Kateelu Durgaparameshwari Temple
Kateel or Kateelu (Tulu/Kannada: ಕಟೀಲು) is a temple town in the Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka, India. It is about 26 kilometers away from Mangalore 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 fascinating greenery. Thousands of devotees visit Kateel every day to seek blessings from goddess Durga Parameshwari. obtain the blessings of Durga Parameshwari
Past the Pravesha Gopura (entry tower) and before entering the railed bridge leading up to the shrine skirted by the river can be seen a huge rock. This is the Raktheshwai before the Devi took the form of female bee to kill Arunasura. She killed his flowers and his army in the form of Raktheshwari. The mother is found of music and dance and also of Yakshagana. When Yakshagana is being played in the car street of the temple She is believed to sit on a stool beside this stone and watch the performance. She is worshipped three times (at three joints of the day time) every day. On every Sankramana day devotees from the locality and form outside make offerings of coconuts.
ಇದು ಕಟೀಲಿನಲ್ಲಿರುವ ರಕ್ತೇಶ್ವರೀ ಬಂಡೆ ಕಲ್ಲು.
ದುಂಬಿಯ ರೂಪ ತಾಳಿದ ದುರ್ಗೆ ಈ ಕಲ್ಲಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಅಡಗಿ ಕುಳಿತಾಗ ಅರುಣಾಸುರ ಖಡ್ಗದಿಂದ ಬಡಿದ. ಆಗ ಆಕೆ ಆತನನ್ನು ಕೊಂದಳಂತೆ. ಅರುಣಾಸುರನನ್ನು ದುಂಬಿಯಾಗಿ ಬಂದು ಕೊಂದು ಭ್ರಾಮರಿಯೆನಿಸಿದ ದುರ್ಗಾಪರಮೇಶ್ವರೀಗೆ ಯಕ್ಷಗಾನ ಅತಿಪ್ರಿಯವಂತೆ.
ಆಕೆ ಇದೇ ಕಲ್ಲಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಕೂತು ಯಕ್ಷಗಾನ ನೋಡುತ್ತಾಳೆ ಎಂಬುದು ಪ್ರತೀತಿ.
After making the Darshana of Sri Devi, while doing the Pradakshina, the devotees comes across the shrine of lord Ganesh situated to the south of the sanctum sanctorum. He is seated facing south. In the hall in front of the shrine there is Yajnakunda in which the fire sacrifice is performed daily by the priests. Ganahome and Panchakajjaya are the favorites of Ganesh which the devotees specially offer to the lord.
The shrine of Shasthara is situated to the right of the shrine of Ganesh.
To the southwest of the main shrine is the abode of Kshetrapala. After the nightly Rangapooja, a special service offered on occasions and on festival days, a special pooja and coconuts are offers as service to Kshetrapala.
There are in the Temple two shrines of Naga. The one near shrine of Kshethrapala is in the inner yard of the Temple the other in the outer yard in the ‘Vana’ opposite of the Temple. Daily Abhisheka, special offering on Nagarapanchami are among the rituals performed at these shrines.
Shrine of Brahma
Past the Temple and second bridge, on way to the Annachatra, the dining house, is the shrine of Brahma to the south of the Temple. The devotees have found out by experience that avowing an offer of coconuts in the event of loss of precious possessions will ensure their restoration. On the sixth day of the annual festival takes place the grand ‘Bhoga’ worship to Brahma.
Adjacent to the junior college is situated the shrine of Chamundi and her family deities. ‘Bhoga’ worship is offered on a grand scale on the day of Vrishabha Sankramana.