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The Mookambika Devi Temple of Kollur, devoted to Mookambika Devi, is one of the most prominent shrines for people in the state of Karnataka and Kerala. Situated at a distance of 147 km from Mangalore in the picturesque environment witnessed by the banks of the river Sauparnika and the lush green Kodachadri hill, the temple attracts millions of pilgrims every year. The temple holds immense significance for the devotees as it is associated with revered Hindu saint and Vedic scholar Adi Shankara. It is believed that Adi Shankara professed the idea of having a Mookambika Devi temple at Kollur and himself installed the idol of deity in the temple some 1200 years ago. Goddess Mookambika is regarded as a manifestation of Shakti, Saraswathi and Mahalakshmi. In fact Temple of Mookambika Devi is one of the 'Seven Muktistala' pilgrimage sites in Karnataka which are Kollur, Udupi, Subrahmanya, Kumbasi, Kodeshwara, Sankaranarayana and Gokarna.

  The Mookambika Devi Temple is situated on a spur of the Kodachadri peak. The goddess is in the form of Jyotir-Linga integrating both Shiva and Shakti. The Panchaloha icon (five element mixed metal) of the Goddess on Shree Chakra is stated to have been sanctified by Adi Shankaracharya during his visit to this place. There is an exquisite statue of Panchamukha Ganesha that is also one of the main attractions in this temple.

Kollur is regarded as one of the Seven Muktistala pilgrimage sites, of Parashurama Kshetra, in Karnataka which are (Kollur), Udupi, Subrahmanya, Kumbasi, Kodeshwara, Sankaranarayana and Gokarna.
   
 
 
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