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Shri Gokarnanatha Kshethra
Kudroli, Mangalore

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In Brief:
Sri Narayana Guru (A social reformer and a saint) constructed this temple in 1912. This temple is situated at Kudroli, which is about 3 Km away from the main city area of Hampankatta. The original temple structure was in Kerala style, which was replaced, by Chola style during recent renovation in 1991. The main deity of the temple is Lord Sri Gokarnanatha (another form of Lord Shiva). Navarathri Utsava (Dasara festival) is very famous and is one of the main tourist events in this temple. A grand procession of Goddess Durga takes place during this festival, which attracts many tourists and devotees from distance corners of the state and is very popular like Mysore Dasara. Billawa Community manages this temple.

GokarnaNatha (God Ishwar)Goddess Annapoorneshwari

History:
The Billawa Community was being traditionally suppressed by upper caste treating them as 'untouchables'. It is in such a scenario that the community found a messiah in Sri Narayana Guru. Sri Narayana Guru who hailed from Kerala has been regarded as the up lifter of the downtrodden and a visionary social servant.

Learning about the work undertaken by Shri Narayana Guru in establishing social equality through his temple in Shivagiri, Kerala, a prominent Billawa leader from Mangalore, Sahukar Koragappa visited the Guru along with the leaders of the community in 1908. The delegation appraised Sri Narayana Guru about the problems faced by the Billawas in administering the community temple at Mangalore.

Sri Narayana Guru visited Mangalore on invitation from this delegation and ascertained for himself, the exactness of the then prevailing situation. After visiting the place, Sri Narayana Guru himself selected the place in Kudroli and advised the community elders about a suitable location to build their temple and the work began under his direction. Elders such as Sahukar Koragappa took the initiative in ensuring smooth progress in the temple's construction.

Sri Narayana Guru himself formally consecrated the temple in February 1912 with the establishment of sacred Shiva Linga, which was brought by him. He also named this place as Sri Gokarnanatha Kshethra. Sri Narayana Guru advocated that all God's creation had the right to worship the Almighty and preached that people irrespective of the caste, creed or religion must worship one divine force, known by different names.

As per the Guru's advice, idols of Lord Ganapathy, Lord Subramanya, Goddess Annapoorneshwari, Lord Bhairava, the Nava Grihas (Lords of nine planets), Lord Shanishwara and Lord Shri Krishna has been installed at the Kshethra. This has helped devotees worship at all these sannidanams (abode) and seek blessings and solace for their varied problems.

Sahukar Koragappa then donated the land needed for the Kshethra. He was also chosen as its first administrative Head and did a good job.

Renovation (Golden Era):
In 1989, as per the divine orders, it was decided to renovate the Sri Kshethra. A project to this was formed under the leadership of then managing President H.C. Somasundaram and Vice President A. Vishwanath. Mr. Janardhana Poojary, former Union Minister of State, laid the foundation stone for the Rajagopuram (main tower) of this Kshethra. Ever since all efforts have been made to raise the stature of this Kshethra to world renown under the leadership and guidance of Mr. Poojary.

Innner Cirlce of the Temple after Renovation

Leading industrialists of Billawa community settled in Mumbai along with the prominent members of various communities have contributed a lot to the overall development of the Kshethra. The joint efforts ensured the renovation work was completed in mere thirteen months and it was duly inaugurated on 8th February 1991.

The Kshethra's brilliant architectural work is the result of intricate planning and dedicated efforts of the renowned South India based sculptor Mr. Dakshina Murthi. Mr. Murthi too took up the task of selecting the right kind of stone for the rajagopuram and idols to be installed therein, which was brought from places near and far such as Karkala in South Kanara, Vellore and Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu. Nearly 150 sculptors and around 700 laborers toiled hard to complete the renovation work. It is indeed a miracle that all though this massive renovation and reconstruction work, by the grace of the divinity of the Kshethra, not even a single accident or mishap had happened during the entire construction period and even till this day.

The Brahmakalsotsava of the Shri Kshethra was carried out under the spiritual guidance of His Holiness Sri Sri Bharathi Thirtha Swamiji of Sri Sri Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sringeri Peetha. A team of Vedic scholars assisted Swamiji in this religious ceremony spread over 5 days. The Swamiji in the gracious presence of His Holiness Swami Geetananda of Sri Shivagiri Mutt and Mr. Rajeev Gandhi then the Member of Parliament of India carried out the Kalashabhisheka and Kumbhabhishekam. Mr. Rajeev Gandhi inaugurated the renovated Kshethra in the presence of thousands of devotees.

