Madhur Madanantheshwara Siddhi Vinayaka Temple, Kasaragod

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Madhur madanantheswara Siddhi Vinayaka Temple is located 8 km north-east of Kasaragod town.The Shivalingam of the temple is said to have been found by a "low caste" lady "Madura" discovered an "Udbhava Murthy" of shiva linga. Although Shiva is the presiding deity, Lord Ganapathy is more famous like in Kottarakkara temple and Vazhappally temple. This temple has a huge three tired 'Gaja prishta' type sreekovil. Top two stories are copper covered. The second and third storeys of the sreekovil are also profuse with attractive and exquisite wood carvings. The architecture of Madhur temple is unique. In 1784 Tippu Sulthan attaked Kumbala border and entered to Madhur area,after drinking water from the well of the temple, he changed his mind on attacking and demolishing the Garbhagudi and marched towards Malabar. But to satisfy his soldiers and Islamic scholars he made a cut with his sword symobolising the attack. The mark is still visible on the building that is built around the temple well.