Temple is located in Horanadu at a distance of 100 km from the Chikmagalur
district of Karnataka. Goddess Annapoorna is revered in this temple and
devotees from all across the Karnataka and India come to visit this temple.
This temple is situated on the banks of river Bhadra and is surrounded by a
deep dense jungle and valleys of the mighty Westeron Ghats. If you are a great
admirer of nature, then you are going to love this place. Before you entered
into the temple complex, you will be welcomed by a majestic and colorful
entrance. In every step you take towards the temple, you can feel the positive
and spiritual vibe within you.The name Annapoorneshwari means the goddess of
food grains(Anna) and there are very few Annapoorneshwari temples located all across India. This temple
is one of the important religious and spiritual hotspots for many devotees.
temple was built near about 400 years ago by Agasthya Maharishi in this
strategic location on the bank of river Bhadra. You can have free food or
Prasadam and shelter irrespective of your identity. This generous work of
offering food and shelter to devotees and pilgrims has been in the process
since this temple was built. The name of this temple and the motive to feed people is in the alignment
as the name Annapoorneshwari means feeding everyone. At times, this temple got
some renovations for the longevity of its structure and architecture, but
without hindering its original essence. You will have a great time and a soul
satisfying experience due to the ambience of the temple and its surrounding.
You wi;; get spellbound once you get a glimpse of Devi Annapoorneshwari. If you
are seeking some peaceful and spiritual experience, this temple is the one you
should put in your list.
Annapoorneshwari Temple was built centuries ago by the great Agasthya
Maharishi. You will be surprised to know that the temple premise is always open
for the devotees and free food and shelters are offered to the pilgrims. All
the maintenance and care of the temple is done by the Dharmakartharu or the
temple trustees. This place was not that big until the 5th Dharmakartharu and
was covered by the dense vegetation.
the year 1962, the renovation work of
the temple complex was completed by establishing a stone sculpture of Goddess
Annapoorneshwari with proper guidelines mentioned in Hindu scriptures,
Vastushilpa and Astrology. The Punapratisthapana (reestablishment) of Devi
Annapoorneshwari was celebrated on the sacred day of Akshaya Thadige in 1973.
Apart from that, a Mahakubhabhisheka was organised by Sri Abhinava Vidyatirtha
Mahaswamiji of Dakshinamnaya Sringeri Sharada Peetham.
Legend of Goddess
to the Hindu mythology, one day Lord Shiva and his wife Devi parvati were
joyfully playing the game of dice. In that game, Lord Shiva lost to Devi
Parvati and surrendered everything he owed to parvati. But Lord Vishnu advised
him to play the game again and this time, he won the game. But Devi Parvati was
not happy and got suspicious about Lord Shiva’s winning. They both went into an
argument and to stop them, Lord Vishnu had to intervene in that affair. He told
that he helped Shiva winning the game by creating an illusion. Lord Shiva also
said that everything in this world is an illusion(Maya) even the food we
Goddess Parvati didn’t quite agree with Lord Shiva’s philosophy and to prove
him wrong, she disappeared at once. When she disappeared, the nature lost its
vibe and all the living beings came to a standstill position. This situation
led the Earth towards drought and each and everyone cried for food. When Lord
Shiva saw the mayhem spread in the world, he understood that he was wrong and
took back his words, i.e., food was Maya(Illusion). Listening to Lord Shiva
that food is a basic need of every living being of the world, she reappeared
and started giving food to the living beings in the world. People also say that
Lord Shiva appeared in disguise in front of Devi Parvati and she offered him
food.That’s the very reason why Goddess Parvati considered as
will be welcomed by a grand entrance and can reach the main shrine of Goddess
Annapoorneshwari by climbing the steps leading from the entrance. There is a
Mandapa and a queue complex to the left of the temple entrance which will lead
you to the place where the food or Prasadam is served to all devotees and
pilgrims. You can witness many Hidu Gods and Goddess being sculpted on temple
complex. The art work can also be perceived on the ceiling of the temple with
some intricate and beautiful carvings.
idol of Goddess Annapoorneshwari is made from gold and is adorned with many
precious gems, jewelry,and clothing. The little space in front of Devi
Annapoorneshwari is for littng candle(Diya).
Pooja Rituals at
can attend the Maha Mangal Aarti at 9:00 AM, 2:00 PM and 9:00 PM. Devotees come
here with their newborn baby for name giving ritual and ceremony and with their
kids for the Aksharaabhyasam ritual before they send them to school.This is for
seeking for the blessing of generous Annapoorneshwari and Goddess Saraswati.
Festivals Celebrated at
Rathotsava: is celebrated annually in the
month of February to March for five days.
also known as Akshaya Tritiya which falls in April or May every year. This day
is considered as the birthday of Goddess Annapoorneshwari. It is an auspicious
day for all Hindus.
Navaratri: This day is the most
important festival celebrated in every part of India. It is celebrated for nine
long day between September to October.
Panchamrutha Abhishekam (performed on Fridays): INR
Panchamrutha Abhishekam (performed on all other days):
Rice Donation for Annadanam (Per Kilogram): INR 30
Full Set Prasadam (with kumkumarchana): INR 100
Kumkumarchana (Including Shri Prasadam): INR 60
Nandadeep (Per day): INR 50
Annadana Seva (one time): INR 6000
One Day Kainakary Seva to Goddess Annapoorneshwari and
Lord Ganpathi: INR 500
Shri Navagraha Pooja: INR 300
Ashtottara Kumkumarchana: INR 20
to Lord Ganapathi: INR 40
Sri Sathyanarayana Vratha: INR 300
Sri Sathya Ganesha Vratha: INR 300
Shurkravar Seva: Or Friday seva is performed for 52 weeks, ie., for one year on every
Friday: INR 2500 per year
Amavasya or Hunnime Seva: is performed for 52 weeks, ie., for one year: INR 1000
Shri Mahachandika Homa: INR 20,000
Shri Mahaganpati Homa: INR 15,000
Varshika Seva: INR 4000 for 4 years
Shaswatha Anandan Seva (permanent seva): minimum
amount payable is INR 1,00,000.00
Best Time To Visit
best time to visit Annapoorneshwari Temple is in winter(September to March) due
to the pleasant weather.
Stay Near Annapoorneeshwari
lodge lies in the close proximity to the temple. It is quite affordable for
devotees and pilgrims who comes here with their family. You can find this lodge
clean and pleasant. You can also get the cab facility to pick and drop service
Nivasa Lodge: This
lodge is administered by the temple administration and it lies quite close to
the temple complex. You can have a wonderful view of the temple and its
surrounding. The tariff of this lodge is between INR 250 to INR 2500. You will have all the
facilities along with some friendly and hospitable staff.
Tips For Visiting
1. You can go for some affordable accommodation
2. You need to provide your ID proof in order to stay
in the lodge under temple administration.
3. Carry an
umbrella or raincoat just in case you are planning to visit during monsoon.
4. You can have the Prasadam between 12:00 PM and 2:30 PM and 5:00 PM and 9:00 PM.
5.You should follow the traditional Indian dress code.
If you are a man, then you need to remove your shirt and put a towel or shawl
to cover your shoulder. Women don’t have any such dress code but it is good to
wear non-distracting dress.
How to Reach Annapoorneeshwari
can drive all along 50 km from the Chikmagalur in the road cutting through the
dense forest of Western Ghats. Once can also take the public bus services from
the main town of Bangalore.