The Adi Mookambika temple is the origin of goddess Mookambika, it is located at Kodachadri village. Mookambika temple is said to be the original temple, which is associated with the assassination of a demon named Mookasura by the lion riding mother goddess in the nearby forests, where the demon Mookasura was disturbing the penance of the sages devoted to the goddess. This temple attracts all the Hindu pilgrims it is said that it is constructed thousands of years ago, Goddess Mookambika fought and killed the demon Mookasura. In the historic times individuals trek from Nagara state. This temple was visited by Sage Adi Shankara.
About the temple
Sarvajnapeetha a small temple is designed with stones and is dedicated to Adi Shankara at the highest of Kodachadri. Numerous people visit this place from South India as well. Sarvajnapeetha a very small temple is designed with stone and is dedicated to Adi Shankara at the highest of Kodachadri. Dr. K. Shivarama Karantha noted author of Udipi District trekked to Kodachadri in 1940s and appreciated the natural beauty of this place by placing Kodachadrias the most beautiful 3 mountain peaks of the coastal Karnataka( the alternative to begin Kuduremukh and Kumara Parvata).Kodachadre is visited by the locals and Keralites in large numbers from very long time.
About the deity
Sarvajna Peeth is comparatively a small structure near the height of Adi Shankara is meditated. Sarvajanapetha is also known as Sharada Peeth of Jammu and Kashmir (that was visited by Adi Shankara during his long religious journey, where he was defeated from different students in philosophical debate and opened the southern door of the temple).There is a Iron Pillar on the way to Sarvajna near to Ganesh Guha. One iron pillar of about 40 feet length is sowed in front of Moola Mookambika temple near the peak of Kodachadre and it is compared with many colossal historic pillars placed at Dhar, Mount Abu.
Devotees believe that it is the thrishula utilized by god Moorkambika to kill a demon known as Mookasura as per the native tradition.
Suratkal conducted a research on the iron pillar by the Indian scientists of IGCAR and Kalpakkam and KREC (now NTIK) they found that it was made of traditional Indian metallurgic skills, not from the Fashionable casting ways. In the research it was found the iron pillar was made of pure iron and was comparatively less affected by corrosion despite of wet conditions cause by the heavy rains. This iron pillar is considered as testimony of an ancient Indian iron craftsmanship.
The temple is devoted to the traditional mother. God Mookambika is located near travelers cottage and it is believed to be the moola sthana(the origin) of Sri Mookambika Devi.It's about 2 kilometer trek to the pinnacle from this spot. The vertical path ends up in a compact cave known as Chitramoola from where the Mookambika temple of Kollur is visible. Kodachadre Hill forms a background to the devotees and is very popular in temple of Mookambika in Kollur, that is placed at a distance of 21 Kms from Kollur and 15 Kms from Nagodi village in Hosanagara talk. Public transport is available to reach Nagodi village(Hosaanagara Taluk) from Udipi the tracking starts for three hours journey to Nagodi village. Kodachadri's pinnacle is connected with uneven road (partially metaled) on which only jeeps can travel. As this hilly road isn't maintained properly, only expert jeep drivers can take the jeep to the top. Jeeps are available and can be booked from Kollar and also from Kattinahole village near Kodachadri base. Devotees travelling on motorcycle on this highly uneven, steep, mud track with sharp hairpin curves with gradients may be challenging and risky.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Get married to a person of a girl's choice
- Health and longevity of husband
Sarva Mangala Maangalye Sive Sarvaardha Saadhike, Saranye Tryambake Gauri Naarayani Namosthuthe
Meaning -We offer you our salutations, Oh auspicious Naraayani, who is the good of all good, who can achieve everything and can offer refuge, Oh three-eyed Gowri.
Saranaangatha Dheenaartha Parithraana Paraayane Sarvasyaarthi Hare Devi Naaraayani Namosthuthe
Meaning -We offer salutations to you, Oh Narayani, who has the infinite power of creating, preserving and destroying. You are the basis and epitome of the 3 gunas.
Sarvaroope Sarvese Sarvasakthi Samanvithe, Bhayebhyastrahi No Devi Durge Devi Namosthuthe
Meaning -I offer my salutations to you mother Durga, who is present in all beings and has all power, save us from all our wrongdoings O mother of the universe.
Yaa Devi Sarva Bhooteshu Shakthi Roopena Samsthita Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha
Meaning -Salutations to the Goddess who resides as Shakti in all beings.