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Srimath Anantheshwar Temple, Manjeshwar

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Srimath Anantheshwar Temple at Manjeshwar village, just outside the Karnataka-Kerala border, is a temple dedicated to Shesha or Ananta, the serpent God. This is one of the earliest temples belonging to the Gowda Saraswat Brahmins, and the history dates back to almost the 8th century. This is a tiny sleepy village, which my Grandma says, has remained largely the same as she can remember from her childhood. 

The temple is built in the typical style inherent to this part of Canara. It was renovated a few years back; best efforts were made to retain the old world charm, and they did. Why this temple intrigues me so much, is the number of stories, beliefs, and anecdotes associated with this temple. I've grown up listening to Grandma telling me stories from her childhood, how they'd go to the temple for lunch escaping from school and get caught there, how they'd wait for tasty evening snacks and paanak to be served, etc. 
The temple is situated at a lower level than the ground level, and one has to go down a slope. As kids, we'd run up and down the slope, even as elders would yell at us for doing so! The temple also has a tank attached, with ducks. There is also a serene river flowing across the road, and the view at sunset is very pretty. Sharing a few photos of the temple here.


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  1. Wonderful tour of the temple.

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  2. This temple certainly looks very interesting...esp all those carved images of serpent God!

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