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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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  • This temple is in the heart of the Sirsi city. Different type of architecture, big and beautiful temple.  more »
  • Loved this beautiful temple in Sirsi on our last day of Kumta just before leaving for the airport. A must visit temple!  more »
  • Very nice architecture and a big temple which hosts Devi Marikambe as locals pronounce it as.. Marikamba is the guardian of this western ghat town Sirsi.. Neatly maintained temple.. A huge buffalo ins...  more »
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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....