The mandir is in Belthangadi taluk (Dakshina Kannada dist) and a siddhi kshetra.

Southe means Cucumber and Adka is a vast plain in Kannada.

It is unique because Ganapathi is out in open field without Garbha gudi and structure.
About 800 years back, a nearby mandir was destroyed in war.
The Ganesha murti of this mandir was found by cow herd boys.
They started doing pooja and placed it under a tree.
Everyday they offered Ganesha with tender cucumber as naivedya. (hence the name Sowthadka).
Ganapati graced their dreams and asked them not to build a mandir for him at Southadka so that bhaktas could always access him.

Avalakki panchakajjaya seva (a mixture of beaten rice, jiggery, til, coconut, honey and banana) is very famous here.
The laddu prasad is also famous.
Among the special poojas that are performed, Moodappa Seve is prominent which involves covering the Mahaganapati murti with Appam.
Appam are prepared daily and available on counters.

The mandir is decorated with lots of Bells offered by bhaktas who come with special wishes.

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