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Mangaladevi temple, Mangalore
Mangala Devi temple is at a place called Bolara which is 3 km southwest to the city of Mangalore. The temple is surrounded by many forts, that is why it came to know to be known as Mangalore which means City of Mangala.
The temple dates back to 9th century founded by the king Kundavarma who ruled Tamil Nadu. The Goddess Mangaladevi is the main deity of the temple. Special pujas are conducted during Navarathri. On the ninth day of Navarathri festival, a grand procession called Rathothsava is conducted when the deity is carried on a grand chariot.
People have a belief that visiting and offering prayers at Mangaladevi temple brings good times. Ganaeshotsav is also celebrated in this temple in a big way. The temple is easily accessible from Mangalore city by bus. This temple is of special significance to the maidens. Mangala Parvati Vratha is exclusive of this temple. It is believed that young women who follow this Vratha will get a suitable match and have a happily married life.