Horanadu Annapoorneswari Temple
#8 of 17 Places to Visit in Sringeri
Distance (From Sringeri): 42 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 4 Hours/Half Day
Transportation Options: Bus / Cab
Travel Tips: None
At a distance of 29 km from Kudremukh, 42 km from Sringeri, and 70 km from Chikmagalur, Horanadu Annapoorneswari Temple is a famous temple situated in the thick forests of the Western Ghats in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka. It is one of the popular temples in Karnataka, and among the must include places in Sringeri tour packages.
Sri Annapoorneswari Temple is situated on the banks of River Bhadra and is also known as Sri Kshethra Horanadu. It is believed that this temple was established by Agasthya Maharishi. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Annapoorneswari, one of the incarnations of Goddess Durga. A new idol of the main deity was installed at the temple in 1973. It can also be visited along with Chikmagalur Tour Packages.
The temple is now known as Adi Shaktyatmaka Sri Annapoorneswari Temple. The recently renovated sanctum of the temple is surrounded by Adi Sesha while the Padma Peetha is formed by Ashtagaja, Koorma, and others. The main idol of the goddess is made of gold. The Goddess Annapoorneswari is seen standing on a peetha with four hands, each holding a Shanka, Chakra, Sri Chakra, and Gayathri Mantra. The name Annapoorneswari means feeding one and all. It is believed that a person who seeks Annapoorneswari's blessing will never face a shortage of food in life. It is believed that Lord Shiva once had a curse and that this curse was reversed when the lord visited Goddess Annapoorna and sought her blessings. All who visit this temple are provided with free breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Sri Annapoorna Sadhana and Baktha Nivas Lodge run by the temple administration provided accommodation to the pilgrims. Male devotees have to remove their shirts to enter into the central sanctum.
Navaratri and Maharathostava are the important festivals celebrated at this temple. A large number of pilgrims throngs to this temple on this auspicious occasion.
Puja Timings: 6:30 AM - 9 AM, 11 AM - 2 PM & 7 - 9:30 PM.
Temple Timings: 6:30 AM to 2 PM and 7 PM to 9.30 PM.