Shri Ganapati Temple is an old temple situated at Mallapur in Uttara Kannada District in Karnataka, devoted to Lord Shiva by the King of Vijayanaga. Later, the idol of Ganesha was brought from the Mallapur village to Kumta and mounted at Kumta. Hence on, it is known as Uppina Ganpati Temple or Vinayakar Temple. The main hall and arch were built in 1949.
The nearest air terminals are at Dabolim Airport (Goa) and Bajpe Airport (Mangalore).
Kumta is linked to Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Cochin, Mangalore, and other important places through the Konkan Railway. The journey between Mangalore & Kumta takes not more than 4 hours. Devotees from Chennai can enter via Mangalore. Devotees from Bangalore and Hyderabad should get off at Hubli and proceed by road to Kumta. The road between Hubli & Kumta, is one of the best in Karnataka and passes through thick jungle.
Overnight deluxe bus services are available from Bangalore. Buses also ply between Madgaon/Karwar/Mangalore and Kumta at regular intervals.
Uppina Ganpathi Temple,
Kumta, Uttara Kannada District,
Karnataka, India, Pincode – 581343.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Auspicious beginnings of work
- Removal of obstacles
- Renewal of energy
- Agricultural productivity
Vakratunda Mahakaaya Suryakoti Samaprabha Nirvighnam Kuru Mey Deva Sarva Kaaryeshu Sarvada
Meaning -I pray to thee O Lord, who has a curved trunk and a strong body, the shine of a million suns, to remove all the hurdles that may block me from all the tasks I intend to perform.
Agajaanana Padmaarkam Gajaananam Aharnisham Anekadantham Bhaktaanaam Ekadantam Upaasmahey
Meaning -The sun to Mother Parvati's lotus face, I worship Lord Ganesh, with the elephant face, the one who grants a lot of wishes, the one with the single tusk, I salute thee to grant my wish.
Gajaananam Bhoota Ganaadhi Sevitam Kapitta Jamboophaala Saara Bhakshitam Umaasutam Shoka Vinaasha Kaaranam Namaami Vighneswara Paada Pankajam
Meaning -Oh elephant-faced Lord, who is served by all the Ganas, who consumes the essence of Kapitta and Jamboophala, His favourite fruits, who is Uma's son, who destroys the gloom of His devotees, who handles hurdles, we worship your lotus feet.
Tatpurushaaya Vidmahe Vakratundaaya Dheemahe Tanno Danthihi Prachodayaat
Meaning -We meditate on the great power, we call upon the single tusked Ganesh, who grants wishes.
The temple is open from 6AM to 9PM.