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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Sanskrit village Mathur near Shimoga

Matturu (ಮತ್ತೂರು in Kannada,also spelt Mathur/Mathooru etc) is a scenic village on the outskirts of Shivamogga (Shimoga) town in Karnataka. Mattur is known for having Sanskrit language as their primary language. Villagers use Sanskrit here for their day to day conversation and not just during poojas. The town also is a hub for those aspiring to learn Vedas. If these things doesn’t interest you, Mattur is also a very scenic place from pure tourist perspective. If you’re traveling to or Via Shimoga and have couple of hours to spare, a quick visit to Mattur can be memorable.
entrance-to-shivalaya shiva-parvathi
One of the potential tourist interests in Mattur is a small Shiva temple built inside a nice garden (inaugurated in 2005 by the then state governor) with flowing freshwater stream nearby. Couple of other temples (Someshwara temple and Lakshmikeshava temple) on the banks of Tunga River are also good. Drive through tall Arica nut trees will be a bonus.
stone-carving of hanuman leaf-lotus-pearl-umbrella
riverbank-near-temple DSC03505
Some interesting birds were also spotted-help me with their names if you can identify them (identified as Cormorants by Ram and Mridula-thanks to them)
bird2 birdie
bhageeratha stonecarving-of-Ganesha
cowfriendly bull in temple
temple1 ramamandira-temple
If you’re heading there early morning, you’ll also see villagers carrying on their bicycles real fresh tender coconuts, just off the tree, to be sold in town.

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Update: Thanks to Mridula's comment, I realized little late that Bajaj Discover advertisement has featured Mathur village
(but Mathur is about 200 kms from Mangalore and not just 100 kms as claimed in ad)

April 2012 Update: My blog reader ವಿಕಾಸ್ ಹೆಗಡೆ has following comment.
This is wrong. Our medias are also misinformed about this. The people here use 'Sanketi' language as the primary language. May be becoz Sanskrit scholars are more in this village, there is a general misimpression about the usage of Sanskrit as primary language here. U can confirm this with any Shivamogga guy or even directly with any Mattur/Hosalli guy. ! :)


Mohan said...

I have seen a documentary on this place sometime back on TV9. Nice to have such a place :) Thanks for sharing nice pics Shri.

Logesh TamilSelvan said...

very interesting. nice find Shri..

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks Mohan and Logesh

Mridula said...

Is this the same place mentioned in a motorcycle ad too? The black birds on the left *I think* are Cormorants but I could be wrong.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

I'm very irregular with TV ads-can you give some more description? Which ad and what does it say? A youtube link if available?

Shekhar Sahu said...

Mridula is right, This place was shown in the ad of a bike.
I heard about this place manytimes, many places years ago.
Anyways Nice shots

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Yes, I am able to recall now- it is the ad for Bajaj Discover-one of the recent ones.. Will search for youtube video next

Shrinidhi Hande said...

I think this is the Bajaj Discover ad URL=haven't checked yet


prasadspeaks said...

This is very refreshing. I miss my village in India. Especially, The bicycles carrying tender coconuts. :-(.

Thanks for you post. It reminded me all my childhood memories.

Durga Prasad.

Trails of a Traveler said...

Very interesting place and worthy visit.

And as Mridula has said, those black birds are cormorants indeed.
The full black one is a Little Cormorant and the one with the white beak could be an Indian Cormorant or Great Cormorant - not sure which one.

sfauthor said...

Nice posting. Do you know about these Sanskrit books?


JyotiAjay said...

i have seen some scenes of this place sometime back on some kannada serial long back.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Durga Prasad,
You're welcome

Ram, thanks for the input

Ok, thanks for the link

OK Good to know. Can you recall serial name?

Raghavendra said...

good.. i like this post :)

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Glad you liked it

Service Apartment in Bangalore-Apex suites said...

Thanks for sharing nice pics and its a Very interesting and refreshing place and worthy visit.

Parthasarathi said...

The information is really appreciable, Thank you Shrinidhi. We really proud and enthusiastic to see such place and give our effort to share this among all. This defines the Indian culture & heritage.

Shrinidhi Hande said...


Glad you liked. Thanks

Prit Ranjan Jha said...

I hope Mattur to become one of the important destinations for Heritage Toursim and will continue keep Sanskrit as a vibrant language.

Lakshmi said...

very interestg..did u speak to the people ? can u converse with them in kannada ?

sachin said...

every one can talk kannada as well as sanskrit..

Shrinidhi Hande said...

PR Jha
Me too hope so...

You can converse them in Kannada. We did some basic interaction but nothing serious.

Yes. thanks for responding

Bhavana ಭಾವನ Rao said...

wow. i had heard about this village when i was young and now happy to know that people still speak sanskrit.. thanks for sharing this..

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks for the visit and comments

hariprasad said...

Nice one..Thanks for Sharing

ವಿ.ರಾ.ಹೆ. said...

"Villagers use Sanskrit here for their day to day conversation".

This is wrong. Our medias are also misinformed about this. The people here use 'Sanketi' language as the primary language. May be becoz Sanskrit scholars are more in this village, there is a general misimpression about the usage of Sanskrit as primary language here. U can confirm this with any Shivamogga guy or even directly with any Mattur/Hosalli guy. ! :)

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Vi Ra He: Thanks for those revealing information. Will add this as a note in the post

Hariprasad: Thanks

Jampa said...

Hi can I know if there is any Sanskrit learning center of private which gives course for two three months?

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Nothing that I am aware of. But you can go there and explore possibility of living in someone's house as a student

Ramaseshan said...

If I had to visit this place, is there a person or a place whom I can contact also what possibilities of lodges or guest houses for me to stay for a day or two.

Contct me at : ram.seshan.cs@gmail.com

Shrinidhi Hande said...


Unfortunately No. You can go and stay in Shimoga and then do a day visit to Mathur and meet people there