eNarada , Kokkada, Dakshina Kannada, Sunday, July 8, 2018
The Nagabana or the Serpent Shrine was restored today at Sri Vaidyanatheshwara temple at Kokkada town in Belthangady taluk, Dakshina Kannada district, nestled in the Western Ghats.
Devotees from villages around Kokkada voluntarily came together for the re-installation work. Some villagers donated money, food grains and vegetables, while some took part in ‘Kara seva'(free labor) in rebuilding the shrine.
Speaking to eNarada, B.Vasanth Rao, president of organising committee of the temple said, active participation of villagers is inspiring the temple management in taking up many initiatives. “With the help and active participation of villagers, the serpent shrine was restored today in this historic temple premise. last year Annappa temple was restored in this ancient temple complex and Anna Santharpane (Free meals to devotees) once a week was also re-introduced a few years back,” said Vasanth Rao.
With the reinstallation of Naga Bana, devotees can now perform milk abhishekam to serpent deities, the offering of arati, Ashlesha Bali pooja and other rituals, according to temple communication.
Neelakanta Swamy temple situated in the middle of a lake is a major attraction here. Interestingly, the temple does not have a roof as people put it, Lord Shiva wants to get jala Abhishikam during rains. Pics by eNarada