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Kateel or Kateelu is a temple town in the Dakshina Kannada district of the Indian state of Karnataka. It is considered one of the holiest Hindu temple towns in India. It is situated on the banks of the river Nandini.
|• Type||Town Panchayat|
|• Official||Tulu, Kannada|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Mangalore|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Moodabidre|
|Lok Sabha representative||Nalin Kumar Kateel|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Umanatha A Kotian|
In Tulu, 'Kati' means 'center'. Kateel is midway between Kanakagiri, the source of the river, and Pavanje, where the river joins the sea. 'Ila' means area (land), thus the place is called 'Kati + lla', Kateel.
The nearest airport is Mangalore International Airport, 16 kilometers away. The nearest railway station is Mangalore, 18.8 kilometers away. Kateel is well connected by public transport to nearby religious places such as Udupi, Subrahmanya and Dharmasthala.
Shri Durga Parameshwari TempleEdit
The town hosts the temple of Sri Durga Parameshwari. The temple is situated on an islet in the middle of the sacred river Nandini amidst panoramic scenes and fascinating greenery. Thousands of devotees visit Kateel every day to seek blessings from goddess Durga Parameshwari.
Kateelu is known for its quality education institutions. All the institutions owned by Shri Kateelu Durga Parameshwari Temple. Well known are Sri Durgaparameshwari Temple First Grade College, Kateel, Sri Durga Sanskrit PG Studies & Research Centre, Kateel,
Kateelu is very famous for Yakshagana and attached to traditional importance to this holy place. Kateelu temple has 6 Melas (Troupes)[circular reference] Divotees of Hindu belief get Yakshagana played through any of the Melas at their place.
- Mangalore International Airport