Monday, May 02, 2011

Mekkekattu Nandikeshwara temple Dolls Udupi

Mekkekattu is a small village in Udupi district of Karnataka. It has a temple of Nandikeshwara…


What makes this temple special is the presence of large dolls, few as high as 10-12 feet. Dolls represent various characters- warrior, king, women, animals and vary in sizes.

mekekattu-statues (2) more-statues

How to reach Mekekattu? Mekekattu can be reached by Road from nearby towns like Mangalore/Udupi/Kundapura. Typical route will be- Mangaluru-Udupi-Brahmavara-Barkuru-Shiriyara (Buses that go towards Haladi from Brahmavara can drop you off at this place). Alternatively you can connect from Kundapura town either via Bidkalkatte or Saybarakatte (these are names of local villages- don’t worry if you’re not planning to visit)


Not much information is available about these dolls. These structures/statues/dolls mostly appear to be in war ready state and have a mix of multiple cultures. Wikipedia has a few lines about Mekekkattu Nandikeshwara dolls. They appear to be built on movable structures. Not sure if they’ll be taken out in a possession or something during festival/fairs

mekkekattu-dolls mekkekattu-dolls-3

tiger horse-rider

Nearby places: Endpoint Manipal * Kodachadri * Kaup * Karkala *


joshi daniel said...

that's nice!

Rajlakshmi said...

interesting post. thanks for sharing

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks Joshi and Rajlakshmi

Arti said...

Very Interesting!

Deguide said...

A large collection of these dolls are present in Barkur and surroundings. I believe there was thriving industry in ancient times Hande

Mayank said...

interesting - how did you find this place?

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Arti: Thanks

Umesh sir: yes

Mayank: Tip off from a relative