Shree Vishnumurthy Temple, Mangalore, karnataka
|Honnakatte, Kulai, Mangaluru, Karnataka 575019
Kulai Shree Vishnumurthy Temple is located in the town of Kulai near Surathkal about 15 km north of Mangalore in the state of Karnataka, India.
It is an ancient Vishnu shrine which has a statue estimated to be about 600 years old. The temple’s presiding deity is Shree Vishnumurthy who is another form of Lord Vishnu.
Initially no temple complex was evident but Venkatramana Hebbar, a local archeologist and historian, found a small shrine in a state of ruin in the forest around 1911. The temple has been repeatedly renovated and is in use today with an active schedule of worship and festival celebrations.
Shree Vishnumurthy Temple is situated in the town of Kulai about 15 Kilomeres north of Mangalore along the West coast High way facing the eastern plain of paddy fields. It is one of the ancient Vishnu Shrines in this part of Karnataka. The Main deity of this temple is Shree Vishnumurthy who is another form of Lord Mahavishnu.
Since there is no hard and fast documents available regarding history of its origin, we could not have got any kind of legendary and chronological view in connection to the temple. However, as per the opinion of Shri Gururaj Bhatt, a well-known archeologist and historian in South Kanara, the age of the statue dates back to 600 years. Initially, there was no temple complex, but Mr. Venkatramana Hebbar, found a small shrine in ruining stage midst of shrubs and forest occupant, around 1911. He then constructed the shrine with the help of local residents and villagers. His son Shri Ramakrishna Hebbar also contributed to this holy task. Since then its renovation work was taken up step-by-step and still it is going on.
Legend / Local stories
How to Reach:
Since the temple is near to National High way No.17, any bus from Mangalore to Udupi will take halt in Kulai and it is just 10 minutes walk able distance from Kulai bus stop to the temple.