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The Shishileshwara temple is situated on the banks of Kapila River in Shishila village of Belthangady Taluk, Dakshina Kannada district.
The history of Shishileshwara temple dates back to 700 years. This place is also referred as Matsya Theertha. The Mahashir (in Tulu 'Peruvelu') fish is found in huge numbers in the Kapila river.
The fish in the Kapila River at Shishila are believed to be sacred and Naivedyam is offered to them after offering daily pujas. It is also believed that one can get rid of all types of skin disease after worshipping at Shishileshwara temple and feeding the fish in Kapila River.
The other attractions of this place are two rocks, 'Huli Kallu' (rock named after tiger), and 'Dana Kallu' (rock named after cow). It is believed that, a tiger and a cow reached the river and tiger chased the cow. To avoid violence, Shishileshwara converted tiger and cow into rocks. These rocks are also worshipped during the annual festival.
The annual festival at Shishila is held at the end of May and celebrated for 9 days with unique feature in each day.
Note: Fishing is restricted in Kapila River in and around 2 kilometers from Shishileshwara temple.
Distance from Shishila
Mangalore: 110 km
Dharmasthala: 30 km
Belthangadi: 45 km
Kokkada: 15 km
How to get there
Nearest Airport: Mangalore
Nearest Railhead: Mangalore
Road: From Beltangady one has to travel via Uppinangady (which is located at National Highway 48) and Kokkada. One has to cross the river to reach Shishila.
Few Buses also ply to Shishila from Uppinangadi and Dharmasthala
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