Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Neelavara Mahishamardhini Temple near Brahmavara, Udupi

Neelavara Mahishi Mardhini temple (ಶ್ರೀ ಮಹಿಷಮರ್ದಿನೀ ದೇವಸ್ಥಾನ,ನೀಲಾವರ) is located on the shores of River Sita, some 7 kms off Brahmavara,Udupi district, Karnataka. During a recent visit, it looked like Annual car festival had just ended. Sharing some photos taken around the temple premise…
River sita nearby is fairly scenic and you might find good number of birds. I spotted a blue kingfisher among few others.
blue-kingfisher river-sita-near-neelavara-temple
Temple pond was decorated with flowerpots (whatever you call these structures), for a game called Okuli in kannada), which involves sprinkling water from pond to hit these structures.
mahisha-mardhini okuli-ata-on-temple-pond 
The oversized Yakshagana characters are also an attraction for kids. These are big enough to carry a person inside them, who lifts it using his head and moves along with the temple possession, during festival celebrations.
Yakshagana-structure tattiraya-closeup