Dedicated to Goddess Mookambika is a temple called “Kollur Mookambika Temple” located in Kollur, Udupi district in Karnataka. Apparently, the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu MG Ramachandran had gifted the temple a golden sword weighing half a kilogram. Important travel information about this popular “temple” is as follows.
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a. Best time to visit:
The perfect time to visit this temple is between October to March when the climate is pleasant with, the temperature ranging from a maximum of 33 degree Celsius to a minimum of 21 degree Celsius.
b. How to reach Mookambika?
Mookambika Temple Map
1. By train:
The nearest railway station to the temple is located in Byndoor. The Byndoor Railway Station is well connected to most of cities and town in the state.
2. By road:
There are a number of private express bus services that are available from Kundapur to the temple in Kollur.
3. By air:
The closest airport to the temple is located in Mangalore. The Mangalore Bajpe Airport is well connected to cities across the country.
c. Religious significance:
According to a popular folklore residing at the site of this temple was a demon called Kamasura. Who was misusing his powers he had obtained from Lord Shiva. As a result this demon was told by the gods that he could be facing death. Worried that he could die he undertook severe penance to please Lord Shiva. Having being impressed by his devotion Shiva asked the demon what boon he wished for. At this moment Goddess Saraswati realizing that the he would yet again misuse the boon he receives took away his ability to speak. This demon then came to be known as “Mookasura or mute demon”. Eventually though “good prevailed over evil” with Goddess Saraswati using all her powers to destroy this demon and, hence she became known as “Mookambika”.