Bappanadu Shri Durgaparameshwari Temple is situated in the bank of Shambhavi River at Bappanadu village of Mulky town. It is 29 K.M. north to Mangalore following National Highway No.17. The main deity of this temple is Goddess Shree Durgaparameshwari. The place Bappanadu means Bappa’s village. As per the legend Bappa Byari a Muslim merchant is responsible for temple construction. Annual festival (Brahma Rathotsava) of the temple falls in the month of April. Bappanadu Dolu (musical drum) is very famous and There is a large drum that is kept in the side of the temple. During annual car festival a community allowed to participate in beating of drums which is done with great enthusiasm and devotion.
Sri Durga Parameshwari Temple at Bappanadu is one of the important seats of Shakti worship in Dakshina Kannada district. Here main deity is in the form of Linga (symbolic statue).
Bappanadu Durga Parameshwari Temple, has been regarded as a symbol of communal harmony, devotees from all faiths offer prayers here.
This festival comes in the day of Meena Masa Shuddha Chathurdhashi and celebrated for 8 days with unique feature in each day.
Once there was a demon called Daragasura ruling Shonitapura. He had enmity with Devatas and Lord Vishnu. In antagonism and with the intention of defeating the Devatas and Lord Vishnu he worshiped Lord Brahma and got a boon. With a help of this boon he defeated Devatas and Lord Vishnu and snatched the ammunition from Lord Vishnu and handed over that to his wife and told to keep that in worship place. While Lord Vishnu was mourning for his lost ammunition Goddess Durgaparameshwari appeared before him in the form of seven angel-women (Sapta-Durgas) and promised to kill a demon.
These Sapta-Durgas went to Shonitapura accompanied by one Deity called Guliga. Bhagavathi one of the Sapta-Durgas appeared before demon Daragasura while he was on the way to take a bath in the River, in disguised form of an old woman and begged for a meal. Daragasura advised her to go to palace and ask a meal from his wife. Accordingly Goddess Bhagavathi visited the palace of Daragasura and met his wife but asked for ammunition of Lord Vishnu to be returned. While wife of Daragasura opposed to return, Bhagavathi willingly and wrongly informed Daragasura that his wife is not ready to give her a meal.
Hearing that Daragasura ordered his wife to give Bhagavathi what she wished. Daragasura’s wife gave the ammunition of Lord Vishnu to Bhagavathi accordingly. Knowing deceived by Goddess Bhagavathi, demon Daragasura became furious and declared war against Sapta-Durgas and attacked them in ambush. He defeated Deity Guliga in war. But after seven days of furious war demon Darigasura was defeated by Sapta-Durgas and ultimately he ran away and took hide in underworld( Patala Loka).
Goddess Bhagavathi taken form of Bhadra-Kali and began for his search. While demon Daragasura came for offering pooja to Lord Shiva in late evening, Bhadra-Kali found him and slewed him. Bhagavathi then accompanied by her other sister goddesses and Deity Guliga, visited Lord Vishnu and asked for a boat made by sandal wood for a journey from Vaikunta (Great heaven) to Bhooloka (earth) with a intention of settling down in Bhooloka for betterment of earthly people.
Lord Vishnu permitted them to take a Sandal wood tree from Vaikunta for preparing a boat. Accordingly they made a boat and started their journey. Boat came to Bhooloka and crossed Kasaragod, Kumble, Uppala, Pattattur, Manjeshwara, Udyavara, Ullala and Kudroli of southern coast of India. From there it came to Sasihithlu near Mulki town. There, Bhagavathi took tender coconut from one lower caste devotee and wished to settle there only. Goddess Durgaparameshwari emerged symbolically in conjunction point of Shambhavi & Nandini River at Mulki border.
Annual Festival occasions:
1. Dwajarohana (Holy Flag hoisting) – on the day of Meena Masa Shuddha Chathurdhashi.
2. Bali Utsava & Ayana Deepotsava – Second day
3. Pete Sawari – Third day
4. Koppala Sawari – Fourth day
5. Bakimaru Deepotsava – Fifth day
6. Kere Deepotsava – Sixth day
7. Morning Car Festival, Night Chandra Mandala, Shayanotsava – Seventh day
8. Kawata Inauguration, Night car festival – Eight day