|Horanadu the holy city of Chickmagalur district of Karnataka, is famous for the Annapoorneshwari Temple. Dedicated to Goddess Annapurneshwari, (Goddess of Food and Grains) this temple was built in 1973.
It is believed that one who visits the temple and takes the blessing of the Deity one shall never go hungry in their life. Annadana (free meals) is ritually provided by the temple organization 3 times a day. This is a form of Prasada (blessing) from the deity. Bheemeshwara Joshi is the present Dharmakartaru of Annapoorneshwari temple.
Horanadu lies amidst the scenic beauty of the Western Ghats, in the Malnad area. The nature’s bounty and green spread reflects on the Goddess’s resplendent glory. The main idol made of gold and the serenity in the face can bring peace and calm to ones mind. The Goddess Annapoorneshwari standing on a peeta with Shanku (shell), Chakra (the wheel or circle), Sri Chakra (Sacred Inscription- Circle of Life)and Devi Gayathri in her four hands.
Some of the piligrims enroute may be visited in the order of Kukke Subrahmanya, Dharmasthala, Sringeri, Udupi Krishna temple and Kollooru Mookaambike, Kalaseswara temple in Kalasa, and then the Horanaadu Annapoorneshwari temple.
|Address:Adi-Shaktyatmaka Shree Annapoorneshwari Temple
|Best time to visit: Located in the shadow of the Western Ghats, Chikmagalur enjoys a salubrious climate the year round.|
|Summer While most of the Karnataka districts reel under oppressive heat during summers, the pleasant weather in Chikmangalur provides a welcome respite. The hilly terrain and the fresh breeze that flows in through the 25-km long Palakkad gap of the Western Ghats contribute to keep temperatures on check. Chikmagalur records an average annual rainfall of 1886 mm.
Winter Typical of hill stations, winter in Chikmagalur is colder than the rest of Karnataka. You will feel the nip in the air and the occasional breeze would send shivers up the spine.
History of Horanadu Temples:
|It is believed that Lord Shiva was once was cursed and his curse was reversed when he accepted alms from Annapoorneshwari, a form of Goddess Parvati. The Goddesss is revered as Horanaadu Aadishaktiyatmaka Annapoorneshwari. Shri Bheemeshwara Joshi is the present Dharmakartaru (Religious Head) of Annapoorneshwari temple.|
Interesting things to do:
|Enjoy Food :The name "Annapoorneshwari" means "Feeding one and all". The uniqueness of this temple is everybody who visit this temple are provided with food (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) and place to sleep in the temple premises.|
Interesting things to Visit:
|Horanadu is a place of enchanting natural scenery, the ancient temple of Goddess Annapoorneshwari here has been restored and renamed as the Adi-Shaktyatmaka Shree Annapoorneshwari. The single image depicts the Goddess Annapoorneshwari standing on a peeta with Shanku, Chakra, Sri Chakra and Devi Gayathri in her four hands.|
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How to reach Horanadu Temples?
|Nearest Railway Station:Shimoga|
|Road Transport:From Bangalore to Horanadu via Nelamangala, Kunigal, Hassan, Belur, Mudigere, Kottigehara, Kalasa, Hornadu
By Road : Kalasa 7 Kms, Chikmagalur 100 Kms (District head quarters), Sringeri 75 Kms, Bangalore 330 kms
Nearest Visiting places in Horanadu Temples:
|Amrithapura: Amrithapura is known for the Amrithapura temple built in 1196 A.D by Amriteshwara Dandanayaka, a general of the Hoysala ruler Ballala II. Delicacy of touch, originality of design and fine features have made this temple one of the notable structures of the Hoysala period. It is located 67 km north of Chikmagalur town.
Bhadra Wildlife Santuary: Bhadra Wildlife Santuary is located 38 km north-west of Chikmagalur town. The sanctuary surrounded by hills has the tributaries of the Bhadra river flowing through it. It is a great place to see Indian bison, elephants, ferocious tiger, panther, sambar, spotted deer, wild beer, porcupine, birds like the peacock, parrot, partridge, pigeon, etc. and reptiles such as cobra, python etc.
Baba Budan Giri: To the north of Chikmaglur town is the Baba Budan Range or Chandra Drona Parvatha as it was known in the ancient times, which has one of the highest mountain peaks between the Himalayas and the Nilgiris.
Kalasa: 92 Km from Chikmagalur, situated on the banks of the river Bhadra, is surrounded by lofty hills of the Western Ghats and is looked upon as one of the pancha-kshetras on the banks of the Bhadra
And Many more places in Chikmagalur - Mullayanagiri, Sringeri, Kuduremukh, Kemmanagundi, Hebbe Falls.
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Hotels/Lodge/Accommodation nearby Horanadu Temples:
|Temple provides trust Boarding and lodging facility. Temple guest houses are available to stay. If rooms are not available, devotees can keep their bags and luggages at luggage room and sleep at temple premises.|
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|Clothes to Wear in Chikmagalur Opt for cotton apparels during the summer and if a winter detour is on your mind, don't forget to pack a bagful of warm clothes. Enthusiastic souls planning to hop along the mountain treks should bring along trekking gear and other accessories.|
Tips & Suggestions for Horanadu Temples:
|Some of the piligrims enroute may be visited in the order of Kukke Subrahmanya, Dharmasthala, Sringeri, Udupi Krishna temple and Kollooru Mookaambike, Kalaseswara temple in Kalasa, and then the Horanaadu Annapoorneshwari temple.
