District: Dakshina Kannada
Temple: Sri Karinjeshwara temple
The Sri Karinjeshwara temple is situated in the town of Karinja, in the Dakshin Kannada district, is one of the most honoured pilgrim spots in Karnataka. This temple is situated in the Bantwal taluka and is atop a hill in the Karinja village.
Sri Karinjeshwara Temple – Overview
The Surya Sadashiva Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvati. A devotee will have to climb as many as 555 steps in order to reach the Sri Karinjeshwara temple. On the way to the Shiva temple is the temple of Parvati. At the same level of the Parvati temple, is another temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha.
Sri Karinjeshwara Temple – Festivals
The most important festival celebrated in Sri Karinjeshwara temple is that of Shivaratri. This is a four day event. During the wee hours of the morning, elaborate homas and pujas are conducted at all the temples on the first day of Shivaratri. On the second and the most important day, the idol of Lord Shiva is carried down and united with that of Goddess Parvati. This is done amidst a lot of festivities and pujas.
The third day marks the Rathotsava or the Chariot Festival. In this day, both idols are paraded around; first at the Parvati temple and then at ground level by means of a chariot of ratha. On the later half of the third day both idols are carried back to the Parvati temple.
On the fourth and the last night of Shivratri, Lord Shiva is once again taken to Goddess Parvati. Both idols are then taken for a stroll and after this; they are taken back to their respective temples.
How to Get to Sri Karinjeshwara Temple
The Sri Karinjeshwara temple lies 14 kilometres away from Bantwal and 35 kilometres away from Mangalore. The nearest railhead and airport is located in the city of Mangalore. The temple is well connected by roads. The temple is just two kilometres away from Vegga on the Mangalore–Belthangady route.