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Kateel Shri Durga Parameshwari Temple

Kateel (also known as Kateelu) is a temple town located at a distance of 29 km from Mangalore city in Dakshina Kannada district. This sacred place is surrounded by panoramic scenes and attractive greeneries.

History: When Goddess Durga killed Shumbha and Nishumbha, Arunasura, one of the ministers, had fled from the battlefield and saved his life. Later he became the leader of the Rakshasas (demons). He began to disturb the sages and destruct their Yajnahs. As a result, the Devas stopped raining, which resulted in total draught and scarcity of water and food grains on the earth. Moved by the pathetic conditions of the people Maharshi Jabali, the great sage decided to perform a Yajnah to appease the Devas.

He approached Devendra and requested him to send Kamadhenu (a sacred cow) with him for the ritual. Since Kamadhenu had been to Varuna Loka, Devendra permitted the sage to take Nandini, the daughter of Kamadhenu in order to assist him as Homadhenu (symbolic cow for ritual) in his proposed Yajna. Jabali went to Nandini and put forth his request. In reply Nandini abused the earth and the people there and refused to accompany him. When the sage found that Nandini was firm in her refusal, he cursed her to flow as a river on the earth. As Nandini prayed Jabali for mercy, kindhearted sage advised her to pray Adhishakti to get freed from the curse. Accordingly she prayed Adhishakti. Pleased by her deep meditation Goddess appeared before Nandini and told her that she has to flow as a river as a result of the curse, because nobody can trespass the sentences (Rishi Vakya) of a holy sage. But she added “I shall take birth as your daughter in due course and purify you from this curse”. Satisfied by this assurance Nandini emerged as a river from Kanakagiri on the day of Magha Shuddha Poornima and made the earth green once again.

Meanwhile Arunasura acquired a boon from Brahma, which made him free from fear of death by Trinity, Devas, men or women or by any two legged or four legged animals & creatures. Goddess Saraswathi also blessed him with Gayathri Mantra (Holy chants). All these made him the most powerful. He defeated the Devatas and conquered Heaven. Disheartened by disastrous defeat, the Devatas, along with Trinity pleaded Adhishakti for the rescue.

Goddess said that unless and until Arunasura is prevented from reciting Gayathri Mantra she too would not be able to destroy him. She suggested them to send Brihaspathi (Guru of Devatas) to distract Arunasura from his meditation of Gayathri, and make him get rid of Gayathri recitation so that she would be able to kill him.

Brihaspathi approached Arunasura, flattered him, poisoned his ears and succeeded in diverting him from his meditation. Now Arunasura vainly felt that he was more than God himself. He not only ordered his subjects to worship him but also troubled the sages and spoiled their Yajnas. As promised to the Devas, Goddess took the shape of Mohini, a charming woman and began to wander in the garden of Arunasura. Chanda & Prachanda, ministers of Arunasura saw her and informed the master about her beauty. Arunasura decided to marry her and approached her. When she turned deaf ears to his request & teased him for fleeing from the war field, in afraid of the lady who killed his masters Shumbha & Nishumbha, he became furious. When he tried to take her by storm, she disappeared inside rock. Arunasura broke the rock with his sword. Suddenly, a vast swarm of bees emerged from the rock and stung him. Devi had taken the form of a big, furious bee that is ‘Bhramara’ and stung him repeatedly till his last breath. Now the Devas and the sages led by Jabali performed “Abhishekham” (holy bath) to Devi with tender coconut brought from the Kalpavriksha of Devaloka, and prayed her to bless the world with ‘Soumya Roopa’ (tender posture). According to this request Devi emerged in the form of ‘Linga’ (symbolic holy rock) in the middle of the river Nandini and is known as Shree Durga Parameshwari.

‘Kati’ being the word which means ‘center’ (midway between the ‘Kanakagiri’ the place where the river was born, and the end, Pravanje, where the river joins the sea) and ‘lla’ means area. Thus the place is called ‘Kati + lla’ Kateel.

Main Events And Festivals:

Annual festival: This is celebrated begins in previous night of Mesha Sankramana day by decorating welcome arc followed by various themes of performance. Usually this festival comes in the month of April and celebrated for 8 days with unique feature in each day.

Laksha Deepothsava: This is celebrated on the day of Kartika Bahula Panchami.

Sharannavarathri: Beginning on Ashwija Shuddha Pratipada day, this festival is celebrated for nine day. Specially Ranga pooja sevas offered on this occasion. Lalitha Panchami, Maha Navami and Vijaya Dashami are the very special occasions during Navarathri festival.


