First off, here’s wishing all my readers a wonderful 2018! Hope your year is filled with joy, fun and of course many happy travels!
Here is a quick post on the Kallu Ganapati temple which is a hidden gem near the town of Barkur in Udupi district. Dedicated to the Lord of Beginnings or Lord Ganesha, the temple dates back over thousand years. The main temple is housed within a cave of rocks which is a natural wonder. In fact the word Kallu transalates into stone in Kannada.
Accessible by the Kota–Saibarakatte-Shiriya Road or the one from Tekkatte–Beloor–Padumondu, the temple has three main idols, that of Shiva, Parvati and Lord Ganesha. The entrance to the temple is narrow and one needs to navigate the space between the large boulders.
Believed to have been erected by the kings of Barkur, the temple has a ‘roof’ of boulders that are precariously placed over one another. The sunlight penetrating between the rocks is a beacutiful sight!
The priest of the temple told us that the number of visitors has recently increased many fold as the road leading to the temple was completed making it easily accessible. He also observed that visitors posting pictures of the temple on social media especially What’s app and Facebook has made the place extremely popular! He was infact appreciative of this as it augurs really well for the temple and hence had no objection to me clicking a picture of the main idol.
The priest also told us that climbing the surrounding rocks would treat us to some stunning views of the surrounding landscape. So thanks to him, I got some picturesque captures of the fields and countryside nearby.
Of the several temples dedicated to Lord Ganesha in the Udupi district, this is definitely one of the most fascinating one of them all!
14 thoughts on “Kallu Ganapati temple: Padumundu, Shiriyara: A photoessay”
What a visual treat! I can see how social media can help improve the popularity of this temple. Happy New Year!
Thanks Peter! Wishing your family and you a great 2018, one that is filled with good health and happiness!
Beautiful place ! Interesting temple !!
Thanks Megala! Happy New year:)
Such a beautiful place to visit. Thanks for sharing..
Thanks Neetha! Hope you can visit soon:)
Thanks Neetha, hope you can visit soon! Happy new year!
Very nice place…Very nice article…. Very nice pics…. happy new year..god bless you….
Thanks so much! Appreciate all your comments and continued encouragement:) Wish you a very happy and wonderful 2018!
Blessed to get the blessings from Lord Shiva Goddess Parvati and Shree Mahaganapathi at this kallu Ganapati temple Barkur 🙏🙏 really amazing place with huge stones with amazing stone temple inside 🥰Very peaceful and beautiful place visited this place on 31 Jan 2021 I was really delighted to see such a beautiful place and temple 😍the sceneries around really really amazing 🥰Purohit very cooperative told us the story of this temple 😍really blessed to visit this temple 🙏🥰
Great to know sujatha; thanks for reading!