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KOLLUR - MOOKAMBIKA DEVALAYA
The beautiful idol of Mother
Mookambika in sitting posture is installed on a pedestal about three feet in height.
She reveals herself with three eves and four hands - two upper hands holding sankha and
chakra, and the lower two are heightening
her glorious form with abhaya and varada mudras. She is worshipped in Saguna
rupa, and receives Sathwika puja only. The life size idol of the Mother,
resplendent with divine charm raises the hands of the devotees at the first
sight itself and fills their souls with bliss. Tradition says that this
Panchaloha image was installed by Sri Adi Sankara. And the Jyothirlilnga, lying
below the pedestal is self manifested and from the twenty eighth manvantara of
Dwapara yuga to the present is receiving worship started with kola Maharshi. The
garbha griha is quite spacious and is opened on three sides. Just below her feet
lies the Swayambhu linga representing Sakti and Siva amsas. The nityanaimithika
pujas offered to the MOTHER are according to Saivagamas introduced by temple for the first time.