WRITTEN BY London swaminathan


 Date: 20 SEPTEMBER 2019

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Post No. 6989

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During my third trip to India this year (September 5 to 18, 2019) I visited Bengaluru, Sringeri, Kollur, Agumbe, Udupi and Kukke. Before entering Karnataka, I toured in Trichy area visiting Samayapuram, Srirangam and Tiruanaikka. It was a productive trip. I hit all my targets!

Gods seek help from human beings for publicity!!! Sabarimalai became popular due to actors like Nambiar; Manthralaya became popular due to actors like Rajnikanth; Kollur became famous due to actors like MGR and Jayalaitha. I remember former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and famous actor M G Ramachandran donating a golden sword to Kollur Mookambika.  Chief ministers of Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan Jayaalalitha and Vadundhara and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Wikramasinghe and several political heavyweights have visited the temple.  When Jayalaaitha came to Kollur in 2004 she was shown the golden sword offered by her predecessor MGR and she offered Rs.30,000 towards food offering in the temple and one ton Ghee (clarified butter). After Tamil politicians’ visits, the Tamil crowd in the temple increased!!

My driver (Narasimha of Vishnu Travels, Bengaluru) told me that Keralites come in big numbers to the temple. I saw lot of Malayalees.

Where is Kollur?

It is in the midst of ever green forests of Western Ghats in Karnataka. Kollur is 45 kilometres from Kundapur and 80 kms from Udupi. I went by car from Udupi. Temple of Goddess Mookambika (Parvati) is on top of Kodachadri hill. River Sauparnika is flowing nearby. People from Karnataka ,Tamil Nadu and Kerala come to this temple in big numbers. The reason for attraction, it is believed, is the installation of a Sri Chakra by Adi Shankara. Wherever Adi Shankara installed Sri Chakra Yantras (plate with magical drawings of triangles) people throng the places and pour money in to the money boxes of the temples. Tirupati and Varanasi are other examples).

The main deities here are Goddess Mookambika and Shiva linga.  The goddess killed Mooka (dumb) Asura (demon). I remember another Mooka. He is known as Dumb Poet/ Mooka Kavi. The dumb poet received the blessings of Goddess Kamakshi of Kanchipuram and burst out in poems (Mooka Panchasati).

Goddess Mookambika is very beautiful. During festival time the temple attracts huge crowd. But I was fortunate to have Darshan at 3 pm in the afternoon within 15 minutes. See the pictures taken by me. Jayalalitha picture is from Mangalorean news.

Story of ‘Dumb Poet’ Mooka Kavi | Tamil and Vedas

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7 Jun 2014 – Compiled by London swaminathan. Post No.1091; Dated 7th June 2014. मूकं करोति वाचालं पङ्गुं लङ्घयते गिरिं । यत्कृपा …


When I was studying B.Sc in Madura College in Madurai we were taken to Western Ghats for botanical collections. We were promised the viewing of beautiful tropical rain forests and big water falls in Agumbe. But after passing Singeri we stayed at Central Coffee Research Institute ( in 1968 or 1969). We were told by our professor that the weather was very bad and we couldn’t proceed any further. All the students were disappointed. But we did plant collections on our way back. From that day I wanted to visit Agumbe. When my driver told me that we were going via Agumbe I felt that my long time dream was fulfilled. Though I did not go deep into the forest, I stopped at the sunset viewing point. My driver told me the area was infested with most poisonous king cobras. We saw small water falls and streams along the Ghat section. At a distance huge water falls were visible. Agumbe receives the highest rain fall in South India like Cherrapunji in Assam in North East India..

Agumbe is the Cherrapunji of South India receiving 300 inches of rain (760 cms) in a year. This part of Karnataka experiences continuous rain fall for four months in a year.

My driver showed me a place connected with the most famous TV serial Malgudi Days of R K Narayan. Probably director and actor Shankar hailed from the place.

I saw cloud and fog topped mountain peaks. That reminded me of Pillar Rocks in Kodaikanal. The 1500 mile long Western Ghats is a paradise for nature lovers.

