Idagunji Ganesha Temple

Idagunji is a sacred place of Hindu worship in Honnavara taluk of Uttara Kannada (North Canara) district. The famous temple at Idagunji is dedicated to Lord Ganapati, receiving more than 1 million devotees per year. Idagunji is about 14 kms southeast of Honnavar. The two handed Ganapati is holding Modaka and Padma (Lotus) in his hands. One can see Ganapathi at Idagunji is similar to the Ganapathi at Gokarna. It is an ancient temple, with a history dating back 1500 years.

The Shree Vinayaka Devaru is a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Ganesha (Vinayaka), located on the West Coast of India in the Idagunji town in Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka. The temple's popularity as a religious place is recorded by about 1 million devotees visiting it annually. It is one of the six famous Ganesha temples on the west Coast of India, which is also popularly called the "Ganesha Coast". The best puja offering that a devotee offers to Ganesha is garike grass(doorve) which is sold in the kiosks of the temple. Many other poojas can also be performed by the devotees. Free lunch is offered to all devotees.

Distance from Gokarna to Idagunji, Karnataka is 68.6 km and takes around 1 h 27 min via Edapally - Panvel Highway. Distance from Bangalore to Idagunji, Karnataka is 503.4 km and timetakenfor travel is around 8 h 23 min via NH4. From Mangaluru, Idagunji, Karnataka is around 177.6 km and takes around 3 h 44 min via Edapally - Panvel Highway.

The central icon of the Idagunji Temple dates to 4-5th century CE. The image of Ganesha in dvibhuja style, similar to that of the Gokarna Ganesha temple, nearby Idagunji. He has two arms and is standing on a stone slab. His right hand holds a lotus bud, and he holds a modak sweet in other hand. He wears a garland across the chest in the style of a yagnopavita (sacred thread). Ganesha is adorned with a necklace of small bells. A rat, the vahana or vehicle of Ganesha, always depicted alongside Ganesha, is not depicted in this image. The image is 83 centimetres (33 in) tall and 59 centimetres (23 in) in width and is placed on stone pedestal.

Festivals at Idagunji Mahaganapathi Temple

You can visit this temple during September, during the festival of Ganesh Chathurthi. Makara Sankranthi, Maha Shivarathri, Holi, Ugadi, Ramanavami, Nagara Panchami, Raksha Bandhan, Janmashtami, Ganesha Chaturthi, Vijayadhashami and Deepavali are the main festivals celebrated. Makara Sankranthi is celebrated in the month of 'Magha'.Sankranthi is a harvest festival and celebration of spring on the occasion of the 'ascent' of the sun to Uttarayana (the north). Shivaratri means 'the night of Shiva'.Maha Shivaratri falls on the 13th (or 14th)day of Palguna Masa.This festival is celebrated in the name of Lord Shiva. Holi falls on a full moon day of Paluna Masa. This festival bring new hope for all the people as it marks the end of chilled winter days and the beginning of the summer.

Ugadi has its derivation from two terms Yuga and adi. Yuga means era and adi the beginning. So,Ugadi is the beginning of the new era .It is the Hindu New Year.The important ritual on this day is 'Panchanga Sravanam' where the priest or the eldest member of the family reads the important happenings of the year from the new 'Panchanga'. Ramanavami is the celebration of birth of Lord Rama. Rama, the seventh incarnation of Vishnu was born on the ninth day of the bright half of the Chaitra (March - April) in Ayodhya, in the Treta Yuga, the Second Age. On this great day Lord Rama is prayed to and worshipped by his devotees by chanting Rama mantra and singing devotional songs.

Nagara Panchami is a day dedicated for the worship of serpents.This is celebrated on the fifth day of full moon in Shravana month. Hindus worship serpent in the form of a deity. They have a belief that the earth is placed on the head of Adishesha or Vasuki, Vishnu, the God of Vaishnavas, has made Naga as his bed and thus Vishnu is Nagashayana. While Shiva, the lord of Shaivas, is Nagabharana, having used serpent as ornaments. Ganapathi also tied his belly with a reptile to symbolise the importance of control on senses. Raksha Bandhan is a festival celebrating the bond of affection between brothers and sisters. The day when the siblings pray for each others' well being and wish for each others' happiness and goodwill. As the name 'Raksha Bandhan' suggests, 'a bond of protection', Raksha Bandhan is a pledge from brothers to protect the sister from all harms and troubles and a prayer from the sister to protect the brother from all evil. Janmashtami is celebrated every year on the 8th day of the dark fortnight that is also known as the Krishna Paksh. It is the celebration of birth of Lord Krishna.

Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated on the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the god of wisdom and prosperity on the fourth day of 'Bhadrapada Maasa'. Navarathri and Vijayadasami are the festivals celebrated over a period of ten days. Deepavali is celebrated on the 13th day of the dark fortnight of the month of Ashwin (October / November).

Legend & Mythology of Idagunji Ganapathi Temple

The importance of the temple is attributed to a legend, occurring at the end of the Dwapara Yuga (the third Hindu epoch or era) before the onset of Kali Yuga (the present epoch or era). Every one feared the advent of Kali Yuga, as the god Krishna was about to leave earth for his divine abode at the end of Dwapara Yuga. Sages started performing austerities and prayers seeking Krishna’s help to overcome all impediments of Kali Yuga. Sages led by Valakhilya started rituals in Kunjavana, a forest area on the banks of the Sharavati River in Karnataka which joins the Arabian Sea. During this period, he encountered many obstacles in performing the sacrifice and was very disturbed. He, therefore, sought the advice of the divine sage Narada, seeking suitable ways to tackle the problem. Narada advised Valakhilya to seek the blessings of Ganesha - the remover of obstacles - before restarting his sacrifice.

At the request of the sages, Narada selected a site for the rite on the banks of the River Sharavathi, at Kunjavana, seeking Ganesha's intervention. Even the Hindu Trinity (the gods Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva) had visited this place in the past to bring an end to the demons who were involved in destroying the earth. The gods had even created the sacred lakes Chakratirtha and Brahmatirtha at that time. Narada and the other sages created a new sacred pond called Devatirtha. Narada invited the gods and requested Ganesha's mother Parvati to send Ganesha. The rites were performed and hymns recited extolled Ganesha. Pleased by their devotion, Ganesha consented to remain at the site to help them conduct the rituals without any trouble. On this occasion, one more lake was also created and named as Ganesha-tirtha to fetch water to the temple. The same location is now called the Idagunji, where the Ganesh Temple was built by the devotees around 4th-5th century CE.

Idagunji Ganesha Temple Address

Shri Vinayaka Devaru, Idagunji
Melina Idagunji, Honnavara (North Kanara)
Karnataka, India - 581 423
Phone Number: (08387) 247227, (08387)296827

Name of the temple Shree Vinayaka Devaru, Idagunji
Organisation of the temple Vedha and Sanskrita Patashala are run by the Trust
Speciality of the temple Panchakhadya is prepared for Lord Ganapathi
It is the special prasada of this temple
Opening and closing timings Morning timings 6.00 AM - 1.00 PM
Afternoon timings 3.00 PM - 8.30 PM
Abhisheka Morning abhisheka at 700 AM
Maha Abhisheka at 1100 AM
Evening abhisheka at 700 PM
Pooje timings Morning pooje at 800 AM
Maha Pooje at 1230 PM
Evening pooje at 800 PM
Horoscope facility Horoscope facility is available at the temple
Matrimonial facility Kalyana Mantapa is available for marriage. In addition to this, Thread Ceremony and Chavala functions are also conducted.
Other facilities Free Bhojana facility is available for all devotees at noon, in "Mayura Prasada Bhojanalaya" at Idagunji temple.
Projects "Mayura Prasada Bhojanalaya" is a completed project. Cottage, Sanskrita Patashala and General School are few other projects
Accomodation Accomodation facilities are available at Idagunji Devasthana. Also accomodation facilities are available at the near by places like Honnavar, Kumta and Bhatkal
Nearby attractions Murudeshwara, Gokarana, Apsarakonda, Kasarkod Beach, Sharavati River, Ram Thirtha and Laxmana Thirtha are some of the near by attraction places

Manki Mavinakatte is 4 Kms away. The nearest railhead is at Honnavar. Murudeshwar is 20 Kms, Gokarna 50 Kms, Bhatkal 36 Kms and Manjuguni 74 Kms.

