Guddattu Vinayaka Temple near Udupi
Guddattu Vinayaka temple is located approximately 15 km from Kundapur in Udupi district. It is situated at the border of Kundapur and Udupi Taluks.
The Jaladhivasa Ganapathi (Vinayaka) temple, also called as Gudattu Vinayak temple is a very unique temple in India. It is one of the many ancient temples you will find in Udupi, situated at the foot of a huge rock which resembles a sitting elephant. The rock is surrounded by the forest and lush green paddy fields and creates a natural scenic beauty for the people to experience. The beauty of temple can be admired at its full during the festive season and especially during the Ganesha Chaturthi and Sankashtahara Chowthi. Thousands of devotees make it a point to visit the temple on these special occasions.
The history of Guddattu Sri Vinayaka Temple runs back about 700 years. It is believed that the three feet idol of Lord Vinayaka has emerged by itself from this rock. You can see the black stone sculpture of Lord Ganapathi in a sitting posture. His trunk, eyes and legs are also clearly visible. The cave is always filled with water which sinks the lord Ganapathi up to neck level.
Regular prayers are offered to the lord through poojas held in the temple. Apart from regular poojas, the temple is also famous for few special poojas like:
- 'Ayar koda seva', (Ayar means Thousand and Koda means Pot)
- Rudrabhisheka: Usually 'Rudrabhisheka' seva is performed in Shiva temple but it is performed here for Lord Ganapathi.
The temple is well managed by hereditary trustee, Sri G Ananthapadmanabha Adiga. It is well connected by train, air routes and roads. The closest airport is the Mangalore airport and the closest railway station is Udupi and also Kundapur. Guddattu Vinayaka Temple is about 35 km from Udupi and a mere 15 km from Kundapur. The temple is very close to Shankaranarayana; just 10 kms and you can reach easily via Halady - Bidkalkatte - Shiriyara.
This temple is a must see when you are on a tour of Udupi. Once visited, you will clearly agree that the temple is one of the most divine beauties in the entire southern India.