Sowthadka Sri Maha Ganapathi Temple is ancient Lord Ganesha Temple located in Sowthadka, Kokkada Post, Belthangadi Taluk, Dakshina Kannada District, Karnataka. The speciallity of the is Mahaganapathi is in a open place without “Garbha Gudi” or the temple structure. It is surrounded by fascinating green spaces and is open 24 hours a day to offer prayers. The famous Kukke Subramanya temple is 35 km from Sowthadka Shree Mahaganapathi Temple and 16 km from Dharmasthala.
The temple is decorated with lot of Bells mainly, offered by worshippers who have special wishes. One can find lot of monkeys inside the temple. The temple also serves food to all the devotees in the form of prasadam.Temple is 6 km from Patrame on the banks of river Kapila.
It is about 16 km from Dharmasthala. The temple is adorned with many bells mainly, offered by devotees who have special wishes. One can find many monkeys inside the temple. The temple also serves food to all devotees in the form of prasadam. The temple is 6 km from Patrame, on the banks of the Kapila River.
The most popular Avalakki Panchakajjaya seva is performed on a regular basis in this temple. Avalakki Panchakajjaya is a delicious mixture of beaten rice, jiggery, til, coconut, honey and banana.
Sowthadka Sri Maha Ganapathi Temple Timings: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Sri Maha Ganapathi Temple Pooja Timings:
Abhisheka, Offering of Hannu Kai, Avalakki Panchkajjaya followed by pooja at 7:15 AM.
Offering Rice Naivedhya, Hannu Kai, Taambuladhi followed by Mahapooja to 12:15 PM.
Offering Naivedhya, Hannu Kai, followed by Mahapooja to 7:15 PM.
Sowthadka Sri Mahaganapathi Temple History:
According to the Southadka sthala purana, 800 years old Ganapati temple worshiped by a royal family was once destroyed by enemies. In order not to let the enemies destroy the beautiful idol of Lord Ganapati which was in the temple, the local cowherds took it with them and installed it in a place where the cucumber was cultivated in abundance. Since southe means cucumber and adka mean meadow in Tulu, the place quickly gained popularity as Southadka.
Local farmers harvested huge crops of cucumber, donated it to Lord Ganapati, and even wanted to build a temple here. But according to popular belief, Ganapati honored his dreams and asked them not to build a temple for him in Southadka, as this would mean restrictions for devotees visiting the place to seek his blessings. The Lord expressed his desire to remain in the open without a formal structure surrounding it so that the faithful could access it around the clock. Lord Ganapati’s wish was the mandate of the farmers and to this day the Lord sits majestically in the verdant surroundings of Southadka, blessing his devotees 24/7.
Sowthadka Sri Mahaganapathi Temple Seva:
- Moodappa Seva
- Maharanga Pooje
- Ranga Pooje : 12 Agalu
- Ranga Pooje : 24 Agalu
- Ranga Pooje : 48 Agalu
- Ganahoma : 12 Coconuts
- Ganahoma : 48 Coconuts
- Ganahoma : 108 Coconuts
- Sathyanarayana Pooje
- Vivaha Sthala Kaanike
- Upanayana Kaanike
- Maha Pooje
- Annapraashana Kaanike
- Ashtotthara Archane
- Nanda Deepa (For One Day)
- Avalakki Panchakajjaya
- Vaahana Pooje : 2 Wheeler
- Vaahana Pooje : Light Wheeler
- Vaahana Pooje : Heavy Vehicle
- Shaashvatha Pooje for One day every year
- Teertha Prasad
- Kadle Panchakajjaya
- Laadu Prasada
- Kalasha Sthaana
- Appa Prasada
- Appa Seva
Note : 1 to 12 and No 30 sevas in advance to perform sevas, please inform in advance.
Sowthadka Ganapathi Temple Festivals:
Ganahoma of 1 (one) coconut is performed daily
Maagha Shuddha Chouthi celebrated as an Annual Festival
Sowthadka Shree Mahaganapathi Temple Address:
Dakshina Kannada District
Karnataka – 574198.