Kokkada Sowthadka Mahaganapathi temple :

God and Godess :

Sri Southadka Mahaganapathi

Location :

Kokkada Sowthadka Mahaganapathi temple
Mahaganapathi Temple, Sowthadka, Kokkada village, Belthangadi Taluk
Dakshin kannad district-574198
Karnataka

Timings :

  • Morning 06:00 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Evening 04:30 PM to 07:30 PM

Temple History :

Sri Sowthadka Mahaganapathi temple is located at Kokkada village in Bethlangadi Taluk of Dakshina Kannada District, Karnataka. This is the most powerful temple of Sri Maha Ganapathi in Dakshina Kannada District. Popularly known as Maha Ganapati Kshetra, Southadka in Belthangandy taluk of Dakshina Kannada district is hailed as one of the many siddhi kshetras of the district. Surprisingly, not many from outside the district are aware of the existence of this temple which is located just 20 km away from the pilgrim town of Dharmasthala. Southadka’ is a pilgrimage center located at a distance of 3 km from Kokkada in Belthangadi Taluk of Dakshina Kannada district. The uniqueness of the place is Lord Maha Ganapathi is out in the open field without a ‘Garbha Gudi ’ and temple structure. It is surrounded by fascinating greeneries and open round the clock for offering prayers. About 35km from Kukke Subramanya Temple is ‘Southadka Shree Mahaganapathi Kshetra’ in the interiors of Kokkada. This is about 16km from Dharmasthala. The temple is decorated with a lot of Bells mainly, offered by worshippers who have special wishes. One can find a lot of monkeys inside the temple. The Mahapuja is performed every year in the month of January.
History:

Nearly 800 years ago, one of the temples nearby this region, which was administered by the local royal family was destroyed in the war. The idol of Sri Ganesha, worshiped in this temple, was found by cowherd boys. Those boys carried the idol of Maha Ganapathi and worshiped with bhajan, pooja all along the way to the present place of worship and placed the idol under a tree. Every day they worshiped Ganesha with cucumber as naivedya, performed prayers, chanted bhajans. Hence from then, this shrine derived the name Sowthadka and the lord as Sri Sowthadaka Maha Ganapathi. (In Kannada Southe(Cucumber) + Adka (A vast plain)). As per the Hindu Vasthu tradition, Temples are built with Gopuras facing towards the east, idols of deity are installed.

Festivals :

  • Ganesha Chathurthi
  • Maagha Shuddha Chavithi

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Moodappa Seva [Materials extra] – Rs 1001.00
  • Maharanga Pooje [Materials extra] – Rs 300.00
  • Ranga Pooje : 12 Agalu [Materials extra] – Rs 50.00
  • Ranga Pooje : 24 Agalu [Materials extra] – Rs 75.00
  • Ranga Pooje : 48 Agalu [Materials extra] – Rs 100.00
  • Ganahoma : 12 Coconuts [Materials extra] – Rs 50.00
  • Ganahoma : 48 Coconuts [Materials extra] – Rs 150.00
  • Ganahoma : 108 Coconuts [Materials extra] – Rs 300.00
  • Sathyanarayana Pooje [Materials extra] – Rs 100.00
  • Vivaha Sthala Kaanike [Materials extra] – Rs 100.00
  • Upanayana Kaanike [Materials extra] – Rs 100.00
  • Tulabhaara [Materials extra] – Rs 100.00
  • Maha Pooje – Rs 100.00
  • Annapraasana Kaanike – Rs 25.00
  • Ashtotthara Archane – Rs 30.00
  • Mangalaarathi – Rs 5.00
  • Nanda Deepa (For One Day) – Rs 75.00
  • Avalakki Panchakajjaya – Rs 40.00
  • Praarthanae – Rs 25.00
  • Vaahana Pooje : 2 Wheeler – Rs 30.00
  • Vaahana Pooje : Light Wheeler – Rs 40.00
  • Vaahana Pooje : Heavy Vehicle – Rs 50.00
  • Shaswatha Pooje for One day every year – Rs 505.00
  • Aksharaabhyasa – Rs 20.00
  • Teertha Prasad – Rs 5.00
  • Kadle Panchakajjaya – Rs 10.00
  • Laadu Prasada – Rs 15.00
  • Kalasha Sthaana [Materials extra] – Rs 20.00
  • Appa Prasada – Rs 15.00
  • Appa Seva – Rs 170.00

Nearest Temples Around Kokkada Sowthadka Mahaganapathi temple :

  • Dharmasthala Sri Manjunatha swamy Temple – Dakshin kannad district – 18.00 km
  • Kukke Sri Subramanya Temple – Dakshin kannad district – 40.00 km
  • Kadri Sri Manjunatha temple – Dakshin kannad district – 72.00 km
  • Mangaluru Mangaladevi temple – Dakshin kannad district – 73.00 km
  • Kateel Durgaparameswari temple – Dakshin kannad district – 83.00 km
  • Belur Sri Chennakesava Swamy Temple – Hassan district – 99.00 km
  • Hassan Hasanamba temple – Hassan district – 103.00 km
  • Madikeri Omkareswara Temple – Kodagu district – 108.00 km
  • Doddagaddavalli Lakshmi Devi Temple – Hassan district – 116.00 km
  • Srungeri Saradamba temple – Chikkamagaluru district – 119.00 km
  • Horanadu Adhishakthyatmaka Sri Annapoorneswari temple – Chikkamagaluru district – 119.00 km
  • Udupi Sri Krishna Temple – Udupi district – 126.00 km
  • Bhagamandala Sri Bhagandeswara Temple – Kodagu district – 137.00 km
  • Kollur Sri Mookambika Temple – Udupi district – 199.00 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Dharmasthala – 17.00 km
  • Uppinangadi – 22.00 km
  • Belthangadi – 31.00 km
  • Puttur – 36.00 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Yedamangala – 31.00 km
  • Puttur Railway station – 32.00 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Mangalore International Airport,Mangalore – 82.00 km
  • Kannur International Airport, Kannur – 193.00 km
  • Calicut International Airport,Kozhikode – 302.00 km
  • Kempegowda International Airport,Bangalore – 305.00 km

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