Mangalore is visited by thousands of devotees from different states of India to see the splendor of Dasara and the golden light of the century-old Sri Gokarnatheswara temple. Gopuram (a tower like a massive structure) has adorned the temple with murals of different gods and goddesses. Murals represent scenes from mythology and Hindu epics.
Probably, Mangalore Dasara is the only Dasara that is celebrated on a very large scale with expenditure running into crores and yet, unlike Mysore or Madikeri Dasaras, without the donation of a single rupee from the government.
On October 17, 2020, the rites of Mahanavami Utsava started and, as part of the festivities, the idols of Sharada and Nav Durga were installed on the same day. The famous Tiger Dance and The Bear Dance, which are Mangalore Dasara’s main attractions, can be enjoyed by travelers. Usually, these dance styles are done by young performers and roam around Mangalore’s streets and homes. The dance is performed to honor Goddess Durga, and every year this form of dance attracts thousands of travelers from all over the world. There are two famous temples which celebrate Mangalore Dasara with great pomp and celebration. During the Navratri Festival, the century-old Gokarnanatheshwara Temple, also known as the Kudroli Temple, is the main attraction. The other name for Lord Shiva is Gokarnanatha. The temple is 2 km from the city of Mangalore.
The Mangaladevi temple is the ancient temple at Bolara that draws devotees from all over India. Mangalore was given its name by Mangaladevi. The temple of Mangaladevi organizes numerous cultural events, such as folk, music, theatre, plays on different themes, and devotional songs. A significant number of devotees engage in the Rathotsava (Car Festival) on the ninth day, also known as Mahanavami. Placed on a grand chariot, the adorned goddess pulled in with thick lines. The parade (Rathothsava) is filled with numerous deities with bright lights and festoons that are gloriously adorned.
Mangalore Dasara concludes, along with Sharada, with the most impressive journey of the idols of Devi’s nine avatars. The distance to be traveled is less than 10 km approximately. Now you have to ask if it’s so long? Well, the procession involves Sharada Devi’s main attractions and Devi’s nine avatars on specially made chariots, along with about 100 plus paintings (particularly adapted flatbed trucks decorated with religious presentations) and about 30 non-stop folk artist groups.
Kudroli Temple(Gokarnanatheshwara Temple)
In the Kudroli district of Mangalore in Karnataka, India, there is the Gokarnanatheshwara Temple, better known as Kudroli Sri Gokarnanatha Kshetra. The Narayana Guru consecrated it. Gokarnanatha, a form of Lord Shiva, is devoted to it. In 1912, Adhyaksha HoigeBazar Coragappa founded this temple. This temple was designed for the worship of the group of Billava, who were forbidden to enter other temples.
Smaller temples around the main temple include Navagraha, Annapoorneswari, Mahaganapathi, Subramanya, Shaneeshwara, and Anandabhairava. Four gopuras, pillars built in the style of Tamil Nadu, are decorated with murals, display a number of scenes from legends, mythology, and epics of various gods and goddesses. With fervor at the temple, Navrathri and Shivaratri are celebrated.
The name ‘Kudre-Valli’ was given to the land on which the temple was constructed, due to the fact that Tippu Sultan had previously used it to graze his horses. There are several other temples in Mangalore that must be visited.