Recently, I visited Sringeri, Horanadu, Ambalpady, Anegudde, and Kollur. Off course, Kollur was my favorite place and I visited this temple more than 5-6 times. But, I did not get a chance to visit other places. South Canara district has many famous temples and in most of the temples we get very nice food free of cost. From Sringeri, Horanadu is 72 Km and there are plenty of private busses.
Idol of the goddess Annapoorneshwari is magnificent and is more than 5 feet in height. People are allowed to sit nearby the idol during the pooja. This gives us a chance to fill ourselves with the image of goddess and feel a sense of fulfillment.
Annapoorneshwari is the form of Goddess Bhagavati who is wife of Lord Shiva. Sanskrit meaning of Annapoorna is “full of food” and the person who seeks the blessings of the goddess will never have the problem of food. In my childhood we had a practice of reciting “Annapoorna stotram” everyday before having food (anna poorne sada poorne shankara pranavallabe…and so on). We used to remember her with this prayer and then have food.
Horanadu is situated around 350 Km from Bangalore and is 72 km from Sringeri. There are direct busses from Bangalore, Mangalore, Shimoga, and Hassan. On the way to Horanadu, you can fill your eyes with beautiful sceneries. I visited this place in the morning hours and almost the hilltop nearby the temple was covered with fog, it was beautiful. Both of the below pictures I have taken nearby Horanadu.
How to reach:
By Bus: There are numerous KSRTC and other private busses from Bangalore, Mangalore, Sringeri, Shimoga.
By Rail: Nearest railway station is Shimoga.
Afternoon: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Night: 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Adishaktyatmaka Sri Annapoorneshwari Temple