Ceremony : English Calendar - 1537 A.D.
Hindu Calendar -
Vaishaka Shudda 15th Shaka, 1459
Deity : Lord Shri Venkatraman & Lord Shri Srinivas.
Families (approx) : 500 Families, Total Population : 4000.
Details : Can reach from Mangalore or Udupi by Road.
Festivals : a) Annual Chariot Festival: Vaishakh Shuddha
Panchami (April-May) b) Famous Karkal Laksha Deepotsava when one lakh
clay tray oil lamps glow all over Karkal. Kartik Bahula Panchami (Oct.-November)
and on the same day, during daytime c) Vanabhojana-symbolic
annual Tirupati Yatra, a day time festival when both the
Presiding Deities will go in a grand procession.
Activities/Social Events : Educational Institutions - S.V.T. Higher
Primary School, S.V.T Girls P. U. College, Shri Venkataramana Women's
(First Grade) college, Scholarships given & Matrimonial Services
Trustees : Shriyuts. K. Ramesh Prabhu. Tel. : 20311, B.
Krishna Shenoy. Tel. : 20653,
K. Mohandas Shenoy. Tel. : 20045.
is an ancient and renowned temple belonging to Gowda Saraswat Samaj.
From the records available it can be noted the reinstallation
ceremony was performed in the year 1537 A.D. The Presiding Deity 'Lord
Shri Srinivas' and the 'Utsava Murthy' Shri
Venkatraman both are
names of one and the same deity. Lord Venkatraman is known as "Bhakta
Vatsala", and any prayer offered with devotion is always answered.
Instances of miracles in answer to the Lord here are cited by many.
The Sacred Idol of the presiding deity here was brought by a saintly
a sanyasi who used to collect Kanika from the devotees to be taken
to Tirupati. He offered the Idol of Lord Srinivasa to the temple
here on condition that the Idol would be taken every year to
Tirupati along with the Kanika received. The Kanika received in the
name of the Lord of Tirupati is offered religiously to Tirupati
Temple, periodically in a pilgrimage called "Rama Dandu". So far five such Yatras in the History
of the Temple, the latest being in 1970, have taken place. Once a
year in a grand and ceremonious procession Lord Shri Srinivas is
taken out in golden mandapa and Lord Shri Venkatraman in the pallaki
for Vanabhojana which literally means an outing to the forest in a magnificent
Hagalu Utsav, in the eastern part of Karkala. Since
Tirupati is in the east, Lord Srinivas is supposed to have been taken
to Tirupati. Incidently, this is the only day in a year when the
Lord Srinivas is taken out of the temple. Thus the word given to the
sanyasi is symbolically kept up year after year. The presiding deity
over here Lord
is called the Lord of Tirupati by the devotees, as the daily poojas
here are almost like the ones offered at Tirupati. Therefore Karkal
is also known as "Padu Tirupati" (Western Tirupati). The
gold, silver & wooden "Vahanas” and also the other paraphernalia
of the temple, speak volumes about the glory and the greatness of
this temple. As a part of cultural activities the temple organises
concerts in Classical Music & Dance and also Hari Katha &
Spiritual Discourses etc regularly in the temple.
GSBs of Karkal love their Lord as a member of their
family. Wherever they are, during the annual celebrations they flock
to Karkal back and participate in the festivities. The temple has
four granite pillars with beautiful, artistic and intricate carvings
by the Late Shri Ranjal Gopal Shenoy, a master sculptor called the
Shilpi who had won many
national and international awards. His giant Buddha is adorning one
of the places in Japan also. The pillars suggest the great heights
the GSBs can reach if they make up their mind. Just across the
street is the giant - size Hanuman temple.
temple is a success story of combining religion with social and
cultural and educational activities.
Center of G.S.B. Excellence)
VENKATRAMANA TEMPLE (S. V. TEMPLE)
Karkala Car Street, Karkala - 574104. Tel. : (08258) 23011.