The Someshwara Temple Mangalore is located at a distance of 13km from Mangalore and is situated beside the Someshwara village. This temple is one of the Dwadasha Kshetras of our country. And it is because of this temple that the place is called Someshwara. This temple is unique in its own way and is visited by thousands every year from all over India.
History of Someshwara Temple Mangalore
The temple has mythical history that speaks of legendary time’s right from Trethayuga of Ramayana times. The temple was built as is believed by King Kharasura who worshipped Lord Somanatha. He was a relative of Ravaana. People also say that the temple was visited by Pandavas who worshipped the Lord.
But historically speaking it was built by Kings of Alupa Dynasty in 10th century A.D. The temple was under the Administrative rule of Kadambas of Banavasi, and Choula Kings of Ullala of 12th Centrury A.D. The two inscriptions found in the temple says that it was renovated in 15th Century A.D. at the time of Vijayanagara King Immadi Devaraya by Rajaguru Sree Kriyashaktri Devavodeya.
Significance of Someshwara Temple Mangalore
- A lake near Somanatha temple exists that is called as “Gadha Teertha” and said to have been built by Bhimasena.
- Two famous stone inscriptions are found on the temple walls. One is at the western side Gopura (tower) of the temple another is inscribed on a small stone pillar near Pakashala.
- The first inscription numbered 467 has got 25 lines and said to be written on Monday the Chandrasuddha Padya of Dondhibi Samvatsara i.e., on April 1, 1443 AD.
- The second stone inscription numbered 468 bears only two links the rest of which is completely perished. The two links read as:
“Swasthi Samastha Bhuvivikyatha”.
- Queen Abbakka was the devotee of this temple and she has donated Jaladhani about 450 years back. It is well preserved in the temple and used during Jathra festval.
Someshwara Temple Mangalore Timings
- Someshwara Temple Mangalore timings are from 5:00 am to 1:00 pm in the morning.
- The general timing during the evening is from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Festivals at Someshwara Temple Mangalore
- The Jathra Mahotsava is the grand festival held here. It is a 7 days ritual with many a poojas and splendour.
- Laksha Deepotsava in the temple is held in Tula masa. On the day Kshetra pooja is held in the beginning and then Appada pooje and Ranga pooja of Sri Siddivinayaka is held.
- On the day of Shivarathri, Shiva pooja, Ranga pooja rituals are held and Bhootabali is given. After this the archaka of Holla sect seeks the blessing of the Main Deity for offering prasada to Kattige i.e., for Nagabana.
How to reach Someshwara Temple Mangalore
- By air: Mangalore International Airport at Kenjar is the nearest airport to the temple located at a distance of about 41 Kms.
- By rail: Mangalore is the Major Railway Station nearest to the temple located at a distance of about 13 Kms from the temple. The Ullala Railway Station is located near the temple at a distance of 1 Km from the temple.
- By road: Someshwara (Mangalore City Bus services ) Bus stop is at a walking distance from the temple. Regular bus services are available.
Hotels near Someshwara Temple Mangalore
- Goldfinch Hotel at Bunts Hostel road near Jyothi circle is a great place where you can check in. It provides grand facilities and is near the location.
- The Gateway Hotel of Old Port Road is another place to check in. It has a fitness centre and an outside pool which guests enjoy.
Places nearby Someshwara Temple Mangalore
- Bekal Fort: Located 63 Kms south of Mangalore is in the state of Kerala. The unique Bekal Fort stands amidst the roaming but heartening music of the seas along with the eternal note of the unending waves, carrying the thrilling memories of a bygone era.
- Kadri Manjunatha Temple:it is located on Kadri hills, in Mangalore is just 3 Km away from the venue. This popular and beautiful temple is surrounded by tanks with natural springs and late rite caves. These caves are also called as Pandava Caves. It is believed that the Pandavas came to this cave and stayed there.