Shri Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple is located in Hampankatta, Mangalore, Karnataka.
The main deity is Lord Ganesha worshipped as Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple and is one of the ancient temples of Mangalore which has been standing for 800 years. The name “Sharavu” is derived from “Shara” which means arrow and has an interesting legend attached to it. Other deities are Kudroli, Mangaladevi, Kadri, Sharavu, etc. The temple is crowded on Festival days like Sankranthi, Ganesh Chaturthi and Dussehra are celebrated in a grand manner
This 12th-century story of origination is narrated in the famous Skanda Purna. Maha Ganapathi Temple was constructed by the Tuluva King Veerabahu and the deities of Sharabeshwara and Mahaganapathi are enshrined in the temple on the western side and the south side respectively.
Sri Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple Timings:
Morning: 5:00 PM to 12:00 Noon
Evening: 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Shri Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple History:
According to legends, the Shri Sharavu Maha Ganapathi temple was built by Tulu king, Maharaja Veerabahu to pay for the sin he caused when he mistakenly killed a cow instead of killing a tiger that was just standing by side of the cow. The king was unaware of the harmonious life of animals in the jungle and believed that the tiger would kill the sacred cow and in an attempt to save the cow he shot an arrow that hit the cow instead of the tiger. To pay for the error, he was instructed to install a Shivalinga and a sanctum sanctorum around and worship the Lingam every day of his life.
The images of Siddhilakshmi and Dashabhuja Maha Ganapati also reportedly appeared on the south wall of the temple after a few years. Since then, Maha Ganapati is also worshiped in the temple which has become the Shri Sharavu Mahaganapathi temple.
Shri Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple Address:
Sharavu Ganapathi Temple Road,
opp. Ideal Towers,
Karnataka – 575001.