Trip to Tulu Nadu: Part 1

Posted: August 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

This post is not a travelogue. It is just about my trip to Tulu Nadu narrated in 3 parts. You may not find more information about any specific place.

It was on a Friday, we decided to go for a long drive. Nothing was actually planned. My cousin came for the weekend. Made up our mind to drive down towards Tulu Nadu… Sun was at his peak. Heat, dust all over the place…it doesn’t bother us.

Our trip route was: Bangalore -> Hassan -> Dharmasthala -> Udupi-> Mangalore -> Kukke -> Bangalore

Started at 7:00 PM from the house and reached Hassan at 11:00 PM. Meantime, we had a break to have dinner in a Veg Hotel. Food was extremely delicious, could not believe that they would prepare so well, it was an excellent daal fry I ever had. It was not a dabha, still they managed to take our order even though it was closing time.
I have to appreciate their hospitality.

Bangalore to Hassan is approximately 198KM and takes 3 hours to reach.
We stayed in Sri Krishna Hotel. Started at 8 AM from Hassan towards Dharmasthala. After Shakleshpur, Shiradi ghat starts. Road is quite wide, but one can get struck behind monster trucks filled with Inflammable Gas. One dare not over take this. It’s like a nightmare to the drivers. We reached Dharmasthala at 11:00 PM. Amazing was the arrangement… food was too good. As it was peak summer; they had painted roads with white paint, so that it will be cool and we can walk. They had spread wet mats for more comfortable walk.

 

I have tried to explain the importance of Dharmasthala in some extent. If I miss something, you can add it.

Link to temple website: http://www.shridharmasthala.org/

Originally this place was called Kuduma, it has rich history of over 800 years. One day, angels in the form of human beings came to house of pious people, Barmana Heggade and his family. The couple received them with joy and respect. Impressed with the hospitality and the treatment given by the family, the angels appeared in their dream and promised to stay at Kuduma. They also ordered Barmana Heggade to give donations and food for the needy everyday. As per the wish of the angels Barmana Heggade built temples for Kalarahu, Kalarkai, Kumarswamy and Kanyakumari.

It has been told that the Shiva Linga in Dharmasthala was brought to Dharmasthala by a Daiva, a local deity with significant supernatural powers, named Annappa. Legend is that he used to work for the Heggade family. Once when the Heggade wanted to worship Lord Shiva, Annappa had assured him to get one linga and vanished from the sight. Surprisingly next day morning, by the time all woke up, he had already established the linga in Dharmasthala, a few metres away from Heggade’s house.

From then onwards, Heggade family continued to perform all the rituals and ceremonies.

In next part, I will be stating about the next travel spot, that is, Udupi.

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