Kudroli Dasara

Mangalore Dasara - 2018 The Kudroli Navratri Festival celebration and procession on Vijayadashami
Dasara at Mangalore is a beautiful sight for the visitors. At Mangalore Dasara is very much different from the festival celebrated in other parts of India. Navadurga statues are worshipped on all 9 days of Navratri along with the main deity Sharada. Mangalore Dasara 2018 will have more than 60 tableaux on the day of Vijayadashami procession.

Many foreigners rush to this place during the day of Vijayadashami when procession takes place. They visit Kudroli temple to see the beauty and richness of the Navaratri festival celebrated during the auspicious nine days. Sharada pooja or Goddess Saraswathi Pooja is a major attraction for the people here.

Mangalore city is a beautiful destination where the rich south Indian traditions and cultural programs can be watched live during the months of September, October or November every year, Navaratri, Dussehra or Dasara festival is celebrated in a grand manner. 

The Mast Mangaluru Video Channel in Youtube shows the festivals celebrated in Mangalore

Goddess Sharada's statue is consecrated and established at many places in and around Mangalore city in India. At Kudroli the celebrations are great and colorful lights at night spread the richness of the festival everywhere. Roads in the city look beautiful with fantastic illumination. On the final day or Vijayadashami day, the statues are taken for visarjan or immersion in a colorful grand procession.

All Sharada Statues in and around Mangalore

Dasara Festival at Mangalore in 2018

In the year 2018, Mangaluru Dasara, Dussehra, Navratri or Mahanavami festival starts from Wednesday 10th October and the concluding day is Friday 19th October. It is the Vijayadashami day of Dasara. Statues of Saraswathi goddess and Navadurgas would be consecrated and worshipped from Wednesday 10th October. Kudroli Dasara at Mangaluru will be inaugurated by the Karnataka Deputy CM G. Parameshwara. Kudroli Dasara is different from Mysuru Dasara. Mysore Dasara was started by the Wodeyar kings of Mysore. Goddess Chamundeshwari, the rulers deity is taken in procession riding on elephants. The Mangaluru dasara festival ends on the day of Vijayadashami with the grand procession from Kudroli temple and ends with statue immersions at the same venue next day morning.

At Bolar Mangaladevi temple, annual dasara car festival takes place and procession passes in front of temple that attracts large number of visitors during the night. Drummers are a special attraction. The Kudroli Dasara procession starts from the Gokarnatha temple premises and passes along the Mannagudda area. Tableaux will make a huge line up all along Kudroli to Ladyhill circle. From the Ladyhill circle the procession moves towards Lalbagh junction, M.G. Road, P.V.S. Circle, City Point Circle, K S Rao Road, Hampankatta and then takes a right turn at Mangalore University College. Later the tableaux move along the Ganapathi High School Road, Temple Square area, along Car Street, New Chitra Furniture Theatre junction, Alake road and finally Kudroli temple which is the statue immersion place. After the tableaux enter the Kudroli Gokarnatha premises, the worshipped statues of Navadurga will be immersed in the water pond between 7 am and 9 am on Saturday 20th October 2018.

MANGALORE DASARA - Festive Celebrations at Kudroli

Dasara at Mangalore is famous all over the world. Navarathri festival also called as Dasara in this region ( including tenth day - Vijayadashami). Celebrations of this festival are unique and different from that of other parts of India. Saraswathi Pooja or Sharada pooja is done at Mangalore and some parts of South Kanara district. Janardhana Poojary the former Union Minister introduced the concept of Mangalore dasara in the year 1991. He is the whole and soul of the Kudroli temple but neither he nor his family members hold any post in the temple administration.

Kudroli temple is the center of attraction during the Navarathri festival. The Kudroli Sri Gokarnanatheshwara Temple was built in Tamil nadu style in the year 1912 by Sri Narayana Guru. Gokarnanatha is the other name for Lord Shiva. The temple is 3km from the centre of Mangalore city. The temple has gopuram (tower like huge structure) decorated with murals of various gods and goddesses. Murals depict the scenes from Hindu epics and legends.

The Kudroli temple trust keeps the `Gangavatharana’ (Ganges water flowing from the crown of Lord Shiva) in operation for all 9 days during the Navarathri. The depiction has 4 colorful idols of Shiva 13 feet high with jet of water rushing towards the sky to a height of 100 feet. As the water from four sides reach their pinnacle they take shape of a Shivalingam. Color lights around the place add to the glory of the site.

Navarathri and Shivarathri are the two big festivals celebrated at this temple. The celebrations at the temple during Dasara is also popularly called as Mangalore Dasara.

