Kollur Mookambika Temple
Kollur is a popular Hindu pilgrimage center located 40 km from Kundapur Town and about 140 kilometers from Mangalore. The village lies at the foot of the Western Ghats, and is famous for the Shree Mookambika temple, an important seat of Shakti worship.
Kollur is situated on the banks of river sauparnika and surrounded by thick forest and has a natural formation resembling Sri Chakra. Kollur is one of the seven mukti places which were created by Parashurama. It is believed that ancient Rishies (Saints) have performed penance on this holy place.
The main deity in the temple is the Jyothirlinga (Shiva linga). This Jyotirlinga is in front of the idol of the goddess Mookambika. A line of gold divides this linga into two unequal parts and is only visible in the light reflected sunlight pointed at the linga. The smallest portion of this right linga he would represent Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva (as conscious principles static) and larger left part, Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess Saraswathi and Goddess Parvathi (like the creative energy principles)
It is belived that, Adi Shankaracharya, is said to have installed metal image of the goddess behind the Jyothirlinga. Goddess Mookambika is in the Padmasana posture holding Shanku and Chakra, and shows Abhaya and Varada Mudras. On both sides of this are the idols of Kali and Saraswathi. The roof of the temple is made of copper and is gold crested. Adi Shankaracharya reportedly composed his Soundharya Lahari when he was here.
OTHER ATTRACTIONS AT KOLLUR
Sauparnika River at Kollur:
It is belived that Garuda (Eagle) called 'Suparna' performed penance on the banks of the river and reached the salvation hence the name 'Sauparnika'. It also appears that the rivers absorbs elements of 64 different herbs and roots as it flows so it cures all diseases of those who bathe in it.
Places to visit in and around Kollur:
1. Mookambika Temple
2. Sauparnika River
3. Arasina Makki, a famous waterfall.
4. The Kodachadri range is a beautiful place and attracts a large number of trekkers.
5. Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary: Spread along the Kundapur-Kollur road.