Karnataka - Sri Durga Parameshwari Temple
Kateel, a famous pilgrimage and tourist Centre, is situated on the banks on river Nandhini. It is surrounded by panoramic scenes and beautiful hills. The temple Kateel is dedicated to goddess Durga Parameshwari, also known as Bhraamare(big, furious bee). The temple is located 26 Kms north of Mangalore city in Dakshina Karnataka and it is considered as one of the Holiest temple in Hinduism. This holy place attracts thousands of devotees from all over the country. During rainy seasons, the river Nandhini flows and gushes like a python. The Nature surrounding the temple is a real treat to watch during this time.
The Name Kateel:The word Kati means ‘Centre’ between the 'Kanakagiri',(The birthplace of river Nandhini) and lla which means land. Thus the place is called Katti +lla = Kateel.
- Annual festival : This festival comes in the month of April and celebrated for 8 Days with a unique feature on each day.
- Laksha Depotsava : The Festival of lights is celebrated on the day of Kathika Bahula Panchami Masa.
- Yakshagana : Since Goddess Durga was a dancing damsel in the garden, ‘ Yakshagana’ , A popular dance of Karnataka is enacted here.
Distances from Kateel :
- Mangalore - 30 Kms.
- Udupi - 45 Kms.