Sri Kateel Yakshagaana Mela is a famous Yakshagaana troupe. The Yakshagaana troupe, Kateel Sri Durgaparameshwari Yakshagaana Dashavatara Mandali, popularly known as Kateel Mela is an important ‘Harake Seva’ troupe. It performs on request by devotees who have taken a vow (Harake) to arrange a show of Yakshagaana for fulfillment of a desire or as a service. The Adhidevatha of Kateelu Kshethra, Shri Durga Parameshwari Amma is fond of Music, Dance & Yakshagaana.

Postal Address:
Shree Durga Parameshwari Temple
Kateel, Mangalore Taluk
Dakshina Kannada District
Pin Code – 574148
Phone: 0824-2200361/2200591/2200561

Distance From Kateel:
Mangalore: 29 km
Udupi: 45 km
Dharmasthala: 75 km
Moodbidri: 22 km
Nellitheertha Cave Temple: 8 km
Bappanadu: 14 km

How To Get There:

By Air : The Air port at Bajpe, just 16 kms from Mangalore city could connect the district with other major cities and other countries. Major airways services have been flying here. There is new Mangalore Port Trust that has been helping the people here for the transport of goods to and from Mangalore.

By Train : The Konkan Railways from and to Mumbai, Kerala-Mangalore Railways and Bangalore-Hassan-Mangalore Railways are the major railway services here. The Railway station Mangalore central is about 26 Km which is in the heart of Mangalore city,Surathkal is about 20 Km,Mulki is about 14 Km.

By Road : The district is well connected to other places by road, railways, air and even through water. The district has developed very good transport system as both Government and Private bus services have been flourishing here. All nooks and corners of the district could be reached by bus. The district is passed through NH 48 and NH 17 and this connects the district to other major towns in the country. Other state routes and special bus services make the public life lively here. The private bus services started plying to the places where the Government could not reach, thus helping the public to reach their destinations.

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50 Responses to Kateel Shri Durga Parameshwari Temple

  1. G.Mohan Rao, Nizamabad

    This is a holy place worth seeing. The location is beautiful. Will plan to visit the MAATHA, if HER Blessings are on me.

  2. P. S. RAO, MUMBAI

    I love this place like anything. Whenever, I come to Mangalore I make it a point to visit this Temple and take a good darshan of Sri Kateel Durgaparameshwari. I pray to Devi Mata always to bless me.

  3. Suresh Anchan

    I love this place and yes when ever i am in karnataka i visit this place and i really found of this devi and this time when i come i will sure come in vijay dashmi there

  4. Latha Shetty

    In my life happened many many un believable tragidies,but solved all the difficulties without presur by magic, when i visit mangalore Ist i will visit kateel and see mathas face then only i will start my other work…………OM SHRI DURGA PARAMESHWARI…….BLESS ME AND MY FAMILY.

  5. shivanna

    kateela temple

  6. shivanna

    kateela durga temple it is a famous temple in a karnataka and durgaperamaeshwari devi power full god

  7. shivanna hole naraseepura hasana

    kateela durga temple it is a famous temple in a karnataka and durgaperamaeshwari devi power full god

  8. Anita Ramesh poojary

    kateel amma ne meri sab manokamna puri ki hai, meri unke upar bahot shraddha hai me jabi mangalore jati hu to unka darshan karke hi mumbai ati hu. SHREE KATEEL DURGA PARMESHWARI AMMA AAP SADA MERE AUR MERE FAMILY KE SATTH RAHNA.

  9. ranjith kunder

    who believes in god please once visit this temple what ever good thoughts in your mind all come true here

  10. Deepa

    i like this place but i have not gone there… so i’m carrying now so ill go with my sweet baby and with my husband next year…

  11. RekhaNavin

    Dear all,
    This temple Kateel Sri Durga Parameshwari, is quite unique in its features always but especially during Rainy season, gushing waters surrounding the diety / temple is worth seeing. Visiting the temple and taking the darshan of Lordess Durgi, is real fortune and we have to be blessed to see this Goddess. Make sure that you have the prasad ( Lunch / Dinner) after taking the Darshan of the Goddess
    My sincere wishes to all whoever visits Mangalore has to visit this temple for their prosperity all throughout the Life……
    Jai Durgi…

  12. k m bhat

    Pray for blessings from Kathyayani Sri Durga

    K M Bhat
    Bangalore- 560010.

  13. seetharama L shetty

    may maa durga parameshwari bless all of us

  14. karandoor

    Dear All,

    God couldn’t do anything, even the approach road to her place where she sit,


  15. divya

    kateel durgaparameshwari is the true goddes

  16. meharohana


  17. Gayathri devi

    I want to perform chandika homa at the temple which will be organised by the temple. so please send the details and expences for homa.

