Shri Sitaram

Garbhagudi of the Temple

Shri Sitaram with His Parivar Devata

Shrī Sītārām Temple is situated in UῙῙāl, MaṅgaῙūru Tāluka, in Daks͟hiṇa Kannaḍa District of Karnāṭaka. The temple has been under the aegis of the Mat͟hādhipati and the
Management of Shrī Chitrāpur Mat͟h, Shirālī, since 2021.
In early 1900s, about fifteen to twenty Chitrāpur Sāraswat families resided in UῙῙāl, and in the surrounding areas, which constituted the laity of the temple at the time. These
included families staying at Sāraswat Colony Koṭekar, Vombatkere, Alekal and several other villages around UῙῙāl. In UῙῙāl proper, at least 4 families bearing the UῙῙāl
surname resided, belonging to three different gotra-s. These families were identified by their family names - Doḍḍa Mane, Kaṭṭe Mane and Aiyana Mane. Though
colloquially referred to as the ‘UῙῙālkār Temple’ this is a Chitrāpur Sāraswat temple. The laity and trustees bearing other Bhānap surnames have worshipped here over several
The temple originally had a vigraha of Shrī Kodaṇḍarāma. Subsequently, the vigraha-s of Shrī Sītārām, Shrī Gopālkṛs͟hṇa and Shrī Veṅkaṭaramaṇa with Shrīdevī and Bhūdevī
were installed in the temple. Shortly, a vigraha of Shrī Laxmana will also be installed, as guided by Swāmījī.

Landmark Events
  • 1967 - Until the late 1960s, UῙῙāl was connected to MaṅgaῙūru only by ferry or by train and was hence referred to as "Doṇi UῙῙāl" and "Rail UῙῙāl”. In 1967 the construction of a bridge over the river Netrāvatī connected UῙῙāl directly to MaṅgaῙūru by road. Post this, UῙῙāl was included as part of the MaṅgaῙūru Tāluka. Around this time, the entire temple precincts were plastered in cement, the flooring was redone, and electrification of the property was carried out.
  • 1974 - The vigraha of Shrī Kodaṇḍarāma was shifted to Shirālī in 1974 and is presently exhibited at the Shrīmat Parijñānāshram Vastu Saṅgrahālaya (Museum). When the Sāraswat Colony came up behind the Ᾱnandāshram High School at Koṭekar (about 3 km from the temple), the residents of the colony too became regular worshippers at the temple. Several families residing at Vombatkere, Alekal and MaṅgaῙūru also frequently visit this temple to offer sevā.
  • In 2021, with the divine blessings of H.H. Shrīmat Sadyojāt Shaṅkarāshram Swāmījī, the temple administration was handed over to Shrī Chitrāpur Mat͟h.
Special Programmes

The festivals observed at the temple include Yugādi, Rāmnavamī, Kṛs͟hṇās͟hṭamī, Nompī (Ananta Chaturdashī Vrata), Kārtika Dīpotsava, Vardhantī (Pratis͟ht͟hā day),
Durgānamaskāra-s during Navarātri for ten days with Suvāsinī Pūjā-s, Saptashatī Pārāyaṇa, etc. In addition, Vasanta Pūjā-s are observed at night on Yugādi, Rāmnavamī,
Chaitra Pūrṇimā, Aks͟hattadige, and Vaishākha Pūrṇimā.


There is no accommodation facility available at the temple premises. MaṅgaῙūru city, which is about 11 km from Shrī Sītārām Temple, is the nearest place to stay and offers
a variety of budget-friendly options for accommodation.

Places to Visit Nearby
  • H.H. Shrīmad Vāmanāshram Swāmīji Samādhi Sannidhi at Shrī Chitrāpur Mat͟h in MaṅgaῙūru: The Samādhi Mat͟h is about 11 km from the temple. The route passes by the Netrāvatī river, lush green paddy fields as well as a few commercial areas.
  • Shrī Umā Maheshwar Temple: This temple is situated inside Shrī Chitrāpur Mat͟h, MaṅgaῙūru. It takes about forty minutes to reach there by car/taxi or one can also
    avail of the local buses that ply to and fro.
  • Someshwara beach: Located in UῙῙāl, its name is derived from the Someshwara temple, located nearby. The beach has pristine golden sands scattered with rock
  • boulders called Rudra - shile. Several hotels and beach resorts are located here. Close to this beach is another tourist spot called the 'Ottineṇe hill', whose hilltop
    offers a spectacular view of the river Netrāvatī merging into the Arabian Sea.


Getting There

UῙῙāl is located about 11 km south of downtown MaṅgaῙūru which is the nearest city and the district headquarters. The town is located on National Highway 66 and is well
connected by road and rail to MaṅgaῙūru city and other major towns nearby.

  • Air: MaṅgaῙūru International Airport at Bajpe is the nearest airport about 13 km away. Major flights from several domestic and international destinations serve
    MaṅgaῙūru daily.
  • Rail: MaṅgaῙūru Central railway station is about 11 km away. The UῙῙāl railway station is about 0.4 km from the temple.
  • Road: The nearest bus stops to the temple are:
    • Local bus stop very near the temple
    • Beeri Junction bus stop, Eḍapally-Panvel Highway, Someshwara Village, UῙῙāl about 5km
  • Autorickshaws, buses and private taxis are available to reach the temple from the airport, railway stations and bus stops.
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Temple Timings

Morning: 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Morning: 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM