It is difficult for a viewer not to be awe-stricken by the lush green cover of trees that drape this uliya island surrounded by the Phalguni river on all its four sides. Nestled in the midst of this greenery is an age-old temple dedicated to Shri Kallurti Panjurli, a Daiva (spirit god) that is highly revered among the Tulu Nadu folklore and is nothing less than a godly sight.
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The Daivas, revered as protectors of life and crops, and guardians of Dharma (justice) are believed to have superficial powers. It is no surprise that several people flock to this place, located in Uliya in the village of Addoor, on the way to the famous Polali Rajarajeswari Amma Temple with the belief that the Daiva will help them overcome any trouble and fulfill their desires, despite the temple being inaccessible by road and can be reached only via a boat.
Prayers are offered to Kallurti, Panjurli, Guliga, Satyadevathe, Mantra Devate, Rahuguliga and Nagdev over here. The Kolotsava is held here in the month of December and March. During this time, a large number of devotees come to fulfil their ‘Parake’ (implies a pledge or vow on fulfillment of a wish) and offer either donations in cash, gold ornaments etc. Notably, a Muslim lady residing in Arab is also known to come here to offer the Bhoota Kola or the ritual of spirit worship, a tradition that is one of the hallmarks of the culture of Tulu Nadu.
On the sixth day of each month, a special worship, flowers is offered to the deity and devotees can view the vision of God.
NK Tv visited the temple and interacted with devotees, priest and the managment and recorded the festivities and devotion at this temple. Watch the video here: