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Legend
Installed on April 25, 1537 the story has an interesting twist. The site for the construction of the temple was said to have been selected in a very orthodox way. A cow and her calf were let off after performing a pooja, and the place where the cow took rest after feeding her calf was selected for the holy shrine. An inscription available in the temple reads that the temple was renovated in 1699.
The main deity of the temple, called 'Pattada Devaru' is Srinivasa and the subsidiary 'Utsava Devaru' that is the lord taken in a religious procession, is Venkatramana. It is said that Karkala was constantly under

attack from the Kodavas and Kandahars. Panic stricken villagers fearing that the idols that they so dearly worshipped would be looted, carried the idols with them, in search of a safer place. They are reported to have dropped the idols in a well near Mulky with a view of salvaging them later.
With the attackers gone, the devotees tried retrieving them but in the process failed to locate one of them. A layman, who found it refused to return it but installed the idol at Mulky. So the presiding deity at the temple at Mulky is still called Sri Venkataramana of Karkala.
The devotees became frustrated after losing one of their idols. It is said that they had a dream directing them to

go back to their place where they were told they would receive an idol of Lord Srinvasa from a saint. Their dreams came true when a
Brahmin stranger gave them an idol of Srinvasa which he had brought from Tirupati. So the Lord is named Tirupati Chappara Srivasa. Incidentally all the pujas here are performed as in Tirupati. The saint who continued to live in Karkala, breathed his last and was cremated in the outer premises of the temple on the western side and even today his tomb is worshipped on certain occasions.
As the temple gradually developed, the number of devotees visiting the temple increased. The Parivara deities

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