Polali Shree Rajarajeshwari Temple is situated in Polali, Dakshina Kannada District, state of Karnataka. Polali Shree Rajarajeshwari Temple is believed to be built by the King Suratha early in the 8th century AD and later it was contributed by many dynasties who ruled over the region. And it is said that the dynasties who ruled this region in various times have offered agricultural lands for the development of Polali Shree Rajarajeshwari Temple and encouraged the worship of Goddess Shri Rajarajeshwari.
The idol of the presiding deity Goddess Shri Rajarajeshwari which is made of clay is said to be 5000 years old. The mythology says that the King Suratha was betrayed by his ministers of the kingdom and lost most of his kingdom in a war. And it is said he performed penance towards Goddess Shri Rajarajeshwari by making an idol of the goddess out of clay, in return for his kingdom.
The primary deity of this Polali Shree Rajarajeshwari Temple is Goddess Shri Rajarajeshwari, made of clay and contains medicinal properties. The other deities of this temple are Lord Subramanya, Goddess Bhadhrakali, Lord Mahaganapathi and Goddess Saraswathi. Polali Shree Rajarajeshwari Temple has been glorified in many ancient epics like Markandeya Purana, Ashoka Purana etc.
And it is said that King Suratha offered his own crown, decorated with auspicious jewels, to be placed on the holy head of the deity Goddess Shri Rajarajeshwari. The roof of the temple are adorned with beautiful wooden carvings which houses many gods and goddesses.
- Morning Pooja is conducted at 8.30 am
- The noon Mahapooja is conducted at 12.30 pm
- The night Pooja is conducted at 8.30 pm
Special Poojas conducted in this temple are:
- Simha Sankramana
- Souramana Ugadi
- 4th day of Bhadrapada Shukla
- Kadiru Habba
- Navarathri – March or April
- Deepavali – October or November
- Kartika Bahula Padya – November
- Laksha Deepotsava (on new moon day of the Karthika month) – November
- Subramanya Panchami and Shashti Festivals – December
- Dhanurmasotsava – March
- Mahashivarathri Festival – February
- Polali Chendu Festival – March
Buses and taxis are available from Bangalore, Mysore, Hasan, Mangalore, Puttur, Madikeri, Sullia, and Dharmasthala and for other major places.
The nearest Stations are Nettana Railway Stati about 12 Kms, Uttur railway Station about 60 Kms, Mangalore railway Station about 110 Kms.
The nearest airports temple are Mangalore Airport about 120 Kms and Bangalore International Airport about 300 Kms.
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