Kateel Shri Durgaparameshwari Temple Timings:
Temple Timings: 4:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Darshan Timings: 5:30 AM to 9:30 PM
Kateel Shri Durgaparameshwari Temple Importance :
1) The Linga of the main deity, Goddess Durga Parameshwari is an Udbhavalinga which means that it is self-manifested and not installed by anyone. The Linga is decorated in the form of Goddess Ambika, a form of Durga who symbolizes marital and family harmony.
2) The Goddess is bathed with tender coconut water as it is believed that it is her favorite drink. No one drinks Tender coconut water in the Kateel Durga Parameshwari Temple without offering it to the Goddess first. As per the legend, the Goddess appeared as the dancer Mohini in Arunasura’s garden.
3) The Sanctum of the Kateel Durga Parameshwari Temple is perpetually wet and the Kumkum offered to the devotees is always wet. It is believed that River Nandini blesses the devotees in this way. The Temple is primarily visited by devotees to settle family and property disputes as well as to relieve themselves from heart-related diseases and infections.
4) The Annadanam is performed in the Kateel Durga Parameshwari Temple twice daily. Thousands of pilgrims are fed daily in the huge kitchen that is well equipped with all the modern amenities. During the Mesha Sankranama, the Balimoorthi or the Utsava Moorthi is worshiped in the Annadanam hall in front of heaps of rice and coconut.
5) The Kateel Mela is a unique and popular feature attributed to the Temple. The tradition began in the mid-19th century and continues till date. The Kateel Durga Parameshwari Temple currently has five troupes of Yakshagaana artists who perform the art and drama of the Yakshagaana for the devotees.
6) The Kateel Durga Parameshwari Temple provides a large number of special services named as “Prayschitha Seva” that can be performed at the Temple premises. These Sevas are Chandika Yagna, Tender coconut Abhishekam, Trikala Pooja, Griha Shanti (akin to the Navagraha Pooja), Durga Homam, Mrityunjaya Homam, Siver Chariot festival and the Golden Palanquin festival.
7) The Theerthasnana or bathing in the Theertha (holy water) in the Temple is considered as extremely sacred. It is believed that one can redeem himself from his sins and fight misfortune in his life after taking a Snana or bath with the holy water.
8) The Golden Chariot housed at the Temple Complex is the biggest Gold Chariot in Karnataka. The value of the chariot can be estimated at Rupees four billion.
Kateel Shri Durgaparameshwari Temple Festivals:
1) Annual Festival for eight days from Mesha Sankranthi
3) Chamundi Bhoga
4) Hatthanadhi Festival
5) Nagara Panchami
6) Simha Sankramana
7) Sowra Rigupakarma
8) Shri Krishna Janmashtamai
9) Kadiru Habba – Navanna
10) Shri Ganesha Chathurthi
14) Tulasi Pooja
Temples near Kateel Shri Durgaparameshwari Temple:
1) Kudupu Sri Anantha Padmanabha Temple is just 22 km away from Kateel town. The presiding deities is Lord Anantha (Lord Shiva) and Lord Padmanabha (Lord Vishnu).
2) Sri Udupi Krishna Temple is just 25 km away from Kateel town and presiding deitie is Sri Krishna in a Bal Avatar
3) Polali Sri Raja Rajeshwari Temple is just 23 km away ffrom Kateel town. This ancient temple is an 8th century and the presiding deity Sri Raja Rajeshwari. The idol of Sri Raja Rajeshwari is 10 feet.
4) Nelliteertha Temple is just 20 km away from Kateel town. The presiding deity is Lord Somanatheshwara, a form of Lord Shiva.