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.

Last Updated on 21 September 2011