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Pilgrimages of Karnataka - Udupi district

  1. Kollur (Famous pilgrimage of Devi and Mukti Sthala of Karnataka)
  2. Udupi (Famous pilgrimage of Sri Krishna and Mukti Sthala of Karnataka)


Kollur:

Kollur Mookambika Kollur Mookambika Temple - Mukti Sthala of Karnataka: Kollur is one of the 7 Mukti Sthalas of Karnataka.
(Mukti Sthalas of Karnataka are: Kollur, Udupi, Gokarna, Subramanya, Kumbasi, Kodeshwara, Sankaranarayana)

- Famous pilgrimage of Devi Mookambika: According to legend, Devi made demon Kamhasura dumb (mooka) when after a severe penance, the demon was about to ask for the boon of immortality from Lord Shiva. Thereafter the demon came to be known as Mookasura (or the dumb asura). Kamhasura was enraged and started harassing the devas and the rishis. When he troubled Kola Rishi who was performing penance, the rishi prayed to the Devi for deliverance. The Devi appeared before the rishi in response to his ardent prayers and fought a terrible battle with Kamhasura, and finally slayed him. Kola Rishi requested Devi to stay there permanently. Thus Devi made Kollur Her abode and came to be known as Mookambika.

The main idol of the temple is in the form of a Linga which is divided into two halves by a swarna rekha (golden line). One half represents the Tri-Devis and the other half the Tri-Devas. The idol of Mookambika is in the center behind the Linga. On either sides are idols of Durga and Saraswati.

The river Souparnika emanating from the Kutaja hill flows near the temple.

- Kollur is located in the Udupi district of Karnataka.

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Udupi:

Udupi Krishna Udupi Krishna Temple - Mukti Sthala of Karnataka: Udupi is one of the 7 Mukti Sthalas of Karnataka.
(Mukti Sthalas of Karnataka are: Kollur, Udupi, Gokarna, Subramanya, Kumbasi, Kodeshwara, Sankaranarayana)

- Famous temple of Chandramouleshwara: According to legend, Sri Chandra Deva performed penance here (near Chandra Pushkarini) and worshipped Lord Shiva (Chandramouleshwara) to get release from the curse of Daksha Prajapati. Lord Shiva appeared here and released Chandra Deva from the curse. Udupa means Moon, and the name of the place Udupi refers to this incident.

- Famous temple of Anantheswara: This temple is situated near the Chandramouleshwara temple. Parents of Sri Madhavacharya is said to have worshipped this deity continuously for 12 years to beget a child. Also Sri Madhavacharya is said to have been initiated by Sri Achyuta Prajna in this temple.

- Famous temple of Sri Krishna: According to legend the idol of Sri Krishna in Udupi was installed by Sri Madhavacharya. The idol of Bala Krishna was an ancient idol worshipped by Devi Rukmini at Dwaraka in the Dwapara Yuga. After Dwaraka was submerged in the sea, this idol lay hidden covered by "Gopi Chandana" (A white mud sacred to the Vaishnavas). A ship passing through Dwaraka picked up this heap of mud (along with the concealed idol) as ballast for the ship. When the ship came to Vadabhandeshwara at Udupi, it got caught up in a heavy storm. In that moment Madhavacharya stopped the storm through his powers and saved the ship. The captain was grateful and requested the acharya to take anything from the ship as a token of gratitude. The acharya prompted by intuition selected the heap of mud concealing the idol. The acharya restored the idol by washing off the mud in a tank now known as Madhava Sarovara. With great joy he installed the idol in a small temple near the ancient Chandramouleshwara temple. During this occasion the acharya composed the Dwadasha Stotra in praise of the Lord.

- Udupi is located in the Udupi district of Karnataka.

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