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Shrimath Anantheshwar Temple

Located at Manjeswaram (15kms from the town), Shrimath Anantheshwar Temple traditionally renowned as Manjula Kshetra is the most ancient temple of Gowda Saraswat Brahmins, enclosed between hills on three sides and river Manjeswar on the other side. Dates back to 2nd century, the uniqueness of the temple is that it has three presiding deities, i.e Anantheshwara (Lord Shiva), Bhadra Narasimha (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu) and Lord Subramanya in the same sanctum sanctorum. The image of Shiva is believed to be an 'Udbhava' or 'Swayambhoo' (Self emergent) and the image of Narasimha is made of Panchaloha (five metals). Another specialty of the temple is the ant hill called 'Rohini' inside the sanctorum. Besides the main deities, other idols enshrined here are Lord Mukhyaprana, Lord Rudra, Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Ganesh and Lord Garuda. To the right of the temple there is a sacred pond and it is believed that a dip in this sesha tirtham will cure the leprosy patients. Manjeshwar Shashti, the main temple festival falls on the sixth day of the month of 'Margshirha' (November- December), is celebrated as the annual Chariot Festival. On this day, the six wheeled chariot called Brahma Ratha decorated with flowers and flags is drawn along the street by thousands of devotees. Built in 1834, the ratha with a girth of 53 feet and a square base of 17 feet is a magnificent wooden edifice adorned with carved figures and when decorated, the girth raises to a height of 71 feet. Lord's idol is placed above the square base and the devotees pull the chariot with shouts of Govinda-Govinda. The chariot can accommodate around 50 to 60 persons. The temple runs a full - fledged high school, an elementary school, a nursery school, a free boarding house. On every Saturday, as a part of charities, rice is distributed among the Harijans.

Location : Srimath Anantheshwar Temple Manjeshwar -671 323 Kasargode Kerala.

Gods : Lord Shiva,Lord Vishnu,Lord Subramanya

Landmark : Manjeshwar has a Railway Station on the Southern Railways from Mangalore. Nearest Airport is Mangalore and is connected by Road including the National Highways.

Festivals :

About the Shashti Mahotsava (Annual Car Festival) and the Brahmaratha: Of the many festivals in the Temple, the annual Car festival which falls on the sixth day of the bright half of the month of Margshirsha (November / December) is the most important. The day is known in popular parlance as the Manjeshwar Shashti and coincides with Skhanda Shashti in other parts of South India. On that day, the six – wheeled chariot called Brahma Ratha is pulled along the Car Street so-called from its use, by thousands of votaries coming from far and near. The Ratha has a base 17 feet square, a height of 17 feet in raw and a maximum girth of 53 feet. But when decked for the occasion with all its decorative appurtenances, it rises to a height of 71 feet, and affords an unforgettable experience of solemnity and grandeur as it moves amidst a soothing mass of human heads. The Ratha was built in 1834 A.D.

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