  18. Ekanath

    Want to visit the temple at the earliest has it worth to visit the temple and get the blessing of the Devi


    i am from bangalore we are going for mangalore please guide how to go from mangalore to kateel and where to stay in temple rest room and facilities in kateel

  20. praveenkumar kb

    suupper place
    nigavag devaru naelaside
    my god dodama

  21. Aarti Ratnakar

    Shree Durgaparameshwari Ammanavaru has given me everything, whatever I wish.
    May Ammanavaru bless my family always. I like kateel place very much.
    Durgaparameshwari is my mother.

  22. Raja V Salian

    I have been hearing “Amma Durgaparameshwari” from my pareents from my childhood. I always make it a point to visit Shree Kateel, even during my short visit to Mangalore.

  23. Chandana Bolanthuru Sundar

    Kateel is a very very powerful temple.If people who want to get married make a harake that they will give a saree after their wish is fulfilled it happens very fast.She likes Tender coconut water too and kumkum arachane.She is a mother of love and she will do anything for the ones who believe in her.To reach Kateel you need to come to Mangalore first and its just an hour from Mangalore and there is food for devotees at 12.So please go to this temple and you will feel the difference yourself.Let the blessings of the mother be on all of us.

  24. S.Mani

    past from 6 months i am planning to visit to amma kateelu durga parameshwari temple.but till now i could not visit their.i don’t know when i will get amma darshan.

  25. Balachandra

    @ Mani Sir, Don’t “plan”. Without planning, one day please go and have darshan.

  26. Usharani R

    Its more powerful Goddess, I keep visiting this temple, stay there for 1 to 2 days. tell all my problems to Devi Durga Parmeshwari. Trust me, the problems will burn like a camphor before i reach Bangalore.

  27. Mohan B Haleangadi

    Me and my family visit her every time we are in Mangalore and take her blessings.
    She is special.

  28. Pushpa Murahari Bhat

    Kateel Durga is known as Jala Durga and a famous and fabulous temple.

  29. manjula

    ill doing in kateel saptasati durga deepa namskar give me date&ammount please details

  30. Balachandra

    Phone numbers are given, please ask the temple authorities.

  31. chidu murthy

    mother mathe bless us all we all your innocent childrens

  32. Nagaraja k v

    Sir.nanu kateel ge ond sari kuda banidilla but temple nodbeku antha thumba ase ide sir.

  33. Sujata Manohar Amin

    I want to perform Hoovina Pooja on Dassehra. Kindly send me the charges for the poojas.

  34. Usha Dinesh Amin

    I want to perform Hoovina Pooja in every friday. Kindly send me the charges for the poojas.

  35. Prasanna

    i simply wondered by seeing this temple & decided to visit again to get devi’s blessings .

  36. Ashish

    believe in Amma she will solve every problems of each devotive…..it is not only belonged to Karnataka …instead all India and world….she is mother of earth …..every Indian should visit once in there life…….if u have wish in mother don’t worry …she will call u and help to reach her place…. mother bless all of u..we r or children

  37. s.p.singh

    I am hindu kashtirya by caste and believe to be the godess parmeshwari devi is our ‘kuldevi’ some one who read this may kindly l held me to find out the route to reach the temple from Meerut (near Delhi the capital) U.P. thanks. s.p.singh

  38. venugopal

    she is my mother .when i inform my difficulties definatiely iwill get solution

  39. Vanitha

    i am from bangalore ,
    one day i went for temple simply but i get wonderful experience in my life
    So i want to go for temple every month so amma please give this opportunity to me please amma i want to stay there only amma please i cannot live without you your my life as a mother please as soon as possible i want to see u amma please understand my words amma ….





  42. Veerabhadra

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I think this is Shivalli community website and not sure how these are temples related to one community page. Temples are public property and not belong to one single community. I felt it is really confusing for the readers as they think this is a government page/maintained by Temple management and post comments regarding Puja details.

    Thank You

  43. Prakasha

    Sri kateel Durga Parameswari goddes is very very power full. My mother had saved by durga parameswri. I got transfered. I got male baby by prayer. Just prayer goddes solve all problems.Jai Sri Durga Parameswari.

  44. sbbs

    maa durgas very much sacred and devotion place

  45. sohan vaishnav

    i am from rajasthan in 2004 i visited this temple .maa durga came in my body and saved my life this was ashirvad of my guru ji.

  46. vibha

    I earnestly want to HV darshan
    Hey Devi..please call me..fervent prayers to u
    Jai maa durga
    Bless ur kids

  47. dr.shilpa arya

    devi parameshwari amma is the divine existence which blesses us forever.

  48. dr.shilpa arya

    devi parameshwari amma is the divine existence which blesses us forever.we seek her blessings.

  49. Nagu s

    Katee jaathre Yavaga???

  50. Ravi Shetty

    Shri Durga parameshwari Godess is most powerfull Godess in Tulunadu…Every time i visit to my native, i never miss to visit this temple..

    Bramarambike please bless me and my family forever…..

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