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Adhishakthyathmaka Sri Annapoorneshwari Temple Horanadu (90 km from Chikmagalur)

Published Date: 10-May-2024

A well-known pilgrimage among Hindus and among the top places to see in Chikmagalur, Annapoorneshwari Temple promises a unique spiritual experience, owing to its position on River Bhadra and the verdant beauty of Western Ghats all around. As the legend goes, in 8th-century, Agastya – the sage, established the icon of Goddess Annapoorneshwari (one of Goddess Parvati’s incarnations) here. What catches the eye is the way the entire idol is clad with gold, and devotees also believe that whoever pays a visit to the goddess will never go hungry. That’s because Anna means rice and Poorna means complete or perfect. The intricate carvings of the temple are awe-worthy, especially those on the gopuram, mandapam and ceilings. Festivals like Akshaya Tritya, Navratri and Rathotsaya are celebrated with a lot of splendour here.

  • Best time to visit: October to February
  • Timings: 7 am to 8:30 pm (Days for different Sevas might vary. Please check the website)
  • Ideal duration: 1 – 2 hours
  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Once you fly to Mangalore Airport, hire a taxi to reach the temple.
    • By Train: Reach Shimoga Railway Station and then take a taxi.
    • By Road: You will get buses from Bangalore and Mangalore to Horanadu. Then, take a taxi.
  • Best for: Among the most religious places to visit in Chikmagalur.
  • Tip: Don’t create unnecessary noise in the temple premises.
  • Nearby Attractions: Kalasa Temple, Ballalarayana Durga, Kudremukh National Park
  • Nearby Restaurants: Jayanna Canteen, Hotel Shree Annapoorneshwari, Amba Uphaar
  • Google rating and reviews: 4.8 rating and 33,000 reviews

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