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Horanadu Temples Nearest Attraction
|It is a big Hoysala temple, 12 km from Halebid. There are few visitors. King BIddiga converted to Hinduism under the influence of a philosopher and called himself Vishu Vardhana. At first he built this temple and defined Vishnu in it.....more|
|Sringeri is a monastic temple town started by Shankara, who promoted the Advaitha philosophy in the 9h century. The temple was built in the 14th century with the support of Vijayanagara .....more|
|Hebbe Falls are situated about 10 km away from the famous hill station Kemmangundi in Karnataka, India. This waterfalls are inside a coffee estate and can be reached either by walk or four-wheeler.....more|
|Kalhatti Falls start at the top of the Chandra Drona Hill, from a height of 45m to flow before the Veerabhadreshwara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated 10km from Kemmangundi, Kalahatti is about 250 km form Bangalore.....more|
|Manikyadhara Falls is situated near Kemmangundi of Chikmagalur district. It is located on the Baba Budan Giri HIlls, which is a sacred place for both Muslims and Hindus. It is one of the main attractions of Baba Budan Giri or Dattapeeta.....more|
|Sirmane / Sirmane falls|
|Sirimane falls, a tributory of Tunga river which decends from the Western Ghats ranges near Sringeri in Chikmagalur District of Karnataka. Sirimane falls is one of the pretty waterfalls, located about five kilometres from Kigga, and is around 22 km away from Sringeri.....more|
|Bababudangiri shrine (also known as Dattatreya Peeta or Dattatreya Peetha) is a shrine located on Bababudangiri hill in the Chikmagalur District of the state of Karnataka in India.This peak is one of the highest in Karnataka.....more|
|Located in the Samse Taluk of Chikmagalur district, the Gangamoola hill is surrounded by thick forests. It is the origin of three mighty rivers, the Tunga, Bhadra and Nethravathi.The highlights of the region are a Goddess Bhagavathi shrine and a Varaha image, 1.8 metres high, within a cave, which become inaccessible during the monsoons....more|
|Horanadu the holy city of Chickmagalur district of Karnataka, is famous for the Annapoorneshwari Temple. Dedicated to Goddess Annapurneshwari, Goddess of Food and Grains.It is believed that one who visits the temple and takes the blessing of the Deity one shall never go hungry in their life.....more|
|55 kms north from Chickmagalur town on the Baba Budan range is the scenic hill station of Kemmannugundi called K.R hills, after the Wodeyar king Krishnaraja Wodeyar - IV who made it his favorite summer camp. Situated at a height of 1434 meters and surrounded by thick green forests. K.R Hills makes and ideal health resort.....more|
|The unspoilt Kundadri hill station in Karnataka situated in Teerthahalli taluk of Shimoga, still remains one of the favorite spots for tourists keen in mountain trekking. The mountains are unexplored and one can feel the excitement in discovering new pathways to the peak.....more|
|Situated in southwest region of Karnataka, Chikmagalur is around 200 km from the capital city Bangalore.90 km west of Chikmagalur town is Sringeri situated on the banks of river Tungabhadra. Sringeri was discovered by Sri Sankaracharya as a place where even natural animosities did not exist, as he saw a frog in labour protected from the scorching rays of the sun by a raised hood of a cobra.....more|
|Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary|
|38 kms from Chikmagalur, this sanctuary is must for wildlife enthusiasts. Gaur, chital, sambar, elephants and tigers are some of the wildlife found here. This place is truely mysterious, magical and mind-blowing. The secrets of the jungle unwind as you go deep into the seemingly silent forest.....more|
|Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary|
|The Muthodi Forest Reserve is one of the four main parts of the Bhadra Wild life Sanctuary, the other three being Tanikecoil, Lakkavalli and Hebbe.38 kms from Chikmagalur, this sanctuary is must for wildlife enthusiasts. Gaur, chital, sambar, elephants and tigers are some of the wildlife found here.....more|
|Kudremukh National Park|
|Kudremukh National Park, Karnataka is one of the most popular national parks in India. Located in Mangalore, it is surrounded by Kudremukh or the Horse Face range overlooking the Arabian Sea. The topography of Kudremukh National Park, Karnataka is marked by deep ravines and steep cliffs.....more|
|The Bhadra River is a river in Karnataka state in southern India.The Bhadra originates in the Western Ghats range, and flows east across the Deccan Plateau, joined by its tributaries the Somavahini, Thadabehalla, and Odirayanahalla.....more|
|The Tunga River is a river in Karnataka state, southern India. The river is born in the Western Ghats on a hill known as Varaha Parvata at a place called Gangamoola. From here, the river flows through two districts in Karnataka - Chikmagalur District and Shimoga District.....more|
|Lakkavalli is a small town in Chikmagalur district, Karnataka state, southern India. Lakkavalli is the site of a dam across the Bhadra River; the dam is used for irrigation and power production.Lakkavalli is a small village situated at a distance of 22 km from Tarikere and 45 km from Shimoga.....more|
|Muthodi National Park|
|Sootanabbi / Hanuman Gundi Falls|