Kallianpur near Udupi
There is a developed hamlet about 6 kms from Udupi known as Kallianpur. The place has proper facilities such as colleges, schools, hospitals, transportation, etc. The village has maintained its tradition and culture since a long time now. Although the village is small but it is enriched with great values of culture and is also considered a holy place especially for the Hindus.
The village lies on the banks of the beautiful river Swarna on the east coast of the Arabian Sea and pertaining to its convenient position the village has many forts. The forts are true evidences of the famous Vijayangara rule in the place. Kallianpur also is home to many famous temples like the Kenchamma temple, the Veerabhadra temple, the Mahalingeshvara temple, Ganapati and the Venkataramana temple. These temples are from the Vijayangara period when it was ruled by the Kedladi Nayakas.
Sri Venkatramana temple is the most renowned temple of Kallianpur and is 350 years old. Lord Krishna is worshiped in the temple by the devotees with great belief. It is believed that the idol of Lord Krishna sitting in the temple was discovered from the river Swarna flowing by. Karthika Masa Depostsava, Kanakabhsheka, Varamahalaxmi Virta, Chandika Homa are the main cultural events held in the temple every year and is considered a huge time for celebrations.
People of the village are divided in different communities, the Godwa Saraswat Brahmins being the most dominant and prevailing ones. Their mother tongue is Konkani.
We all know about Manipal University and Dr. T.M.A Pai, founder of the university belongs from Kallianpur. He is also an outstanding educationalist and a person lover. The people of village including him still follow the surname of their forefathers. They apply Kallianpur in front of their first names.
The oldest temple of village is Sri Mahalingeshwara Temple. It is also known as the Eshwara Temple by people. Sri Kenchamma Temple is also another very famous temple of Kallianpur.
Religious Spots in Kallianpur VillageOther than temples for the Hindus, the village also has churches. They are beautifully carved with striking architecture. The Portuguese of Goa founded the church Nostra Senhora de Milagres now known as Milagres church. The church is devoted to Our Lady of Miracles. But the church was destroyed by Tipu Sultan and was again renovated by captives of Srirangapatna in 1806. It was last reconstructed in 1941. The fund collected from church helps in running schools (primary and high schools) and colleges (first Grade College) which make the villagers more proud of their place and they are happy with what they have.
The second church of village is the Mount Rosary Church. It is also known as the Church of Mount Rosary. In 1837 some Catholics were separated from Milagres church and then they built their own church with their own addition and alterations. The main reason of them withdrawing themselves from the Milagres church was because it was Parish Church. This church is today self-sufficient and even runs an English Medium School.
Public Utilities in Kallianpur VillageApart from places of worship the village has also made significant development in improving healthcare facilities. There is home for the aged people set up by sisters of Queen of the Apostles. They have named it as the Goretti Hospital. A project of 1 core has been sanctioned for cancer patients.
Syndicate bank, ICICI Bank, Corporation Bank, Vijaya Bank, the State Bank of India, etc. have their branches in Kallianpur.
Visiting Kallianpur will give you immense pleasure. Temples of lord Krishna on one side and the Churches on the other offers a great combination of representing India to the visiting tourists. It is a true representation of India.
If you are visiting Karnataka, then seeing Kallianpur is a must if you want to truly feel the culture and tradition of India.