Horanadu- Shringeri-Dharmasthala – Kukke

We had 4 Days .. Jan 23rd -26th .. The entire vacation was planned with In-Laws interest in visting pilgrimage. It was finalized to Horanadu-shringeri-Dharmastala- Kukke.

Subbu’s Chikkappa ( Satya Chikkapa) Booked Innova AC car (6+1 seater)

Friday 22nd, 2010 – our Family (Subbu, Myself, Inlaws) were joined by Satya Chikkapa and Rashmi for the trip. We started the journey at 10:00Pm.
Doddakalsandra -> Kanakpuramainroad-> Nice road to Tumkur-> Nelamangala-> Kunigal->Hassan Belur->Mudigere-> Kottigehara-> Kalasa-> Hornadu.
As we started.. I, subbu, Rashmi Occupied the back seats in the car.. chikkappa is a jovial and Hilarious person.. he started entertaining us with his sense of humor.. I didn’t even realize when I slept.. later I heard from others tat I was only one.. who slept nicely.. others tried but couldn’t sleep …when we were almost nearing the place, drive from Kottigere seemed to be having lots of Hair pin Curves! And driver also drove very fast though.. it wasz like a Roller Coaster Ride.. and we were @ Horanadu by 6:00Am.

Saturday 23rd 2010,
As we got out of the car, it was Frezzing Cold outside, and everyone started shivering! This made us to first find for a shop which serve Hot Beverages (Tea/ Coffee)….subbu found one in the Temple Premise…We climbed the steps to go to shop and could see the Goddess Annapoorneshwari!! from outside.. this was our very first darshan in this theerth yatra 🙂
Subbu’s colleague had given some reference.. Using that he got two rooms @ “Annapoorneshwari guest house.”
we had two options either to take bath with hot water (which was available @5rs per bucket)and another was to  have it in the River, Atte and Rashmi opted for earlier option.

At 7:00Am, we were thinking that it would be about a 5min walk for a River But after enquiring with the Localite got to know that we have to go about 4 kms for River (it lies on the way to Kalasa).
Bhadra River flows in the Horanadu. We caught hold of an Auto wallah, who charged 100rs/- for up & down trip including 30mins waiting charge.
Bhadra River was so calm and water was very clean too (it seems as though not many come here to take bath). Thin Layer of Fogs waves just getting up from River surface, Coool Breeze and sunrrise just added beauty to it… this serene view was Just awesome!! (actually didn’t carry camera..so couldn’t take the pics)
It seemed Chilling Cold.. ..was getting scared to get in to water!.. But subbu told… “just go and dip once.. u may not feel cold later”.. he wasz actually right..  after the bath Anna, chikappa, subbu.. started doing there Morning sandyavandana.. standing in water. As they were busy with that.. I was busy playing In water 🙂

Horanadu is located in the picturesque surroundings of Western Ghats of Karnataka. It is a place of enchanting natural scenery, the ancient temple of Goddess Annapoorneshwari here has been restored and renamed as the Adi-Shaktyatmaka Shree Aapoorneshwari.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The single image depicts the Goddess Annapoorneshwari standing on a peeta with Shanku, Chakra, Sri Chakra and    Devi Gayathri in her four hands.The name “Annapoorneshwari” means “Feeding one and all”. The uniqueness of this temple is everybody who visit this temple are provided with food (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) and place to sleep in the temple premises.
Place was not that crowded, we got the Chance to enter temple multiple times .We were also served with Break fast (Avalakki) and Lunch .

@ 3:00Pm we were on the  way to shringeri.



Horanadu-> Kalasa-> SK border-> Kudremukh-> Shringeri
We stopped @ kalasa for a tea break.
The route took us through beautiful-lazy-dark green tea plantations in Kalasa and en route to S.K.Border(south kanara border). It is a sight that has to be felt through naked eyes and definitely cannot be replicated by words. Roads were definitely far better than those we find within our busy city limits. The road takes you through Kudremukh National Park with a free pass issued by the check post officials. But we felt we were warmly being engulfed in nature’s beauty continuously. We were discussing among ourselves the pure air and hustle-free atmosphere nature has provided along with the lack of convenient lifestyle of our city life. We convinced ourselves that the grass is always greener on the other side.

