Place: Sri Vinayaka Shankaranarayana Durgamba Kshetra

Location: Nandavara, Panemangalore, Bantwal – 574 231

Destination: Karnataka

Best Time to Visit: Whole Year

Category: Religious & Pilgrim

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    Sri Vinayaka Shankaranarayana Durgamba Temple is located at Sri Kshethra Nandavara in Sajipa Munnur of Bantwal Taluk in Dakshina Kannada district. The temple is located at a distance about 28 Kms from Mangalore, the district headquarters. This famous temple is dedicated to Lord Vinayaka Shankara Narayana.

    The name Nandavara is derived from a combination of two words, Nanda and Pura. The Nanda kings established their kingdom on the bank of the Netravati River, and built a fort and a palace. The place came to be known as Nandapura, which in course of time became well known by the present name of Nandavara.

    Sri Vinayaka Shankaranarayana Durgamba Kshetra having a historicity of 900 years  is on the banks of Netravathi in Bantwal Taluk.  The precincts of the temple of historic religious centre Nandavara, Sukanasi, Thirtha Mantap, Pouli Gopula are made from stones. Sri Kshetra has been a pilgrim centre, tourism centre and a place of worship for the devotees.  It has grown as a religious centre here. It is found to the Southern direction near the Railway Bridge while travelling over Panemangalore Bridge drawing attention of people over the river bank of Netravathi.


    Sri Vinayaka Shankara Narayana Durgamba Kshetra being in Panemangalore in Bantwal Taluk of D.K. District, it has been a temple of worship of 4 villages viz Sajipa Magane’s Sajipa Munnoor, Sajipa Mooda, Sajipa Nadu, Sajipa Padu.

     The 2 tier clay fort relics, Gudi of Veera Bhadra, temple of Hanuman, Vinayaka Shankaranarayana Durgamba Temple are the historic remaining of the past history of the place. History tells that Nanda Raja built this temple here, after many centuries this was confiscated by Banga Kings and built Jain King’s Palace, Basadis.

    There is reference that Nanda King Clan ruled over the Nadavara, but the date couldn’t be fixed. The historians have opined that  Nandas ruled over this area from 9th Century to 15the Century. Banga Arusu from Belthangady defeating Nandas in the 15th Century built palace in Nandavara, who built mud fortification and built Veerabhadra Gudi, Adeeshwara Swami’s Basadi, Temple of the Mukhya Prana Temple Pilichamundi Temple inside the fort.

       In 1894, Narikombu Narasappayya bought the property of Banga Kings in an auction over Moola Geni rights and renovated the property. Shivayya’s Grand Son Nooyi Venkatayya, was  called the “Architect of the new Nandavara”. Running the administration from 1923-1980, he gave great contribution for the development of the temple. In 1980, at his 82 years age, he introduced the temple to Endowment Administration rule.

     Sri Vinayaka Shankaranarayana Durgamba: Nandavara Sri Vinayaka Shankera Narayana Durgamba Temples being in the same premises, the temples were built at different points of time.

Vinayaka Temple:  The roof of the Vinayaka temple carrying carvings of idols is estimated to have belonged to 8-9th Century.  Being established by Shringa Muni, worshipped by Raja Maharajas, the statue of Bala Ganapathi  of Bala Muri snout it has  the crown of Karandaka Model this temple was established by Shringa Minis and Kings and Lords.

     In & around the stone ceiling of this temple is inscribed with Nava Graha engravings and this Vinayaka is very much powerful, fond of “Appa Prasada”.  The devotees believe that their desires will be fulfilled instantly when they do Appa Pooja and pray.

Shankeranarayana Temple:  There is a divider found in the middle of the statue in the temple which is worshipped in Shankaranarayana Temple. The right side is divided to be Shankara and the left part is divided to be Narayana. The linga is indicative of saying that there is no difference between Harihara. This linga belonging to 10th Century, was being worshipped, the historians maintain.

       There is neither Nandi statue, nor Garuda Statue in the Nandi Mantapa in front of the temple. The Gopura of the temple is called “Somanatha Chawadi”. The pillars of the temple are sensitively engraved and found beautiful. Jain Thithankara image being found beautiful at the entrance of the temple in the Paryankasana, it is symbolic of all religions.

Durgamba Temple: The statue of Durgamba found at the left side of Shankeranarayana temple, it is estimated to have been installed in the 10-12 century. Behind the Durgamba statue, found in an ecstatic mood holding weapons in the hand, there is circle shaped attractive Makara Thorana found here.

At Present: Though the temple has been renovated, the temple maintains the old glory through its several religious and social activities highlighting the temple's commitment towards the devotees. The temple believes that "Serving Community is Serving God" that there is no better way of serving God than serving community.

