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Kadri Manjunath Temple

Constructed during either the 10th or 11th century is a beautiful Hindu shrine in Karnataka known as the Kadri Manjunatha Temple. This “Lord Shiva” dedicated temple is located in the city of Mangalore in the Dakshina Kannada district. The idol of “Lord Manjunathaswamy” (i.e. avatar of Lord Shiva) seen at this temple is considered to be one of the “oldest statues” in South India. Furthermore, the idol seen at this temple is made up of bronze, and is about 1.5 meters in height. In addition, it (idol) also comprises of three faces and six arms, and can be seen in a seated position.

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a. How to reach Kadri Manjunatha Temple

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Kadri Manjunatha Temple Map

1. By train:

The nearest railway station to this temple is located in Mangalore. The Mangalore Railway Station is well connected to major cities in the country.

2. By road:

If you intend to drive to this temple then the ideal starting points would be Mangalore, Bangalore, Udupi, and Coimbatore.

  • Via Mangalore:

There are two routes from Mangalore to this temple, and they are via Bajpe Road/Bejai Kavoor Road, and via Bejai Kavoor Road.

  • Via Bangalore:

There are two routes from Bangalore to this temple, and they are via NH75 and via NH275.

  • Via Udupi:

There are two routes from Udupi to this temple, and they are via NH66 and via NH66 and SH67.

  • Via Coimbatore:

There are three routes from Coimbatore to this temple, and they are via NH275, via NH66 and via NH75.

3. By air:

The closest airport to this temple is located in Mangalore. The Bajpe Airport is well connected to major cities in the country.

b. Religious significance of the Kadri Manjunatha Temple

A popular legend states that Lord Parshurama (avatar of Lord Vishnu) had killed about 21 generations of kshatriyas all around the country to free humanity from evil. Now Parshurama wanted to redeem himself for this act of merciless killing, and for that he needed a piece of land where he could carry out penance so as to wash away his sins.  It is then that he requested Lord Shiva to provide him with land. In response, Shiva advised him to seek refuge in a place Kadalivana. Now Kadalivana was located underneath the ocean, and hence Parshurama asked the “Lord of the Ocean” Varuna to allow him some space. However, Varuna refused this request which compelled Parshurama to throw his axe into the sea.  This rather aggressive response caused Varuna to eventually relent and eventually provide some space. It was then at this space that Parshurama carried out his penance which resulted in Lord Shiva arriving at this spot in the form of a lingam. It was then that Parshurama built this temple following the instructions of Lord Shiva.

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