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Anegudde: Beautiful Ganesha Temple in Udupi

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Anegudde is a small place located in Udupi District. Anegudde means elephant hill in the Kannada language. The place is famous for the temple of the deity Lord Vinayaka on the hilltop. The Village also has another name called Kumbhasi.

Kumbhasi, another name for the place came from a legendary tale of a mythological demon character called Kumbhasura. According to the folklore tales, the demon Kumbhasura was killed by one of the Pandavas, Bheem in this Village.

Anegudde is also known as Mukthi-Sthala (place of salvation). The place contains the benefaction of Lord Vinayaka. The place is famous for Ganesha devotees. Ganesh Chaturthi is a famous festival celebrated here. The temple festival is attractive and thousands of devotees come to worship here. The Rathotsav, which is happening in the lunar month of Margashirsha, in December, is a spectacular watch. A grand sacrament is distributed to the devotees as lunch in the temple during the celebration.

Anegudde’s famous Siddhi Vinayaka temple has a history dating back centuries. The village is known for the demon Khumbasura who was murdered here. The story goes like this, as per the mythological references. Sage Agastya was performing a ritual for the well-being of the people. The demon Khumbasura was trying to stop the yagna, when Bheem, one of the Pandavas killed the demon. Bheem killed Khumbasura with a powerful sword that was given by Lord Vinayaka. After the successful completion of the ritual, the people of the place became prosperous. Later, people began to worship Lord Vinayaka.

In Anegudde, Lord Ganesha is in the standing position with four hands in the Sanctorum. The two hands held up, known as the Varad Hasta (offering divine boons). The other two hands are pointing downwards, which means salvation. The idol of Ganesha has silver armour that gives a magnanimous look. The temple has many scriptures that are related to the ancient Puranas.

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Raksha Deshpande

The author is a postgraduate in Mass Communication and Journalism from Karnataka University, Dharwad. Her interests range from literature, history, travel to politics, and is keenly interested to write human interest stories and articles relating to literature, travel.

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