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For the river originating in the Western Ghats and draining in the Arabian Sea, see Gurupura River.
Gurupura is located in Karnataka
Location in Karnataka, India
Coordinates: 12°56′20″N 74°55′52″E / 12.938828°N 74.931107°E / 12.938828; 74.931107Coordinates: 12°56′20″N 74°55′52″E / 12.938828°N 74.931107°E / 12.938828; 74.931107
Country  India
State  Karnataka
District Dakshina Kannada
 • Body Mooluru Grama Panchayath
Population (2006)
 • Total 6,000 approximately
 • Official Kannada
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 574145
Nearest city Mangalore
Lok Sabha constituency Mangalore
Vidhan Sabha constituency Mangalore North
Civic agency Mooluru Grama Panchayath

Gurupura, Karnataka, India is a small town situated on the Phalguni, or Gurupura River. It is located about 345 kilometres (214 miles) west of Bangalore, the state capital, and 13 kilometres (8 miles) east of Mangalore, Karnataka's chief port city.

The inhabitants of Gurupura come from various cultural backgrounds, and include Gouda Saraswat Brahmins, Bunts, Billavas, Veerashaivas, Muslims and Christians. Tulu is the primary language for general communication, but Konkani, Beary and Kannada are also spoken.


According to the records of the local temples, the town of Gurupura was once known as Gulipur. Being situated on the banks of the Phalguni River, Gulipur was a commercial town and was connected to other parts of the river. Bandasaale was, and still is, a place on this river where goods are collected from many sources and distributed to other places.

The 'Bangla gudde', a dam-like structure built as a drinking water supply, was built in Gurupura by Tipu Sultan.

Religious sites[edit]

Gurupura is famous for its religious activities, and the Phalguni River is also named Gurupura, after this town.[1][2] It also lies close to Vamanjoor and Kalikamba. The village has become a small town with the rapid urbanisation of the Dakshina Kannada district.[3]

Temples of the Hindu deities Varadraja Venkatramana and Shri Satyadevta Dharmadevta are found here. The devastan of Shri Satyadevta is also well known in and around Gurupura. Festivals take place here through most of the year, but the main festival usually takes place in April or May, in the month of the Indian calendar called "Gurpur Teru", followed by "Ookul", after "Odu Teru". Just across the road from the Sri Satyadevata Dharmadevata Temple is a large mosque.

Nearby places[edit]