Mangaluru, July 24, 2017: Reports have come in that thousands of devotees visited at Shree Narahari Parvatha Sadashiva Temple to offer their prayers on the occasion of Ati Amavasya on July 23, Sunday.
Shree Naraharai Parvatha Sadashiva Temple is one of the most ancient and popular piligrimage situated at Narahari Hill at a height of about 1000 Feet above the sea level. It is also known as the “Kailasa of the Earth”. This temple is about 28 Kms from the Mangalore city loacted near Melkar on the Bangalore – Mangalore Highway which joins the villages – Melkar, Golthamajal & Amtoor is primary tourist spot blessed with green covered hills and pleasant natural landscapes with the temple at the top of the hill which in this place is a loved.
Narahari Parvatha(hill) is surrounded by panoramic views of lovely green cover. It is believed that Nara and Hari, incarnations of Lord Vishnu were supposed to have performed the penance at this place. There are ponds atop of the hill in the shape of Shanka (Conch), Chakra (Wheel), Gadha (Weapon) and Padma (Lotus). It is also believed that taking a holy dip in these ponds in Karthika month is considered auspicious.
Narahari-Parvatha a gem of a hill is topped with the Narahari Parvatha Sadashiva Temple accords every pilgrim with a mental peace. It could be pilgrimage to the devotees or an expedition for the trekkers but it takes a climb of 333 steps to reach the top.The boards that say Shiva Shiva on the sides of the railing can be a motivation for the devotees to stick to their climb and hence honour their deity. Once you reach the top, the four Teerthakoopas are an unbelievable sight as they are perfectly in the shape of a Shanka, Chakra, Gadha and Padma.
People throng this mountain during Aati Amavasya and Sona Amavasya for Teerthasnana (Dip in the ponds). The Renovated Bramhakalasha establishment day, Shivaratri, Nagapanchami and Sri Ganesh Chaturthi are the other festivals celebrated with pomp in this temple. The last Monday of the Karthika month is considered to be an auspicious and vibrant day as various religious and cultural programmes are held. Taking a dip in the ponds on this day is considered to be sacred. So, people are seen flocking the hill during this particular day.
Aati Amavasya was celebrated widly in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts on July 23 with traditional customs, traditions and beliefs. Karinjeshwara,and Kirimanjeshwara are some of the temples which witness huge crowds on Aati Amavasya.
Karkataka Amavasya Jathre is famous in Maravanthe near Kundapur. People after visiting the temple, venture into sea to have holy ablutions and gain favour.