Sharada at the Centre of the Hall

Kudroli Mangalore Sharada
Kudroli Mangalore Sharada
Kudroli Sharada brought to Koragappa Memorial Hall for worship
Sharada Statue for worship in Navratri
 Vijayadashami Procession at Mangaladevi

Rathotsava at Mangaladevi Temple

Tiger dance at Kudroli Auditorium


Lord Ganesh idol placed at the Front

Lord Ganesh at the entrance of Koragappa Memorial Hall during Dasara
Lord Ganesh at the Entrance

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Kudroli Temple decorated for the ten day Dasara festival celebrations
Temple decorated during Dasara
Goddess Sharada and Navadurgas
The idol of Goddess Sharada Devi is installed at the centre and Navadurgas (9 incarnations) are placed on both sides of the magnificently decorated hall. The 9 goddesses Shaila Putri (consort of lord Shiva), Brahmacharini (gives the message of pure love to the world), Chandra Ghanta (establishes justice and wears a crescent moon on her head), Kushmaandini (provider of basic necessities), Skandamatha (gives the gift of differentiation of right from wrong), Kathyayini (persistently battles against evil and deceitful entities), Kaalarathri (who killed Rakthabeeja, a demon), Maha Gowri (liberates the world from evil forces) and Siddidhaathri (a treasure house of mystic powers) are invoked to bless the devotees who gather at this place.

Adi Shakthi among Navadurga Statues in 2018
Adi Shakthi

Shailaputri among Navadurga Statues at Kudroli temple

Maha Gowri among Navadurga Statues at Kudroli temple
Maha Gowri

Visitors watching the Navadurga Statues 

Display of Navadurga Statues and Sharada at Koragappa Memorial Kudroli in 2018
Koragappa Memorial Hall - The display of Navadurga

Kathyayini among Navadurga Statues during Dasara festival

Skanda Matha among Navadurga Statues during Dasara festival
Skanda Matha

Mahakali among Navadurga Statues during Dasara celebrations in Mangaluru

Kooshmandini - The Navadurga Statue worshipped at Kudroli temple during Dasara celebrations in Mangaluru
Kushmanda or Kooshmandini

Brahmacharini - The Navadurga Statue worshipped at Kudroli temple during Dasara celebrations in Mangaluru

Siddhidathri - The Navadurga Statue worshipped at Kudroli temple during Dasara celebrations in Mangaluru

Chandraghanta - One of the Navadurgas worshipped during Dasara celebrations 2018 in Mangaluru

Worship of Navadurgas and Procession

People flock to see the colourful idols of Navadurga displayed at the Kudroli temple. On the first day of Navarathri festival all the idols are displayed here. Later the Prathishtapana(installation) of these idols is done during an auspicious time.

Sharada idol is the main idol and it is the center of attraction here. The hall where the. idols are installed is illuminated with glowing decorative lights. People from all walks of life come to see this annual celebration. More than a million devotees visit the temple every year and the numbers rise constantly. Large scale mass feeding of Prasadam called Anna Santharpana takes place at the temple premises. Devotees coming from all over the country and abroad during the 9 days of Navarathri enjoy the feast.

On the final day, Vijayadshami, the Navadurga as well as Sharada idols are taken in a procession which is unique in its own way. Devotees and visitors line up on the roadside to watch the beautiful sight. Display of drummers and tall colorful umbrellas marks the beginning. Thousands of people join the magnificent religious procession and enjoy the whole night. Over 100 tableaux come from all over the Karnataka state and some also from the neighboring states. Mild showers of rain are common during the festival.

Cultural programme at Ranga Mantapa durig Kudroli Dasara 2018 festival celeration
Cultural programme at Kudroli
Bhagavadgeetha Statue outside Krishna Mandir at Kudroli illuminated during Navratri festival
Bhagavadgeetha Statue
Hanuman Mandir Kudroli is illuminated with colorful lights during Dasara
Hanuma Mandir

Illuminated Water Pond

Statues of Navadurga and Sharada during Dasara are immersed in this water pond at Kudroli Gokarnatha temple
Statues Immersion pond at Gokarnatha Temple Kudroli

Venkatramana Temple Sharada

Mangaladevi temple at Bolar

Another famous temple Mangaladevi at Bolar also celebrates the festival. Mangalore got its name from Mangaladevi. Mangaladevi temple arranges for various cultural programmes such as folk, music, drama, plays on various themes, ballets and devotional songs. Large number of devotees participate in the Rathotsav (car festival) on the ninth day i.e. Navami. The procession has chariot-driven cavalcades (rathotsava) filled with various deities and hundreds of tableaux gloriously decorated with colorful lights and festoons. The procession reaches a location at Marnamikatta where the goddess is worshipped. Pious people of Mangalore believe that worship of Mangaladevi brings them prosperity and happiness. 

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