Welcome to the land of Nandini River, KATEEL (ಬನ್ನಿ.. ಕಟೀಲಿಗೆ).

Welcome to the official Web site of Shree Kateel Durga Parameshwari Temple. Kateel or Kateelu (Tulu / Kannada: ಕಟೀಲು) is a temple town in the Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka, India. This picturesque Temple abode of Goddess Durga Parameshwari located on the bank of river Nandini is about 26 k.m. from Mangalore, a place known for its serene nature and beautiful surroundings. The very Temple of Maatha Durga Parameshwari is located in the middle of the river Nandini. This holy place attracts thousands of devotees from all over. During rainy seasons, the river Nandini flows and gushes like a python. The nature surrounding the temple is a real treat to watch during this time. Pilgrims who visit the temple during the season do not feel like leaving because of the divinely charged Temple environs and its scenic beauty. Navigate further for more info on this Holy place and obtain the blessings of Durga Parameshwari.

Kateel Purana

The temple is steeped in puranic lore. During Vaivasvatha Manvanthara there was severe drought and famine. It almost led to the annihilation of the human race. The earth was parched and the rivers were dry. Not able to withstand the agony of the people, Sage Jabali wanted to redeem mankind. The sage had been in deep meditation near the 'Amalaka Theertha’, and was woken up as if by a divine will and witnessed the travails of the people. Jabali decided to perform a yajna to eradicate poverty. He sought the help of Lord Indra, who asked him to take the celestial cow 'Kamadhenu’, the bestower of wishes. Since Kamadhenu was away in Varunaloka, her daughter Nandhini was ordered to accompany Jabali to the earth. Nandini, insolent and egoistic, refused to accompany Jabali to the earth as she termed it the land of sinners.  Nandini refused to budge in spite of the repeated requests from the sage. The angry Jabali cursed Nandini to become a river. The enormity of the curse shocked Nandini who at once became repentant.  But the sage could not take back the curse and she had to undergo it. Jabali being kind-hearted asked her to proceed to Kanakachala mountains and do penance there. Nandini followed the advice and after rigorous meditation, the Goddess appeared before her and advised her to flow as the river as the curse of the sage had to be fulfilled and that is NANDHINI river of KATEEL.

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