The deity of God Ganesha is worshipped at the Batte Vinayaka Temple which is located at Barkur in Karnataka. This temple is one of the oldest in the district and thousands of devotees visit it during the year. The deity of God Ganesha is decorated with clothes and bells on the waist as it is installed in the main shrine. It is believed that most of the devotees who visited this temple before the construction of Barkur Kingdom were vehicle owners. Barkur Temple consists of 365 temples and it is believed that the devotees can visit each temple, every day of the year. Most of the temples in the region have collapsed and deteriorated over the years and even this temple is closed many a times due to safety measures. The temple is supposed to be renovated soon and a researcher named Dr. Gururaj Bhat of Mangalore University has expressed that the five footprints in front of the temple must be preserved. In other words, the historical significance of the temple must be preserved.
How to Reach
The Bajpe Airport is nearest to the temple.
The Railway station of Barkur is nearest to the temple and is well connected to other cities in the region.
The devotees can take a bus or hire a taxi to reach the temple as it is well connected to other major cities of India.
Batte Vinayaka Temple,
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Auspicious beginnings of work
- Removal of obstacles
- Renewal of energy
- Agricultural productivity
Vakratunda Mahakaaya Suryakoti Samaprabha Nirvighnam Kuru Mey Deva Sarva Kaaryeshu Sarvada
Meaning -I pray to thee O Lord, who has a curved trunk and a strong body, the shine of a million suns, to remove all the hurdles that may block me from all the tasks I intend to perform.
Agajaanana Padmaarkam Gajaananam Aharnisham Anekadantham Bhaktaanaam Ekadantam Upaasmahey
Meaning -The sun to Mother Parvati's lotus face, I worship Lord Ganesh, with the elephant face, the one who grants a lot of wishes, the one with the single tusk, I salute thee to grant my wish.
Gajaananam Bhoota Ganaadhi Sevitam Kapitta Jamboophaala Saara Bhakshitam Umaasutam Shoka Vinaasha Kaaranam Namaami Vighneswara Paada Pankajam
Meaning -Oh elephant-faced Lord, who is served by all the Ganas, who consumes the essence of Kapitta and Jamboophala, His favourite fruits, who is Uma's son, who destroys the gloom of His devotees, who handles hurdles, we worship your lotus feet.
Tatpurushaaya Vidmahe Vakratundaaya Dheemahe Tanno Danthihi Prachodayaat
Meaning -We meditate on the great power, we call upon the single tusked Ganesh, who grants wishes.
The temple is open from 6AM to 9PM.