From Udipi Krishna temple we reached Mangalore Mangaladevi temple it was almost closing time of the temple .
Mangalore was named as Mangalapuram after the local Hindu deity Mangaladevi, the presiding deity of the Mangaladevi Temple. It was modified to Mangalore by the British. But somehow the keralites have retained the old name.
Puram means ‘area of land’ or having the same meaning of ‘uru’ or ‘ooru’ in Tamil or Kannada.
As the history says that the land got it’s name from the deity Mangaladevi, the literal translation would be ‘the land of Mangaladevi’ which can be called ‘Mangaluru’ in Kannada and Tamil and in Malayalam, it would be Mangalapuram.
Mangaladevi Temple is built in Kerala style of architecture. In fact, most temples in Tulu Nadu (Mangalore side) are constructed in this design. The shrine consists of a sanctum and many other small shrines housing other gods and goddesses.
The main sanctum houses the idol of Mangaladevi who is in a sitting posture. The whole shrine is mainly a wooden architecture which is similar to other temples in the region. There is also a flag-post (Dwajastambha) and the shrine of Lord Shiva.
Mangaladevi Temple is a form of Shakti and is a much revered deity in Mangalore. Hence, Mangaladevi Temple is one of the top temples in Mangalore.
According to this legend, two sages Gorakhnath and Machindranath come in search of a holy land where Sage Parashurama is said to have lived. They enter the kingdom of Kundavaraman who ruled the Tulu Nadu.
The sages explain the importance of one such place which holds the temple of Mangaladevi which was established by Lord Parashurama. Surprised by the version of the history, King Kundavaraman agrees to support the sages in finding this shrine. Finally, an ancient shrine totally surrounded by forest was found. Thus, king Kundavaraman re-builds the temple of Mangaladevi.
With this our Mangalore spiritual tour ended after having night dinner we started to Mangalore railway station .