About Kundadka

Kundadka is a village located in the Bantwala Taluk of Dakshina Kannada District. According to mythology, Kundadka gets its name from a variety of reasons.

Firstly Sage Kaundinya, one of the closest disciples of Markandeya Muni meditated and practised penance here.
Another myth believes that the presence of a pond (Kund) which contains water all around the year is the reason why this place gets its name.

According to people, an idol of Deity Sri Vishnumurthi was also found in this pond. This place is believed to have hidden treasures and the presence of Naga, Raktheswari, Joomadi, GuligaDaiva adds more value to this claim, since they are the deities who protect such treasures. The Pandavas are believed to have come to this place seeking the blessing of Sage Kaundinya, and some symbols of their presence are present in the nearby Malaraya Moovar Daivasthanam.

According to the cultural beliefs, there used to be a cruel man called Kunda in this area. He was a menacing and evil person causing unrest and problems to the people in the area. When the people and the disciples of Goddess Aadimaaye prayed to her to end this menace, it is believed that the Goddess herself descended to the earth in the form of Mahakali/ Jumadi and slaughtered Kunda. It is believed that this place is called Kundadka because Asura Kunda was killed here. There is a place named Kundattar nearby symbolizing the chopped head of Kunda being retrieved from here. When the devotees prayed Devi to shed down her anger she obliged and her peaceful manifestation of her can be found in Shantimaaru.

Goddess Aadimaaye also ended the menace of another demon called Pergade by taking the form of a snake Shankapala at Pilippe in Kundadka. Certain religious findings have also identified that Goddess Durga along with Dharmashastara and Naga reside in this holy place to protect Dharma.

Temple History

In 1730AD, an idol of deity Shri Vishnumurthi was found in a pond in Adisthala- Badikere and it was brought to the notice of king Narasimha Domba Hegade of Vittla palace. Later under the guidance of His Holiness Sri Vidyadhiraaja Teertha, it was consecrated at Kundadka, Pilippe. His holiness signified that religious activities in this place would bring prosperity.

When Tipu Sultan attacked and annihilated the Palaces of Erambu, Kanyaana(Nandibetta), Chippaara, the treasure of Adisthala Badikere and weapons were buried somewhere in the south-west direction of Shri Vishnumoorti temple which is now found to be the eastern part of Devi Devala.

It is said that the kings of Vitla always visited the temple of Kundadka worshipped and offered prayers before crowning.

Vitlamudnuru, after independence has been divided into Idkidu, Kula and Vitlamudnuru and the administration of Shri Vishnumurthi temple and Shri Malaraya – Shri Moovara Daivangala temple are under the kings of Vitla, Kargallu Nooji lineage, Kudva lineage, Kula lineage and Kundadka lineage. All the religious and cultural proceedings take place under their leadership even today.

Daivasthana History

A lookback into the historic depictions and folklore of Kundadka throws light into the tradition of worshipping certain ‘Daivas’ here. The daivas are believed to have moved to this place from Nadumane.

The first Daiva to settle here is said to be the “Malaraya Daiva. When the Province of Vitla was in the fear impending war, The Malaraya Daiva moved to Kundadka Maagane from Malaki, after the king of Vitla prayed Malaraya for his help in war.

The next depiction in the popular folklore is the story of how the Moovar Daivangal came to this village. Moovar Daivangal is a family of three Daivas consisting of siblings: an elder Brother, a younger brother and a younger sister. It is believed that they moved to the village from Sajipa. They are believed to have first come to Shibarikallu Maada. They hunted for food and ended up killing a wild boar. It is said that they prepared and cooked the boar and then went to clean themselves in a pond at Tottilapade before consuming the food. (Tottilapaade means ‘Cradle made of stone’ and is believed that the Pandavas made these to put the infants to sleep on them). They set another Daiva called Kanappadittaaya to guard the food. However, the Daiva after seeing the cooked food couldn’t control his urge and consumed a bit of that food. The Daivas on return saw this and were aggravated. A battle ensued between the Daivas and in the fight Kanapadittaya ended up breaking his waist bone. Kanapadditaya threw his sword and it struck the elder brother of the Moovar Daivas in the leg.

The Dhoomavathi Daiva that resides in this place complained about this fight to the Malaraya who was the Daiva taking care of Nadumane. On receiving this complaint Malaraya decided to visit them to ensure peace in the area. It is believed that Malaraya reached Shibarikalla Maada in only 4 steps. The first step from Nadumane to Kundadka Maagane Chavadi, the second at Shantimaaru Dhoomavati, third at Dechaaru and the fourth at Shibarikalla Maada.

After the peace talks the Moovar daivas agreed to stay in Shibarikalla. They also promised to quit consuming meat. Malaraya questioned them that “Where will I stay if you continue staying here?” The Daivas in reply promised to let their sister stay at “Tangadikallu” Malaraya on the North. They also promised that only Malaraya would be entitled to receive all the offerings from people and also resolve all the issues posed by the people of Kundadka. We will thrive only on the smoke of the Dhoopas offered.”

The four Daivas in peace decided to stay together and it is believed that they stay at Shibarikalla Maada and bless the people even today.