The Important Places Worth Seeing Are:

  • Sri Vinayaka Sannidhi
  • Sri Shankaranarayana Sannidhi
  • Sri Durgamba Sannidhi
  • Sri Hanuman Sannidhi

Fairs /Festivals

  • February : Annual Festival (Jatre).
  • March      :Maha Shivarathri
  • June/July : Nagara Panchami
  • September / October : Karthika Deepothsava ( Yearly Festivity)

Daily Activities:

  • 06.00 A.M.   : Opening the door of the temple
  • 06.30 A.M    : Morning Pooja
  • 12.30 P.M.   : Noon Pooja
  • 07.30 PM     : Evening Pooja
  • 08.00 P.M    : Closing the door of the temple

Pooja  Offered in the Temple:

Appada Pooja, Panchakajjaya, Karpura Arathi, Rudrabhisheka, Kumkumarchane, Gana Homa, Sathya Narayana Pooja, Shani Pooja, Uttara Kriya, Shudda Kalasha, Ganapathi Ashtothara, Ganapathi Sahastranamarchane Pooja, Sathya Ganapathi Pooja, Ganapathi Ranga Pooja - 12 Agelu, Karthika Pooja, Shiva Pooja, Bilwa Pathrarchana Pooja, Panchamrithabhisheka, Pavamanabhisheka, Shiva Sahastranamarchane, Ekadasha Rudrabhisheka, Shankarnarayana Rangapooja – 12, Prasada Kanike, Vidyarambha Rudrabhisheka, Annaprashana Pooja, Upanayana Kanike, Ashwatha Pooja, Hoovina Pooja, Durga Sahasra Namarchane, Durga Sapthashathi Parayana, Durga Namaskara Pooja, Swayamvara Parvathi Pooja, Durghambha Devige Ranga Pooja - 12 Aghelu, Dhanishta Panchaka Homa, Vahana Pooja, Alankara Pooja Devige, Seva Pooja Devige, Samuhika Sathyanarayana  Pooja, Ksheerabhisheka, Halu Payasa, Pancha Jalabhisheka, Lagna Kanike

 Time For Entry:

  • Morning 6.00 AM to 1.00 PM
  • Evening 3.00 PM to 8.00 PM

Facilities Offered To The Tourists Here:

  • Dressing Room availed for those who wish to have Thirtha Snana.
  • Lavatories
  • Pure Drinking Water
  • Parking Facility
  • Guides for the tourists
  • Annadana (Noon)

 Suitable Time for the Visitors:

  • Those who wants to offer pooja, Morning, Noon & Evening time is better.
  • For visitors whole year is better except closing time.
  • To see colourful Temple & flowered temple & God – Festival time is better.

Local Languages

The common people here speak Tulu, Kannada. Educated people speak in Hindi and English for communication for business purposes.

Distance From The Nearest Town (In Kms)

  • Melkar                   :      2 Kms
  • Panemangalore       :   1.5 Kms
  • BC Road                :      4 Kms
  • Kalladka                 :      6 Kms
  • Vitla                       :    18 Kms
  • Puttur                     :    29 Kms
  • Mangalore             :    28 Kms
  • Uppinangadi           :    30 Kms
  • Bangalore               :  328 Kms
  • Dharasthala            :    55 Kms
  • Subramanya           :    80 Kms
  • Mudipu                  :    16 Kms
  • Thokkuttu                 :    25 Kms

 How to Reach

By Road: There is BC Road Bus Stop close to the Sri Kshetra. From places like  Mangalore city, Moodabidri, Dharmasthala, Konaje,Vitla, Uppinangadi, Puttur, Sullia, Chikamagalore, Mysore, Bangalore you get KSRTC and Private Buses. Those who come via Kalladka – they can come enroute Melkar  and alight at Melkar. Autos are available from Melkar.

 By Train:

  • BC Road Railway Station is nearest local Railway station.     Mangalore Central Railway Station   (MAQ)
  • Mangalore Junction Railway Station (MAJN)

By Air : Mangalore International Air Port (IXE)

 Road Direction:

  • Mangalore / Dharmasthala –> BC Road - > Panemangalore -> Nandavara Temple
  • Uppinangady / Puttur - > Mani -> Kalladka - > Panemangalore -> Nandavara Temple
  • Kasargod -> Vittal -> Kalladka - > Panemangalore -> Nandavara Temple
  • Thokottu -> Mudipu -> Marnabailu -> Nandavara Temple

Directives for the tourists:

  • Alankara Poojas are held during Navarathri days only.
  • Swayamvara Parvathi Pooja’s are held only on Tuesday and Friday.
  • Here, against a deposit of Rs. 1,501, Shashwatha Pooja are held and Prasadam is sent to the concerned.
  • Noon food arrangement can be made for the group of tourists, if they will be intimated in advance.

 Publications :

  1. ANUGRAHA – A Souvenir Published by Nandavara Sri Vinayaka Shankaranarayana Durgamba Temple Executive Committee in 1990 on the occasion of “Nanda Deepa” Marriage Hall Inauguration Function.
  2. NANDA DEEPA - A Souvenir Published by Nandavara Sri Vinayaka Shankaranarayana Durgamba Temple Executive Committee & Temple Renovation Committee in 2005.

 Other Tourist Places Found Nearby Are:

  • Sri Narahari Parvatha Sadashiva Temple
  • Sri Kallurti Kshetra Panoli Bailu
  • Karinjeshwara Temple, Karinja

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