The Sri Karinjeshwara Temple dedicated to God shiva and is located in the town of Karinja, in the area of Dakshin Kannada. It is a significant place amongst the most regarded pilgrim spots in Karnataka. The temple is situated in the Bantwal taluka and is on a slope in the Karinja village.The devotees can visit the temple dedicated to Parvati while in transit to the sanctuary of God Shiva. There is another temple dedicated to God Ganesha that is arranged at the same level as the Durga Temple.
About the temple
The temple is partitioned into two halves. The Surya Sadashiva Temple is committed to God Shiva and his partner Goddess Parvati. An enthusiast will need to climb ( just by foot ) upwards of 555 stages with a specific end goal to achieve the Sri Karinjeshwara Temple. Arranged most of the way up the slope, this Parvathi temple is encompassed by a clean and well maintained verandah, toward one side of which is another, practically finished anna chathra - a feasting corridor. Another more extreme flight of steps paves the way to the peak of the slope on which is arranged the Karinjeshwara temple. The peak of the slope gives an amazing view of the forested foothills of the western ghats. A troop of agreeable monkeys have made their home here. The pioneer of the monkeys is called as Karinje Dhadda. Everyday after morning pooja, the naivedyam is customarily offered to the monkeys. The lake at base of the slope is known as "Gadha Theertha". As indicated by the priest, the Gadha Theertha was cut out when Bhima knelt down and tossed his mace (Gadha) down. The are other 3 lakes specifically Handi (Pig) Theertha, Ungushta (Toe) Theertha and Jaanu (Knee) Theertha . The last two lakes were shaped when Bhima knelt down to toss his mace, as indicated by the priest .
Customs alongside religious celebrations are performed every day in these temples.
Around 800 years ago, two brahmin youth namely Karinjattaya and Ichlattaya siblings touched base at Kumbla district from Uttara Kannada for publicizing Sanatana conviction. At that period Tulunadu was governed by king Taulava. Worshipping Bhoota was the custom in and around then in this district. The spot where Ichlattaya settled was called Ichlampady and the other by Karinjattaya was called Karinja. Between Karinja and Ichlampady in a picturesque excellent range, was constructed a Lord Shiva Temple. These Brahmins with no descendants had doled out their rural property alongside the Temple to the Bunts who were helping them.
The sacred waters of the lakes are accepted to contain uncommon powers in the curing different maladies.
The most vital celebration celebrated in Sri Karinjeshwara Temple is that of Shivaratri. It is a four day celebration and is commended with incredible pageantry and mirth. On the first night of this celebration, various sorts of "poojas" are performed at all the three sanctuaries to conciliate the divinities. During the small hours of the morning, large scale homas and pujas are led at all the temples on the first day of Shivaratri. On the second and the most vital day, the symbol of God Shiva is conveyed down and united with that of Goddess Parvati. This is done through a ton of merriments and pujas. The third day denotes the Rathotsava or the Chariot Festival. In this day, both icons are exhibited around, first at the Parvati Temple and after at ground level by method for a chariot. On the later portion of the third day both symbols are taken back to the Parvati Temple. On the fourth and the most recent night of Shivratri, God Shiva is by and by taken to Goddess Parvati. Both symbols are then taken for a walk and after this, they are taken back to their separate temples.
The Sri Karinjeshwara temple is at a distance of 14 kilometers from Bantwal and 35 kilometers far from Mangalore. The nearest railway station and airplane terminal is at the city of Mangalore. The temple is well connected by streets from every corner & is only two kilometers far from Vegga on the Mangalore-Belthangady route. A devotee needs to climb an aggregate of 555 stages to achieve the Shiva Temple.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- To sort out misunderstandings between couples
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.