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Shri Annapurneshwari Temple

Horanadu is place which is located in the Western Ghats of the state of Karnataka in the middle of the valleys and thick green forests. In Horanadu, there is an old temple of the Goddess Annapurneshwari which has been restored since long. It has also been renamed as the Adi-Shaktyatmaka Shree Annapurneshwari.


The Goddess of Adishakthyathmaka, Annapurneshwari's prathistapana was taken up by the Agasthya Maharishi many centuries back. Then the hereditary dharmakartharu of the family was started around 400 years back. The temple had a very small covered area till the time of the 5th Dharmakartharu. It was surrounded by the forests and all types of natural vegetation. Few people used to visit the temple during those days and the traditional still continues but the number of visitors has increased drastically since then.


There is a single magnificent image of the Goddess where she is standing on a peeta with Devi Gayathri, Charka, Shanku and Sri Chakra in her hands. The name Annapurneshwari means the one who feeds all. The most unique thing about this temple is that anyone who visits this temple is served with food which includes all three meals of the day. In case, someone needs a place to stay that can also be arranged in the temple premises. The architecture of the temple is magnificent and it has been there since years.

The present Dharmakartaru of this temple is Shri Bheemeshwara Joshi. Lodging facility is also available at the temple by the Trust.

How to Reach

By Train

The nearest railway station is Shimoga and from there the distance can be travelled by road till Horanadu.

By Bus

The place Horanadu is well connected via road as various private buses and KSRTC buses commute to and fro from the place. The bus services are available on daily basis which makes it very convenient for the visitors. The distance via road from Bangalore is 330 km and from Chikmagalur, it is around 100 km.

By Air

The nearest airport is at Mangalore. One can also go to the Bangalore airport and then travel by road. Mangalore is around 136 kilometers from the Horanadu Shri Annapurneshwari Temple.

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