Tunga Bhadra Sangama Koodali
Koodali is a small village located near Shimoga. Even though the village is small, it is famous for the meeting of two rivers ‘Tunga & Bhadra’ popularly known as “Tunga Bhadra Sangama Koodali”.
This is the place where two rivers meet & flow further as Tungabhadra. Koodali means Meeting in Kannada. Hence the place is named as “Koodali”.
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12th century built Rameshwara temple along with an exquisite view of the “Sangama” makes the place exotic. There are other temples which include Shri Chintamani Narasimha Swamy temple said to be worshipped by “Prahlada”(son of Hiranyakashipu & Kayadu), Sangameshwara temple, Bramheshwara temple, Sharadamba temple & Rushyashrama.
Tunga Bhadra Sangama Koodali is at a distance of 14kms from Shimoga. A small statue of Nandi denotes the exact point where the two rivers meet & it is considered to be very sacred.
There are two mutts in Koodali, one is Shankara Mutt (Advaitha philosophy) & the other is Shri Arya Akshobhya Mutt (Dvaitha philosophy).
Shankar mutt was started by the Swamy of Shringeri. Once upon a time in the 15th or 16th century, the chief Swamy of Shringeri had been on a teerthayaatre, probably to Kashi. He did not return for a long time, which caused the deputy chief to take up the chief’s position.
But the chief was alive and did return to Sringeri after a few days. But he, of course, could not go into the mutt where his own pupil was the chief, so he left Sringeri and started his own mutt at the sangama of Tunga and Bhadra, Koodli and this came to be known as Koodli Sringeri Mutt.
Now at the beginning of the 1900s, a new swami took the position of the chief Swamy here. He was formerly the teacher of his highness Krishnaraja Wodeyar the 4th, Maharaja of Mysore. This brought good times to this mutt again.
Between the original founder and this person, a few talented persons had been chiefs here which made this place keep up the standards. After independence, one particular person was very talented and influential and made the mutt a noted place again.
Koodli Arya Akshobhya Thirtha Mutt:
The Mutt was established by Sri Akshobhya Thirtha (a prominent disciple of Sri Madhvacharya) around the 13th or 14th century. The mutt has a rich tradition and is famed for its knowledge of Sanskrit & Madhvacharya’s philosophy.
One has to take permission to meet the Swamiji’s.
Koodali is at a distance of 14kms from Shivamogga. The bus facility is very good, can reach here easily by bus, car or even scooter.
It is dangerous to swim crossing the Nandi statue where the two rivers meet as many people have lost their lives.