I visited Ambalpady Mahakali temple around three months ago but couldn’t post because of some personal reasons. I heard this temple name around 10 years back in Hubli. There in a hotel they had kept picture of the goddess to get rid of a spirit. This temple is situated around 2-3 km from Udupi, Karnataka on NH-17. Idol of goddess is big around 6 feet height. In most of the temples where Shakti (mother goddess) is worshipped there Shiva is also worshipped but here in this temple premises another temple of Lakshmi Janardhan is also situated.
The name Ambalpady is derived from Amba meaning mother and Padi meaning “Top of a hill” in local language Tulu. One more specialty of this temple is “Oracle” where mother goddess talks to its devotees through a person called PATHRI. This happens on every Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. During this occasion personal problems of people are heard and provided solutions.
Lakshmi Janardhan is the form of God Mahavishnu. Most of the devotees visiting Mahakali temple also visit this temple. I visited this temple in the morning hours and there were very less devotees in the premises. In my opinion it is better to visit temples in the non-festive season as it will be less crowded. We can have a better “Darshan” of the deity.
How to reach:
Nearest Railway Station: Udupi.
Nearest Airport: Mangalore.
By Bus: Reach Udupi and ask anybody about Ambalpady you will get the directions to reach the temple.
Udupi is on NH-17 around 1 hour journey from Mangalore.