit this place, its in the heart of the city, you can take your own vehicle and public vehicle up to the temple. 
  • Excellent though it was a festival day. We could see goddess marikambe very peacefully. Very nice place to visit 
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  • Graam devata of Sirsi Temple architecture is unique with unique paintings of Kaavi art Famous for Sirsi Maarikaamba Jaatre ( the fair), biggest of all fairs in Karnataka and happens in Feb - March , every 2nd year.
  • Such a colourful Temple it is. Best enjoyed at the Jatra time
  • Awesome temple , The temple has very special paintings of Kaavi art....
  • Very Awesome and Old Temple . Thousands of people visit every ay from different places.
  • It is beatuful temple & marikambe is a more powerful God....