Holy Pilgrimage – Karnataka State –( Tulunadu temples, North Karnatka temples and thirunarayanapuram temple ) -24

Holy Pilgrimage – Temples in Karnataka State

List of temples in Tulunadu, Karnataka

Tulunadu (current Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts of Karnataka state in South India) is famous for its numerous temples. While the place is famous for its Vishnu, Shiva and Durga temples, there are hundreds of temples of other deities as well.


Temple Name
Sri Gokarnanatheshwara Temple
Sri Sowthedka Temple
Sri Mahothobaara Kotilingeshwara Temple
Sri Chandramouleswara Temple
Sri Brahma Baidarkala Garadi Temple
Sri Durga Parameshwari Temple
Sri Somanatheshwara Temple
Sri Manjunatha Temple
Sri Subramanya Temple
Sri Durga Parameshwari Temple
Sri Durga Parameshwari Temple
Sri Adi Janardana Temple
Sri Mookambika Temple
Sri Durgaparameshwari Temple
Sri Vinayaka Temple
Sri Shankara Narayana Temple
Shiva and Vishnu
Sri Durga Parameshwari Temple
Sri Vishwanatha Temple
Sri Amrutheshwara Temple
Sri Subramanya Temple
Sri Raja Rajeshwari Temple
Sri Kadri Manjunatha Temple
Sri Mahalingeshwara Temple
Sri Somanatheshwara Temple
Sri Durga Parameshwari Temple
Sri Vishnu Murthy Temple
Sri Durga Parameshwari Temple
Sri Mahalingeshwara Mahaganapati Temple
Shiva and Ganesha
Sri Janardana Swamy Temple
Sri Ananteshwara Vinayaka Temple
Madhur, Kasaragod
Sri Mahisha Mardini Temple
Sri Anantha Padmanabha Temple
Vishnu and Subramanya
Sri Krishna Temple
Sri Kalikamba Vishwakarmeshwara Temple
Kali (Durga)
Sri Shankaranarayana Temple
Shiva and Vishnu
Sri Durga Parameshwari Temple
Avala Mutt,Bayar
Sri Venkataramana Temple
Sri Shankaranarayana Temple
Shiva and Vishnu
Sri Ananthapadmanabha Temple
Vishnu and Subramanya
Sri Kundeshwara Temple
Sri Mahalingeshwara Temple
Sri Anantheshwara Temple
Sri Mahaganapathi Temple
Sri Mahalingeshwara Temple
Sri Guru Narasimha Temple
Sri Durgaparameshwari Temple
Sri Brahmi Durgaparameshwari Temple
Sri Nandaneshwara Temple.
Shri Bhagavathi Temple
Shri Vishnumoorthy Temple
Shri Mahalingeshwara Temple
Elathoor (Kinnigoli)
Shri Venkatarama Temple
Venkatramana & Ugra Narasimha
Shri Laxmi Narasimha Temple
Laxmi Narasimha
Mogarnad, Bantwal Tq.
Sri Thirumala Venkataramana Swami Temple
Sri Veera Vittala Temple
Pane Mangalore
Shree Vishnu Murthy Temple
Vishnu and Vanadurga
Kidiyoor Udupi
Shivalli Sri Mahalingeshwara Mahaganapathi Temple
Shiva and Ganapathi
Sri Shambhu Shaileshwara Temple


Tulu Nadu is a Tulu-speaking region spread over parts of present Karnataka and Kerala States of India. It consists of the Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts of Karnataka and the northern parts of the Kasaragod district of Kerala up to the Payaswini River.  Mangalore (Kudla), Udupi (Odipu) and Kasaragod (Kasrodu) are its important cities.


Tulunad was administratively cohesive when it formed part of the Madras Presidency, but the recognisation of Indian states in 1956-57 disrupted this with the accession of Kasargod Taluk in the south west of Kerala. The remainder of the rea joined Karnataka. Dialect Variation The Netravati river divides Tulunad into two equal parts, a division that has produced district north and south dialect areas. Several Phonological and morphological isoglosses coincide with this division, and are discussed later. There are also several social and cultural differences between the two divisions. As a result of closer contracts now being established across the Netravari, however, these differences appear to be gradually diminishing. A preliminary survey of this network is reported in D.N.S. Bhat (1970) and detailed research based on data for the tulu lexicon project appears in Padmanabha (1990). There are in each area several caste groups which distinguish primarily among three major division: Brahmin (Sivalli and Shiva), common ( including such caste as Bunts,Billava,gowda,Mogavira) and the rest (Harijans and tribals).

