Udupi is one of the most beautiful tourist places in Karnataka. It is not just because of beaches but is well-known for several temples. Hence, Udupi is also called as the 'City of Temples'.
There are many other temples apart from the famous Udupi Sri Krishna Temple. Interestingly, there are eight temples in eight different directions in Udupi. While four of them are dedicated to the forms of Goddess Parvathi (Lord Shiva's wife), other four are dedicated to Lord Ganesha (their son). Among them, the goddess temples are considered as the Shakti Peethas of Udupi. Altogether they are known as Shakti Kshetras.
In this article, let us explore and know more about the significance of these temples in Udupi.
Note: The photos used this article are depicting various forms of Durga. They are not the original pictures of these temples.
Vedachala Durga Temple temple is located to the West of Manipal. Here the goddess is worshipped in the form of Indrani Panchadurga. This temple is around 2km from Udupi.
Bailuru Durga Temple is around 2km from Udupi. Here you can see a 3ft tall statue of the Goddess Mahishasuramardini. This shrine was built during the 13th century and hence it is one of the oldest temples in Udupi.
It is said that a Brahmin family named Kannar used to stay here. Hence the place got the name as Kannarpadi Temple. This holy place is known as Jayadurga Temple and the Goddess is named as Jayadurga Vanashankari.
Earlier this place was called as Kade Halli. Later, the name got changed to Kadeyali. This village is known for an ancient Mahishasuramardini Temple.
Aleooru is famous for the Durga Parameshwari Temple. It is a belief that here the Goddess Kollur Mookambika has self-manifested in the form of a Shiva Linga. Aleooru is around 5km from Udupi.
Udhyavara Shakti Peetha
Udhyavara Shakti Peetha is known for the seven forms of Goddess Durga. Earlier, this place was called as Udayapura. This shrine is located near to Shambhukallu Temple.
Santekatte is a village in the town of Puttur. It is known for the Santekatte Bhagavathy Temple. According to the legend, this temple was established by Lord Parashurama. Puttur is around 4km from Udupi.
Durga Temple in Herga is around 8km from Udupi and around 3km from Parkal Junction. Herga is a small village near Udupi.
Ambalpadi is well-known for Mahakali Temple. Before it was called as Ammana Padi and later it became famous as Ambalpadi Janardhana Mahakali Temple.