Sri Mahaganapati, Padubri

Mahaganapati , Padubidri

Mahaganapati , Padubidri

Sarvamangala daatarau | Parvathi parameshwarau |
Ganeshaskanda samyuktau | Vande vaanchitasidhdhaye ||

Just half a kilometre from Padubidri, stands this ancient Sri Mahalingeshwara Mahaganapathi Temple.  The moola devata of the temple is Mahalingeshwara, but Ganapati is the center of attraction.

Mahaganapati, Padubidri,

Mahaganapati, Padubidri,

Ganesha idol is about 2.5 feet tall and has been carved out of Rudrakshi Shila (stone) and belongs to 11 century AD.  The researches claim that the bronze utsava murthy is at least 1000 years old .   The locals begin any auspicious event  after giving an offering to this Ganapathi.  Ganapathi idol is adorned with silver kavacha and the garbhagudi also has been given a silver coating.  Lot of seva  is held everyday by the devotees.  

The story behind the commencement of ‘ Pottappa Seve‘ is very interesting. The horse, on which a British official was riding, did not moved further when he declined to have the darshan (sight) of Lord Maha Ganapathi during his visit to this village. Knowing his fault, he immediately offered ‘Pottappa Seva‘ (a dish prepared by grinding rice and coconut) for the first time to Lord Mahaganapathi. Since then, it has become a tradition of offering Pottappa.

Katahadappa was a traditional seva, offered by Shivalli Brahmin families of this region. But, now other devotees also offer ‘Katahadappa Seve’ on the next day after the traditional Katahadappa seve [Katahapoopa seve ] is offered.  Padubidri farmers, after offering Kattadappa Seve to Mahaganapatitemple, could construct a small barrier on Kamini river for irrigation purpose. From that day on, the ritual of Kattadappa Seve is performed. Another important seve is the Panchakajjaya* seve, which is His favorite savory, and so the devotees offer panchakajjaya when their vows are fulfilled. Vratha and Kadubu Seve are the most popular sevas (offerings) performed regularly at this temple.   Rice naiveidya  (offerings) of 14 kgs rice, Pottappa Seve and Panchakajjaya seve are offered on a daily basis. The daily holy rituals begin at 4.30 am and go on till 2 pm and resume from 4 to 8 pm in the evening.

Katahapoopa Seve

Katahapoopa Seve

Besides the popular Mahaganapathi Temple located at the heart of the town, Padubidri has gained historical importance with three other shrines of Lord Ganapathi – Bala Ganapathi, Udayadri Ganapathi and Kittimane Ganapathi.

Bala Ganapathi

A clay idol would be installed on Ganesha chavati every year and worshiped till the end of Navarathri and visarjan [dissolved] in the sea on the day of Vijayadashami. During this long period, devotees offer rangapooja to Bala Ganapathi on regular basis. It is also called as Gudde Ganapathi or Kombottu Ganapathi.

Udayadri Ganapathi

Udayadri Ganapathi shrine is situated near to the Bala Ganapathi shrine. A saint, who carried out a Yathra found an idol of  Ganapathi here on his way to Gokarna. The family, that used to worship Bala Ganapathi divided and one of its units installed Udayadri Ganapathi idol in their plot, from where the rays of rising sun was visible. So, the idol was named as Udayadri Ganapathi. On Ganesha Chavati,  Ganesha AvAhana [ आवाहन ] is done to a coconut, and the visarjan is done to that coconut on the Yellamavasya day.  During the whole period of AvAhana Ganesha is worshiped regularly.  In a Nagabana adjacent to Udayadri Ganapathi, we find a granite sculpture of  Ganapathi, probably belonging to the 9 century. It is an important example to confirm the age-old tradition of worshiping Lord Ganapathi in Padubidri village.

Kittimane Ganapathi

There is a shrine at Padubidri Bengre, where Ganapathi is being worshiped by a Brahmin family of Kittimane, belonging to Gangu royal family. A clay idol would be installed on Ganesha Chavati and worshiped for at least 10 days before the visarjan.  It is said that some cowherds during their play prepared a clay idol, of Ganesha and observing this and apprehending some mystery in this ‘playful act’, a brahmin of Kittimane family started worshiping Ganesha, his long awaited wish was granted and  the brahmin couple got a child.

How to reach?

Padubidri is located in Udupi taluk , Karnataka. It is surrounded by Yermal in the north, Hejamady in the south, Nandikur (Nandikoor) in the east and the Arabian sea on the west. Other nearby places are Mulki, Kaup, Mudarangadi, Adve, Palimar, Belman, Nitte and Karkala. Mangalore and Udupi are the nearby cities. Bangalore on the east, Cochin in the south, Panaji and Mumbai in the north are the other major cities. Padubidri is well connected by road, railway and by air to all the major destinations in India and outside India by air through Mangalore airport.


Panchakajjaya – This is a speciality of Dakshina Kannada and offered as naivedya to Ganesha . It is known as Panchakajjaya as it is a mixture of five[pancha] ingredients viz.dalia (roasted chana dal/hurigadale/putani) , powdered sugar , ghee , white sesame seeds and cardamom powder . coconut is also an optional ingredient


Further reading

To read about Mahalingeshwara and Dekke bali – Visit here

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