|Kateel Durga Parameshwari Temple
on the banks of River Nandini, amidst beautiful
surroundings, is the spiritual energy center of South
Kanara district. Goddess Durga is the loving and
caring mother of the people of South Kanara. Surrounded
by lush green fields and beautiful hills, Kateel has
become a famous pilgrimage and a tourist center over the
Jabaali wanted to put an end to human sufferings and decided to perform a yajna to please the devas. He requested Devendra to permit him to take Kamadhenu for the yajna. Devendra asked Jabali to take Kamadhenu's daughter Nandini instead. Nandini refused to accompany Jabaali to the earth where evil was prominent. After a lot of arguements, Jabali, in his anger, cursed that she be born as a river on earth. Realising the mistake, Nandini prayed for mercy. Relenting, Jabali advised her to pray to Goddess Durga to redeem her from the curse, Nandini appealed to Goddess Durga who appeared to her and informed her that though Nandini would be born as a river in fulfillment of the curse she, Durga, would be born as Nandini's daughter at the center of the river, and in the process, Nandini would attain purification. On Magha shudda Poornima, Nandini emerged as a river from Kanakagiri. Jabali performed his yajna. The devas were pleased and the earth was once again happy.
Elsewhere Arunasura acquired a boon from Brahma that he would not suffer death from any two legged or four legged being or from any weapon. Brahma also powered him with Gayatri Mantra. After acquiring these powers, Arunasura defeated the devas and conquered heaven. The Devas prayed Goddess Durga for help.
One day Goddess appeared in Arunasura's garden as a beautiful woman. Seeing the lady, Arunasura approached her. The beautiful lady reminded him that she had killed Shambasura and from whom Arunasura had escaped death. Arunasura got angry and tries to kill the woman with sword. The Goddess suddenly turned into a stone. Arunasura slashed the stone with the sword, then a vast swarm of bees emerged from the stone and stung him.
The bees ( dhumbi) stung
him repeatedly till his last breath. Devas led by Jabali
performed abhisheka with tender coconut water and
requested the Bramarambhika (Queen of the bees) to
bless the world. Goddess Durga then appeared in her
'Soumya Roopa' in middle of the river, where present
structure of the temple imparts its glory to the world.
'Kati' being the word which means 'center' (midway
between the 'Kanakagiri' the place where the river was
born, and the end, Pravanje, where the river joins the
sea) and 'lla' means area. Thus the place is called 'Kati
+ lla' Kateel.