Sri Laxmi Venkatesh Temple
About Sri Laxmi Venkatesh Temple
The Sri Laxmi Venkatesh Temple is one of the highly revered temples located near the exquisite Hosdurg fort in Kanhangad. Kanhangad or Hosdurg is situated about 35kms from Kasargod on the seashore.
This temple in Kanhangad was erected in the year in 1864 AD. It is dedicated to Hindu deity Laxmi Venkatesh. In addition, the temple also contains images of goddess Mahamaya or Shanta Durga, Garuda, lord Ganapathy or Ganesha, goddess Mahalaxmi, and lord Hanuman.
History of Sri Laxmi Venkatesh Temple
If you look at its historical background, you would learn that as the Venkatramana temple was located at Kasargod, the GSBs in Hosdurg had to travel about 35kms on foot to offer prayers. It was owing to the dearth of transport facilities, the local people had to face this trouble.
Realizing the need to have a local temple at Hosdurg to facilitate the process of worshipping, the people decided to build the one for the community. Subraya Kamath, Ramachandra Naik, Narayana Kamath and Sheshagiri Kamath were among the group of the people who took this task. The families of these 4 people are referred to as Chowguli families.
Subraya Kamath and Manjayya Kamath (the elder brother of the former) donated the land for the temple. The other members of the community also presented donations to further the process of temple construction. It was in 1864 AD, the image of Lord Laxmi Venkatesh was instituted in the temple. The idol was placed by Kashi Muttís Srimat Bhuvanendra Tirtha Swamiji. It is said that to please deity, the Swamiji offered special prayers.
Initially, the Sri Laxmi Venkatesh Temple in Kanhangad was built with the little offerings in hand. Later, it saw remarkable revamps in the area of infrastructure. It also started celebrating festivals and other social activities.
Kashi Muttís Srimat Sudheendra Tirtha Swamiji established the images of Jaya-Vijaya near Garbhagraha. Swamiji also instituted the Parivara Devas in the company of other pundits from Gokarn Mutt and Kavale Mutt. In the year 1989, Swamiji initiated the Sahasra Kumbhabhisheka.
Further, the place of worship of Mahamaya dotted with Kalasha Prathista was refurbished by Keshav Srinivas Shanbhag brothers. An image of the goddess was placed. Damodar Sheshagiri Kamath erected a Nagalaya. Sharada Deviís shrine was also built close to the tank Sukritheendra Pushkarani in the temple.
You would also come across the place of worship of Vitobha Rukmini in the temple. This shrine was built as a tribute to Patel Narasimha Kamath. Besides, you would see Kalyan Mantap in the temple area. It was built at an expense of Rs. 12 lakhs.
Festivals in Sri Laxmi Venkatesh Temple
In the Sri Laxmi Venkatesh Temple, Kanhangad many festivals are celebrated on an annual basis. These celebrations comprise Rama Navami, Navarathri, Anantha Chathurdasi and Karthika Deepotsava. The Moola Prathista day falling on Akshaya Tritiya is also celebrated in the temple. In addition, some families sponsor the celebrations of the festival of Navarathri in the temple.
Among all the celebrations, the Karthika Deepotsava in Sri Laxmi Venkatesh Temple has become famous with the local people. During this day, the statue of Venkatesh is brought out in the public in morning hours on a beautifully adorned palanquin. This palanquin is taken to Melankot. In afternoon, the devotees are served the meals. After the evening ceremonies, the idol is taken back to the temple amidst revelry and fireworks. This festival is organized by the Kotachery Shenoy family.†
How to Reach Sri Laxmi Venkatesh Temple
To reach Shri Laxmi Venkatesh Temple in Kanhangad, you can catch a train to Kottachery. From there, you can avail bus services to arrive at the desired location. Kanhangad city is also well connected by private bus network to the destinations like Mumbai, Bangalore, Mangalore and other major parts of Kerala.
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