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Madhur Ananteshwara Vinayaka Temple

Madhur Ananteshwara Vinayaka Temple The imposing structure of Madhur Ananteshwara Vinayaka Temple locally called Madhur Temple on the banks of Madhuvahini river is a Shiva temple with Ananteshwara as its presiding deity. Located 8kms north east of Kasargod, it is the most renowned one among the four temples built by the Mypadi kings of Kumbla around the 10th century. The temple was renovated in the 15th century and was built in a distinctive style in a three storied oval structure adorned with copper plate roofing. The unique architectural style make this temple different from other shrines which is noted for its archaeological value.

Though devoted to Lord Shiva, equal importance is given to the deity of Maha Ganapathi (Vinayaka). The idols of Shiva and Vinayaka are installed in mukhamandapam and sukasanas. The Shivalingam of the temple is said to be founded by a harijan woman, Madharu. The ceilings of the namaskara mandapam (praying hall) are exquisitely carved, depicting scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharata and the interior as well as the outside facade of the second and third storey of the main building are profuse with beautiful wood carvings.

The annual festival is celebrated for 7 days in the month of March/ April. During the festival, the presiding deity is taken out on a grand procession accompanied with folk dance and music. A special festival named Moodappa Seva is also celebrated here which is held once in many years and records says during the last 40 years, this festival has been held only thrice. During this festival, the giant figure of Ganapathi is covered with appam (a delicacy made of ghee and rice). The sacred thirtham (water) of the temple pond is said to possess spiritual power to cure all diseases.

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