Pick up From New Mangalore port by Air conditioned vehicle
Guided tour itinerary as follows.
Known as Mangaluru in the local language, was once a famous port, known in the 6th century as a major source of pepper. It was mentioned in writings of the 14th century Arab traveller Ibn Batuta, who noted its trade in pepper and ginger, and the presence of merchants from Persia and Yemen. Perhaps some of its good luck is due to its name, which comes from Mangladevi, the Goddess of Fortune.
Your first stop will be at a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Hoysala style Gokarnath temple was built by a Hindu businessman for the non Brahmins of Mangalore, who were denied entry to Brahmin Temples. The 11th century Temple, an important centre for the worship of Lord Shiva (one of the holy Hindu trinity), and the Natha-Pantha cult – an outgrowth of Hinduism. Enshrined in the unusual square and towered sanctuary are a number of superb bronzes. There is also a Shiva lingam that is believed to have the power to fulfill a wish made while pouring water on it. The main temple is surrounded by nine water tanks, and a number of smaller shrines dedicated to other gods, including Lord Ganesha, the elephant headed god who is the remover of obstacles; and the dynamic goddess Durga.
The temple also has traces of Buddhist influence, including a life-sized, three-faced, six-armed figure of a seated Bodhisattva with enameled eyes and an intricately carved crown.
Note: Guests must be able to walk approximately 1,800 yards, over flat surface and navigate approximately 36 steps. Comfortable shoes recommended. Proper attire is required to visit sacred sites. Shorts and short skirts are not allowed. Women must have their shoulders covered. Shoes must be removed prior to entering temples. It is recommended to bring along a pair of thick socks as the pavement may be hot. Photography is prohibited inside the sanctum sanctorum of Kadri Manjunath Temple.
Known as Savirakambada Basadi (Thousand Pillars Temple) built in AD 1462 Basadi of 1000 pillars,Moodabidri is a Jain holy city, home to 18 temples, although the Jains are only a tiny minority of the local population. The largest of the temples is the 15th century Chandranatha Basti containing 1,000 pillars, carved in astonishingly fine detail - no two are alike. It also has a valuable collection of metal and jewel-encrusted images of Jain prophets.
At the entrance is the huge monolithic pillar called the "Manasthambha", believed to guard the temple and meant to remind all who enter that they must leave their egos at the door, in order to be received by the Almighty once inside.
Jainism began in the same border region of India and Nepal as Buddhism, and at about the same time. The essence of this belief system is that all life is sacred, and that every living entity, even the smallest insect, has within it an indestructible and immortal soul. For this reason they are strict vegetarians. .After temple visit travel back to Mangalore.
The Romanesque-style St. Aloysius Chapel on Lighthouse Hill is sometimes referred to as the Sistine Chapel of South India. Its 19th century frescoes, painted by the Italian-trained Jesuit priest Moscheni, envelope the walls and ceilings in Biblical scenes. Whether or not it is due to his influence, the town does have a Roman Catholic population of about 20%, extraordinarily high for an Indian city. The rector will give you a brief introduction to the chapel’s history and bring your attention to some of the finer points of the paintings. Only photography without flash is allowed inside St. Aloysius Chapel.
Which is one of the oldest market place located in Hampankatta,the heart of Mangalore City.
This will be last place which you cover during this Day The Gokarnanatheshwara Temple, otherwise known as Kudroli Sri Gokarnanatha Kshetra, is in the Kudroli area of Mangalore in Karnataka, India. It was consecrated by Narayana Guru. It is dedicated to Gokarnanatha, a Hindu deity also known as Shiva. Compared to the other temples in and around Mangalore this temple was built recently. After this temple visit you will be transferred back to port.
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