Nandavara Shri Vinayaka Shankaranarayana Durgamba Temple
Shri Vinayaka Shankaranarayana Durgamba Temple is a settlement on the bank of the Netravati River, in Bantwal taluka, at Dakshina Kannada. This temple is fascinating not only for its artistic and scenic view but also for the spiritual energy it provides for the visitiors. It is the Sanctum-Sanctorum of thousands of devotees. Devotees whole-heartedly participate in the grand age-old JATHRA MAHOTSAVA and many other religious activities conducted at the Kshethra. This old temple has been now renovated and many facilities have been added.
The newly built all purpose “NANDA DEEPA” AUDITORIUM, the spacious new Bhojanashala, “The Community Tower”, have all added new glory to the historically famous Kshethra. The Thirtha Mantap and Gharbhagudi of the Lord Vinayaka, Lord Shankara Narayana, Lord Shri Durgamba have been remodeled. New Main Entrance to the Temple and Swagatha Gopuram at the Entrance have been built. Also a new erection of a Brass Covered Holy Flag Pole is done. Much more development activities are planned at the Kshethra.
History Of Nandavara:
Nandavara once had royal associations. There were many palaces and temples in the area. None, nor the fort built by the kings, survive today. Nandavar was a very ancient and renowned place. For centuries it was also a historical center. Nandavara was the capital of the Nanda Dynasty, which ruled this region for several centuries.
It is learnt that few of the descendents of the royal family reside nearby Nandavara,like- Sajipa, Arkula, Kananthoor, Bajpe, Manjeshwara, Yermal etc. which is around 30-35 kms of radius on western side of Nandavara. They also had some curse in olden days, which still exists and one of the reason for their kingdom to isolate/perish. The Bangera Kings of Nandavara also donated their belongings to the poor and needy, which was used by few local communities on wrong use and tacties against the Kings itself on later years after the region was ruled by Portugals and then Britishers, after the Mughals.
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.
How to reach:
Nandavara is located at a distance of 25 kilometers from Mangalore, 2km from Panemangalore.
Shri Vinayaka Shankaranarayana Durgamba Temple,
Nandavara, P.O. Panemangalore