Shree Durgaparameshwari Temple (Kateel Temple)
Kateel Shri Durgaparameshwari Temple
Kateel or Kateelu (Tulu/Kannada: ಕಟೀಲು) is a temple town in the Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka, India. It is about 29 kilometers away from Mangaluru and is considered one of the holiest temple towns in Hinduism. The main attraction of the town is the temple of Sri Durga Parameshwari.
The holy temple is situated on an islet in the middle of the sacred river Nandini amidst panoramic scenes and greenery. Thousands of devotees visit Kateel every day to seek blessings from goddess Durga Parameshwari.
The temple’s trust also encourages several forms of arts. Notable among them is the Yakshagana, dashavathara mela which was started as an offering to the goddess. Currently Kateel has six Melas performing Yakshagana. During Dussera, Navaratri and other annual celebrations several sacred rituals like, Chandika havana, thula bhaara, veda parayana, hari kathas etc. are performed.
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