famous shrine of Divine Mother Sri Mookambika at Kollur, about
150 km north-east of Mangalore city in Karnaka State, houses the
beautiful idol of Divine Mother. Surrounded by the enchanting
and serene Sahya Mountain ranges and dense forests, the temple
has been a great center of spiritual splendour from time immemorial.
Standing with devotion before the ancient image of Divine Mother,
one establishes communion with the Uncaused Cause, the Supreme
Mother of all, whatever that is.
is on the valley of the awe-inspiring 5000-peak pyramidal peak
Kudajadri covered with dense tropical forests called Ambaavanam,
the Gardens of Divine Mother. Kudajadri is a mysterious mountain
with several caves where many an ancient Rishi had his adventurous
inward journey to Freedom.
author takes into account both the external and internal aspects of
pilgrimage and guides the reader step by step. The internal aspect,
viz. the mental preparation of a pilgrim, is a vital factor in any
pilgrimage. Pilgrim centers are mainly centers of spiritual power.
The primary object of undertaking any pilgrimage mustr be to avil
oneself of that power. The author has rightly given this factor due
importance. The discussion on the necessity of pilgrimage, the role
it plays in life, the greatness of Mother worship, etc. will undoubtedly
enable a sincere pilgrim to derive the utmost spiritual benefit from
This is a 'complete' guide in the fullest sense
of the term. To Mookambika pilgrims this book is a must, to others,
here is a book from which they can know much about pilgrimage.
- Vedanta Kesari , journal of Sri Ramakrishna
The book, apart
from giving details about the exact location of the temple and the means
of reaching it, contains also an exposition of the philosophy behind
the worship of the Supreme Being as the Mother of the Universe. The
language is lucid and delightful and elevates the mind of the reader
to spiritual heights
.The printing and get-up are excellent. There
are a number of photographs, which help the reader to understand the
descriptions in the book. The book will be found very useful not only
by those who wish to visit the temple and worship there but also by
those who want to get detailed information about the temple which is
well known as an important centre of pilgrimage.
- Tapovan Prasad, journal of Chinmaya Mission
Size: crown octavo
Pages: 96, Colour Photographs: 25, Black and White Photographs and Illustrations
: 27, Price: In India Rs 60.00, Price Abroad: US$7:00 or equivalent,
Price abroad includes postage by registered airmail. Tamil and Malayalam
Editions are also available.