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Nandalike, poet Muddanna’s home

Nandalike is 15 km to the west of Karkala, the famous Jain heritage centre. Surrounded by eye-catching paddy fields and wooded greenery, this quiet village has an ancient temple of Mahalingeshwara and Mahaganapathi. The temple’s presiding deity, Mahalingeswara, known to be consecrated in 15th century by saint Vadiraja of Sode Mutt.

The village also has  a royal house called ‘Chavadi Aramane’, where  Arasa Heggade used to live. Believed to have been built in the 14th century, an aesthetically built royal residence, the Chavadi Aramane, has  also been home to the descendants of erstwhile rulers belonging to the Heggade family, now in charge of Mahalingesheara temple.

The principal deities, Mahalingeshwara and Ganapathi  apart, the temple has small but separate gudis (shrines) dedicated to daivas (deities) like Siri or Sathya Devatha (goddess of truth), Khadgeshwari, Gajamala, Bhutha­raja. Annappa, Veerabhadra, and Raktheshwari.

The annual festival of Nandalike temple is held in the second week of February. During the annual temple festivities, special Utsavas are held on two consecutive full moon days beginning February 15 and concluding on April 15.

Nandalike Lakshminaranappa (1870-1901), the 19th-century Kannada poet and writer, (famous for his outstanding literary works like ‘Muddanna-Manorame Samvada’, ‘Sri Ramashwamedha’, ‘Kumara Vijaya’ and ‘Rathavathi Kalyana’) much later came to be well recognised as Mahakavi Muddanna, was the native of Nandalike.

Mahakavi Muddanna’s birth anniversary is celebrated at Nandalike in January.

Sixteen kilometres from Padubidri, Nandalike is on the Mangalore-Padubidri-Karkala highway and is well connected by buses from Udupi and Mangalore.

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