The temple, 29km from mangalore, on the udupi-mangalore highway,and situated on the banks of the Shambhavi river, is an excellent symbol of communal harmony. A Hindu temple built bya Jain king, as per the wishes of a muslim merchant!
History has it that Bappa Beary was responsible for the construction of this temple. Locals have an interesting story to tell about this merchant. When the merchant was travelling across the Shambhavi, his boat came to an abrupt halt in the middle of the river. While examining the cause, he found blood spread over the river water and felt a deep sense of fear. Local myth has it that he was then ordained to construct a temple with the help of Mulki Sawantha (a Jain king) and get Baila Udupa (the priest) to perform a pooja to the deity. And so, the Bappanadu Kshetra came into being
Even today,the temple prasada of the very first day of the annual festival is sent to the houde of Bappa Beary.
The beating of the drum during annual festival is another key aspect. The bappanadu dolu is well known across the state