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Inna Muddanu Shri Mahalingeshwara Temple
Shri Mahalingeshwara

Shri Mahalingeshwara

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.

History: 

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

Bhutas: Panjurli

Address: Inna Muddanu Sri Mahalingeshwara Devasthana,

Karkala Taluk,

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

19 Responses to Inna Muddanu Shri Mahalingeshwara Temple

  1. k mohan tantry

    This is very famous & powerful temple, the god is our kuladevaru, our native place is called Kalathur, near shirva & Yellur, udupi tq.

    One more famous temple called Munderu ( Mundkur Sri Durgaparameshwari ), this is also our kuladevaru

    Both put together called Inna-munderu temples ( Kuladevathabhunamaha )

    The our village temple called kalathur sri mahalingeshwara temple is related to yellur vishwanath temple & above two temple & and also related to Pilarkhana sri mahalingeshwara temple ( it is a big forest )

    This is for your information

    Thanks & regards

    K M TANTRY

  2. Radhakrishna Acharya

    As per the historians including Dr P Gururaja Bhat Inna Muddannu Temple has an history of nearly 700 years. It was constructed after Yellur Mahothobhara Vishwanatha Temple, which has got a history of around 800 years.

    There were eight Brahmin familes of Bhargava Gothra located in Mundkur Maagane. Inna comes under Mundkur Maagane.Even today places named after these Brahmins can be seen in Mundkur Maagane specially surrounding Inna Village. Only For these Brahmins of Byhargava Gothra Mugeraya,Madmannaya,Okuda,Mithinthaya… Inna Mahalingeshwara is the Grama Devatha and not Kula Devatha. Mundkur Durgaparameshwari Temple is the Kuladevatha for all brahmins hailing from Bhargava Gothra. Even Vidwan Inna Krishnachar and Yellur Keshava Bhat have said this. Even in the Suprabhatha written and dedicated to Inna Muddannu Mahalingeshwara by Inna Krishnachar
    this issue has been expressed saying Muddannu Mahalingeshwara has occupied the place where Durgaparameshwari temple is located in Mundkur Magane.

  3. Radhakrishna Acharya

    As per the historians including Dr P Gururaja Bhat Inna Muddannu Temple has an history of nearly 700 years. It was constructed after Yellur Mahothobhara Vishwanatha Temple, which has got a history of around 800 years. It is said that as the southern portion of Yellur temple was in the Inna village limit of Mundkur Maagane and as a settlement Kunthala(Kuthyaru) Raja allowed the Astakula Brahmins to have their Eshwara temple in Inna as Mundkur had Sri Durga Temple which was older than 700 years prior to Yellur Temple.

    There were eight Brahmin familes of Bhargava Gothra located in Mundkur Maagane. Inna comes under Mundkur Maagane.Even today places named after these Brahmins can be seen in Mundkur Maagane specially surrounding Inna Village. Only For these Brahmins of Byhargava Gothra -(Kachithaya,Kunjithaya,Vailaya, Mallanjinayaka, Mugeraya,Madmannaya,Okuda,and Mithinthaya) Inna Mahalingeshwara is the Grama Devatha and not Kula Devatha. Mundkur Sri Durgaparameshwari Temple is the Kuladevatha for all brahmins hailing from Bhargava Gothra. Even Vidwan Inna Krishnachar and Yellur Keshava Bhat have said this. Even in the Suprabhatha written and dedicated to Inna Muddannu Mahalingeshwara by Inna Krishnachar this issue has been expressed saying Muddannu Mahalingeshwara has occupied the place where Durgaparameshwari temple is located in Mundkur Magane (Stanza 28) based on the prayer from the Brahmins of Astakula Brahmins. The locals are misleading devotees saying they have to visit Muddannu before visiting Mundkur and so on. In no way Inna Muddannu Mahalingeshwara temple is connected to Other Bhargava Gothra brahmins except the eight families mentioned above and it is the misconception created in the minds of devotees of Bhargava Gothra.

  4. Radhakrishna Acharya

    The Location and ambiance, look is very good. I was told the connection of Bhargava Trust has been the reason behind these developments. Maintenance is exellant. The credit goes to the Governing body and the trustees of Bhargava Trust. It is worth if all the temples in south kanara district implement the maintenance concept of neat and clean as seen in Inna Muddannu Temple . I was shocked to know that the trust is running the show with accumulated losses. Being in a remote rural area the Trust’s effort is really appreciable even with a loss for a genuine cause.

  5. K. N. ADIGA

    Really good in and out photographs and articles.

  6. Vaman tantry, Muscat

    Nice photos

    Every year I is to visit this temple.

    Temple is very nice and maintained properly.

    Gardens are also maintained properly. It is worth if all the temples adopt the maintenance concept of neat and clean as seen in Inna temple

  7. m raghupathy

    Recently i visited this temple for the first time it is very good

  8. shreesha acharya, kampala, uganda

    very nice place, god is our kuladevaru ,we visited this temple very well maintained,

  9. K MOHAN TANTRY

    Really nice temple, every year we are visiting kalathur Sri Mahalingeshwara Temple, the yearly Maha Rathostava on May 8 of every year

    Every body has to visit this temple on rathostava day

    Thanks Regards

    K M TANTRY
    BANGALORE / KALATHUR

  10. u m acharya

    I visited this temple recently, very peaceful atmospher,

  11. MEENAKSHI

    very good temple. it is better to upload the website with seva list and pooja timings

  12. Prasanta Kr Das

    Wonderful Place of Worship. Recently visited and stayed at the temple complex for 3 days….Excellent people in the temple…Superb hospitality by the Secretary Mr Bishwanath Bhat…

    I plan to visit again

    Prasanta

  13. k m tantry

    very nice and beautiful temple

  14. Madhu

    I found that the number above is not updated, pls use the below numbers to contact the temple.

    08258201811
    08258201125

    Thanks
    Madhu

  15. keerthana

    I m going there every year.it is so beautiful and i love
    mundkuru devi as it is my kolla devaru

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  17. Yashodhar N. Acharya

    My most loving god is inna muddan temple mahadev look like a muddu mukhada devaru and also i become a poet from mahalingeshwara’s blessing

  18. sunil

    can some one help with the telephone number of the temple office. above mentioned numbers are not in use.

  19. U Madhava Acharya

    Google search Bhargava Gotra Trust U will receive lot of information about the Inna.

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