Kateel or Kateelu (Tulu/Kannada: ಕಟೀಲು)
is a temple town in the Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka, India. It is about 26 kilometers away from Mangalore and is considered one of the holiest temple towns in Hinduism. The main attraction of the town is the temple of Sri Durga Parameshwari.
The holy temple is situated on an islet in the middle of the sacred river Nandini amidst panoramic scenes and fascinating greenery. Thousands of devotees visit Kateel every day to seek blessings from goddess Durga Parameshwari.
obtain the blessings of Durga Parameshwari.
The Temple Management is running several Educational Institutions
primary schools to colleges without collecting any donations from students.
The temple's trust also encourages several forms of arts. Notable among them is
, dashavathara mela which was started as an offering to the
goddess. Yakshagaana is a traditional theatre form combining dance, music, spoken word, costume-makeup, and stage technique with a distinct style and form.
Both the word Yakshagaana and its world are both interesting and intriguing. It is a theatre form mainly prevalent in the coastal districts and adjacent areas, in Karnataka
Yakshagaana is one of the most living art traditions in the World. There are about 5 full fledged troupes in Kateel. They go on tour between November to May, performing seva shows as Harake of devotee.
The show starts from 9PM till 6AM in the morning !
makes Shree Kshethra specially identified to be the realm of God.
Every day about 2000 people get Prasada Bhojan which exceeds 4000 on Fridays. During the other festivals and Navaraathri, on Fridays of Simhamaasa, more than 8000 devotees get Shree Devi's Bhojan Prasadam.
Except on Ekaadashi, in all other days at noon and at night free meals are served to the devotees after the Mahaapooja.
Except on holidays all the students of our institutions (more than 1500) are provided with free meals since 15 years.