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Puttur Mahalingeshwara temple is an ancient temple said to be built around the 11-12th Century. Lord Shiva is the main deity of this temple. On the west side of this temple there is a unique pond with stone steps leading to the water. It is said that in the olden days pearls were found to be growing in the Pond. In the local dialect “Muttu” means pearls, which brought the name Mutthur to this place later called as Puttur.
Puttur is located at a distance of 52 km from Mangalore on Mysore – Mangalore highway. Puttur is situated in a hilly region between the coast and the Western Ghats, is a beautiful but a small town where most of the people come from the agricultural background. The Temple of Mahalingeshwara stands in the center of the city to bless the people of Puttur.
During the month of April the Car Festival (Rathotsava) is celebrated for ten days with much gaiety and fervor. The town is at its colorful best with the dazzling lights and marvelous display of fire works. More than a lakh (100,000) people visit Puttur at the time of the festival.
Barekere Kedilaya family members are the hereditary Brahmin priests of this temple.