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MangalaDevi Temple

Mangala Devi Temple

MangalaDevi Temple, built in memory of the princess of Malabar Mangale in the 10th century. The Goddess Mangale is worshiped as Shakti. The festival is celebrated during 9 days of Navaratri (October). On the seventh day, Goddess Mangaladevi is worshipped as Sharadamba and on the eighth day the goddess is worshipped as Maarikamba.

On this day Aayuda puja is performed. All the weapons and tools are worshipped as the day marks the slaying of the cruel demons by the goddess Durga. On the ninth day also known as Mahanavmi, a large number of devotees participate in the Rathothsava.

The place Mangalapura (or Mangalore) derives its name from the temple of Mangaladevi situated in Bolar, some 3 kms away from the heart of the city. The temple’s history dates back to ninth century and even today people believe that the worship of Mangaldevi brings them prosperity and happiness. The temple complex becomes a lively place during Navarathri (Dussehra) festival when special pujas are performed for nine days.

The temple has a special significance for the maidens. Maidens who observe Mangala Parvati Vrata will have their wish of having a suitable match fulfilled. Those who celebrate their wedding in this holy place will have a happy married life. Ganeshotsav is also celebrated with much grandeur in this temple.