Tulu is spoken by the vast overwhelming majority of the populace. Konkani speakers constitute the second largest linguistic community in Tulu Nadu, followed by the speakers of Beary bashe. Although Tulu has a great history and past relevance and is very much older - yet is not implemented as the official language in both Karnataka, Kerala and India as a nation due to the laxity of the State and Central Governments . Tulu Script is preserved and known only to a few .Tulu language is used as a language of love (for all emotions )by all communities in Tulunadu . Tulu language bears little resemblance to the rest of the dravidian languages although is a part of the dravidian language group.


The Yakshagana is a night-long dance and drama performance practised in Tulu Nadu with great fanfare.  Piliyesa is a unique form of folk dance in the region fascinating the young and the old alike, which is performed during Marnemi (as Dussehra is called in Tulu) and Krishna Janmashtami Karadi Vesha (Bear Dance) is one more popular dance performed during Dasara in Tulu Nadu.  Bhuta Kola (Spirit worship), which is usually done at night is practised here. Kambala (Buffalo race) is conducted in water filled paddy fields. Korikatta (Cockfight) is another favourite sport for the people. Nagaradhane (Snake worship) is practised in the Tulu Nadu according to the popular belief of the Naga Devatha to go underground and guard the species on the top.
Tulu is a Dravidian language of India with over three million speakers. Most of its speakers are native to the districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi in the west of the state of Karnataka and Kasargod district of northern Kerala. Besides Tulu, Konkani is also widely spoken in the area. Also, a sizeable population of Muslims are Bearys who speak Beary bashe. The Tulu speakers are known as Tuluvas. The Tulu script, also known as the Tigalari script, bears partial similarity to the Malayalam script. It was used by Tuluvas for centuries, before it was eventually supplanted by the Kannada script. Most Tulu classics are in Tulu script, with a few in other scripts. This script was used by Brahmins.  Udupi cuisine is popular across South India, mostly due to Udupi restaurants, which are primarily vegetarian. Apart from Southern India, there are famous Udupi Hotels in Mumbai and New Delhi too.

Notable people


Temples of North Karnataka

North Karnataka has innumerable sites in the Temple Map of Karnataka, India, with its some of its still surviving monuments going back to the 7th century AD. The Badami Chalukyas were the builders of rock cut caves and ancient temple complexes. At Pattadakal, there are Temples in the Dravidian style along with Temples in styles that were later adopted in Eastern and Central India. The sculptural quality in these temples is outstanding.
The Badami Chalukyas were succeeded by the Rashtrakutas and the Kalyani Chalukyas.
The Vijayanagar Empire marks the period of great Temple building activity in Karnataka and these temples are characterized by the building of pillared mandapas and lofty entrance towers The Vijayanagar Empire was destroyed by the Deccan Sultanates in the 16th century and the ruins can be seen at Hampi.
The temples of the coastal region are markedly different in architectural styles.

Haveri region

1. Basavanna Temple at Haveri
2. Siddhadeva Temple at Haveri
3. Adikesava Temple at Kaginele
4. Kalahasteshwara Temple at Kaginele
5. Lakshmi Temple at Kaginele
6. Someshwara Temple at Kaginele
7. Virabhadra Temple at Kaginele
8. Narasimha Temple at Kaginele
9. Sangameshwara Temple at Kaginele
10. Mallari Temple at Gudda Guddaapura near Ranebennur
11. Basaveshwara temple Kuruvathi
12. Galageshwara temple Galaganatha
12. Chalukya temple at Chaudayyadanapura

Gadag region     

1. Trikuteshwara Temple at Gadag
2. Vira Narayana Temple at Gadag
3. Someshwara Temple at Gadag
4. Kasivisvesvara temple, Lakkundi, Lakkundi
5. Bhrama Jinalaya at Lakkundi
6. Suryanarayana Temple at Lakkundi
7. Someshwara Temple at Lakshmeshwar
8. Dodda Basappa Temple at Dambal
9. Amriteshwara Temple at Annigeri
10. Gajina Basappa Temple at Annigeri
11. Hire Hanuman Temple at Annigeri
12. Basappa Temple at Annigeri

Badami region

1. Temples at Badami[4]
Badami is in the Bagalkot District.
Badami known formerly as Vatapi was the ancient capital of the Chalukyas. This site has several temples. The Bhutanatha hill has 4 temples, with several beautiful bas reliefs. These cave temples date back to the 6th century. The Dattatreya temple goes back to the 12th century. The Mallikarjuna temple with a star shaped plan goes back to the 11th century.
Badami Cave Temples  
Badami arrayed with most picturesque location is worth a visit site.
Badami is famous for its cave temples all hewn out of sand stone on the cliff of a hill.
The region is adorned with pristine blue lake, famous ancient temple shrines, museum and above all Hindu and Jain caves, carved out of Sandstone. The largest and most ornamental is the third cave temple dedicated to Vishnu.
Agastya teertha reservoir thronged with temples dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva. The Bhutanath temple that lend their name to the lake beneath the cave temples.
2. Temples at Aihole
Aihole is in the Southern portion of Bagalkot District.
More than 100 temples are located in Aihole. Hindu structural temples in Deccan originated here. The Durga temple is known for its apsidal plan, exquisite carvings and its pillared corridors. Much of the temples here date back to the 6th and 7th centuries. The second phase of temples here date back to the 12th and 13th centuries.
3. Banashankari Temple at Banashankari near Badami

