Situated towards east of Mangaluru in Kateel is the Durga Parameshwari Temple, located on an island in Nandini river. The temple dedicated to oddess Durga Parameshwari is in the form of an Udhbhava Moorthi (naturally formed). The pillars of the temple also has beautiful sculptures.
History: Demon Arunasura secures special powers from Lord Brahma that no two or four legged creatures can kill him. With this power Arunasura wreaks havoc on earth and no one is able to stop him. Goddess Durga descends on earth to confront Arunasura. Upon being chased, Goddess Durga turns herself into a rock. Arunasura attempts to crush the rock, during which an army of bees emerge, stinging Aunasura to death. (bees were neither two legged, nor four, hence could override special powers of Arunasura). To celebrate this victory sages and saints on earth performed special pujas and established the Durga Parameshwari Temple in Kateelu.
Brahmakalashotsava is the annual festival of Kateelu Durgaparameshwari Temple. This celebration usually falls in January-February months.
Places to visit near Kateelu Durga Parameshwari Temple: Sasihithlu Beach (17 kms), Udupi Srikrishna Temple (40 kms), Malpe Beach (47 kms) and Kapu Lighthouse (30 kms) are nearby attractions.
How to reach Kateelu Durga Parameshwari Temple: Kateelu is 25 kms from Mangaluru and 370 kms from Bengaluru. Mangaluru is the nearest airport and railway station. Regular buses are available from Mangaluru to reach Kateelu.
Places to stay near Kateelu Durga Parameshwari Temple: Kateelu town has basic accommodations. More stay options are available in Mangaluru city (25 kms away)
Official website: http://www.kateeldevi.in/