Karnataka is a treasure trove of numerous picturesque villages and quaint towns. Whereas the Western Ghats cover most of the area, dense forests and rivers intersect the place along with a number of urban cities which makes Karnataka one of the most geographically unique states in India. Amongst the many towns and villages in this state, the village of Horanadu is a prominent holy location and for Hindu Pilgrims and devotees.
Horanadu lies in the Chikmagalur district in Karnataka, and it is famous for the ‘Annapoorneshwari Temple’ that is located in the heart of the village. It is easy to travel to this part of the town as it lies only 330 kilometers from Bangalore and is well connected by rail and roadways. There are direct buses that run from Bangalore every day, both state buses and private ones. The nearest railway station is ‘Shimoga’. The nearest airport to this location is the Mangalore International Airport. Mangalore is 136 kilometers from Horanadu and thus can be accessed by roads as well.
Sri Annapoorneshwari Temple
The panchayat village of Horanadu is mostly visited by pilgrim and devotees, who come to offer their prayers at the Annapoorneshwari Temple. This temple is situated along the banks of River Bhadra and is also referred to as the ‘Horanadu Temple’ at times. The Annapoorneshwari Temple is dedicated to goddess Annapoorneshwari. Inside the temple the deity stands on a ‘peeta’ and holds four symbolic items in her hand, which are the ‘Shanka’, ‘Chakra’, ‘Sri Chakra’ and ‘Devi Gayathri’.
The structure of the temple is smaller when compared to other temples found in Karnataka. Size notwithstanding, it accommodates people of all castes, races and social standings, and every single visitor is provided with a charming three course vegetarian meal upon arrival.
Pooja Timings at Horanadu Temple
There are a few rules which are expected to be strictly observed by the visitors. ‘Puja’ is held every day of the year and the timings are strongly adhered to. The ‘Mahamangalarathi Time’ or the first prayer is offered at around 9:00 am in the morning, 1:30 pm in the afternoon and 9:00 pm in the evening. The ‘Kunkumarchana Time’ begins at 11:00 am in the morning and goes up to 1:30 pm in the evening and again starts from 7:00 pm in the evening and goes up to 8:30pm in the evening. The ‘Prasad’ is distributed from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm, then 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. However on special occasions these timings may vary.
Events & Festivals
Yearly festivals are celebrated in an elaborate fashion and they include numerous rituals, prayers offerings and a healthy distribution of sweets. The festivals and special occasions include Samuhika Marriage, Akshaya Thadige, Samuhika Upanayana, Navarathri Mahothsava, Mahachandika homa, Deepothsava, Rathothsava, Maharathotsava, and Havi. All these festivals are celebrated according to the prefixed dates on the calendar.
Accommodation at Horanadu
Lodging and accommodations are well prepared in the village of Horanadu as there are visitors all the year round. Some of the notable places for lodging include Sri Annapoorna Sadhana and Baktha Nivasa lodge. Advance booking is not required and the rooms are available depending on the vacancy. In case of unavailability of rooms, sleeping arrangements can be made within the temple premises.