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Kollur, Kundapur, Karnataka, India



Goddess Mookambika is the main deity of this temple, who is an incarnation of Goddess Parvathi. The idol of Goddess Mookambika has three eyes and four arms. She also holds a Sri Chakra in one hand and a conch in the other. The idol of Goddess Mookambika madeup of the material called the Pancha loha element.  The Goddess Mookambika is in the form of Jyotir-Linga incorporating both Shiva and Shakthi.


Here Lord Shiva is Syambhu Lingam installed by Aadi Sankara.

Interesting Facts

  • As a tradition the doors of the temples are kept closed during the eclipse period, but this temple is an exception. Pujas continue even during eclipse times and Brahmmacharis are not allowed to perform pujas in the temple.
  • Kollur is regarded as one of the Seven Muktislala pilgrimage sites in Karnataka which are (kollur), Udupi, Subrahmanya, Kumbasi, Kodeshwara, Sankaranarayana and Gokarna.

Best Season To Visit

The best season to visit this temple is Winter season. The best months to visit are September to February.


Highest - April to June (38°C during day and 26°C during night)Average - May (37°C during the day and 21°C during night)Lowest - October to February (27°C during day and 18°C during night)Monsoon season - August to September

Dress Code

  • For men the dress code is Shirt & Trouser, Dhoti or Pyjamas with upper cloth.
  • For women the preferred dress code is saree or half-saree with blouse or chudidhar with pyjama and upper cloth.
  • These rules are applicable for foreigners also. Shorts, mini-skirts, middies, sleeveless tops, low-waist jeans and short-length T-shirts are not allowed.
  • Pilgrims/visitors will not be allowed inside the temple if dress code is not followed.

Do's & Dont's

  • Do bathe and wear clean clothes before you enter the temple.
  • Do respect ancient customs and co-piligrims while at temple.
  • Smo​king is strictly prohibited inside the temple premises.

transport connections

Name Distance Contact Number
Kollur Bus Station
750 MTRS 9449596666
31.5 KM 139
Mangalore International Airport
129 KM 0824-2220422


A demon Mookasura by name was performing penance on Lord Shiva. As the world would be subjected to untold hardships if the demon succeeds in his penance, Devas appealed to Mother to intervene in his penance. In the war with Mother, Mookasura demon surrendered at the feet of Mother. As prayed by the demon, Mother agreed to stay here in the name of Mookambika. Sri Mookambika Temple is facing in East direction, constructed in Kerala and Dravidian style of architecture. The main entrance at the Eastern side leads to the gold-plated Dhwajasthambha. Pre-entrance has a three flag proportion and is about 3 feet wide and 12 feet long. Outside the temple is a large and beautiful Deepa Sthambha (a pillar to hold lamps). This has 21 concentric circles in which the lamps can be lighted and when viewed from Kodachadri, one would feel as though we were looking at the Divine Makara Jyothi at Lord Manikanta's Shabarimale. The Garbhagriha is single yoni flag size (Eka yoni pramana dwaja aya). The Sanctum has a Quadrangular shape with a Vimana Gopuram and the tower is covering of gold.

Mandapams & Pillars : This temple has a Lakshmi Mantapam and Saraswati Mandapam, there are four pillars at Lakshmi Mantapa and on upper portion of each of these pillars, we find beautifully carved images of various gods. Prominently, they have sculpted the images of Ganesha, Subrahmanya, Naga, Mahishasura Mardini and the goddess in different postures as delineated in Devi Mahatma. The temple comprises of a large 135 feet long mandapa adorned with beautiful carvings of the deities.

The King Halugulla Veera Sangayya constructed the stone walls inside the Kollur Mookambika Temple. In an ancient inscription (dated 1481 A.D.) found here, the source of the Shakthi has been described. There are ponds in this temple namely Agni, Kasi, Shukla, Madhu, Govinda,Agasthya, Archana Gundu.

Religious Significance

As per the legend, Maharishi Kola was fascinated by the vast green pastures and natural beauty of this place and decided to his penance near the Agni theertha. He opted for a rock to perform his penance. Lord Shiva was happy with Maharishi Kola’s penance and came to bless him. Lord Shiva asked him for his wish and Maharishi Kola just desired welfare for the mankind. Lord Shiva was happy to know the selflessness of the saint and granted him his wish. This temple is 1200 years old by Parashurama and the temple has received several enhancements during Keladi Nayakas period (15th / 16th century). The temple was also renovated in recent times. Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Sri. M.G.R. gifted a god sword which weights one k.g. and are 2 feet long. The former Chief Minister of Karnataka - Sri Gundu Rao has gifted a similar type sword made of silver. The facial mask of Goddess Mookambika is completely of gold and gifted by Vijaya Nagara Empire. The gold face mask of Jyothirlinga gifted by Chennammaji of Keladi is another unique ornament.


When Baghwan Sankara first came to this place, there was a Swaymabu Linga worshipped by Kola Maharshi. It so happened that Sri Sankara was not able to get up one day after completing his meditation. Mother Herself prepared a medicine for the Acharya and gave it to him. Following this event, Kashayam-a medicine prepared with herbals is offered as Prasad to devotees. This is devotionally consumed by the devotees. It is said that Baghwan Sankara authored his Soundaryalahari from this temple.

Temple Timings

Day Timings
All Days 05:00 AM - 01:30 PM 03:00 PM - 09:00 PM


Danthadavan Bali Pooja
All Days
Udayakaala Pooja
All Days
Pradoshana Pooja
All Days



Airport Name Distance
Shamshabad 40 KM
Lorem Ipsum 12 KM

Railway Stations

Railway Station Name Distance
Secunderabad 10 KM
Nampally 12 KM
Begumpet 6 KM
Lingampally 20 KM

Bus Stations

Bus Station Name Distance
kukatpally 20 KM
Lingampally 30 KM
Uppal 35 KM

Private Transports

Transport Name Distance Contact Number
Private Transport 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757
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Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757

Local Transports

Transport Name Distance Contact Number
Local Transport 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757

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