Coastal region of Karnataka is renowned for various temples and is known as Parashurama Kshetra (region carved by Lord Parashuramam, an avatar of Lord Vishnu).
On a small hill known as Kunjarugiri in Kurkaal grama is a temple dedicated to Goddess Durga installed by Lord Parashurama. The hill is also known as Durgabetta and Vimanagiri. “Kunjara” means Elephant and the hill looks like an Elephant.
When the goddess was installed by Lord Parashurama gods and goddesses are believed to have come there on Vimana (air planes) to shower flowers on the idol. Temple surroundings are quiet with positive energy. Sri Durga’s idol is in the form of Chaturbhuja (four armed).
The upper hands hold the Shanka (conch) and Chakra (discus) a symbol of protection of goodness (Shishta Rakshana) and the lower hands hold the Dhanus (bow) and Trishula (trident) a symbol of destruction of evil (Dushta Samhara). Slain Mahishasura (demon) lies at her feet symbolizing the destruction of ego. Though the depiction is that of the Goddess in anger, the face unusually has a smile and serene expression.
Devotees take bath in the four holy tanks installed by Lord Parashurama and visit the Sri Durgadevi Temple – Kunjarugiri.
Lord Parashurama is believed to be in deep penance till date in the cave in eastern side below the Durgabetta.
The hills are green and lovely and from the hill you can get a bird’s eye view of the Udupi region. Ensure that you head to Kunjarugiri for the blessings of the goddess, Jnana (knowledge), and Bhakthi (devotion).
Type of place: Ancient Temple
Situated: Kurkaal grama, Udupi District
Distance: 16 Km from Udupi
Transport: Well connected by road
Facilities: Staying options available in Udupi