Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple

The Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple is one of the most well known tourist attractions that are situated in the city of Mangalore in Karnataka. This temple is well acclaimed as one of the most popular temples of the southern part of India.

The premises of the Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple have a number of shrines, which are meant to pay homage to a number of deities like Kadri, Sharavu, Kudroli and Mangaladevi. The most important of them all is the Sharavu Sharabeshwara.

It is one of the most ancient temples of the region. The Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple of Mangalore is situated in the central region of the city. The literal meaning of the word 'sharavu' is 'arrow'. There is a mythical story behind the coinage of the name of this temple. It is popularly believed that a king called Maharaja Veerabahu, who used to rule in the region of Tuluva, unintentionally shot an arrow that proved fatal to a cow. The king established a Shivlinga to get rid of his sin and hence, the temple is called so.

A number of festivals are celebrated with grandeur in this temple. Some of these festivals are Deepothsava, Vinayaka Chaturthi and Shankasti Chaturthi. Innumerable people throng the Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple in Mangalore on these occasions.

The religious importance of the Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple at Mangalore is enhanced by the popular belief that the Dhashabhuja Mahaganapathy image was found impressed on a wall of the temple.

The Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple is well known among the people of the city not only as a religious center but also as a place of socio-cultural importance. A lot of cultural functions are held at this temple like drama, dance and Yakshagana.

Last Updated on 21 September 2011