Koppal region

1. Jambunatha Swamy Hill Temple at Hospet
2. Kanakachalapathi Temple at Kanakagiri[7]
Kanakachalapathi Temple at Kanakagiri, is located near Gangawati in Koppal District. This is a beautiful temple built by the Kanakagiri Naiks. This temple has several stone and wooden statues and plaster models. It has a beautiful tank surrounded by sculptured walls.

3. Ranganatha Temple at Anegondi
4. Virupaksha Temple at Hampi
5. Vithala Temple at Hampi
6. Navalinga Temples at Kuknur
7. Pattabhirama Temple at Hampi
Pattabhirama Temple is situated in the city of Hampi. Lord Rama is the holy deity who is worshipped here with full dedication. This majestic temple is known for its splendid architecture that dates back to Vijayanagar period.
8. Mahadeva Temple (Itagi) near Koppal
It is splendidly decorated. The richly carved pillars, beautiful inner hall, and the shikhara are its highlights. This temple dedicated to Shiva is considered to be one of the best Chalukya Temples.

Hubli-Dharwad region

1. Ranganatha Nagareshwara Temple at Bankapura
2. Siddheshwara Temple at Bankapura
3. Chandramouleshwara Temple at Unkal, Hubballi

Davangere region

1. Ahobala Narasimha Temple at Niratadi near Davangere
2. Eshwara Temple at Anekonda near Davangere
3. Harihareshwara Temple at Harihar (Davangere) near Chitradurga

Karwar region

1. Murdeshwara Temple at Murdeshwara (Bhatkal)
Murdeshwara, Tallest Hindu Temple Gopura and Shiva Statue in the World
2. Mahabaleshwar Temple at Gokarna

Raichur region

1. Dattatreya Temple at Koormagadde Naradagadde
2. Markandeshwara Temple at Kallur                               
Markandeshwara Temple at Kallur is dedicated to Lord Markandeshwara (Shiva). Krishnadevaraya of the Vijayanagar Empire worshipped in these temples along with his family. The Markandeshwara is the oldest temple with exquisitely carved, polished pillars.
3. Narada Temple at Naradagadde
Narada Temple is dedicated to the Divine Sage Narada. This temple is constructed on Naradagadde one of the most scenic islands on the Krishna River. Due to its exquisite location the temple is not only visited by devotees but also by the travel enthusiast who make their day on the bank of the river.


Thirunarayanapuram, Karnataka

Thirunarayanapuram is a Vaishnavite KshEthram, a sacred Vaishnavite shrine. situated on the banks of Akhandakaveri in the Southern Indian State of Karnataka.


The temple is more commonly known as Melkote, taking the name from the hill on which it is situated. It is also called Yadugiri by the local people.


On the way up one can see more than 40 sacred ponds or "kulams". Most of them are dry now, but in ancient times, bathing in all these "kulams" was said to confer salvation.
The temple itself is large and breathes history. It is very ancient – Vishnu is said to have worshipped here before his incarnations known as the Dasavataram. Rama too offered prayers here. The main deity is Thirunarayanan, also called Chelva Narayanaswami. The "moolavar" is called Sampathkumar, Selva Pillai, Ramapriya. The Goddess is Yadugiri Nachiyar or "Goddess of the Hill". There is no separate shrine for Andal here. Other sannidhis are for Ramanuja, who spent a good portion of his life on earth here and Paramapadanada. Outside the temple are shrines to Desika, Manavala Mamuni and other Acharyas. On a hill overlooking the town is a separate Yoganarasimha temple of great antiquity. It is quite a climb on worn steps to reach that temple.


Only once a year, during the famous Vairamudi Seva, do crowds congregate in Melkote. This festival, when the "utsavar" is adorned with a diamond-encrusted tiara, takes place every year in the month of April. Thirunarayanapuram, with its serene and sacred atmosphere, is a temple one does not want to leave.

 Timmalapura, Karnataka

Timmalapura is a temple city in Bellary district, Karnataka.


Om Tat Sat

(My humble  salutations to the great devotees ,  wikisources  and Pilgrimage tourist guide for the collection )


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