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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  • August 7, 2017
    This temple is inside the Sirsi town and saw a lot of women visiting it. Marikamba also known as Renukamba is an incarnation of Durga. Temple looks different and attracts lots of visitors.  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    I visited this place in July & not much crowd. Had good darshan. Temple is in city limits and people advised to take a stroll - I did so. Temple architecture is different from any other South Indian t...  more »
  • July 6, 2017
    The Marikamba Temple at Sirsi...is a beautiful old temple..situated in the heart of the city.The architecture..paintings are one of its kind.The goddess Marikamba's idol is lovely..one can feel the di...  more »
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  • June 26, 2017
    one of the most beautiful goddess on lion as her vahan. most holy vibrations can be felt here. one of the best food in the temples way ahead of other such annadana. easy access and you have to visit during monsoon to enjoy the beauty. there is a car parking just ahead of the temple. the small finger type bananas i got only here...very tasty...one of the cleanly kept temples.
  • July 14, 2017
    Calm place and good for family... awesome climate..one can really get peace of mind
  • June 25, 2017
    Place of great historic value..Good hygiene ...Rested in the glimpse of forest ..Great place to visit..Felt happy
  • May 9, 2017
    Well maintained Hindu temple. Good parking space nearby , must visit this place if you are near Sirsi.
  • June 19, 2017
    Temple look very colourful and beautiful... And very peaceful temple 😍

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