Sights in Karnataka

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The state of Karnataka has a geographical boundary of lush greenery on one side and a dry arid land on the other side.  To brief up, northern Karnataka (Bidar, Gulbarga, Bijapur District are very dry and bordered by the State of Andhra Pradesh.  The West is covered by Arabian Sea and the States of Goa and Maharashtra.  South of Karnataka also called as Dakshina Karnataka is a very fertile piece of land with thick forests, rivers, ghat sections. Wonderful places to visit in Dakshina Karnataka or called as the South Canara.  

KUKKE SUBRAMANIA:  This is a place located on the banks of the river Kumaradhara.  There is a very old temple and the deity is Naga (Snake) and Lord Subramania.  The legend goes that Lord Subramania appeared to oneof the priest in a basket hence the name Kukke Subramania.   Surrounded by thick forests and hills, a bath in the river Kumaradhara is refreshing both ti mind and health.  After a bath, visit to the temple and many perform Pooja to the Snake if they seem to be affected by "SARPA DOSHA" because India is a country and the belief of worshipping nature, animals, plants, etc. is still widely prevelant.  

DHARMASTHALA: There is a temple of Lord Manjunatha (Other form of Lord Shiva).  There is no religious bar here because the Temple is of Shiva and the priests who perform Pooja are Vaishnavites and the Temple Trustee and Management is by non other than Padma Bhushan Dr. Veerendra Hegde, who is a Jain by birth.  This is a place setting an example for unity in diversity.  The temple style is that of temples found in Kerala.  There is a Museum which is a personal collection of Antiques of Dr Veerendra Hegde.  Collection includes the Swords, Cameras, Typewriters and kitchen utensils used some centuries ago. Delicious Food is served free in the Temple premises for all the devotees.  

UDUPI: Udupi is just about 12 Kms. from the seashore of Arabian Sea.  The famous temple here is that of Lord Krishna as a small boy.  There are many mutts and even to this day there is gurukul teaching the Vedas, Hindu Dharma and other allied subject.  There is a story behind this temple.  It goes like, there was an devotee of Krishna, Kanadasa by name who spent his days singing songs in praise of the Lord.  Once it so happened that the door of the Temple was open and Kanakadasa was not allowed to visit the temple.  He was eager to see the Lord and he went outside the premises of the temple on to the roadside and started singing songs continuously until the Lord turned his position and gave a Darshan to this devotee and this is place is called the "KANAKANA KINDI", meaning Kanaka's window to see the Lord and anybody visiting this temple enjoys viewing the deity.  Delicious Food is served to one and all who visit this temple. 

MURUDESHWAR: Here you find a huge idol of Lord Shiva in a meditating position.  The whole town is being promoted by the RNS Group.  The tall statue glitters at sunrise and sunset adding beauty to it.  A lovely place to spend a night, right adjacent to the Beach.  Comfortable cottages and hotels are available on the shore.

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December 09, 2006 change by sumanmohan (1 point)
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Bhaskar

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there are only temples to visit in south india especially karnataka.. compare with north india where there are palaces, forts, temples that are huge... does this give you a clue to compare both races??

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karnataka is the best place to visit to see ancient india... the forts palaces in the north are recently built compared to south temples which are almost more than 5000 years old...temples is the south are really divine and uncomparable .. i guess there is no place in the world where food is served free daily ,its only in temples of the south. BHARAT MATA KI JAI

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