Karnataka Anegudde Vinayaka Temple
Anegudde temple is located in the Anegudde village. The village is also commonly known as Kumbhasi. The temple is situated at a distance of about 9 km from Kundapur and 100 km away from Mangalore. Anegudde village is located in the Udupi district of Karnataka. The temple is a historical glory of India, where numerous Hindu devotees make a visit every month.
Anegudde village is also called the Kumbhasi village. There is a mythological tale behind the origin of this name. Once, the village was hit by heavy drought. Rishi Agasthya came to the rescue of the village by performing a powerful Yagna in order to please the god of rain. But, demon Kumbhasura tried to create trouble amidst the yagna. Sri Siddi Vinayak or Ganesh then bestowed the strongest of Pandavas, Bheema with immense power, with which Bheema defeated Kumbhasura. The temple is known as the Anegudde temple. ‘Aane’ refers to elephant and ‘Gudde’ refers to hillock. The holy shrine is an abode of Sri Siddhi Vinayak, the elephant-headed Hindu God.
Discovery of Holy Shrine
It is regarded as a lively place of the deity, where numerous festivals and ceremonies take place. The temple is about 300 years old. Anegudde temple is one of the most important one among the sapta sthala (seven places) of ‘Parashurama Shrishti’, created by the great Shiva-devotee Sage Parashurama.
How to Reach
The nearest airport to the Anegudde village is at Bajpe, which is situated close to Mangalore.
The nearest railway stoppage to Kumbhasi village is Barkur, which is close to Kundapur. The place is well-connected by major railway stations of the state.
The village Anegudde is situated on the National Highway 17 (currently known as NH-66). The place bears a distance of 96 km, 30 km and 9 km from Mangalore, Udupi and Kundapur respectively. The village Kumbhasi is 400 km away from the capital of the state, Bengaluru. One may walk straight from the Kumbhasi bus stand through the stairs to reach the temple of Anegudde at the top of the hill. Bus services are constantly available from Mangalore, Kundapur and Udupi. You can also board a bus from Kumbhasi bus stoppage to reach the temple of Anegudde.
Sri Siddhi Vinayak is the lord of wealth, power and prosperity. The main sanctum of the temple has the deity in the form of Chaturbhuja (four arms), on a large rocky structure, plated with silver armor. Two hands are depicted as ‘Varada Hasta’ that are granting boons to devotees and the other two arms indicate attainment of salvation. Important ceremonies and festivals are held there, which attract tourists and devotees throughout the year. The temple is one of the seven creations of Sage Parshurama and is considered an ideal place for pilgrimage.
Significance of The Temple
Lord Ganesha is the Hindu god of prosperity and wealth. It is also known as the Mukti sthala, where devotees with full focus and devotion can free themselves of earthly desires and attain salvation. Lord Vinayak is known to grant all wishes of his devotees.
Weather and Time to Visit
The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is held in September-October and is a luxurious festival of the entire Southern Indian that continues for twelve days. So this season is ideal to make a visit to the Anegudde temple. On the fourth day, post full moon day of every lunar month is considered a day of festivity at the temple. Ganesh rathotsava is also a notable ceremony at Anegudde.
- Anegudde has two guest houses ‘Pramoda’ and ‘Amoda’ for pilgrims and devotees.
- Other hotels and restaurants are available near the village.
Tips For Devotees
You should carry food and water with you while making bus or taxi journey from the airport or railway station towards Kumbhasi. You should also carry water with you while walking from the Kumbhasi bus stand towards the temple at the hill top.
Rules and Rituals of The Temple
Fulfillment of Wishes
Lord Ganesha is known to grant all wishes of his devotees and bless them with wealth, prosperity, luck and good health.
Attainment of Salvation
As two of the four arms of Sri Vinayak at Anegudde depict salvation, it is said that true pilgrims can achieve salvation with full focus and devotion at the holy shrine.