SOMESHWARA & OTTHINENE
ST. PIUS CHURCH
MOHIYUDDEEN JUMMAH MASJHID
Situated at the top of Byndoor 34 kms from Kundapur adjoining the vast Arabian Sea & the Byndoor river is the Someshwara temple.
A small village along side a steep & silent valley is Kamalashile. Further 20 kms east side of Kundapur is Siddapura . About 4 kms away from here is a place called Kamarsale. Place of the local diety Brahmi Durga Parmeshwari , it also
houses the rivers Kubja & Nagatheerta. The Diety is covered with gold & a mukawada (mask) presented by Keladi Chennama.
Poojas are preformed for other deities like Lord Shiva, Ganapathi , Subramanya, Veerabaf=dra, Hosamma, Mundanthaya, Raktheswara, Hulidevi , Kali, Laxmi, Saraswathi & Naga. Shivarathri & Janmasthmi are important days. In Navarathri thousands of devotees offer prayers here. Legends say the vehicle of the Goddess
or Vahana stayed over for the night in "Huli Chavadi" & ensured that the car festival ("Jatra") was celeberated by one & all.
One of the seven kshtras (from Parushurama Srusti) after Udupi, Subramanya,
Kumbakhasi,koteshwara, Gokarna, Kollur is Shankarnarayana. Hindu Mythology says
that the place was known also as Krodapura or Krodakshethra. The temple is about
18 kms from Kundapur on way to Shimoga. The main deity is covered with Jala (water). The sanctorum has beautiful stone carved sculptures. The river Varahi flows nearby beside a huge mountain Kroda Parvatha. The temple can be dated back to about 700 to 800 years ago & has been infulenced by the Kings of Vijanagara, Ikkeri & Keladi who have presented the deities with gold & silver ornaments. In the day of Dhanur Sankramana a religious funtion called Muhurtha Bali is performed every year. Gowri Laxmi temples in the vicinity increase the beauty of this place.
Vinayaka Diety resides in a Cave that resembles the shape of an elephant.
The Diety is displayed to the public only on "Sahasra Kumbabishekum".
Resides 16 kms away from Kundapura in the way of Kollur a place called Kanchinakodlu.It is an attractive Brahmalin geshwara temple. In the left side a river flowing towards north to south & takes a steep turn towards east which increases the beauty of the spot. In olden days Goddess Mokambika performed Marana Homa here after Killing wicked Mookasura. Temple is faced as usual in Eastern Side & Sanctorum faced north. It is also influenced by sage Shankaracharya. By the side of main statue Brahmalingeshwara there is one Malyali Yakshi & on the other Vata Yakshi & also two Dwarapalakas. In front of the Sanctorum there is a Buvaneshwari Yanthra. beside of “Brahmalingeshwar Gudi” there are other” Daivadha mane “ of Haiguli and Chikku.
In the day of Makara Sankranthi a famous festival is being celebrated here which attracts people in thousands from all over the district. The speciality of the place is about settling of disputes & promise uttered in the name of God which have a deep influence in the mind of the devotees.
ST. PIUS CHURCH
First built in 1959 it was formally blessed in 1961 since then it has seen six
enthusiastic Parish Priests.
Situated on the bank of the Panchagangavali Islamic followers offer namaz. Two Educational Institutions the Gousia Madrasa Arabic Urdu school & the Anjuman Islahul Muslimim are located nearby.
The Graveyard of Hajrath Sheikh Sultan Yusufi Valiyallah on of the most ancient & sacred for the Mussalmans of Kundapura is over here.
MOHIYUDDEEN JUMMAH MASJHID
This is situated in Hangloor . There are 150 houses under this Jamath.
This is a part of the Western Ghats & covers areas of North Kanara & the South Kanara about 4500 ft above sea level & situated approx. 17 kms from Kollur. The place is accessible only with a vehicle upto Nagodi from where one has to walk on foot. The place is abound with beautiful forests & grasslands & is the birth place of the river Chakra. At the apex there is beautiful temple , small huts &
a inspection bungalow. Sages sometimes perform penance over here.
SARVAJNA PEETA - About a mile away is small mantappa said to be constucted by Shankaracharya. Alongsides the steep valley is Chitramoola from where a breathtaking view of Kotachadri can be seen.
ARASHINA GUNDI is about 8 kms towards the eastern side of Kollur. The name is derived from the one of the seven colors of the rainbow yellow. Because of the sun's rays falling on the water which in turn causes disperison resulting in
rainbow like colors. The river Sowparnika flows on the rock. This place is an ideal picnic place for nature lovers . Legend has it that the Golden Charriot of Mookambia was immersed here after killing Mookasura.
GOVINDA THEERTA & BELAKAL THEERTA are natural waterfalls amidst the deep forests of Ambavana. Situated about 5 kms away from Mudoor around 35 kms from Kundapura.
VYAGHRATHEERTA is a scene of Water fall to the mouth of Tiger which is the upmost point of Nagodi Ghat about 8 kms from Kollur.
Thanks to Mr.Praveen and the Kundapura Rotaract for the material & Information provided by Sujan Nailady.