After a long break, got a chance for a long drive. This time it was to Kollur Mookambika temple in Udupi district of Karnataka to attend my cousin’s wedding. We left Bangalore early morning at 5:00am so as to avoid the traffic in Tumkur Road. We reached Tumkur road at 5:45am and was surprised at the rush near Neelamangala and Peenya junctions.
We took the Tumkur – Gubbi – Arasikere – Shimoga – Bhadravathi – Teerthahalli -Nagar – Kollur route, and it was around 460 kms. The travelling time was 7 hours.
Mookambika temple is an ancient temple located at Kollur in Karnataka. It is the only temple that is dedicated to goddess Parvathi and believed to be created by Parashurama. It is said goddess Parvathi killed the Kamsasuran who lived here and who attempted to become all powerful through his penance. Devi along with the help of Veerabadra, Ganapathi and Shiva initially made him dumb and he came to be called Mookasuran, mooka means to be dumb. Later the goddess killed him with her Chakra on the midnight of Shukla Astami. From then on Devi came to be called as Kollur Devi Mookambika. Then her divine energy became one with the lingam worshipped by Kola Maharishi. At the Sri Mookambika temple the Lingam is the main deity and is known as Jyothirlingam. Devi Mookambika has three eyes and four arms, with the divine disc and conch in her hands.
One of the highlights was the Saalam Mangalarthi performed at 7:30pm every day. History says that this pooja is dedicated to Tipu Sultan. Tipu Sultan had come to Kolur to destroy the temple with his army. But when he saw the pooja and the diety, he was mesmerised by it and returned without harming the temple.
There are not much decent accommodations or hotels there. We managed to get a decent hotel with A/C facility. And since it was only for a single night, we made ourselves comfortable with whatever was available.
We took a different route for our return journey. We avoided Teerthahalli ( and missed the beautiful view of Bhadra Sanctuary) and come through Kollur – Nagar – Hosanagar – Bhadravathi – Shimoga – Arasikere – Tumkur. Since it was 5pm when we reached Tumkur, we thought we will avoid the outer ring road and Neelamangala traffic, and took a deviation from Tumkur highway to Devanahalli. It was an extra 40kms, but the road was completely empty. From Devenahalli (NH7), we took the SH towards Hoskote, and was back at home by 7pm. The return journey was around 480 kms.