Southadka – Maha Ganapati Kshetra
Popularly known as Maha Ganapati Kshetra, Southadka in Belthangandy taluk of Dakshina Kannada district is hailed as one of the many siddhi kshetras of the district. Surprisingly, not many from outside the district are aware of the existence of this temple.
The exclusivity of the place is Lord Maha Ganapathi is out in the open field without a ‘Garbha gudi’ and temple structure. It is surrounded by fascinating greeneries and open round the clock for offering prayers. The temple is decorated with a lot of Bells mainly, offered by worshipers who have special wishes. One can find a lot of monkeys inside the temple. The Mahapuja is performed every year in the month of January. The temple also serves food to all the devotees in the form of prasadam.
An open goshala (dairy animals shed), a line of negligible shops distributing pooja materials, a little sanctuary office where seva tickets and prasada can be purchased and a humble sanctuary kitchen that dishes up wonderful naivedya prasada is all that Southadka houses. The symbol of Lord Ganesha, introduced gloriously under the thickets of an old tree, is staggering, no doubt. A sparkling curve is everyone of that encompasses the lovely symbol in dark stone and, obviously, enormous metal lights. Directly before the Lord’s venerated image are columns of metal chimes attached to wooden shafts for aficionados to sound them amid the pooja.
As indicated by sanctuary specialists, of the numerous sevas offered at the sanctuary, the most famous one is the avalakki panchakajjaya seva performed all the time. The laddu prasada too shouldn’t be given a miss.
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