My trip to Mookambika
After a long time, me and my family got a chance to visit a temple. Due to my father’s busy schedule we were not able to visit any place for months. So when the chance arrived we packed our bags and headed to Kollur Mookambika temple in Udupi district of Karnataka. As it was an unexpected visit we grabbed whatever was necessary and caught the Chennai- Mangalore Mail from Feroke station at 7.30 am. The journey was a tiring one as all of us had woken up early in the morning and I even remember my brother fussing about it. We took a bus from Mangalore and got down at Kollur. By the time we reached Mookambika we were all dog tired and were in a hurry to rest. It took ten hours in Toto. As the accommodations available were not satisfactory we made ourselves comfortable with the A/c room we got as it was just a one night stay. There was a slight drizzle when we reached Mookambika. Then we got fresh and had some snacks. When we reached the temple, it was not as I had expected , there were not many devotees.
Mookambika temple is an ancient temple located at Kollur in Karnataka. It is the only temple that is dedicated to goddess Parvathi and believed to be created by Parashurama.It is said that goddess Parvathi killed the Kamasuran who lived here and attempted to become powerful through his penance. Devi along with the help of Veerabadhra,Ganapathi and Shiva made him dumb and he came to be called Mookasuran.Later the Devi killed him with her chakra on the midnight of Shula Astami.From then on Devi was known as Kollur Devi Mookambika.Then her divine energy became one with the lingam worshiped by Kola maharishi.In the Sri Mookambika temple the lingam is the main deity as is known as Jyotirlingam.Devi Mookambika has three eyes and four arms with the divine disc and conch in her hands. One of the highlights was the Soolam Mangalarthi performed at 7:30pm every day. History says that this pooja is dedicated to Tipu Sultan. He had come to Kollur to destroy the temple with his army. But when he saw the pooja and the deity, he was mesmerized by it and returned without harming the temple.
We had our food from a decent hotel and the chutney we get here is different from the one we get in Kerala. The atmosphere here was calm and we had a decent night’s sleep. All of us woke up early next morning and decided to visit the temple once more. My father had a friend in the temple who helped us to have the darshan without standing in the queue. He also made the poojas and collected the prasadam for us. My father thanked him for his hospitality and we got ready to leave Kollur by 7:30 am. We reached Mangalore Central at 1pm. We caught the very next train at 1:30 and reached the station by 6pm where my uncle was ready to pick us. The return journey took 11hours.We reached home safe and sound.
This was my second trip to Mookambika and it had indeed exceeded my expectations, not only for the beauty of the place and its spiritual energy, but also the attention given to the temple by the people.
Even though it was a short trip we really enjoyed it. - Siddharth Suresh