Shri Shishileshwara Temple
Shishila is a small village about 32kms from Dharmasthala in Dakshina Kannada district. It has a beautiful Shiva Temple. It is believed that the idol, in the form of a Linga, surfaced on its own and was never established by anyone (Udbhava Linga). The temple is on the banks of the river Kapila (a small river which later merges with Netravati).
This place is also referred as Matsya Theertha. The Mahashir (in Tulu ‘Peruvelu’) fish is found in huge numbers in the Kapila river.
The fish in the Kapila River at Shishila are believed to be sacred and Naivedyam is offered to them after offering daily pujas. It is also believed that one can get rid of all types of skin disease after worshipping at Shishileshwara temple and feeding the fish in Kapila River. Fishing is restricted in Kapila River in and around 2 kilometers from Shishileshwara temple.
The other attractions of this place are two rocks, ‘Huli Kallu’ (rock named after tiger), and ‘Dana Kallu’ (rock named after cow). It is believed that, a tiger and a cow reached the river and tiger chased the cow. To avoid violence, Shishileshwara converted tiger and cow into rocks. These rocks are also worshipped during the annual festival.
The annual festival at Shishila is held at the end of May and celebrated for 9 days with unique feature in each day.
The main deity here is Sri Shishileshwara. Along with this, idols of Sri Durga and Mahaganapati are also present.
The main bhootas in this temple are Pili Chamundi, Rakteshwari and Rudrandi.
Address: Shishila, Belthangadi Taluk, Dakshina Kannada – 574198
How to get there: From Dharmasthala, take the road towards Kokkada and travel 16kms. On the Kokkada-Shibaje road, turn towards Shibaje and travel a further 16kms to reach Shishila.
Distance from Shishila:
Mangalore: 110 km
Dharmasthala: 30 km
Belthangadi: 45 km
Kokkada: 15 km