Inna Muddanu Shri Mahalingeshwara Temple
Inna Muddanu is another beautiful Shiva temple on the banks of River Shambhavi in Tulu Nadu. The main deity of this temple is Sri Mahalingeshwara. As found in almost every other temple in Tulu Nadu, there is also a Ganapathi idol here towards the South West corner of the temple.
According to the legend of the place, the great sage Bhargava performed penance of Lord Shiva at a nearby hill. Pleased with the penance, Lord Shiva blessed Bhargava and granted a boon that he would come down and stay in the form of a Linga nearby. That is how the Inna temple came into being. Even today, Inna Mahalingeshwara (along with Sri Durga Parameshwari of nearby Mundkur, also established by Sage Bhargava) is the Kula Devata for a majority of families from the Bhargava Gotra in Tulu Nadu.
This place has a recorded history of more than 1300 years.The garbha gudi and theertha mantapa are built in typical Dakshina Kannada temple style. The main Bhuta worshipped in the temple is Varahi (Panjurli). The temple was recently renovated in 2006 and is in excellent condition. Temple is also surrounded by well maintained – beautiful garden.
Location: Inna Muddanu, Udupi District.
Main deities: Mahalingeshwara, Ganapati
Address: Inna Muddanu Sri Mahalingeshwara Devasthana,
Udupi District – 576 146
Telephone: 08258 – 268108
How to get there: On the Udupi Mangalore highway, turn right at Padubidri towards Karkala. After about 8 kilometres, you will reach Adve. Turn right here and travel about 3kms. You will find a board for Inna. Turn left here and travel a further 3kms to reach Inna.
– By Hariprasad Nellitheertha