The vicinity of the temple includes towns of Udupi, Karkala and Kundapura. Udupi has many religious places, both temples and churches, which make Udupi a favourable centre for pilgrimage.
About The Temple
The Chandramoulishwar Temple is built right in front of the Anantheshwar Temple. The temple seems to have been constructed on a lake bed. It is said to have been built after the Anantheshwar Temple. In the inscriptions, the Anantheshwar and Chandramoulishwar temples have been referred to as Padudeva and Mududeva.
The temple dates back to the seventh or eighth century A.D. It has four doors that span across all directions besides two big Shiva lingams. The walls and pillars built of black granite make this temple a great attraction.
The Temple also has the images of a dancing Ganesh as well as Jalandhra. The stone inscriptions in the temple date back to 11th or 12th century. There are still no records available giving details on who built it.
About The Deity
The main deity is Lord Shiva in the form of Chandramoulishwar. There is a tradition of offering oil (to lit lamps) to Lord Chandramoulishwar.
The legend states that the Moon God was cursed by Daksha Prajapati. To redeem from this curse, Chandra started meditating on Lord Shiva on the banks of a holy pond, Chandra Pushkarni. Pleased, Lord Shiva appeared before him and gave liberated him from the curse. Hence, Shiva came to known as Chandramoulishwar after this event and a temple was built to honour Lord Shiva, which was named as the Chandramoulishwar temple.
Morning - 9:30 am to 10:00 am
Evening - 7:30 pm to 8:00 pm
The airport at Mangalore is the nearest to Udupi.
Udupi has its own railway station.
Being situated on a national highway, Udupi is well accessible by car or bus as well.
Car Street, Udupi, Udupi District,
Karnataka, India, Pin code – 576101.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.
The temple is open from 5:00 am to 8:30 pm.