Devi Mookambika | Sree Mookambika | Kollur Mukambika Temple

LEGEND OF DEVI MOOKAMBIKA, KOLLUR

         Devi Mookambika is one of the most legendary shrines for Hindus in India. Mookambika temple is situated at Kollur village of Kundapur taluk in Udupi district of Karnataka. Kollur Mukambika Temple is a small village of about six square kilometers in area at the foot of Western Ghat. Kollur is generally known as 'Mookambi' in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Though the Kollur Mukambika Temple is situated in Karnataka most of the pilgrims visiting the temple are from Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Sree Mookambika is unique among the Hindu gods and goddesses as she embodies the powers of Mahalaxmi, Mahasaraswathi and Mahakali merged into one as Adiparashakthi. Udbhava Linga (self manifested phallus) of Kollur Mukambika Temple represents both Purusha (male) and Shakthi (female). Kollur Mukambika Temple is one of the most hallowed shrines for Hindus in India. It is one of the holiest Siddhi Kshethras (abode of mystic powers) of the world today. Sree Mookambika is an embodiment of all divine powers. So she can be worshipped in any form. It is said in Skanda Purana that the jyothirlingam of Devi Mookambika is the unification of Purusha and Prakruthi. A sojourn Kollur Mukambika Temple is equivalent to praying at thousand temples. Legend has it that Srikrishna along with Rukmini and Sathyabhama observed Sambavrutham at Kollur Mukambika Temple. Indra, Suratha, Kashyapa , Bhargavarama, Sage Shukracharya, Sage Bruhaspathi, Pradyumna, Lokadithya Brahmana, Samadhi Vaishya etc were other epic characters who did penance at Mookambika temple. Devi Mookambika as Saraswathi is patron Goddess of education and fine arts. She can be propitiated for progress in education and accomplishment in fine arts. Great artists like Ravi Varma , Swathi Thirunal etc were devotees of Sree Mookambika. Late Thiru M.G.Ramachandran, Late Guru Gopinath, Jesudas, Ilayaraja etc are great contemporary artists who were/are ardent devotees of Mookambika. Sree Mookambika as Mahalakshmi is the Goddess of wealth. So She can be worshipped for progress in business and profession. Devi Mookambika as Kali or Durga will be helpful to secure health, extinguish ailments and eliminate enemies.