Kollur Mookambika Temple is located at Kollur, Udupi District in the state of Karnataka, India.Its scenic location against the background of the Western Ghats, on the banks of the perennial Souparnika river, adds to the serene atmosphere of this famous temple town. This is the site of the famous Mookambika Temple, which is said to have been created by Lord Parashurama.
The Mookambika Temple is one of the busiest religious centres in the country and it is an important seat of Shakti worship. The Goddess Parvati is said to have killed an Asura called Mookasura here, hence, the name Mookambika.The temple’s main shrine originally contained just the Jyotirlinga. This Jyotirlinga has a Swarnarekha or golden line running across it, dividing it into two uneven halves. The smaller part is said to represent the conscious power personified in the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva and the larger half symbolises the creative female forces, Saraswathi, Parvati and Lakshmi. The beautiful metal idol of Devi Mookambika behind this Jyotirlinga was installed by Sri Adi Shankara. It is said that the devi appeared before him and he requested that she follow him to Kerala where he wanted her to reside, so that he could worship her regularly. The goddess agreed to follow him, but put forth a condition that he should not look back to check if she was following him. On the way, the anklets on the foot of the devi stopped tinkling, he looked back and the goddess refused to follow him further as per the condition. He had the metal image of the devi installed in the Kollur Temple, behind the Jyotirlinga.
The Arishna Gundi Waterfalls located deep within the jungle, is a popular tourist spot here. The sunlight falling on the cascade makes it look bright yellow/orange. This gives it the name Arishna (turmeric yellow). The Kodachadri Hill Range is yet another destination—the place where Sri Adi Shankara had the first darshan of the devi. It is frequented by trekking enthusiasts. A special time to visit this temple town would be during the Navratri or Dussehra, when the nine nights dedicated to the female trinity are celebrated in a grand manner. Kollur is a part of a wildlife reserve; the Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the lesser-known natural reserves. It is aided by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Kollur is a place of picturesque beauty that houses breathtaking vistas of valleys, hills and waterways. The temple and the setting will make your visit to Kollur an unforgettable experience.
The port city of Mangalore on national highway 17 (N.H 17) is the nearest big city connected to all important places by road, rail and air routes. People coming from southern parts of India have to travel via Mangalore to reach Kollur Mookambika to visit the Mookambika Temple. People coming from eastern and northern parts can access Kollur Mookambika Temple via Shimoga. Travelers on Konkan route have to alight at Bhatkal or Kundapur to go to Kollur. Stage carriage buses ply frequently between Mangalore and Sree Mookambika Temple. There also plenty of buses travelling from Udupi to Kollur and also through the Kollur to Sringeri route. Mangalore, Udupi, Kundapur, Hemmadi, Vandse route is the shortest and convenient route to Kollur Sri Mookambika.
ROUTE TO KOLLUR MOOKAMBIKA TEMPLE
There are direct buses from important places like from Bangalore to Kollur and Chennai to Kollur. Guruvayoor, Kottarakkara, Kannur, Shimoga, Sagara etc are some other places with direct buses. People traveling in own vehicles have to take deviation from national highway at Hemmadi situated at five km north of Kundapur (100 k.m.from Mangalore). Kundapur, situated on the NH.17 and Konkan railway route, is the nearest town to Kollur Mookambika as is seen on the Kollur map. Direct buses from other cities also help in travelling. Frequent buses from Bangalore to Kollur, Kollur to Murudeshwar, Shimoga to Kollur, Kundapur to Kollur and other buses on the Kollur Mookambika route help devotees visit Kollur Mookambika Temple.
October to March is the ideal time to explore the beauty of Kollur.