The legendary temple of Sri Mookambika Devi is situated at Kollur on the banks of the perennial river Souparnika in the Udupi district of Karnataka. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Mookambika (avatar of Goddess Parvati). The Goddess Mookambika is in the form of Jyotir-Linga incorporating both Shiva and Shakti.
The Kollur Mookambika Temple holds high spiritual value and receives pilgrims from all over the country, especially from the southern states of Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh. The Temple is one of the seven Mukti Sthalas of Karnataka and is known to be “The Temple of knowledge and wisdom”. Goddess Mookambika is worshiped here as the Shakti Devatha. The idol of the Goddess is believed to have been installed by Sri Adi Shankaracharya himself. It is believed that Sri Mookambika embodies all the Gods of the realm in herself and thus worshiping her is equivalent to worshiping all the Gods at the same time. The legend of the origins of the Kollur Mookambika Temple and the importance of the region of Kollur are mentioned in the Skanda Purana.
Primary Diety : Mookambika Devi
Date built : Over 1200 years old.
The legend begins with the Tapas or Penance of Sage Kola Maharishi. At the same time, another demon by the name of Kaumasura was doing penance for Lord Shiva. He wanted immortality and great strength as a boon from Lord Shiva. The Gods were aware that if he achieves his boon, he will unleash a reign of terror on Earth. Therefore, when Lord Shiva appeared before him, Goddess Parvati made him dumb or Mooka. As a result, he was unable to ask for a boon and came to be known as the Mookasura.
The event enraged him and he started disrupting the penance of Kola Maharishi. The Sage requested the help of the Goddess in annihilating the demon. Goddess appeared in an integrated form imbibing the powers of the Trimurti as well as of the other Goddesses Lakshmi and Saraswati. She killed Mookasura and hence came to be known as Goddess Mookambika. On the request of Kola Maharishi, she stayed at the place in her divine integrated form.