Kollur Mookambika temple is the most ancient Sakti peetham | Many medicinal herbs are available on Kodachadri hill near Kollur Mookambika temple
Mookambika temple is one of the ancient Sakthi peetham. This is in Kodachadri Mountains in Western Ghats on the 17th national highway in Kundapur Taluk of Udipi district, Karnataka. Sowparnika River flows on the north side of the temple. A garuda pakshi named Suparna did penance on the banks of this river and attained moksha, thus this river is called Souparnika. Devotees believe that there are medicinal values to the river and many diseases can be cured by taking bath in this river. There is also a story that Lord Shiva explained the holiness of this place to his son Subrahmanya swamy and he did penance here.
Killing of demon Mukasura
In Krita yugam an demon named Kamasura tortured Gods and sages in these surroundings. He wanted to do penance and get the boon of eternity from Lord Shiva. The Goddess made the demon dumb when he was about to ask the boon. Still the demon used to torture the sages and Gods. Goddess killed his on Jesta Sukla Ashtami on Kodachadri hill situated 25kms from here. Since the Goddess killed Mukasura, the dumb demon she is called Mookambika.
The architecture of Mookambika temple at Kollur is in Kerala style. A 20 feet dweepa sthambham can be seen on entering the temple. Gaja sthambham which is gold plated can also be seen. Men are not allowed into the temple with shirts or banians. The idol of Mookambika is seen in padmasana. She looks very peaceful and loving. She has four hands and there are sankha, chakram in upper two hands. One of the hands is in Abhayamudra and another is in varada mudra. A golden sword was presented to the Goddess by M.G.R, late chief minister of Tamil Nadu. He used to visit the temple very frequently.
Present idol of Goddess made in Panchalohas along with Sri Chakram was installed by Adi Sankaracharya. Adi Sankaracharya peetham is located at the back of the temple. Earlier Goddess was in a ferocious mood. When Adi Sankaracharya came to this place as a kid he pleased the goddess and brought her into pleasant mood. He went to north India after his penance. All the rulers of this place in later stages did their best to develop this temple.
Lord Ganesha with his trunk on right side
There is a Swayambhulingam at the front of the idol of Mookambika in the sanctum sanctorum. This lingam is divided into two unequal parts. Small part is believed to the base of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara. Bigger part is the place of Saraswati, Mahalakshmi and Mahakali. Puja are held for Mookambika Devi but abhishekams are held for Lingam.
Mookambika temple at Kollur is opened to the devotees from 05.00am to 08.30pm. There is a Bala Murari Ganesha temple in the north side of the temple. Lord Ganesh has his trunk on the right side which is unusual. The utsava vigraham of Mookambika is kept in the Sarawati temple which is in the premises of main temple after the evening parade. Many parents bring their children here for Aksharabhysam.
Kollur and Lord Anjaneya
Kollur also has an attachment with Lord Anjaneya. When he was taking Sanjivini mountain to cure Lakshman a part of it fell on the Kodachadri Mountain and so many medicinal plants are available in this area.
Kollur is famous for its tranquility and beauty of nature. Visiting Kollur is a memorable spiritual experience. Devastham is providing accommodation for devotees with modern amenities. Kollur Mookambika temple is one of the must visit pilgrimage centers in India.