Madhur Ganapati Temple
Madhur Ganapathi Temple is also known as Madhur Madanantheswara Siddhi Vinayaka temple. It is one of the famous temples in North Kerala which is 8 km’s away from Kasargod town. It is located in the bank of river Madhuvahini. In front of the temple, Madhuvahini River is flowing and all other sides are surrounded by the paddy fields and coconut trees. The locality of the temple has greenery picturesque which is very natural and makes enthusiasm about the place. The main presiding deity is Lord Shiva. However, the temple is famous for MahaGanapathi and people believe Ganapathi idol will be keep growing.
The main attraction of Madhur Ganapathi Temple is the three tierd gajaprishta type resembling the back of an elephant. The carvings characterize historic events of Mahabharata and Ramayana, that we can see in the ceilings of Namaskara Mantapa(Prayer hall).
As per legends Madhur temple was originally Madarantheswara (Shiva) Temple and as the lore goes, an old women called Madaru from local Tulu Moger Community discovered an "Udbhava Murthy" (a statue that was not made by a human) of shiva linga. Initially, the Ganapathy picture was drawn by a boy, on the southern wall of the Garbhagriha(sanctum sanctorum) while playing. Day by day it became big and fat; so that the boy called Ganapathi as "boddajja" or "bodda ganesha". The legend of Kumble seme says Tipu Sultan wanted to demolish the temple like Adooru Mahalingeswara temple during his invasion of Coorg, Tulunadu, and Malabar. But after drinking water from the well of the temple, he changed his mind on attacking and demolishing the Garbhagudi and marched towards Malabar. But to satisfy his soldiers and Islamic scholars he made a cut with his sword symbolizing the attack. The mark is still visible on the building that is built around the temple well.
Devotees usually offer prayers to Mahaganapathi in the form of "Udayastamana". "Appa", Madhur's famous prasad, is a very tasty preparation. This is prepared daily and anyone offering prayers can avail these at the counters. Among the special poojas that are performed, "Sahasrappa" (Thousand appas) is very prominent. It consists of making an offering of thousand appas and then the devotees get to take home all these (and eat them with full relish). Another very special pooja that happens is Moodappam Seva which involves covering the Mahaganapathi statue with Appam. This is usually done on a community scale. Ganesh Chaturthi and Madhur Bedi are the occasions when the temple is at its busiest. The temple usually carries out special poojas on all the major festivals.
This is one of the most famous Ganapathi temples of six ganpathi temples of ancients Tulunadu, the other five are located at Mangalore (Sharavu Mahaganapathy), Anegudde, Hattiangadi, Idagunji and Gokarna.
From Mangaluru International Airport Madhur Ganapati Temple is 61 KM. It is 8.4 KM from Kasaragod Railway Station and only 77 m from Madhur Bus Stand
Madhur is a village about 7 km from the district headquarters Kasaragod. There are private buses every ten minutes from Kasaragod private bus stands (both old and new). Auto rickshaws are also available which charge more than 100 rupees from the town. The buses are regularly available from 7 am to 8 pm.
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