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Sri Idagunji Vinayaka Devaru Temple

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Sri Idagunji Vinayaka Devaru Temple
Idagunji, Ganapathi temple is an ancient temple with a history of more than 1500 years, it is a major tourist attraction in the Karavali coast of Karnataka, India. This place has got its own name for its beautiful idol of Lord Ganapathi.. The importance of Edakunj kshetra has been mentioned in the Sahyadri khand of the Skandapuran. ‘Eda’ (Wamnadi) means ‘to the left’ and ‘kunj’ means garden. The place thus got its name, as it is located on the left banks of the river Sharawati. This temple is a major piligrim spot which attracts more than 1 million devotees per year. The temple is midway between Gunavanteshwar and Murudeshwar and is 1/2 hr drive from either temple.


Idagunji is a small place in Honnavara taluk, Uttar Kannada district, which has the famous Vinayaka temple. The temple is the main attraction at Idagunji, receiving more than 1 million devotees per year.

Idagunji Devasthana is an ancient temple with a history of more than 1500 years. The story of the temple is as follows.

At the end of 'Dwapara Yuga' great saints were praying to the Sutha-Pouranika at Badarikashrama. Shri Krishna had implied to eliminate the on coming doshas of 'Kaliyuga'. The divine saint, Valakhilya initiated narrating the significance of Kunjavana.

Sri Idagunji Vinayaka Devaru Temple
Valakhilya along with other immortal saints was performing penitential activities in a forest. They started experiencing diverse hindrance in penitentiary activities. The holy saint was agitated by these obstacles. He seeked solace and worshipped Lord Krishna. Narada the noble saint approached Valakhilya. Narada received cordial and satiate wel-come with due rituals. Valakhilya explained his difficult situation to the divine saint and requested him to suggest pragmatic solutions to deal with the obstacles on his way. Narada advised him to worship God Vigneshwara (the remover of obstacles) before starting the penance again.

Valakhilya requested Narada to show him an appropriate place to worship the deity. Narada along with Valakhilya and other saints wandered westward in search of a suitable place. They came across the Sharavati river which gracefully caressed and consolidated with the ocean.

Narada chalked out an exact place located a few miles away to the left of Sharavati. The place was named as Kunjaranya. This would be a deserving place for their penitential activities. To add up to the significance of the place, Narada explained that in the past from time to time the Holy Trinity, Hari, Har and Brahma have come to this place to conduct their penance to stop the destruction of the "Asuras" (the demons). They also created lakes termed as "Chakratirtha" and "Brahmatirtha" which is truly a spiritual inspiration.

Sri Idagunji Vinayaka Devaru Temple
After sketching out this to all the saints, Narada with the help of the saints fabricated another lake named "Devatirtha". He then offered to bring Ganapathi (Vinayaka) along with other Gods including the Holy Trinity. Narada approached Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara to attend the "Puja" at Kunjaranya offered by the saints. He also took the liberty of requesting Parvathi to send her son, Ganapathi to the saints for the removal of obstacles.

Narada's charisma led all the Heavenly Gods along with Lord Ganapathi to attend the "Puja" with eminence and granduer. The temple dedicated especially for this purpose was decked with attractive decor and the enormous glittering diamonds and stones. Ganapathi received the rites, rituals and ceremonious formalities on the second day of Poorvathretha Yuga Nrapavara Chanda Shakabda 813 Vibhava Samwathsara which was decided as Uttarayana Shishiraruthu Maghamasa Shukla Dwitheeya Budhavara Punarwasu Nakshatra (Uttarashadha Nakshatra Visvamuhoortha the most auspicious time by Brahma.

The great saints and Heavenly beings chanted the hymns in praise of Lord Ganapathi. Ganapathi, magnificently attired, was holding “Modhaka” and “Padma” in his hands.

Immensely pleased by the devotion rendered on him by the saints, Ganapathi expressed his desire to grant the wishes of his devotees. The other Gods were cherished and treated equivalently. They also blessed their worshippers. The other Gods appealed to go to their original places. Ganapathi emphasized his decision to stay and gratify the desires of his devotees. He also implied the Gods to leave behind a part of their omniscient power in the various lakes encompassed there.

The devotees can attain their hearts desires by dripping into the varied "Theerthas" and by offering pujas to Him. A lake was bestowed to provide water for bathing at Ganapathi's request. It was named as "Ganeshtith".So according to this purana , Lord Ganapathi stayed in the place Kunjaranya which is now renowned as Idagunji.

This brief summary explains the legendary and historical significance of the sanctity place of Idagunji.

Mhatobar Shree Vinayaka Devaru has been granting the wishes of thousands of people who reguraly visit this place from year to year.

The Idol

The temple is quite big. The Ganesha idol is in a standing posture, with extremely short legs, and a depression on the head. The “Dwibhuja Ganapathy” or two handed Ganesha is holding Modaka and Padma (Lotus) in his hands. The idol is of black stone.


PANCHAKHADYA is prepared for LORD GANAPATHI it is the special prasada of this temple. Many devotees (including me) believe that when one is in deep problem all you have to do is pray to Idagunji Ganesha and when Ganesha helps you and your problems are gone, all you have to do is visit the temple and offer a 5 or 10 Rs Panchadaya to the Lord and you will be blessed forever.

Temple Timings

Morning timings: 6.00 AM - 1.00 PM
Afternoon timings: 3.00 PM - 8.30 PM

Pooja timings:

Morning pooja at 8:00 AM
MAHA POOJA at 12:30 PM
Evening pooja at 8:00 PM


Idagunji is a village in Honnavara taluk, Uttar Kannada district, which has the famous Vinayaka temple. Uttara Kannada district is a place with many religious Hindu temples, which includes famous temples like, Shree Vinayaka and Mahabaleshwara temple in Gokarna, Shree Vinayaka Devasthana at Idagunji and Lord Shiva temple at Murudeshwara. All these temples are ancient with a history of more than 1500 years.
Honnavara is a coastal town within Uttara Kannada district. It lies on the coast of the Arabian Sea and on the banks of the river Sharavathi. The town is famous for its scenic natural beauty with beautiful beaches and breathtaking landscapes.
Idagunji Devasthana (temple) is about 15 kms from Honnavara. Buses, mini vans and tempos operate frequently from Honnavara to Idagunji temple. National Highway 17 ( NH17) connects Honnavara and Bhatkal. Idagunji road is a slight deviation on this part of NH 17. Landmark for this deviation on NH17 is Idagunji entrance arch, which is about 11kms from Honnavara. Idagunji Devasthana is situated about 4 kms from this entrance arch.

Temple Contact Details

Post : Melina Idagunji
PIN CODE : 581 423
Telephone numbers :
Temple Office – (08387)247227, (08387)247327
Guest House/Mangala Karyalaya – (08387)309527


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  3. I believe alot in Idagunji Ganpati and i really like the temple and its premises. I feel that everybody should visit idagunji atleast once in their lifetime and seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha.
    May God bless all of us.

  4. A friend of mine had gifted us a wooden Idagunji Ganapati. Would love to visit this place in future.

  5. It is a great place, no words to describe, Its a very powerful god and it is very cute and attractive idol, each and everyone should should this temple and get the god blessing.