Ananthashayana Temple - Karkala


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Distance (From Udupi): 37 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 30 Mins

Transportation Options: Bus / Cab

Travel Tips: Following places can be visited along with this place:

1. Chathurmukha Basadi - Karkala (< 1 Km)
2. Gomatheshwara Statue - Karkala (< 1 Km)
3. Neninath Basadi - Karkala (< 1 Km)
4. Sri Venkata Ramana Temple - Karkala (< 1 Km)
5. St. Lawrence Church - Attur (8 Kms)

At a distance of 37 Kms from Udupi & 50 Kms from Mangalore, Sri Ananthashayana Temple is an ancient temple located in Karkala. This temple is dedicated to Lord Ananthapadmanabha (another form of Lord Vishnu). This temple is situated near Sri Venkata Ramana Temple (about 1 Km) & Chaturmukha Basadi (about 1 Km).

This temple was originally a Jain Basadi in 15th century. During that time, Sringeri Jagadguru Sri Narasimha Bharathi Swamiji came to Karkala and the Jain King gave him a warm welcome. But Swamiji said he will stay only if there is a temple with Lord installed in it. The king gave the Jain Basadi to His Holiness Sringeri Swamiji and installed a stone sculptured of Lord Vishnu.

The magnificent idol of Lord Vishnu is carved out of a single black stone with Lord Brahma coming out of Vishnu's navel, and Sridevi and Bhudevi at his feet.

This temple is under the protection of Archaeological Survey of India.