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Polali Rajarajeshwari Temple
Polali Rajarajeshwari temple is located at Polali in Kariyangala Village of Bantwal Taluk in Dakshina Kannada District. The village is surrounded by high hillocks and wide paddy fields.
Polali, an important seat of Shakti worship is located at a distance of 30 km from Mangalore and situated about 200 yards from the Phalguni River.
It is believed that the temple was built in 8th century AD. King Suratha got constructed this temple, installed the image of Goddess Rajarajeshwari and placed his own crown on the head of the deity.
The big image of the Goddess is made up of Clay; the height of the Goddess is more than nine feet and wears an amazing crown made of precious gems.
Lord Mahaganapathi, Lord Subrahmanya, Goddess Bhadrakali and Goddess Saraswathi are other deities adorn the sanctum sanctorum.
The annual festival begins in the month of March and lasts for one month. The deity is placed on 'Prabhavati', a beautifully adorned circular crown-like structure. Polali chendu, a football game played during the temple festival is very popular.
Other festivals like Sivarathri, Gokulashtami, Navaratri, Deepavali, Sashti and Dhanur mahotsavam is celebrated with great devotion.
Sri Rajarajeshwari Temple,
Polali, Bantwal Taluk,
Dakshina Kannada District,
Distance from Polali
Mangalore: 30 km
Udupi: 70 km
How to get there
Nearest Airport: Mangalore
Nearest Railhead: Mangalore
Road: Polali is well connected by roads. There are buses plying between Mangalore and Polali every ten minutes.
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