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Sri Mahalingeshwara Devasthana


The Inna Muddannu Temple is a God Mahalingeshwara temple ( a manifestation of God Shiva) located at Karnataka on the banks of the stream Shambhavi. As indicated by mythology sage Bharghava performed retribution here to summon Shiva who was satisfied by his dedication and guaranteed to stay in this spot as a Shiv Linga. As found in every other temple in Tulu Nadu, there is a Ganapathi icon here towards the South West corner of the temple.

About The Temple

This place has a recorded history of more than 1300 years. The garbha gudi and theertha mantapa are also built in typical Dakshina Kannada temple style. The main Bhuta worshipped in the temple is Varahi (Panjurli). The mantapa also has beautiful carvings on the pillars. The Nandi idol in the mantapa is also very beautiful. The temple was recently renovated in 2006 and is in excellent condition. Temple is also surrounded by well maintained – beautiful garden.

Legend and Stories

According to the history specialists including Dr P Gururaja Bhat Inna Muddannu Temple have a history of almost 700 years. It was developed after Yellur Mahothobhara Vishwanatha Temple, which has got a history of around 800 years. It is said that as the southern bit of Yellur sanctuary was in the Inna town limit of Mundkur Maagane and as a settlement Kunthala(Kuthyaru) Raja permitted the Astakula Brahmins to have their Eshwara sanctuary in Inna as Mundkur had Sri Durga Temple which was more seasoned than 700 years preceding Yellur Temple.

There were eight Brahmin families of Bhargava Gothra situated in Mundkur Maagane. Inna goes under Mundkur Maagane.Even today there are many places named after these Brahmins and can be seen in Mundkur Maagane extraordinarily encompassing Inna Village. Just For these Brahmins of Byhargava Gothra -Kachithaya,Kunjithaya,Vailaya, Mallanjinayaka, Mugeraya,Madmannaya,Okuda,and Mithinthaya ,Inna Mahalingeshwara is a Grama Devatha and not Kula Devatha. Goddess Sri Durgaparameshwari is the Kuladevatha for all brahmins hailing from Bhargava Gothra. Indeed, even Vidwan Inna Krishnachar and Yellur Keshava Bhat have said this. Even in the Suprabhatha composed and committed to Inna Muddannu Mahalingeshwara by Inna Krishnachar this issue has been communicated saying Muddannu Mahalingeshwara has possessed the spot where Durgaparameshwari sanctuary is situated in Mundkur Magane (Stanza 28) taking into account the supplication to God from the Brahmins of Astakula Brahmins. Local people are misdirecting aficionados saying they need to visit Muddannu before going by Mundkur . Not the slightest bit Inna Muddannu Mahalingeshwara sanctuary is joined with Other Bhargava Gothra brahmins aside from the eight families specified above and it is the misguided judgment made in the psyches of aficionados of Bhargava Gothra.

As per the legend of the spot, the considerable sage Bhargava performed atonement of Lord Shiva at a close-by slope. Satisfied with the retribution, Shiva favored Bhargava and did a help that he would descend and stay as a Linga close-by. That is the way the Inna temple started to exist. Indeed, even today, Inna Mahalingeshwara (alongside Sri Durga Parameshwari of adjacent Mundkur, likewise settled by Sage Bhargava) is the Kula Devata for a larger part of families from the Bhargava Gotra in Tulu Nadu.

This spot has a written and recorded history of more than 1300 years. The garbha gudi and theertha mantapa of the temple are assembled in run of the mill Dakshina Kannada sanctuary style. The fundamental Bhuta loved in the sanctuary is Varahi (Panjurli). The sanctuary was as of late revamped in 2006 and is in great condition. Sanctuary is additionally encompassed by all around looked after – excellent greenhouse.


Udupi does not have an airport. Nearest airport is Bajpe Airport(IXE) in Mangalore. Mulki Rail Way Station, Padubidri Rail Way Station are the very nearby railway stations to Inna. are the Rail way stations reachable from nearby towns. However Mangalore Rail Way Station is major railway station 35 KM near to Inna. Karkala , Mudbidri are the nearby by towns to Inna having road connectivity to Inna.

Temple Address

Muddanu Shree Mahalingeshwara Temple,
Inna, Karkala Taluk,
Udupi Dist,
Karnataka – 576 121.


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

  • Salvation
  • Wealth
  • 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.

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