January 15, 2017: Kanuma, Sankatahara Chathurthi
January 16, 2017: Mukkanuma, Tyagaraja Aaradhanotsavams
The Manjunatha temple is situated at the Kadri hills near Dharmasthala, Mangalore. The temple is located at a distance of four kilometers from Nehru Maidan bus stand. Thousands of tourists and devotees visit the rare temple throughout the year. The temple is middle sized structure with a pyramid shaped roof. According to scriptures, the temple might have built in tenth century by a similar installation of the Lokeshwara idol in the year 968 A.D.
Within the temple premises, to the West is the temple of Goddess Durga and the North of the temple is Lord Ganesh. During the festival of ‘Laksha Deepotsava’, one lakh lamps are lit and literay and religious discourses are held. Free meal is supplied to the devotees irrespective of caste, creed and colour.
Sri Manjunatha, Udbhava Linga made of natural stone slab is found almost parallel to the level of the floor of the sanctum sanctorum. An amazing fact is that any amount of water pored on it disappears immediately. There are two idols, one of which is that of Mastyendranantha in the Southern niche in the sitting posture having his palms held one over the other on his folded right leg.
Another chief deity of this temple is Lord Lokeshwara which is of five feet tall idol with three faces and six arms 1,6m high is one of the best in India. The idol dates back 968 A.D according to the inscriptions. It reveals that the King Kundavarma Bupendra of the Alupas lineage got the Lokeshwara idol installed in Kadrika Vihara.
Sri Satyanarayana Swamy pooja is conducted everyday at 9am and Sani pooja is conducted on all Saturdays.