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Kadri Manjunatha Temple

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Kadri Manjunatha Temple

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Kadri Manjunatha Temple is a prominent Hindu Temple built in 11th century AD, located in the coastal city of Mangaluru. Built in Vijayanagara style architecture on the scenic Kadri Hills, Kadri Manjunatha Temple is of importance to Hinduism as well as Buddhism.

History: Buddhist monks of North India are said to have made Kadri their base in the 11th century. Historic monuments refer to Kadri as ‘Kadarika Vihara’. The temple was built with help from local landlords and rulers. Temple complex was enhanced in the 14th century. Idol of Lord Shiva (Manjunatheshwara) is made from an alloy of five precious metals (Pancha lohas).

Major events:

  • Car Festival: Annual car festival of Kadri Manjunatha Temple is held during Makar Sankranti, which falls during mid-January every year. 
  • Deepotsava:  Light festival is held during Karthika Masa (usually month of October)
  • Kambala: Kadri Kambala (buffalo race) is a popular rural sport.

Places to visit near Kadri Manjunatha Temple: Kadri Park and Musical Fountain and Pandava Caves are next door to Kadri Manjunatha Temple. Pilikula Nisarga Dhama, Tannirbhavi Beach, Panambur Beach are other attractions to visit within a few kms from Kadri Manjunatha temple.

How to reach Kadri Manjunatha Temple

Kadri Manjunatha Temple is located in the heart of Mangaluru city. Bengaluru is 350 kms away. Mangaluru is well connected by air, rail and road to rest of Karnataka. Once in Mangaluru, Kadri Manjunatha Temple can be reached using auto or taxi as it is just close to 5 kms away.

Places to stay near Kadri Manjunatha Temple: Mangaluru city has multiple hotel options suitable to all categories.

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