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Marikamba Temple, Sirsi

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The Marikamba Temple in Sirsi, Karnataka, India, is a Hindu temple dedicated to a form of the goddess Durga. It is also known as Doddamma Temple, with "Doddamma" denoting the "elder sister" of all Mariammas in Karnataka. The central icon is an eight-armed image of Durga, also known by the names Renuka and Yellamma. It was built in 1688. It is at a distance of to the east of Gokarna.
The temple's façade, a 19th-century addition, is painted blue. After one enters through the façade, there is courtyard in the middle, which has cloisters surrounding it. The cloisters are filled with images of deities from the Hindu epics. The changes made inside the temple have hidden any evidence of older structures. The sanctum sanctorum has the central image of a fierce form of the goddess Durga, multi-armed (eight shoulders), riding a tiger and killing a demon. It is believed that the 7ft image was retrieved from a pond on the road to Hanagal. The temple has very special paintings of murals in Kaavi art, an art form which was popular in the coastal Konkan region of Karnataka. In this art form, now extinct, the top plastered layer of the mural was first dyed with a red pigment, which when removed revealed a lower white layer of plaster over which the murals were created.
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  • We had a short 2 day trip from Hubli and this was our second stop after Gayathri Tapobhoomi. The temple is very beautiful so the experience along the trip. Our plan was to go directly to Gokarna but.....  more
    We had a short 2 day trip from Hubli and this was our second stop after Gayathri Tapobhoomi. The temple is very beautiful so the experience along the trip. Our plan was to go directly to Gokarna but.....  more »
  • Marikmba Temple Is is Located in Sirsi-Karnataka ....It Is Goddess DURGA Temple 🙏 This place is 84km from Gikarna, we friends travel from Mumbai first we visited Narsoba Wadi, then Kolpur Mahalaxmi.....  more
    Marikmba Temple Is is Located in Sirsi-Karnataka ....It Is Goddess DURGA Temple 🙏 This place is 84km from Gikarna, we friends travel from Mumbai first we visited Narsoba Wadi, then Kolpur Mahalaxmi.....  more »
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  • This temple is so clean and tidy even during Monsoons. It's accessible to nearest bus sirsi stop. Eyes of godess, Sri Maarikhambha devi is so mesmerising youl forget the world. After the darshan youl be given theertha where you can enjoy the painting and art that is dipicted on the walls of the temple.
  • Easily, the most synonymous of the landmarks with the town of Sirsi. The huge temple looks very pleasing to the eyes with those red murals, of Konkani architecture, adorning on the white background of the walls. The current day building was built in the late 17th century. The temple courtyard can hold hundreds of pilgrims at given point in time. The town of Sirsi is one of the cultural and heritage centres of Karnataka and this temple is the centre stone of the town.

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