The temple known as Bappanadu is located close to the Shambhabhi River that flows by the Bappanadu village. As the Bappanadu Temple is situated in the Mulki town, it is approximately 29 kilometers away from the city of Mangalore. The resident deity at this temple is Goddess Shree Durgaparameshwari. The name Bappanadu signifies 'Bappa's village'.

According to a popular legend, a Muslim trader named Bappa Beary had played an exceedingly important role in the construction of the Bappanadu Temple near Mangalore. In the month of April, a very popular festival known as the 'Brahma Rathorsava' is feted in the temple. One of the chief attractions of the Bappanadu Temple at Mangalore are the musical drums that are kept near the premises of the temple. The most important drum is known by the name Bappanadu Dolu.

Sometimes this temple is also referred to as 'Bappanadu Kshetra'. This temple dedicated to Shree Durgaparameshwari is perhaps one of the most important Shakti worship centers of South India. The image of the resident deity is in the form of a linga.

The Muslims are also allowed to accept the prasadas from the Bappanadu Temple in Mangalore. Even today, the house of Bappa Beary receives the prasadas from the very first day of festival. The Bappanadu temple was constructed in the 14th century. It is clearly evident from the style of architecture.

The culmination of the festival at this temple is incomplete without the beating of the Bappanadu Dolu drums. During this festival, landlords and local rulers also visit this temple to pay their homage to the deity.

Last Updated on 21 September 2011