Briskly driving through the thick park of Kudremukh, we reached Shringeri temple at 6.00PM in the evening.
Subbu and Chikkappa went in to the mutt reception to find for the rooms. We just got only one room for six people @ Sharada Krupa. Then subbu told me to go along with anna & amma asking for another room. person @ reception  gave us another room @ yatri nivas (this was opposite to sharada krupa).
We went to temple at 8:00pm for evening darshan. After that we headed for dinner , which was served at temple Premise.

Sunday 24th 2010,
Next day @ 7:00Pm went to have bath in the Tunga river near the temple. There people were asked not to use soap as it will harm the Fishes. You get to see lots of Mega fishes (which can be fed with kadlepuri).


After this , We went to Kigga temple @ 9 Am,this is ‘Rishya Shringeshwara’ temple, which was closed, we then just went around it. As we were about to leave one priest came in , we asked him to open the temple for darshan, but he replied that it belongs to Govt and keys will be with other people and he don’t have one and temple will open by 10:00am. He also said this temple is famous for rain god, poojas will be performed 4 times a day ( in Kannada “Nalaku Java”), earlier it was 3times a day. Which is being the instruction from current Karnataka CM yedurappa recently (as their was floods recently in karnataka)
As temple will open @ 10:00am, we were thinking what to done now?, either go back or stay?
Priest also offered us coffee by inviting us to his house, which is next to the temple. Then we were on our way back to shringeri.
Of late heard that this village is been in news for naxalites presence.
Anna and rashmi was feeling hungry, so decided to have breakfast. And chikappa suggested a place where idlys, and other breakfast (Vadas and Puri’s) are served hot on the banana leaves. We visited this Holla Hotel which is located on the same side of the temple (i.e on the way to bus stand from the main entrance of the temple). The food served is really hot, delicious and clean.After Breakfast, we all went to temple, for goddess darshan.
Located amongst the lush green mountain ranges of the Sahyadri,The Peetham is the first and foremost of the four Peethams established by the renowned 8th century philosopher saint Sri Adi Shankara, the principal exponent of Advaita (non-dualism). The Divinity of Knowledge, Goddess Sharada, installed at Sringeri by Sri Adi Shankara, graces the Peetham as the presiding deity.
Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal, the 36th in the illustrious and unbroken lineage of Acharyas presently adorns the throne of transcendental wisdom – the Vyakhyana Simhasana, the title associated with the Pontifical Seat of the Peetham. The Jagadguru upholds the activities of the Peetham towards the propagation and sustenance of Sanatana Dharma while pervading the lives of many thousands of disciples as their spiritual guide.
More details  @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shringeri

After sharada Devi darshan, anna was feeling tired (as he was having Temperature and Cold) so he left to room to rest for some time, we all others went to see “Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha” crossing the ‘ Sri Vidya Teertha Setu’ across the Tunga river, very neatly maintained temple garden, then we entered the premise where guru was seated and was giving prasadam to a set of people who had done pada pooja (seperate Q). We joined another Q , which was only for darshan. then visited the samadhis of earlier Guru’s.
After this we were went in to ‘Vidya Shankara Temple’, this temple architecture is just Amazing!! It is a Photographers paradise.
Wiki says “The niches in the temple have a number of sculptures from Hindu, Buddhist and Jain mythologies. Inscriptions in the temple record contributions made by several Vijayanagara emperors but the temple was probably built on an earlier Hoysala site as it combines Hoysala and Vijayanagara architectural features. The temple architecture is also an exhibition of the astronomical expertise of medieval south Indian temple builders. The main temple hall features 12 pillars designated for the 12 signs of the zodiac. Windows and doors along the temple walls are arranged such that equinoxes sunrise views reach the deity. The northern and southern gates enable the sunrise view from the hall during solstices.”                      
After this we all went back to Sharadadevi temple, seated there for some time then went to have the Lunch prasadam.
One thing which drawn our attention is Solarenergy is being used for Cooking purpose, The fact that the solar energy plant caters to over 10,000 devotees every day speaks of its significance in saving expenditure on fuel besides keeping the surroundings clean and free from air pollution.

