Kollur Mookambika Temple in Udupi district is of 1200 years old.
Kollur Mookambika Temple Legends
There lived a demon Kamhasura who got the boon from the Lord Siva that no male can kill him, started misusing his supernatural powers by troubling sages and gods. He disrupted the penance of Sage Kola who was performing poojas to the Siva Lingam. The sage prayed intensely for the Goddess Parvati, who incarnated as Thrisoolanayaki. Kamhasura came to know that his death was approaching by means of a lady. He undertook a strict penance again for the Lord Siva. Lord Siva appeared before him and asked the demon for his wish. Sensing the danger, Goddess took away his speech ability. Kamhasura was then known as Mookasura which means muted demon. Later, Goddess with the assistance of Veerabhadra slayed the demon. The Place where the Goddess killed Mookasura came to be known as Marna Katte.
The village Kollur is named after the sage Kola who was shown the Swarnarekha Lingam by none other than Lord Siva. When the saint asked Siva how he could worship the Lingam without Goddess, Lord Siva replied that that on the left side of the lingam were all the three manifestations of the Goddess – Lakshmi, Saraswati, and Parvati will be present.
Spiritual Guru Adi Sankaracharya meditated for the Goddess Mookambika Devi at Kodachadri hills. Goddess appeared before him asking for his wish. He revealed his wish to install idol in a place in Kerala to worship. Goddess agreed by setting a condition that she will follow Adi Sankara and “he should not look back till he reaches his destination if he breaks the condition then he has to install her idol where she was at that moment”. Goddess decided to test this spiritual Guru, she intentionally stopped the voice of her anklets when they reached Kollur. Whereupon Sankara got doubt and looked back to check whether goddess is still with him or not. As Sankara breaks the condition, the goddess asked him to install her idol at the same place where she was at that moment. Adi Sankaracharya installed the Idol and prayed goddess to forgive him for the mistake. Goddess agreed to present at Chottanikkara temple in Kerala in the morning hours and returns to Kollur Temple by mid of the day.
Souparnika river near the temple is named after the eagle Suparna who did penance for the Goddess here and attained Moksha.
Kollur Mookambika Temple Darshan Timings
- Morning Hours: 5:00 am – 1:30 pm
- Evening Hours: 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Seva Prasada will be issued at counter number 4 and 5.
Kollur Mookambika Temple Dress Code
Men Dress Code
Not to wear Shirt, Vest, Lungi, shorts, Hat, Bermuda
White Dhoti and Upper cloth is preferred
Women Dress Code
Saree with blouse/ Punjabi Dress with Dupatta / Chudidhar with Dupatta/ Half saree
Kollur Mookambika Temple Address
Sri Mookambika Temple, Kollur – 576 220,
Kundapur Taluk, Udupi District, Karnataka.
How to reach Kollur Mookambika Temple?
- The nearest international airport is at Mangalore which is 136 km away
- From Mangalore Railway station, the temple is 137 km away
- From Udupi Railway station, the temple is 76.4 km away
- From Byndoor railway station, the temple is 29.4 km away.
- Mangalore station is well connected with all parts of Southern India.
- Kollur Mookambika Temple is 72.8 km Udupi Bus station. Bus frequency is high from Udupi.
- Temple is 132 km from Mangalore bus station