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Mekekattu Nadhikeshwara Temple
Mekekattu Nadhikeshwara Temple is absolutely an historical location. Situated approximately 20 Km from Kundapura town, Mekekattu Nadhikeshwara temple lies in the limits of Udupi Taluk, however is culturally associated to Kundapura. The place is very closer to Barkur in Shiriyara village. As per the legend, the temple is built by Parashurama just like other major temples of Coastal Karnataka.
The region where the Mekekattu Nadhikeshwara temple is located has been known by several names. This temple attracts a huge number of devotees every year, especially during annual festival, Hasara and Sedi.
Outstanding attraction of Mekkekattu temple include a huge collection of colored, idols made of wood, many of that measure around 10 feet in height. The majority among the wooden statues are in warrior dress, making an feeling that this complete collection of wooden statues are created to recollect an event of battle that might have been taken place here during 1600 -1700 AD (no historic proof for this battle is discovered so far, however might be connected to Mogul or Bahamani Invasion). A number of statues are similar to Muslim soldiers, a few similar to Maratha soldiers. A few even hold an imitation of the old handgun or a sword, carved like it is prepared for battle. Each and every wooden statue is given local legendary names.
Yettinahatti, close to Mekekattu, is a remarkable location where bulls are usually worshiped, in addition could have some historical connection with Mekekattu.
How to get there:
Nearest Airport: Mangalore International Airport
Nearest Railhead: Kundapura
Road: Mekekattu is well connected with road network.
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