Narahari Parvatha Sadashiva Temple is located at a distance of 28 km from Mangalore in Bantwal taluk of Dakshina Kannada district. Narahari Parvatha is surrounded by panoramic scenes and fascinating greeneries.

The hill which is famous for its 'Sadashiva Temple' is 1,000 feet above sea-level holding mythological secrets dating back to the age of Pandavas. 

History:

According to history, Sri Krishna (Lord Hari) accompanied with Arjuna (Nara) offered penance here to free themselves from the sins committed during the Mahabharatha’s Kurukshetra war. Lord Hari as a sign of his visit sculpted Shanka (Conch), Chakra (Wheel), Gadha (Heavy Weapon) and Padma (Lotus) giving rise to the four ‘Teerthakoopas’ (Holy Ponds) which are present even today. Arjuna purified himself by bathing in these holy ponds and installed the Shivalinga and worshipped it and hence the hill gets its unique name ‘Narahari Sadashiva’. It is also believed that taking a holy dip in these ponds on Monday of the Karthika month is considered to be sacred.

Festivals:

People throng this mountain during ‘Aati Amavasya’ and ‘Sona Amavasya’ for Teerthasnana (Dip in the ponds). The Renovated Bramhakalasha establishment day, Shivaratri, Nagapanchami and Sri Ganesh Chaturthi are the other festivals celebrated with pomp in this temple. The last Monday of the Karthika month is considered to be an auspicious and vibrant day as various religious and cultural programmes are held. Taking a dip in the ponds on this day is considered to be sacred. So, people are seen flocking the hill during this particular day.

Popular Beliefs: 

Devotees believe that by performing ‘Baliwadu Seva’ in this temple, people can overcome their fears. By performing ‘Pasharpane’ people can get relief from breathing problems, by performing ‘Thotilu Magu Seva,’ the barren can be blessed with children and with Tender Coconut Abhisheka all the desires will be fulfilled.

Route-Map:

Narahari Parvatha is located on National Highway 48, which connects Mangalore to Bangalore. It is 28 Kilometers away from Mangalore and takes about 45 minutes by drive to reach the destination. Once you reach B C road, it is 2 kilometers away from B C Road junction. Continue on the highway till you spot the temple entrance. Take this road and you will encounter a steep slope. Keep following the road and once the road ends, you will need to climb around 250 stairs.

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