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Annapoorneshwari temple - Horanadu, Karnataka

Annapoorani is the Goddess who provides nourishment to all. The original temple dedicated to Goddess Annapoorani is at Kasi (Varanasi). She is depicted with a bowl of annam (food) in her left hand a ladle filled with food in her right hand. Lord Siva is sometimes depicted with a bowl ready to receive food from Sakthi - Annapoorani.

This depiction does not mean that Siva has been humbled as a beggar and Sakthi is the powerful provider. Hinduism is very symbolic. Several basic truths are revealed in each picturisation.

Annapoorani is shown with a bowl in the left hand full of food and a laden spoon in the right hand. The full bowl shows that she has abundant supply, but what is more significant is that she has a laden spoon showing that she is always willing and ever ready to serve.

All natural flow of energy is from a higher level to a lower level. The receiving hand of Siva is therefore shown lower, accepting the Sakthi for fruitful application. Also, the receiver should be aware of his needs to go and seek it at the right place. The outstretched arms means he is ready to accept and the bowl indicates that he has the means to collect and store so that the Sakthi he receives will not be wasted.

When we say Brahma is the God of creation, Vishnu the God of protection and Siva the God of destruction, it does not really mean that Brahma is busy only when he initially creates the world and Vishnu only when he takes his avatars to protect or Siva only when he destroys at the end. There is no real beginning or end. The three forces are ever active, and ever present. And when it is said Siva is the Lord of destruction, it means he is ready to destroy evil and the unwanted (not the destruction of the world), getting matter ready for the process of creation and in this job Siva and Sakthi work hand in hand.

Horanadu on the western ghats, situated 100 kms south-west of Chikmagalur, on the banks of the river Bhadra is a place of abundant natural beauty with thick vegetation.
The temple for Goddess Annapoorneshwari in Horanadu, Adi-Shaktyatmaka Shree Annapoorneshwari is believed to have been built originally by sage Agasthyar. For the past 400 years, the temple is now being maintained by successive members of a family who have been instrumental in renovating the temple and performing the rites. The Goddess Annapoorneshwari is seen in a standing posture on a peeta with Shanku, Chakra, Sri Chakra and Devi Gayathri in her four hands.

The uniqueness of this temple is that all visiting devotees are provided with food (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) and sleeping facility in the temple premises.

The Dharmakartharus - Sri D. Shankara Narayana Jois, D.S. Bhima Jois, D.B. Venkata Subba Jois, 2nd D.V.Bhima Jois, 2nd D.B.Venkata Subba Jois, D.V. Gajendra Prasanna Jois and G.Bheemeshwara Joshy (7th present Dharmakartharu in 2009). The 5th dharmakartharu late.D.B.Venkatasubba Jois renovated the temple according to sastras in 1962 and in 1973 Mahakumbhabhisheka was performed by his Holiness Shrimad Jagadhguru Shankaracharya Abhinava Vidyathirtha Mahaswamiji of Daksinamnaya Shringeri Sharadapeetam, Sringeri. The 6th dharmakartharu Sri D.V.Gajendra Prasanna Jois constructed the navagraha temple in 1981 and established the latest steam cooking system, bathrooms, toilets, annachathra, drainage system in the village, "free brahmopanayana" every year, construction of rooms for pilgrims, labour colony providing free clothes to the temple employees and their family members during the car festival every year.

Pooja timings: Morning 6:30 am - 9:00 am ; Noon 11:00 am - 2:00 pm ; Evening 7:00 pm 9:30 pm.
Accommodation is available and will be provided by the temple Trust to pilgrims if available.

Accomodation Address:
Adi-Shaktyatmaka Shree Annapoorneshwari Temple
HORANADU, Chikmagalur District 577181
Locations nearby: Kemmangundi Hill station, Sringeri Mutt, Belavadi Viranarayana Temple, Amrutheshwara temple at Amruthapura.

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