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Mahadwara (main door) of Annapoorneshwari Temple in Horanadu
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Hornadu (Kannada: ಹೊರನಾಡು) is a Hindu holy locale and panchayat village located in Chickmagalur district, Karnataka, India. The deity at the Annapoorneshwari Temple at Hornadu is Annapurneshwari. The main deity of the goddess was put in place by Adi Shankaracharya; the new deity of goddess Annapurneshwari was consecrated in the temple in 1973.
Hornadu lies amidst beautiful Malnad at a distance of 330 KM from Bengaluru. Distance from Sringeri is 75 Kilometers. Direct buses run from Bengaluru to Hornadu every day. Bus services are provided by both KSRTC and private companies.The nearest airport is Mangalore International Airport previously known as Bajpe airport situated in Mangalore. Mangalore is at distance of 136 Kilometre from Horanadu which can be reached via Karkala and Kalasa by road.
Every visitor to the Annapoorna temple at Hornadu, irrespective of their religion, language, caste, or creed, is provided with a three-course vegetarian meal (including a dessert made from Dhal or Lentils). Male visitors to the temple have to remove their shirts and banians and preferably cover their shoulders with a towel or a shawl, as a symbol of respect and humility in front of god.
The main deity of Annapoorna is made of gold. It is believed that a person who seeks the goddess' blessings would never have any scarcity for food in life. It is believed that Lord Shiva once had a curse and that this curse was reversed when the lord visited Goddess Annapoorna and sought her blessings.
The route to the temple traverses ghats, dense forests and vegetation. A trip to the Hornadu Aadishaktiyatmaka Annapoorneshwari temple would be most fulfilling if all pilgrimage spots en route to the temple are also included in travel plans. Some of the places that will be encountered in that order would be Kukke Subrahmanya, Dharmasthala, Sringeri, Udupi Krishna temple and Kollooru Mookaambike, Kalaseshwara temple in Kalasa, and then the Horanaadu Annapoorneshwari temple.
- 2011 Village Panchayat Code = 219983, "Reports of National Panchayat Directory: Village Panchayat Names of Mudigere, Chikmagalur, Karnataka". Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India.