Celebrations & Poojas:
The Kshethra observes days of religious significance such as Mahashivarathri and Maha Navarathri with traditional gaiety and splendor. The Kshethra is renowned for its Dasara festivities too. In addition to Sharadha Maatha and Maha Ganapathy, life size idols of Navadurgas are installed in the Kshethra premises very attractively in this occasion and all religious rites observed for the entire period. Tableaus float from a special part of the festivities and are taken round the main thoroughfares of Mangalore. Idols are then immersed in the well-decorated temple ponds in the presence of devote.

Besides, these festivals, other prominent Hindu festivals such as Ganesh Chathurthi, Sri Krishnashtami, Sri Ramanavami, Deepavali, Sankashta Chathurthi, is being observed. The birthday of the founder of this Kshethra, Sri Narayana Guru too is ceremoniously followed. The Kshethra also follows the ritual of feeding devotees who visit it on daily. Community Sri Satyanarayana Pooja, Sri Shani Pooja, free mass marriages and distribution of scholarship to deserving students too is a tradition of this Kshethra.

Today the Kshethra attracts devotees from all religions and communities and in the guideline of Sri Narayana Guru's preaching the Kshethra can be rightly called as the centre point of all religions symbolizing "Unity in Diversity".

How to reach the temple:
From the main bus stand (State Bank bus stand) of Hampankatta of Mangalore city, one can reach the temple by catching city bus (nos. 1, 13, 13A) and getting down at Kudroli stop (in front of temple Main Gate). It is just half an hour journey by bus. New visitors can reach by hiring auto-rickshaws, which may cost around Rs.15/-.

Postal Corresponding Address:
Shree Gokarnanatha Kshethra
Kudroli,
Mangalore - 575003
Karnataka -
INDIA
GRAMS: SHIVALAYA
Phone: 91-(0) 824-494040, 495740

SEVA LIST:
1. Shiva Pooja 25-00
2. Maha Pooja 75-00
3. Maha Rudrabhishekha 500-00
4. Trikala Pooja 75-00
5. Swayam Archana 20-00
6. Bhilwa Patra Archana 15-00
7. Kalashabhisheka 50-00
8. Shankabhisheka 50-00
9. Ksheerabhishekha 50-00
10. Thylabhishekha 50-00
11. Kalasha Snana 25-00
12. Pancha Kajjaya 5-00
13. Rudrabhishekha 20-00
14. Kartika Pooja 20-00
15. Kumkumarchane 20-00
16. Laddu Prasadam 5-00
17. Hannu Kai 10-00
18. Aarati 2-00
19. Japa 15-00
20. Dharabhishekha 20-00
21. Other regular Poojas 25-00
22. All Poojas in one time 250-00
23. Pushpalankara Pooja 50-00
24. Durga Namaskara Pooja 20-00
25. Uma Maheshwari Pooja 30-00
26. Appada Pooja 25-00
27. Modaka Pooja 70-00
28. Naga Tambila 20-00
29. Satya Narayana Pooja 60-00
30. Satya Narayana Pooja (outside Kshethra) 200-00
31. Panchamrithabhishekha 25-00
32. Sahasra Nama Paarayana 25-00
33. Nivedya Pooja 20-00
34. Guru Pooja 30-00
35. Bhairava Tarpana 60-00
36. Swayamvara Pooja 100-00
37. Nava Griha Pooja 50-00
38. Nava Griha Maha Pooja 101-00
39. Shani Pooja 25-00
40. Shani Katha 175-00
41. Shani Abhishekha 101-00
42. Vaidika Vivaha (outside Kshethra) 350-00
43. Gana Homa 250-00
44. Gana Homa (outside Kshethra) 350-00
45. Samudra Pinda 300-00
46. Maha Thila Homa 150-00
47. Dhuva Homa 250-00
48. Rudra Homa 750-00
49. Nava Griha Shanti Homa 750-00
50. Sudharshana Homa 750-00
51. Chandika Homa 1,000-00
52. Shashwatha Pooja Nidhi 500-00
53. Shashwatha Pooja Nidhi (Patrons) 1,000-00
54. Anna Santharpana Shashwatha Nidhi 10,000-00

It is hereby requested to donors and devotees whoever wishes contribute to Shashwatha Anna Santharpana Nidhi may donate Rs.10,000/- at temple office by cheque/DD/cash and get receipt for the same.

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