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20 Km from Kundapura town in Udipi Taluk, Karnataka. The statues don't represent any particular god or goddess in the Hindu Mytholgy and are just soldiers. Calling this place is a Hindu temple, in the strict sense, is a misnomer, for there is no sanctum, no flag staff (Dwajasthambam), no proper Prakara foot path around the shrine. No Six kala pooja system and this temple does not come under the definition of a place of veneration as per Agama Sastra.
The following are the facts unique to this wooden Hindu temple:
01. The entire idols are made of wood chosen from aged jack fruit tree wood or Halasa tree or Palaa in Tamil.
02. All idols are tall, there are no miniature idols.These are not idols of deities in the Hindu Pantheon.
03. No regular anointing or abishekam of the statues in the temple as the images are made of wood.
04.There are no shrines for the idols, All wooden idols are grouped together and placed in a row in a huge hall with a tall tiled roof. .
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07. The idols inside the temple represent Shiva's army, while those outside the temple are the enemy's army.
08. Among the idols, only the tiger wooden image is taken out during Sankaranthi or Pongal celebration in January every year. Sankaranthi is a harvest festival that attracts lots of people to this temple.
09. The striking note-worthy features are the various headgears of the “invading” warrior statues. The statues have various types of head dressing like Persian Hats, Sikh Turban, Maratha Hats and typical Muslim hats. The statues do sport old type hand guns, swords, dagger, etc.
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11. All wooden statues wear battle dress as if they were ready to take on the invading enemies. The unusual statues are a sikh with a sword and a warrior with a primitive gun as mentioned before.
12. There is a rare Statue of Goddess Durga on a five Headed Nandi Parashumukha & Thrimukha Nandi.