Saligrama, Udupi

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Saligrama, Udupi
Saligrama, Udupi is located in Karnataka
Saligrama, Udupi
Saligrama, Udupi
Location in Karnataka, India
Coordinates: 13°30′N 74°48′E / 13.50°N 74.80°E / 13.50; 74.80Coordinates: 13°30′N 74°48′E / 13.50°N 74.80°E / 13.50; 74.80
Country  India
State Karnataka
District Udupi District
Population (2011[1])
 • Total 15,138
 • Official Kannada
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 576225[2]
Telephone code 0820[3]
Vehicle registration KA-20[4]

Saligrama (Kannada: ಸಾಲಿಗ್ರಾಮ) is a town on NH 66 in Udupi district in the Indianstate of Karnataka. It is located between Kundapura and Udupi. It is 21 km north of Udupi and 81 km from Mangalore.


As of 2001 India census,[5] Saligram had a population of 14,959. The male population constitute 47% of the population and female population consists of 53%. Saligram has an average literacy rate of 74%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 81%, and female literacy is 68%. In Saligram, 9% of the population is under 6 years of age.

The name is derived from the sacred stone Saligrama worshipped by the Vaishnavas Smarthas (Hindus) as an anaconic symbol of Lord Vishnu.

Saligrama has special importance for those who follow Lord Guru Narasimha as their community deity. It was believed that the community followed Lord Guru Narasimha as their spiritual guru instead of following mutts for spiritual guidance as an image of Lord Narasimha appeared in Raja Bhattacharya's dream instructing him to do so.

Most of the people of Saligrama is Kota Brahmins. The main language spoken in Saligrama is Kannada and Konkani is also spoken here.

How to reach[edit]

Saligrama is located approximately midway between Udupi and Kundapur on National Highway 17. Excellent bus service is available from Udupi and Kundapur. Direct bus service is available from Saligrama to the state capital Bangalore and Mumbai. Local means of transport is through autos and taxis.

Places of worship[edit]

  • Guru Narasimha and Anjaneya (Hanuman) temples have records dating back to over a thousand years and nearly four centuries before the time of Jagadguru Sri Shankaracharya. It is derived from the Padma Purana that Narada Maharshi originally placed the idol of Guru Narasimha in its current place. Kota Brahmins worship Guru Narasimha as their Kuladevata (family deity). The annual car festival will be held on 16 and 17 of every January is attended by thousands of people from all over the state.
  • SriVishnu Murthy Temple in Parampalli is nearly 800 years old and famous for Harake known as "Dosa" for fertility.
  • Sri Durga Parameshwari temple situated at Muduhole Karkada is one of oldest temple of the divine mother, Sri Dugaparameshwari having devotees all over India. A special pooja in Navaratri and "Dhakkebali Seva" in 4th day Dhanur Masa, is performed for the well being of all.

"Shree Bhagavathi temple, Gundmi opposite to park, where they celebrate Navaratri.

Notable people[edit]

Places of interest[edit]

  • Padukere Beach: Saligrama is surrounded with wonderful scenic beauty. It is on the coast of the Arabian sea. The village Padukere is located on 3 km west of Saligrama.
  • Sanskrit School: Saligrama has a heritage of Sanskrit scholars. There is a residential Sanskrit school adjacent to Gurunarasimha Temple. The objective of the Sanskrit school is to teach Sanskrit and Vedic studies. It has more than 100 students. Veda patashala is also available in the nearby premises.
  • Hotel Mantapa, famous for its ice-cream.
  • The village has its own Yakshagana troupe known as Saligrama Mela.
  • Kadidaada Heddari, a village in Saligrama.
  • Kalashree, one of the oldest music schools run by P. Ramachandra Aithal in Parampalli village near Saligrama.
  • Gendekere
  • Haalukote Jadd, Famous state level cricket stadium.
  • Girija Kalyana Mantapa near karkada road
  • Viveka High School
  • Kavdi river and Barkur bridge
  • Guru Narasimha temple
  • SriVishnu Murthy Temple Parampalli is nearly 800 years old and famous for Harake known as "Dosa" for fertility. It had large numbers of devotees all over India and abroad.
  • Shree Durga Parameshwari temple, Muduhole Karkada


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  2. ^ "Central Excise and Service Tax Location Code (Areas Under the Range Udupi (610301)". Central Excise and Service Tax. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  3. ^ "STD Codes for cities in Karnataka". Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  4. ^ "List of RTOs". AICDA (All India Car Dealers Association). Retrieved 2008-07-14. 
  5. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 

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