Kateel Durgaparameshwari

Kateel Durgaparameshwari is a pilgrimage center of the Hindus. The place attracts large number of Hindu pilgrims every year. Apart from the pilgrims, the place is also one of the beautiful tourist spots which attract thousands of foreign visitors to its serene and beautiful land.

Kateel Durgaparameshwari temple of Mangalore is sited in the South Kannada district of Karnataka. It is located on the banks of Nandini River amidst the lush green fields and beautiful hills. The place is easily accessible through road from Mangalore which is 30 kilometers away in the north.

Kateel Durgaparameshwari temple is known so because of its central location amidst the river Nandini. The word Kateel is derived from the two words Kati and Ila. 'Kati' means the center while 'Ila' means the area. Hence the word Kateel means the central area.

Kateel Durgaparameshwari temple at Mangalore has a historical significance. It is believed that Goddess Durga appeared on earth to prevent the people from the clutches of a devil named Arunasura. After killing the devil, the Goddess took birth as the daughter of river Nandini and the place where she appeared is now worshipped as the temple of Kateel Durgaparameshwari.

The best time to visit Kateel Durgaparameshwari temple is during the festivals of Navaratri, Simhamaasa and Durga Puja because these festivals are celebrated with much enthusiasm. Fairs and other events are organized where people sing, dance and perform to please the Goddess. One gets to see the lifestyle and rituals of the southern region of India.

Last Updated on 21 September 2011