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The Rameshvara temple at Koodli, built in the non-ornate Hoysala style.
Koodli is located in Karnataka
Location in Karnataka, India
Coordinates: 14°0′22″N 75°40′27″E / 14.00611°N 75.67417°E / 14.00611; 75.67417Coordinates: 14°0′22″N 75°40′27″E / 14.00611°N 75.67417°E / 14.00611; 75.67417
Country  India
State Karnataka
 • Official Kannada
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Koodli is a small village in Shimoga District, in the Indian state of Karnataka. Koodli is the place where two rivers, the Tunga River and Bhadra River, meet to give rise to the Tungabhadra River.


An exquisite view of the 'Sangama' makes the place exotic, with the 12th century Rameshvara Temple adding to its culture-rich natural beauty. There is also a popular Sri Chitamani Narasimha Swamy Temple beside the Sangameshwara temple. It believed to be installed and worshipped by Sri Prahlada. The rivers are worshipped and considered to be sacred.

A small temple with nandi denotes the exact point where the two rivers meet, and is considered to be very sacred.

Koodli is 16 km from Shimoga, a place where rivers Tunga and Bhadra embrace and flow together from here, hence the name Koodali. A cultural place with rich heritage and temples around. It has a noted Smartha Monastery stated to have been founded in the 16th century by Jagadguru Narsimha Bharathi Swamigalu of Sringeri. Within the premises of the matha, there are shrines of Sharadamba and Shankaracharya. Outside, there are two temples of hoysala times dedicated to Rameshvara and Narasimha. Koodali is also known as Varanasi of the south, it is home to Rushyashrama, Brahmeshwara, Narasimha and Rameshwara temples. The 600 years old mutt of Shankaracharya still stands with inscriptions of Hoysala and Okkeri Kings.


Rear view of the Rameshvara temple, built in the Hoysala style at the Sanagama
Ornate entrance to the main shrine inside the Rameshvara temple
A small shrine inside the Rameshvara temple

The Place has a historic value, with temples of near Hoysala time. There are shasanas carved near the temples that indicate the era when they were built. The exact dates are disputed, but the sculptures date back to age old Indian culture and look exotic. There are various temples - small and large ones built by the rulers who ruled this place in the age old era.

The Mutt ( School )[edit]

There are two mutt in the Koodli. One is Shankara mutt (Advaita Philosophy) & another one is Akshobhya thirtha Mutt (Dvaita Philosophy).

Shankara mutt[edit]

There is very old Indian style school of learning for Shankara philosophy, called the koodli mutt. This has a long history: ometime in 15th or 16th century, the chief swamy of shringeri had gone to a teerthayaatre, probably to kashi. He did not return for a long time, which caused the deputy chief to take up the chief's position. But the chief was alive and did return to Shringeri after a few days. But he of course could not go in to the matt where his own pupil was the chief, so he left shringeri and started his own matt at the sangama of tunga and bhadra, kudli, and this came to be known as kudli Shringeri matt. Now in the beginning of 1900s, a new swami took the position of the chief swamy here. He was formerly the teacher of his highness Krishnaraya Wodeyar the 4th, Maharaja of mysore. This brought good times to this matt again. Between the original founder and this person, few talnted persons had been chiefs here, which made this place keep up the standards. After independence, one particular person was very talented and influential, and made the mutt a noted place again.

Koodli Arya Akshobhya Thirtha Mutt[edit]

The Mutt was established by Sri Akshobhya Thirtha (a prominent disciple of Sri Madhvacharya) around the 13th or 14th Century. The Mutt has a rich tradition and is famed for its knowledge of Sanskrit & Madhvacharya's philosophy. There have been three Peetadhipathis till date. The current Peetadhipathi is H.H. Sri RaghuVijaya Thirta.


Sangama - a small Hari Hara temple at the exact point where the two rivers meet.

The Place is situated about 15 kilometres away from Shimoga town, and is accessible by road. The nearest village is holehonnur which is around 2km from here.

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