Durga Parameshwari Temple
Located in the “temple town” of Kateel or Kateelu in Karnataka is a sacred temple called “Durga Parameshwari”. This temple is situated in the Dakshina Kannada district at a distance of about 29 kilometers from Mangaluru i.e. Mangalore. Furthermore, it is also situated on an island in the middle of the holy Nandini River. Important travel information regarding this “holy” temple is as follows.
a. Best time to visit:
The perfect time to visit this extremely “pious” temple is in between October to February when the climate is extremely pleasant with, the temperature ranging from a maximum of 34 degree Celsius to a minimum of 20 degree Celsius.
b. How to reach Durga Parameshwari Temple ?
Durga Parameshwari Map
1. By train:
The nearest major railway station to this temple is located in Mangalore city. The Mangalore Railway Station is well connected to major cities and towns in the country. Furthermore, the Mulki Railway Station can also be used to travel “to and fro” to this temple.
2. By road:
There are a number of bus services available from Kateel that are well connected to major cities and towns in the country.
3. By air:
The closest airport to this temple is located in the city of Mangalore. The Bajpe Airport, Mangalore is well connected to major cities and towns in the country.
c. Religious significance:
The main deity in this temple is Goddess Durga Parameshwari. This goddess is considered to be an “Udbhavlinga”, which means that this deity manifested herself in this temple and was not manually installed. It is also believed that River Nandini upon which this temple is located blesses all those pilgrims who visit this temple. It is also said that this temple is mainly visited by those who are either battling family property disputes or suffering from heart related infections or ailments. Additionally, this temple is renowned for organizing a festival known as the “Kateel Mela” which includes wonderful dramatic performances by Yakshagana (i.e. a form of traditional Indian theatre) artists for the genuine admirers of this ancient art form.