Kadhri Sri Manjunathar Temple !! Pradosham on 31st January, 2011 !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!


Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!






Sri Manjunathar Temple in South India is one of the famous temples  of Lord Shiva. This temple is found in Mangalore.   The beautiful architectural work begins from the entrance  to the sanctum sancntorum of the temple and is an attractive and eye captivating sight.   It is also one of the contributions of the King of Vijayanagara Kingdom.  The the deities are : Lord Ganesha, Goddess Durga Parameshwari, Lord Machendranath, Lord Gorakanath, Lord Shringinath, Lord Buddha and  Lord Trilokeswara (made of Panchaloha).  The Moolavar – Presiding deity is Lord Manjunathar.    The temple pond and the well are the most interesting sights in this temple.  The well water inside this temple is used for the Abishekam of Lord Shiva.  The water in this well remains the same in all seasons.  The  water level never changes whatsoever the climate.  The water in the well remains cold no matter what the climate would be.  The Lingam worshipped in this temple originated by itself  -Swayambu Linga.  Another speciality of this temple is that even the public can perform Abishekam to  Lord Shiva.    The water flowing from the mouth of the lion never stops and no one knows the origin of the same.  During Makara sangrathi day,  the water flows out with Thulsi and it is an amazing sight.   The water flowing here is known as  Pillayar theertham – Kasi Bhagirathi Theertham  specially for the Abishekam of Lord Shiva.  The Prasadams received from this temple are betel leaves, nuts, coconut and Banana.  It is believed that the sacred Prasadam of Lord Shiva (Betel leaves) are capable to bring all the good luck.   It is one of the most auspicious signs to keep the betel leaf at home and it brings good fortune.


The Ponds are the marvelous sites in this temple.   Usually in most of the temples, the temple ponds are situated either in the front of the temple or behind the temple .   In this temple of Lord Manjunathar,  it is situated above from the ground level of the temple.    It is believed that nine sages underwent severe penance here and therebynoriginated the nine  ponds  .  The water in the ponds never dries. The water level remains the same all throughout the  years.  A holy dip in this pond is equal to the dip in the holy river Ganges.  The devotees have had a lot of admiring and fascinating experiences by visiting this temple. 


The Kadhri  Mountain which is 500 ft height from the ground level is full of marvelous sites and it is believed that there  were many sages and rishis who underwent penance.    Till the 10th century, Buddha  worship was in peak.  Later it was turned into a temple of Lord Shiva.   Jogis are the natives  of this place who created the Jogi Mutt.   One of the famous festivals of the temple is ‘Ratha Yathra’ (Car Festival).  The senior pontiff from the Jogi Mutt initiates this festival.  Without  his initiation the Ratha will not take its divine pradhakshina of Lord Manjunathar.     The silver Chariot of  350 kgms. goes around the temple three times during the festival period .   The Senior Pontiff of the Jogi mutt  is received with great honour and respect to this temple for the initiation of this festival.     In  Jogi Mutt an amazing sight for the devotees is  ‘Sacrificial Fire’ ( Agni ) .   It is believed that the fire is  10,000 years  old.    Lord Parasurama (6th incarnation of Lord Mahavishnu) and the Pancha Pandavas created the agni in Jogi Mutt.    The difficult path through the mountain of Kadhri leads to many surprises.  ‘Seetha Kulam’  (Well created by Sita Devi).   While Ravana – Demon King abducted  Sita Devi  to Lanka, Her tears fell down and became  a well.   The way to Kadhri mountains is always  very silent.   The places surrounding  Jogi Mutt are  the caves  of  Pancha Pandavas who underwent severe penance.  It is believed that the pathways of this dark hollow leads to Varanasi.  The Pancha Pandavas lived  for many years in the caves of the Kadri mountain.   It is believed that many Sidhars and Sanyasins lives here.



Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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