Sunday, 24 September 2017

12 Feet Tall Vinayaka In The Form Of Very Elephant Itself - Sri Vinayaka Temple - Anegudde, Udupi

Anegudde is a small hamlet located in Udupi district, Karnataka. Anegudde means "elephant hill" in the Kannada language. The place is famous for the temple of deity Lord Vinayaka on the hill top. The village also has another name called Kumbhasi. "Kumbhasi", another name for the place came from a legendary tale of a mythological demon character called Kumbhasura. According to the folklore tales, the demon Kumbhasura was killed by one of the Pandavas, Bheem at this village. Anegudde is also known as Mukthi-Sthala (place of salvation). The place contains the benefaction of Lord Vinayaka. The place is famous for Ganesha devotees. Ganesh Chaturthi is a famous festival celebrated here.

Anegudde Vinayaka Temple Entrance Arch
Anegudde Vinayaka Temple Entrance Arch
Anegudde is also popularly called as Kumbashi. The name Kumbhashi is said to be derived from demon Kumbhasura. According to the history, when drought hit this area, Sage Agasthya performed penance to appease the Varuna, the Rain God. During the penance, demon Kumbhasura started troubling the sages. Bheemasena gets weapon from Lord Ganesha to kill Kumbahasura and assassinate him at this place. Anegudde is rewarded one of the seven 'Mukti Sthalas' of Karnataka (Parashurama kshetra). The temple at Anegudde is dedicated to Lord Vinayaka (Ganesha). Anegudde is the combination of two words - 'Aane' meaning 'Elephant' and 'Gudde', which stands for 'hillock' as it is the abode of the elephant-headed god, Lord Vinayaka.

View Of Anegudde Vinayaka Temple
View Of Anegudde Vinayaka Temple
Ganesh Chaturthi is the main festival celebrated at Anegudde temple and Sankashta Chaturthi is also celebrated with great devotion. On the Chauthi / Chaturthi (the 4th day after the full moon) of every lunar month, special poojas are held at the temple. Devotees frequently perform several poojas and take prasadam at this temple. The car festival (Rathostava) of this temple is held during first week of December.

Anegudde Vinayaka Temple Front View
Anegudde Vinayaka Temple Front View
As myths run, a devotee (Vishweshwara Upadhyaya) was living here, regularly worshipping Lord Ganesha. One day, a Brahmin Vatu (young boy) appeared in his dream and said that he was hungry. Taking Upadhyaya with him, the Vatu disappeared near a stone in Nagachala. Getting surprised by this unusual dream, he started off on the next morning in search of the spot, where the Brahmin boy disappeared in his dream. It was his usual path, which led to a pond, where he used to take his bath, bring sacred water for Abhishekam and collect flowers for worshipping Lord Ganesha.

Anegudde Vinayaka Temple Entrance
Anegudde Vinayaka Temple Entrance
Soon he found the same granite stone, which he witnessed in his dream and was covered by wild flowers giving it a divine appearance. Impressed by this sight, Upadhyaya hurriedly took his bath in the nearby pond and worshipped the deity and offered wild flowers and fruits. He continued to do so for a long time. One day, he saw a cow standing there pouring in milk from her udder on the deity. After this incidence, his devotion became stagnant and worshiped his God with more devotion. People generously donated land on which a straw hut was constructed to enable Upadhyaya to continue his worship. Thus started a new tradition of worship at Kumbhashi, which did not stop at any stage.

Anegudde Vinayaka Temple Grabhagriha
Anegudde Vinayaka Temple Grabhagriha
12 feet tall Aane Gudde Vinayaka is 'UDBHAVA MURUTHI' (Natural Stone), a single stone in the form of very elephant itself. The Tilak on the forehead is made of Sri Gandha (Sandle Paste) and the God has Swarna Mukha made of 5 Kgs of pure Gold. Rest of the Kavacha (Idol's body) is made of pure Silver. It is also believed that the statue of Lord Ganapathi is growing every year. In Anegudde, the Lord Ganesha is in the standing position with four hands in the Sanctorum. The two hands held up, known as the “Varad Hasta” (offering divine boons). The other two hands are pointing downwards, which means salvation. The Idol of Ganesha has a silver armor that gives a magnanimous look. The temple has many scriptures that are related to the ancient Puranas.

Temple Timings:

05:30 AM To 08:30 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

Anegudde village is located at a distance of 9 km south of Kundapura, in Udupi District. Annegudde is in Udupi district and is 9 kms from Kundapur and 30 km from Udupi. The nearest place is Mangalore which is 96 kms away from Anegudde. The railway station at Kundapur is the nearest. Many trains are available to travel to the nearby stations. Regular bus services are available from Kundapur to Khumbasi. People can even board a bus from Mangalore to Udupi to reach Kumbhasi.

Anegudde Vinayaka Temple Main Deity
Anegudde Vinayaka Temple Main Deity

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Anegudde Vinayaka Temple,
Kumbashi, Kundapura Taluk,
Udupi,
Pin Code : 576 257,
Karnataka.
Phone : 08254 272221; 08254 261079; 08254 267397; 94802 72221

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