Mangala Devi

The Mangala Devi Temple lies at a distance of approximately 3 kilometers to the southwest of Mangalore city. As a matter of fact, the word 'Mangalore' comes from the name of the resident deity of this temple in Karnataka. The deity is known by the name of Goddess Mangaladevi. The Mangala Devi Temple was constructed in the 10th century to commemorate the princess of Malabar Mangale.

The Goddess Mangaladevi is revered in this temple as a symbol of 'shakti' or power. A very popular festival is celebrated there in the month of October. This particular festival also takes place during the 9 days of 'Navaratri'.

Legend has it that there was an integral connection between the Mangala Devi Temple at Mangalore and Kadri Manjunatha Temple. This undying bond even exists today.

Last Updated on 21 September 2011