Don’t miss your next opportunity to visit this part of Karnataka! Study well before you visit that area.

spot connected with Malgudi Days according to my driver.

Xxx subham cxx

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  1. Siva Sivaneshan

     /  September 20, 2019

    கோவில் தரிசனம் அருமை …. பக்தி பரவசமான பதிவு … வாழ்த்துக்கள்!!!

  2. The temples in Karnataka adjacent to the coastal areas and in the regions of the Western ghats share a common appearance with those of Kerala. Unlike the temples of Tamil Nad, they are not big, with many praharas, nor are they endowed with arnate stone work. But being in the mountainous regions, they still maintain their pristine connection to the basic elements- the mountain, water, skies. The sights and sounds could be awesome especially during the monsoon season.

    The priests here are Vedic pundits and not Shivacharyas ( Agama trained) as in Tamil Nadu. They are tradition bound and do not permit deviations.
    Kollur Mookambika is of the form of Vishnu Durga- with Shanka and Chakra in Her arms.
    She represents all forms of Devi and is hence all -powerful. The priests here are fond of reciting the lines:
    “Sarva mangala maanglaye Shive Sarvaartha saadhake
    Sharnye tryambake devi (Gowri) Narayani namostutey”
    Sri Krishna advised Arjuna to pray to Durga before commencement of the Mahabharata war. In this too he invokes in Durga all forms of Devi ,beginning ” Namastey siddha senani arye mandhara vaasini…” etc. This prayer fits Kollur Mookambika well. This prayer is given in the first volume of the compilation “Jaya Mangala Stotram” by Sengalipuram Anantarama Dikshitar.

    Trip to various temples in this region of Karnataka is exhilarating, though a bit tedious due to the mountainous terrain, winding roads etc but could be very enchanting in the rainy season as many water falls spring to life due to the rains. But there is the risk of roads being cut off due to rain. One could stay in Mangalore and make these trips to various places every day. There are some other temples also in the interior, but difficult of access in the rainy season. One sight we would enjoy just before the onset of the monsoon is the tall jackfruit trees in the forest ( just adjacent to the road)laden with ripe fruits, where the fruits open up and the juice flows down to the ground. This is to be seen to be believed, and reminds us of the lines in some of the hymns of Tirujnanasambandha. We also get some varieties of mangoes not seen in the regular markets. The combination of hills and forests ( Kurinji and Mullai of classical Tamil literature) is rich and enchanting. Alas, the forests are being denuded fast.

    As you say, when film and political personalities enter the scene, even a holy place acquires glamour. There is lot of cross-cultural fixes here. Tamil people flock to Karnataka, and Karnataka people flock to Tamil Nadu temples- Deve Gowda used to visit Tirunallar! This is all to the good- while language divides, Deities unite! [ But there is also fear of loss of power and position associated with visits to some temples. The Big Temple in Tanjore. and Ghati Subrahmanya temple in Karnataka fall in this category! Politicians in power fear to visit these temples.]

    There was one outstanding phenomenon due to the film people. In 1975, some unknown persons made a low budget film with rather unknown actors, titled “Jai Santoshi Maa”. It was a purely fictional story. It became a huge block buster. Its Aarti song became a rage all over India- while there was no known Deity of that name. But soon temples started appearing for Santoshi Maa, people started observing vratas and in due time even a Purana was written, claiming connection to some old lore and legend! This gives us an idea as to how our Puranas must have grown in the course of our long history. This also justifies the name Purana- old and also new! [ pura api navam]

    There seems to be a trend that some temples gain prominence at certain times due to some personalities. Guruvayoor became well known due to Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar and Sengalipuram Anantarama Dikshitar in the 50s. Recently, Tamil astrology magazines have started recommending visits to some lesser known temples for dosha parihara! Considering the damage that cinema and politics generally do to society, it is some consolation that at least some temples gain prominence and greater attendance due to them!

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