Shri Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple in MangaloreOne cannot underestimate the importance of Mangalore as a centre of pilgrimage. Housing many beautiful temples, mosques and churches, Mangalore attracts a huge amount of tourists every year. One of the most popular temples of Mangalore is Shri Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple.
The temple supports a rich history. The temple is around eight hundred years old and is considered very sacred by Hindus all over the world. The temple highlights the sacred ness of cow in Hindu religion. ‘Sharavu’ technically means an arrow. The story says that long ago, Maharaja Veerabahu, a very powerful king, shot a cow with his arrow by mistake. The king was actually aiming to hit the tiger which was standing besides the cow. But unfortunately the arrow hit the cow and it died. To repay for his sin the king installed a ‘Shiva Linga’, as advised by Sage Bahardwaja, which is now worshipped in the temple. The sage also told that the ‘Shiva Linga’ will not only serve as a repayment for his sin but it will also ensure that his future generations are happy and prosperous.
After a couple of years the images of Mahaganpati along with Sreelaxmi appeared on the Southern wall of the temple. From some stories we also learn that Tipu Sultan of Sringapattnam (near to now Mysore) was desparate to demolish the temple. But he had a scary dream of a giant elephant crushing him under his feet and he stopped the idea of demolition.
The ‘Laxmiganpathy’, as the idols came to be known, was worshiped by a devotee called Yeshiva. Yeshiva got a call from Lord Gansha who asked him to pass the lineage of worshiping to a Brahmin named Ganesha Kekunnaya. From then on, it’s his family which is taking utmost care of this temple. They have left no stone unturned to take care of the temple and the Gods.
Today the temple stands firm and tall and is worshiped by one and all. There is a list of sevas which you can perform in the temple. You can donate a certain amount or some food, especially desserts, to make the God happy and shower his blessings upon you. If you want to have a ‘Hawan Pooja’ in the temple premises you need to pay some 400 bucks to the temple authorities. All this information can be fetched from the website of the temple.
The website also provides a list of ‘Sthotras’ which is a list of Shlokas you can recite while worshiping in the temple.
How to reachVia Air: This temple is located at a distance of 6 kilometers from the Mangalore International Airport and thus can be reached by hiring a cab.
Via Train: The Mangalore Railway Station is situated very close to the temple. You can board an auto or taxi to reach the temple.
Via Road: Every auto – rickshaw driver in Mangalore is aware of this temple. Thus, you can ask any rickshaw puller to drop you at this temple.