After lunch headed to the Room, as we have to pack things and leave to Dharmasthala.
We started at 3:00pm from Sringeri and were in Dharamsthala 5:45 (except that we took 15min break at a hotel for coffee and Coconut water)
Sringeri->Kudremukh-> Bajagole-> Guruvanakere -> Ujire-> Dharmasthala.
On the enroute to dharmasthala , we went to nethravathi river, to get water sprinkled on us. Then headed to dharmasthala for the god shiva’s darshan.
Dhramasthala temple is devoted to Shiva and houses a linga of gold, on the banks of river ‘Nethravathi River’ .Offlate, it been seen that this temple is drawing lots of devotees, on an average the flow of pilgrims is about 10,000 people a day. To manage such Huge Q, there are lots of Q lines is being done, for common darshan, everyone needs to go thru lots of Lines which are outside and inside the temple premise before getting in to temple for darshan. We stood in this Q. It took us almost 2.5 hrs to get the darshan and we were out by 8:30pm.
Dharmastala represents religious tolerance where in the caste, creed and faith of pilgrims are no bars.

Here, the Jain Theerthankara is worshipped on the same consecrated grounds as the native Daivas and Lord Manjunatha (Shiva). The priests are Vaishnavite Brahmins and the guardian of the temple a Heggade, a Jain by faith.
A mechanised kitchen provides free food for all pilgrims and there are guest houses with modern amenities.

As it was very late, we left for Kukke and reached subramanya by 10:15pm. We had reservations in the “Ashlesha” guest house. Then all of us (except Anna) went to a nearby hotel to have the light dinner and  packed few idly’s for anna.

Monday 25th, 2010
After having the holy dip in kumaradhara river, we went to the temple to have darshan of the Lord.
Here Lord Subrahmanya is worshipped as the lord of all serpents.

The epics relate that the divine serpent Vasuki and other serpents found safety under Lord Subrahmanya when apprehended by Garuda.The devotees enter the courtyard from the back side and walk around to go before the idol. There is Garuda pillar covered with silver between the sanctuary and the portico entrance. It is believed that the pillar was charmed and planted there to shield the devotees from the poison flames streaming from the breath of Vasuki who resides inside. Devotees circle the pillar. Beyond the pillar is the outer hall and then the inner hall and after that the sanctuary of Sri Subrahmanya. In the center of sanctuary is a pedestal. On the upper dais stands the idol of Sri Subrahmanya and then the idol of Vasuki and somewhat lower the idol of Shesha. Devotions to these deities take place daily
According to one Mythology, after killing the demon rulers, Tharaka, Shurapadmasura and their followers in a war, Lord Shanuka reached Kumara parvatha with his brother Ganesh and others. He was received by Indra and his followers. Indra being very happy prayed Lord Kumara swamy to accept and marry his daughter Devasena for which the Lord readily agreed. The divine marriage took place on Margashira shudha shashti at Kumara parvatha. Gods like Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra and many other deities assembled for the marriage and coronation ceremony of Shanmukha for which waters of several holy rivers were brought. With these waters of Mahabhisheka fell down to form a river which was later known by the popular name Kumaradhara.
The great Shiva Bhakta and Serpent king Vasuki was performing tapas for years in the Biladwara caves of Kukke Subrahmanya to avoid the attack of Garuda. Following Lord Shiva’s assurance Shanmuka gave darshan to Vasuki and blessed him that he would stay with his parama bhakta in this place forever.

Hence the poojas offered to Vasuki or Nagaraja are nothing but the poojas to Lord Subrahmanya.
Another thing I forgot to mention earlier “Male visitors to all these temple have to remove their shirts and banians and preferably cover their shoulders with a towel or a shawl as a symbol of respect and humility in front of god.”

After having lunch Prasad, we started our journey back to Bangalore ……

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  1. This is very nice information for one who wants to travel these places. I like it. Thanks for this information

  2. Very useful information for travelers like first time. Thank Q

  3. Good and illustrative info.

  4. yes really help full information 🙂

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