Dakshina Kannada district housed many temples. Dharmasthala, Subrahmanya, Kateel, Puttur, Ullal, are some of the religious centres in the district. Almost all the temples are built in Pagoda style and follow Agama tantra. These centres attract large number of devotees every year. Each temple has its own religious significance and spiritual importance.
People, Spell – bound by the beauty of the shrine, throng Hosandu Sri Annapoorneshwari Temple as they do Sringeri, Kollur, Udupi, Kateel Dharmastala and Subrahmanya. Kodyadka a tiny village near Puttige – Mittabail in Mangalore taluk, was renamed as “Hosanadu – Kodyadka” by Shri Vishweshateertha Swamiji of Sri Pejawara Mutt. The Temple has calm and quiet environment covered by green, thick forest and rich paddy fields. Even the temple premise has a number of colourful plants of fruits, flowers and vegetables.
Plenty of buses plying between Kodyadka, moodabidri and Karkala.Take a deviation at Alangsar on Karkala – Moodabidiri highway and travel about 5 Kms towards Belman, where you come across the Hosanadu Temple. If you are coming via Belman, take to east crossing Mundkar, Sacharipete and Kandandale. Hosanadu is about 17 Kms away from Belman.
Heggade family was ruling Kodyadka. Sri Jayarama Heggade, son of Sri Muthayya Heggade and Appi Heggadthi and Brother of Shivaram Hegade and Raghurama Heggade happened to visit Horandu Annapoorneshwari Temple near Kalasa and had an inspiration to construct a new temple at his home town having Annapoorneshwari as the presiding deity. His family was devoting Kateel Durgaparameshwari.
Sri Jayaraj Heggade, an engineer by profession, planned to make the temple a pride of South kanara District.
The Chief Priest of Kateel, Vedamurthy K Laksminarayana Arsanna answered all the queries regarding the construction through “Ashtamangala Prashna : Opinions of renowned astroleger Kunhikannan Poduval of Kerala and Ananth Arsanna, Kateel also supported their plans.
So, in 1992, Sri Vishwesha Teertha Swamiji of Pejavara Mutt, turned the first sod for the construction of the temple. Sthapathi Sri Dakshinamurthy designed the structure in Dhwajayu. Renowned astrologers Muniiyangala Krishna Bhat and Padubidri Devadas Sharma offered timely hrlp.
The Whole Shrine is constructed in black granite. The Teerthamantapa, the sanctorums, Navagraha Mandir and other Structures are unique in style.
About 400 people can sit and watch the pooja of Goddess Annapoorneshwari from the spacious Theertha Mantapa. Devotees in any time can offer their poojas, sing Bhajanas or Chant Manthrams. The Mahapooja continues for half an hour.
The Sanctum Sanctorum houses a man sized ( 5ft high ) panchaloha idol of godess Annapoorneshwari. The 550 kg idol has been sculptured by Lohashilpi Honnappa Achar of Okulipur, Bangalore. He infused the metal in a single attempt and only a small troupe of Bhramins insalled the massive idol, effortlessly
The goddess Annapoorneshwari is blessing the devotes with her four arms, holding Shankha (Conch) Chakra, Annapathre (Vessel contaning food – Vardha Hastha) and spoon(in Abhaya Hastha)
The naga lingeshwara idol has three hoods. Naga Thambila and Ashlesha Bali are the two special worship offered to Naga Lingeshwara
The Sri Anjaneya Swami idol, covered with Silver, is being worshipped with pavamana kalashabisheka, vadamala pooja, Ranga Pooja and others. The idols of Sri Shankaracharya and Sri Madhwacharya also make some special appeal to visitors.
Navagraha mandir houses nine idols of Navagraha Devatas, The Theertha Mantapa is covered by nine idols of navadurga, each about four feet in height. The massive “ Tulasi Peetha” also has good Sculptures
Every devotee, before entering the temple, should wash his hands, feet and face. The Temple has no flag post except a growing Coconut tree. The Surrondings are enriched with huge trees, but nobody dares to cut them or even thie branches. The lovely Brindavan is Accopmanied by a fountain. Devotees thronging here pray for the want of marriage and Children
The spacious “Annapoorna” Dining hall can offer food for 900 people at a time. The “ Annaprasda” here is the most sacred of all other prasadams.
The Kala Mandir, temple car (Ratha) are worth watching
A Zoo contaning Peacocks, colourful cocks, doves, monkeys deer, horses ( Arathi and Bharathi) and a elephanth ( lakshmi) attracts people of all ages. The Pond “Anekere” is also renovated, the square sized pond was known for elephants taking bath at regular basis.
The Pooja is offered thrice a day, accompanied by drums, music and beatings. Special pooja is ooferd on every Tuesday, Friday and all days of Navarathri. A day long Deepothsava takes place in Karthika Month Navami, Hanuma Jayanthi, nagara Panchami and Shravana are observed with traditional pomp and gity. People offer rice, vegetables, fruits, flowers and coconuts to the godess and seek blessings
Rathotsava is held on the first day of May and day after the Kere Deepothasava . The five – day annual festival includes Hoovina Pooje, Panjurli Daivada Baliseva, Pete Savari, Katte Pooje, Tulabhara Seve and finally, the Samprokshane.
Altogether three Naga Mandalotsava were performed in 1983, 1996 and 2002 respectively. The third one is considered as “ Ashtha Pavithra” Naga mandalothsava’ Which is the most Sacred one.
In the west side of the main shrine, we find as idol of Prassana Ganapathi, which has been offered by a silver cover. During the annual festival, Moodappa seve is offered to him. The Moodappa seve, accompanied by Ashtadravya Ganayaga and Atharva Sheersha Ganayaga, is also called as Poornappopa seve. Rice ghee, Coconut and Jagarry are used in preparing Apoopa. Bhattha Muhurtha, Akhi Muhurtha and hittu Muhurtha are the three stages is preparing Appa.
A fence is constructed around the idol using sugarcane . After the prasana pooja, the idol is covered with a cloth, leaving the face open. Then the space inside the fence is filled with Apoopa, Ashatdravya, Ladduka dishes till the neck. Then it is decorated with flowers and fruits. The Uthsava will continue throughout the night and conclude with the rituals such as Kavatodghatana, Apoopa Visarjane and Kalashabisheka on the next morning Finally, Apoopa Prasadam is distributed among the devotes
Any ritual in this temple takes only after obtaining prasadam from Puttige Sri Somanateshwara Temple.
The Kodeyadka Temple also has some intricate carvings of Sri Annapoorna Sthotram, Ganapathi Sthotram, Sri Anjaneya Sthotram and others
The Path of Progress
After years of construction, the Brahma Kalshotsava was performed in 1996,. The Annapoorna dining hall and the temple shrine ( Gopura) were also ingurated The “Vaishvar” dining hall and the new car were dedicated in 1998. The next year, an idol of Sri Shankarachaya and Sri Sharadhambha cultural hall ( Kala Mandira) were unveiled. The Main entrance ( Sri Devi Annapoorneshwari Kshetra – Hosanadu Kodyaka -Mahadwara) was declared open in 2000. A silver palanguin was offerd to the godess in 200 along with the eastablishment of Tulasi Peetha “ Sri Krishna” guest house started its service in 2001 and in 2002, the idol of sri Madhwacharya was installed.