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About Mangaladevi Mandir

The temple of Mangaladevi is of significant antiquity as the modern city of Mangalore or Mangaluru is named after the presiding deity. The sculpture of Goddess Mangaladevi is perhaps the earliest Durga sculpture in the South Kannada District. Located in Bolara, this holy shrine was erected in the 10th-century to reminisce the life of the Rajmata of Malabar, of the same name, who is said to have accompanied Yogi Matsyendranath, a prominent Guru of the Nath tradition. While the sage was on tour spreading his ideology, the Rajmata became his follower and sacrificed her worldly lifestyle to join the Nath Tradition. She settled down in Bolara and later her abode was transformed into a memorial with an image of the divine mother. This was the origin of Mangaladevi Temple, which was rebuilt by the erstwhile ruler of Mangalore. Built in Kerala style of architecture with most of its structure made of wood, the temple has shrines of various other deities around the sanctum too.

Historical Context: The city of Mangalore was formerly known by the name Mangalapur before it was anglicized by the British. The name Mangalapur comes from the deity Mangala Devi to which this temple is dedicated.

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