there: Kateel is located about 5 kilometers from the
Bajpe Bus stand. As such going to Bajpe, using the Kavoor-
Marakada Route is the most convenient as the road is well
maintained since it is also the access route to the Mangalore
Airport. Further the winding roads amidst green hills and
valleys make it a very pleasant and memorable experience.
Once in Bajpe town, take the straight road leading north
to go to kateel. There are service busses plying between
Mangalore and Kateel at a frequency of about 10 busses an
hour. Cost by Bus About Rs. 10-15/-
on the banks of River Nandini, amidst beautiful surroundings,
is the spiritual energy center of South Kanara district.
Goddess Durga is the loving and caring mother of the people
of South Kanara. Surrounded by lush green fields and beautiful
hills, Kateel has become a famous pilgrimage and a tourist
center over the years.
legend behind this place of worship goes something like
this. A severe drought hit this place and it had not rained
for years. There was absolutely no vegetation and Even Brahmins
were forced to eat meat and the people were on the verge
of giving up their principles. The great Sage Jabaali disturbed
by this situation used his 'Jnana Drishti', and found out
that Arunasura the demon who escaped from death and fled
when Goddess Durga killed Shambasura had made the people
stop all yagas and yajnas as a revenge against the 'devas',
thus leading to drought and scarcity for years.
wanting to put an end to human sufferings decided to perform
a yajna to please the devas and requested Devendra to permit
him to take Kamadhenu for the yajna. Devendra asked Jabali
to take Kamadhenu's daughter Nandini instead who refused
the trip to the earth where evil was prominent. After a
lot of arguments, Jabali, in his anger, cursed that she
be born as a river on earth. Realizing the mistake, Nandini
prayed for mercy. Relenting, Jabali advised her to pray
to Goddess Durga to redeem her from the curse, Nandini appealed
to Goddess Durga who appeared to her and informed her that
though Nandini would be born as a river in fulfillment of
the curse she, Durga, would be born as Nandini's daughter
at the center of the river, and in the process, Nandini
would attain purification. On Magha shudda Poornima, Nandini
emerged as a river from Kanakagiri. Jabali performed his
yajna. The devas were pleased and the earth was once again
the mean time Arunasura acquired a boon from Brahma that
he would not suffer death from any two legged or four legged
being or from any weapon. Brahma also powered him with Gayatri
Mantra. After acquiring these powers, Arunasura defeated
the devas and conquered heaven. The Devas prayed Goddess
Durga for help.
day Goddess appeared in Arunasura's garden as a beautiful
woman. Seeing the lady, Arunasura approached her. The beautiful
lady reminded him that she had killed Shambasura and from
whom Arunasura had escaped death. Arunasura got angry and
tries to kill the woman with sword. The Goddess suddenly
turned into a stone. Arunasura slashed the stone with the
sword, then a vast swarm of bees emerged from the stone
and stung him.
bees stung him repeatedly till he died. Devas led by Jabali
performed abhisheka with tender coconut water and requested
the Bramarambhika (Queen of the bees) to bless the world.
Goddess Durga then appeared in her 'Soumya Roopa' in middle
of the river, where present structure of the temple imparts
its glory to the world. 'Kati' being the word which means
'center' (midway between the 'Kanakagiri' the place where
the river was born, and the end, Pavanje, where the river
joins the sea) and 'lla' means area. Thus the place is called
'Kati + lla' Kateel.
and followers from all over the world come to Kateel every
year in huge numbers to participate in Simhamaasa, Navarathri
and other holy occasions. Several educational institutions
are also run through the temple's trust. The temple's trust
also encourages several forms of arts. Notable among them
is the yakshagana dashavathara mela, which was started as
an offering to the goddess. During dussera, navaratri and
other annual celebrations several sacred rituals like, Chandika
Havana, thula bhaara, Veda parayana, hari kathas etc are
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