• Shiva

Mallikarjun Temple

Overview


Thodikanaa is a beautiful village located in Sullia Taluk in Dakshin Kannada district. The beauty of this village is enhanced because Thodikanaa is situated in the foothills of Western Ghats. The place is surrounded by thick greenery and is an ideal tourist place to visit.


About the temple


The main attraction of Thodikanaa is a temple dedicated to Lord Mallikarjun (Lord Shiva). The temple is one of the most famous Siva temples in Sullia taluk. It is believed that the Mallikarjun Temple at Thodikanaa was constructed in 13th century. The temple attracts hundreds of visitors every week.

There is a fish tank near the temple known as "Meenugundi". Visitors who visit the temple come here and feed the fishes with raw rice. These are considered to be sacred and never killed, but fed by the temple authorities. On the outer wall of temple, just like any other temple of the region, there are paintings depicting the story related to the temple. There is Yajna Kund (a pit where fire is lit and offerings made for the gods) believed to be used by Sage Kanvaa. Even this day, one can see the smoke coming out of it. The temple offers free mid-day meals to the pilgrims every day.


Accessibility

Airport

The nearest airport is Mangalore International Airport.

Railways

The nearest railway station is Puttoor railway station.

Road

Thodikanaa is well connected by road network and is at a distance of just 12 km from Sullia.

Driving Directions

From Bangalore to reach Thodikanaa: via Mandya - Mysore - Hunsur - Kushalanagar - Madikeri
From Mysore to reach Thodikanaa: via Hunsur - Kushalanagar - Madikeri
From Mangalore to reach Thodikanaa: via BC Road - Mani - Puttur – Sullia


Temple Address


Mallikarjun Temple
Thodikanaa, Sullia Taluk,
Dakshin Kannada, Karnataka,
India, Pincode – 574314.

Significance

Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-

  • Salvation
  • Wealth
  • Relief from diseases
  • Purchase of vehicles
  • Gain Knowledge
Shlokas

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.

Timings

Morning 6:00 am to Evening 9:00 pm

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