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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…
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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