Lord Vinayaka Temple is situated in a small village named Anegudde in the Udupi District. This village is also known as Kumbhashi. The name Kumbashi was derived from the demon Kumbhasura. The Lord is called Siddhi Vinayaka or Sarva Siddhi Pradaayaka. Since he is believed to fulfil the wishes of his devotees this place is known as “Mukti Stalas” (place to attain salvation). The image of Lord Ganapathi worshipped here is a large stone untouched by hammer and chisel. The silver image is seen every day and the gold face only on special occasions.
The Sthala Purana indicates, when drought hit in this area, Sage Agastya performed penance to appease the Rain God (Varuna). But demon Kumbhasura tried to disrupt the sages from performing penance. In order to rescue sages, Lord Ganesha blessed Bheemasena (The strongest among Pandavas) with a sword (Asi) to kill demon Kumbhasura. Bheemasena killed Kumbhasura at this holy place.
Primary Diety : Lord Ganesha
Date built : 13th Century
The place where Bheemasena killed Kumbhasura came to be known as Kumbhashi, and the hill where Lord Ganapathi appeared before him (Nagachala), renamed as Elephant Hill (‘Gajagiri’ in Sanskrit and ‘Anegudde’ in Kannada).
Apart from the famous Sri Vinayaka Temple, there are few other popular temples such as Mahalingeshwara Temple, Durgaparameshwari Temple, Ayappaswamy Temple which devotees visit to experience the divine blessings for the fulfilment of their wishes.