The deity of God Shiva is worshipped at the Padi Igguthappa Temple that is located at Kakkabe village in Kodagu, Karnataka. It is an ancient temple built in 1810 by King of Kodagu named Linga Rajendra. The temple is built on top of a hill in a forest and was renovated by Dewan Apparanda Bopu after the son of Linga Rajendra named Chikka Veerarajendra was overthrown by the British. The entrance is decorated with silver cladding that was provided by Apparanda Bopu and the devotees. The temple was then again renovated by the government of India in the year 2008.
About The Temple
The temple’s architecture depicts the traditional Kerala style that is similar to other temples. The legend of Iguthappa hailing from the beautiful region of Kerala is related to this temple. The entrance of the temple is decorated with a Bali Peetha and the temple is built in a square shape. The base is connected to the temple via a long flight of stairs.
Legend and Stories
As per the legend, once seven children- one girl and six boys were born from a golden conch at Kerala and it was believed as a representation of Gods powers. There were no details of their family and native place. These seven children were known as ‘Evamakka Devaru’ which means children of God in the folklore of Kodava. The boys were named Kankratappa, Thiruchabarappa, Bendru Kolappa, Igguthappa, Paaloorappa and Thirunelli Pemmayya while the girl was named Thangamma. The girl was later popularly known as Pannangaala Thamme.
Malma was the headquarters of God Igguthappa where he provided his knowledge of Padi, Peroor and Nelaji. Ever since, God Igguthappa came to be known as Igguthappa Kshetra. The deity of God Igguthappa is enshrined in this temple in the form of a Shiva Linga with a Nagarike that is a snake hood covering. Thousands of devotees worship God Igguthappa in Coorg. The God is known by several names like Igguthappa Mahadeva, Subbaraaya, Subrahmanya, Eeshwara Igguthappa and many more.
Various prayers are conducted on daily as well as weekly basis. The Abhisheka is performed every day at 5:45am, Mahapooja is conducted at 12:30pm and the Mahamangalarathi at 7:00pm. On Wednesday and Saturday of every week, Thulabhara Sevas is conducted.
The harvest festival of Puthari is celebrated in the temple during the month of October or November. It is celebrated ninety days after the festival of Onam. The devotees follow a tradition where the first harvest of paddy is dedicated to God Iguthappa.
An annual festival is also celebrated in the temple during the month of March every year. The devotees take a deity of God Shiva to the top of Mallama Betta Hill and reinstall it at Padi Igguthappa. The festival is celebrated with great joy as the devotees perform ceremonial dances and make Tulabhara offerings to God by weighing themselves against fruits, coconuts, sugar, rice and other edible items.
Best Season to Visit
The devotees should visit the temple between the months of September to May.
As per the belief of the devotees, God Iguthappa has immense powers that could heal and fulfil all wishes of the devotees if one worships him sincerely.
How to Reach Kakkabe
The Manglore Airport is about 172kms away from the temple while the Bangalore Airport is almost 260kms away.
The Railway Station of Mysore and Mangalore are nearest to the temple. The Mysore Railway Station is about 127kms away.
Frequent bus service is available from Bangalore (260kms), Mangalore (173kms), Hassan (145kms) and Mysore (127kms).
Padi Sri Igguthappa Temple,
Kakkabe, Madikeri Taluk,
Coorg(Kodagu) District, Karnataka,
India, Pincode - 571247.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Forgiveness for past deeds
- Neutralize the malefic effects of Mars
- Good Health
Shadaananam Chandana Liptha Gathram Mahorasam Divya Mayoora Vaahanam Rudrasya Soonum Suraloka Naatham Brahmanya Devam Charanam Prapadye
Meaning -I always take refuge in the 6 faced Lord Guha, who has sandal paste smeared over his body, who is broad-chested, whose vehicle is the peacock, who is Lord Shiva's son and who leads the army of the Devas.
Heyswami Natha Karunakara Dheenabandho Shree Parvatheesha Mukha Pankaja Padmabandho Shree Saadhi Devagana Poojitha Padha Padma Vallesa Nadha Mama Dehi Karaavalambham
Meaning -O! Merciful Lord Swaminatha, who cares for the poor, who is the sun to Lord Shiva's lotus face, whose lotus feet are acknowledged by Lord Vishnu and the others, Valli's Lord, please uplift me by lending me your hand.
Ariru Thadanthozh Vazhga Arumugam Vazhga Veppai Kooru Sei Thanivel Vazhga Kukkudum Vazhga Sevvel Yeriya Magnai Vazhga Aanai Thun Anangu Vazhga Maarila Valli Vazhga Vazhga Seer Adiyar Yellam
Meaning -Oh Muruga, we hail your 12 strong shoulders for they protect us from our enemies, we hail your 6 faces, we hail the Vel, your weapon that broke apart the Krounja mountain to reveal the asura in it. We hail the bird, the cock, that is part of your symbol in the flag. We hail your peacock, that takes you all over the world, we hail your consort Devyani, who was brought up by Indra's white elephant, Airavadam, we hail your other consort, the flawless Valli. And we hail your Bhaktas who worship you as a prayer.
Uruvai Aruvai Uladhai Iladhai Maruvai Malarai Maniyai Oliyai Karuvai Uyirai Gadhiyai Vidhiyai Guruvai Varuvai Arulvai Guhaney
Meaning -O Lord Muruga, you have form and you are formless, you have everything and have nothing, you who exist in the smallest, in flowers, in a bell's ring, in the light. You are the embryo, the life, destiny and fate. Bestow your blessings on us as our guru.
The temple is open from 5:30am to 2:00pm in the morning and from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the evening.