Small, yet beautiful
Shri Mahalasa’s Temple at Moodbidri is small, though beautiful.
Here, the unique fact is that Shri Mahalasa appears as though She is in a sitting posture.
There are no records available as to when exactly the temple was constructed, but She was established here over 300 years back.
About 150 years ago, a proper temple was constructed. At that time, Shri Mahalasa was facing the West and Her direction was changed to face East.
It is also said that about 150 years back there was “darshan seva” (oracle) in the temple which was very famous. The King of Moodbidri, pleased with the “darshan seva” had gifted some land to the temple.
A major renovation was carried out and Jeernoddhara performed in 2015.
Some devotees brought Her idol and a Linga of Lord Ishwar 300 ago from Shri Mahalasa Narayani’s Temple of Mardol, it is said.
Lord Ishwar’s Linga is placed in the centre and a Kavacha of Shri Mahalasa Narayani is placed before it.
Along with Shri Mahalasa Narayani, in the Graba Griha, other parivar deities are also present.
On the top of the 3-deck peetha, there is an idol of Lord Vithoba or Veera Vittala as He is called here. Giving Him company are Shri Mahalakshmi, Shri Mahaganapati and Lord Hanuman.
On the central peetha sits the Linga worshipped as Shri Mahalasa Narayani. At Her feet is Her Utsava Moorthy, which is taken out especially during Navaratri.
On the bottom peetha are Lord Ganesha, Lord Shri Krishna along with Satyabhama and Rukmini, ‘benne’ (butter) idol of Shri Krishna in His Balakrishna avatar and Garuda.