A small beginning
Every historic event begins with small things.The worship of Shri Mahalasa Narayani Devi was being conducted in the house of Shree Nagesh Kamath, a resident of Mangalore.
Shri Kamath, on account of his extreme devotion, used to go into a trance, or rather used to be possessed by Shakti Purusha on some occasions. On one such occasion, Shakti Purusha directed the devotees present to construct a temple for the Devi and hand over the superintendence and management of the temple to Shri Kashi Math Samsthan.
At the time, during the possession, Shakti Purusha foretold that not only will the temple be a centre of worship for devotees from all over the country, but also for devotees living abroad as well. This prophecy has today taken a beautiful form.
Sometime later, Shri Nagesh Kamath had to vacate the premises where he lived, due to unavoidable circumstances.The devotees then met at the residence of Shri Kasturi Mangesh Pai and well-known astrologer Shri Kadri Srinivasa Shenoy was requested for further guidance. Shri Shenoy predicted that the temple would become a famous temple and bless the devotees living in the country and abroad. He also suggested that the proposal for building the temple be placed at the feet of our most respected gurus at the earliest.
According to this direction, members of the committee, Sarva Shri Kasturi Mangesh Pai, Basti Ramanath Shenoy, M Ramesh Kamath and Maroor Vittala Pai proceeded to Karkala where His Holiness Shrimad Sudheendra Theertha Swamiji was camping and submitted before Swamiji all that did happen thus forth.
Shri Sudheendra Theertha Swamiji accepted the request of building the temple of Shri Mahalasa Narayani, and blessed the devotees that the land adjacent to the Konchady Shri Venkatramana Temple, where 40 years ago the Mahayagya of Veda Maatha Gayatri was performed, is the sacred place for building the temple of Shri Mahalasa Narayani Devi.
Till the construction of the temple, Shri Swamiji directed the devotees to place the idol of Shri Mahalasa Narayani and parivara deities in a room of Shri Kashi Math, Konchady.
Strengthened by the blessings of Shri Swamiji, the devotees proceeded further and on Magha Bahula Chaturthi, February 9, 1985, Saturday, at 12.19 pm as the auspicious Muhurtha, the foundation of the temple in the form of Nidhikalasha was laid by the divine hands of His Holiness Shrimad Sudheendra Theertha Swamiji.