Neelavara Mahishamardhini Temple near Brahmavara, Udupi - eNidhi India Travel Blog

Neelavara Mahishamardhini Temple near Brahmavara, Udupi

-2020 update: Had to remove photos due to technical issue (site where I had uploaded them went down)- will try to restore -

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.

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.

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.


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