History of Shree Kshetra
Long ago the King Shankachooda was ruling Nagaloka.He had five daughters Devarathi, Nagarathi, Charurathi, Mandarathi and Neelarathi.
Once they went to Kailasa with an aspiration of marrying the Lord Subramanya Swamy, son of the Lord Shiva. These Five princesses were stopped by Nandi (Lord Shiva’s Devotee) on their way and cursed to become snakes. Instantaneously they were transformed into snakes and fell down to earth. When Vyaghrapada Maharishi who was wandering in the sahyadri Ghats saw these five snakes caught in the forest conflagration, and knew everything about them by his divine insight. He said to the five princes (now Snakes) that their cursed would be removed by a royal person in due course of time.
Meanwhile, the King of Avanthi Devavarma, who had been banished and wandering in disguise in the Sahyadri Mountains, saw these five snakes and decided to save them. He wrapped the snakes with a piece of cloth and started travelling towards the west. The snakes slid out of the cloth wrapper and reached a near by termite hill. One of the snakes called “Mandarathi” reached a part of forest, which came to be called as “Mandarthi” later.
Once the nagakanyas appearing in a dream to King Devavarma, intimated that Jalajakshi, the only princess of the King Rajaditya, was in a danger. Devavarma promptly saved the princess from the danger and protected her.
The King of Hemadri Rajaditya was greatly pleased by this and gave his daughter Jalajakshi in marriage to Devavarma and enthroned him as the King of Hemadri.
Once the queen Jalajakshi was seen by Mahisha a demon, who was born from the union of the sage Vyagrapadamuni with thamasic natured Kiratha woman. Mahisha, who was lustful, cast his evil eyes on the queen. He expressed his desire to marry her. When the queen opposed him, he became enraged and tried to posses’ her by force and violence. But all the efforts made by Mahisha were fruiters. The queen Jalajakshi who was deeply hurt and sad went to her palace and told the story husband Devavarma. Later both of them decided to take shelter in the hermitage of Sudevamuni.Then, Mahisha became angry with the muni for giving shelter to the royal couple and sent “Mahodara” a demon to attack his hermitage.
Sage Sudeavamuni was a great Tapaswi who had supernatural powers. He prayed the mother Durga to protect his ashram and the royal couple from Mahodara. All of a sudden a huge termite hill appeared before the demon and swallowed all the weapons used by him.
When Mahisha himself started fighting against the muni the royal couple prayed the Divine mother Durga for protection. Then she appeared with all her might and splendor and ordered the divine spirits (Buthaganas) Veerabhadra, Haiguli, Kallukuttiga, Bobbarya to destroy all the demons.
Ultimately the demon Mahisha surrendered to the Divine Mother asked for a boon worshipped and the devotees who would do “Kenda Seva” should be amply rewarded. Later Mahisha laid his soul at the feet of the Divine mother.
Sage Sudeva and the royal couple prayed the goddess Durga with fervent devotion .Then mother Durga blessed them with assurance that she would manifest here at Mandarthi with all her power as Durgaparameshwari.
Later Devavarma found the idol of Durga in Varahi River as was guided to him by the Lord Subramanya Swamy in a dream and consecrated it with all devotion.
Sri Durgaparameshwari Temple Festival
Nava Rathri Ustava (Dasara) Nine Day Sri Devi Alankara.
Annual Festival of Temple (In the Month of February).
Kumba Masa Kumba Sankramana – Night Kenda Seva, Hallittu Seva, Ranga Pooja,
Second Day Car Festival, Evening Valaga Mantapa Pooja, Shayanostava, Kavata Banda
Third day Morning Ganahoma Kavata Visarjane ,Laxmi Mantapa Pooja Thulubhara Seva. Evening After 6.00pm Palaki Ustava, Suragikatte Pooja , Kere Deepostava, Valaga Mantapa Pooja.
Ganeshothsava Samithi (committee) will celebrate this utsava for 2 days in the temple premises. On the first day morning Lord Ganesha’s idol will be installed and Poojas like archane, Sahasranama, Mahamangalarathi etc will be held. In the afternoon, Gana Homa will be performed. Different types of competitions will be conducted for school children from morning till evening. During nights, cultural programs such as Dramas, Yakshagana, etc will be conducted. On the next day, Poojas as was done in the first day will be performed. Competitions such as breaking of curd pot; pulling of rope, climbing of Mallagamba (pillar), will be conducted. Participants to these competitions are public and school children. After 5:30 PM, Procession with musical instruments, fancy dresses and folk dance will move from the temple, on the roads and back to the temple. After 7 PM, the idol of Lord Ganesha will be immersed into the water. Mahamangalarathi and distribution of Prasadam will be last event.
Prathama Seve Aata (November 18):
In the morning, 5 idols of Lord Ganapathi will be installed followed by the following Programs.
(1) Ganahoma and Special Pooja in the Barali Ganapathi Temple.
(2) Ganahoma for 5 idols of Lord Ganesha and Special Poojas to Lord Ganesha and Goddess Sri Durga Parameshwari by the Yakshagana troop and
(3) Gejje Seve at 6:00 PM in the Barali Ganapathi Temple followed by Poojas.
(4) Yakshagana Seve by 9:00 PM on the same day by five groups till 6 AM of the next day, thereby starting the Yakshagana Seva of that year.
Gejje Pooje means, the tiny bells to be tied to the legs of Yakshagana artists will be placed before the God and they will be worshipped with all customary rituals. The Yakshagana artists with wearing their respective role dresses will dance and they will arrive at the Sreekshethra. The five idols of Lord Ganesha represent the five troops of Yakshagana.
Navarathri Utsava will be celebrated during the 9 days of Navarathri. Every day Chandika Shanthi (Homa) and Vishesha Veda Parayana will be performed. On the 9 days of the Navarathri Special Poojas will be performed. In the evening Maha Pooja will be performed and Archakas from 8 Homes will present Special Naivedya to the Goddess Shree Devi. After that cultural programs will be started (Yakshagana, Drama etc). These programs will be performed for 9 days. On the last day, the members of the five melas of the temple will perform Yakshagana Seva.
In the morning of the Shashti Mahothsava day, the place where the Pooja (Punya maaduva Sthala) is performed is immaculated with Manthropachara. After that Naga Pradana (9 Kalasha) and Pradana Homa will be performed from 9:00 AM to 12:00 P.M. After that Maha Mangalarathi and Prasada Vitharane will be performed. On that day special meals will also be provided to the devotees.
Special festivals in kumbamasa during kumba sankramana:
First day: Afternoon kumbasankramana, in the night kenda seva, milk seva for subramanya swamy, ranga pooja and dakkebali seva.
Second day: afternoon maha rathotsava, in the evening pooja of valaga mantapa, shayanotsava, kavata banda.
Third day: Morning gana homa, dissolution of kavata, pooja of laxmi mantapa, tulabhara seva.
In the evening from 6 O’Clock Palaki festival, Suragikatte pooja, Karedeepotsava and pooja of valaga mantapa are performed.
Shree Chamundeshwari Temple:
Mari pooja will be conducted in kumba masa.
Shree Kallu Malingeshwara Temple:
Deepotsava during kartikamasa, mahashivaratri rudrabhisheka and yakshagana seva will be performed
Contact details of Shree Kshetra
SRI DURGAPARAMESHWARI TEMPLE
UDUPI TQ & DIST-576223
Postal Address :
Sri Durgaparameshwari Temple,
Mandarthi, Udupi Taluk & District-576223
Telephone Numbers : 0820-2568433,
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org