Poojas and Sevas

Seva Seva Description Amount in Rs.
Aarati Pooje performed to Lord Ganesha with lighted lamp 5-00
Bagila Jatakan Pooje Pooje performed near the door to Mooshaka by offering bunch of banana 5-00
Chandanabhisheka [5 pots] Abhisheka to Lord Ganesha with 5 pots of chandana 5-00
Modhaka Naivedya [Article extra] Modhaka, the sweet is offered to Lord Vinayaka 10-00
Panchamrata Panchamrata, a sweet made out of 5 items like milk, ghee, curd, honey and jaggery is offered to God Ganesha 10-00
Trishati Archane to the Lord by chanting 300 names of Ganesha 10-00
Doorvarchane Doorve, three bladed grass is offered to Lord Ganesha 15-00
Kumkumarchane Kumkum , a special red powder is offered to Vinayaka 15-00
Vahana Pooje Pooje performed to vehicles 15-00
Appane Cheeti Seeking permission(Appane) of Lord Ganesha by writing a letter(cheeti) and placing it on right and left foot of the Lord. If the letter on the right falls,it is considered 'YES' and left suggests as 'NO'. Usually done before buying vehicle,house or site, marriage and joining a job. 20-00
Ashtottara Shatanama Pooje performed to the Lord by chanting 108 names of Ganesha 25-00
Rudrabhisheka Pooje performed to Lord Vinayaka by chanting 'Rudra Mantra' and abhisheka by water 25-00
Kalpokta Sahasranama Pooje performed to the Lord by chanting 1000 names of Ganesha 50-00
Hoovina Pooje Pooje performed to Lord Ganesha with flowers 50-00
Phala Panchamrata Phala Panchamrata, a sweet prepared with milk, ghee, curd, honey, jaggery, fruits, raisins, dates and different types of dal are offered to Lord Ganesha 50-00
Upanishat Parayana (21) Prayers to Lord Vinayaka by chanting 21 Upanishath mantras 50-00
Tulabhara [Article extra] Offering an item equal to the weight of a person. Item can be coconut, fruits, rice, arecanut or even silver 100-00
Benne Alankara Seve [Bring Butter] Lord Ganesha is decorated in butter and the pooje is performed to him 100-00
Aksharabhyasa Pooje performed to MahaGanapathi when the child starts reading and writing. 100-00
Sarvabharan Pooje Pooje performed to Lord Vinayaka by decorating Him with silver ornaments 300-00
Yearly Sankashti Seve Pooje performed on Sankashti every month for 1 year. Prasada of Sankashti seve is sent to the devotees for 12 months 300-00
Maha Pooje Maha abhisheka and pooje performed to Lord Ganesha at noon 400-00
Ganahoma [1 Coconut] Homa performed by offering 1 coconut to Ganapathi 401-00
SatyaGanapathi Vratha Worship of Lord Ganapathi by offering Him fruits, flowers, prayers and reading the Sathyaganapathi Katha 401-00
SatyaNarayana Vratha Worship of Lord Satyanarayana (form of Lord Vishnu) by offering Him fruits, flowers, prayers and reading the Sathyanarayana Katha 401-00
Shanikathe Worship of Lord Shani deva by offering Him fruits, flowers, prayers and reading the Shani Katha 401-00
Shashwatha Seve [Yearly 1 day] Seve to Lord Vinayaka on the day specified by the devotee 501-00
Vinayaka Shanthi Pooje to Lord Vinayaka before starting any good work. Usually done before celebrating a marriage, joining a job,etc 1201-00
Shani Shanthi Pooje performed to God Shani 1201-00
Nityanandadeepa [1 Year] A lamp is lite, everyday for the whole year in devotees name 1500-00
Shashwatha Annadana Seve [Yearly 1 day] Prasada bhojana is served to all devotees visiting Idagunji devasthana on a day specified by the donor. Ganapathi prasada is sent to the donor 1501-00
Sarvalankara Pooje Pooje performed to Lord vinayaka by decorating Him with gold ornaments 1501-00
Shashwatha Sankashti Seve Pooje performed on Sankashti day every month for a lifetime. Ganapathi prasada is sent everymonth to the devotees. 2000-00
Sankashti Udyapana Vrata [Special] Sankashti vrata which is followed by a devotee every month is concluded (closing ceremony) by performing a homa (big scale) 3001-00
Moolamantra Modaka Havana Havana performed by chanting Ganapathi Moola mantra and offering 1008 Modaka to homa 3001-00
Sarva Seve of 1 day All seves performed to MahaGanapathi in one day 3001-00
Upanishat Havana [By 4 Dravya] Havana performed by chanting Upanishat mantra and offering 4 items like dhoorbe, Samidha, Hodhlu and Modaka to homa 3501-00
Navagraha Shanthi Pooje performed to 9 Grahas,namely, Soorya, Chandra, Mangala, Budha, Guru, Shukra, Shani, Raahu and Kethu. 3601-00
Upanishat Havana [By Modaka] Havana performed by chanting Upanishat mantra and offering Modaka to homa 4001-00
Shashwat Ganahavana / Satya Ganapati Vrata / Satya Narayana Vrata [Yearly 1 day] Ganapathi havana performed by offering 8 items namely, Modaka, Avalakki, Hodhlu, Yellu (Thill), Hittu(Flour), Banana, Coconut and Sugarcane to homa 5001-00