Monday, March 19, 2018

Sri Vedanta Desikar Devasthanam-Mylapore, Chennai

A small walk from the Mylapore temple tank towards Chitrakulam will take one to the Vedanta Desikar temple. He is considered as the reincarnation of Divine bell of Lord Vishnu.

The temple is situated very close to  Peyalwar temple.
Desikar was a  great Acharya who mastered all sastras and became a scholar. He has written thousands of stotras on Lord Srimannarayana.

All Acharyas walked the length and breadth of the country extolling the beauty and grace of Lord but in case of Mylapore temple, Lord Srinivasa  with his consort came in search of Desikan ,to be with him.

The main sanctum has Lord Srinivasa's idol ; a beautiful one which would give one a feeling of visiting the Tirumala temple and outside on the left side we can find  Lakshmi Hayagreeva and an idol of Desikan in a small shrine.
 A detail history of Desikar here
There also shrines for Anjaneyar, Garuda,Peyazhawar,Hayagrivar, Lakshmi Narasimha, Sudarshana and Lord Lakshmi Narasimha and Sri Andal.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Aadikesava Perumal Peyalwar Tirukoil , Mylapore, Chennai

Adikesava Perumal  Peyalwar temple is situated near Chitrakulam in Mylapore.

It is one among the 108 divyadesam and this temple along with Tiruvellikeni is considered as one divyadesam.

This temple is believed to be 5000 years old and also  believed to be in existence from dwaparayuga though it has undergone renovations many times.

This is the birth place of Peyalwar; one of the first 3  Alwars ( saints)of the 12 Alwars

In the sanctum of the main temple there is the beautiful idol of  Adi Kesavaperumal ( Lord Vishnu). Facing the God is Garudar sannidhi and dwajasthambha.

 His consort Mayurvalli thayar  blesses all the devotees from a separate shrine.Here at this sacred place Peyalwar received blessings from Thayar. On her advice he worshiped Kesava Perumal here.Every Friday a special worship known as  Vilvarchanai is performed to the Goddess  Mayuravalli  by devotees and she makes everyone happy by granting their wish.

Andal is also enshrined within the complex  and there are also idols of Alwars here.

It is also believed that Sri Rama while returning from Lanka got attracted to this place and stayed here for sometime before returning to Ayodhya.

Poigai Alwar and Booththa alwar also sang mangalsanams ( hymns)to Lord here.

Peyalwar goes in a procession to Tiruvellikeni during Tamil  month of Purattasi , and enters the sanctum there, offers worship there by singing hymns.

 More details can be found here about the temple.
One needs special permission to use camera.
I have just a couple of pictures.
Please refer the link for more pictures.


Thursday, March 1, 2018

Madhur Madhanantheswara Siddivinayaka temple Kasargod.

Madhur temple is about 7 Kms from the town of Kasargod in Kannur  district of Kerala and is nestled in a small serene village and river Madhurvahini flows right in front of the temple.
An ancient place of worship, the presiding deity here is Lord Shiva, Madhananteshwara.
Though Shiva is the main deity, the temple is more famous for the Ganesha  known here as Madhur Siddhivinayaka,and has a separate niche  just outside the sanctum of Lord Shiva on the right side of the sanctum.

The temple structure is a three tired structure in grihaprishta style, meaning resembling the back of an elephant.

It is believed that a boy while playing drew a picture of Ganapati on the walls of sanctum and it started growing fatter and fatter. Later worship started to Ganesha.

This is one of the famous six temples of Ganesha in Tulunadu. Other five are Sharavo Maha Ganapathi, Annegude, Hattiangadi, Idagunji , Gokarna.( check trhe links for other ganesha temples I have visited)
Madhur  Ganapati here, loves sweet appams  and Appa seva is famous here.
Thousands of sweet appams are offered here during worship.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Jagadish Mandir, Udaipur , Rajasthan

Jagdish Mandir is an iconic temple  in Udaipur   and is situated atop a small hill. This temple in the lake city was built by Maharana Jagatsingh in 1651.The temple is a magnificent edifice, the whole  structure built completely in marble and has intricate carvings on every inch of this temple.

The presiding deity here is Lord of Universe Jagadish ; Lord Vishnu.
Dressed in bright silks and ornaments the deity's eyes hold you under His spell.
The mount of Lord Vishnu;Garuda here is  a bronze idol,  is very charming and has  a   shrine  facing the main deity,
There are sub shrines around the temple and the surroundings are maintained very well.
A flight of stairs leads one to the temple and one can totally enjoy  peace here. 
No one would leave this temple in a hurry as the peace and divine vibrations here hold you spell bound.
The pale glow of setting Sun presented an extra aura around the temple  as we visited in the evening. One can forget the outside world and focus on the divinity here.
Sharing a small collection of pictures.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Sri Lakshmi Gunja Narasimha temple- T. Narsipur

Lakshmi Gunja Narasimha temple  is situated at Tiru Narasipur Panchayat.
The Triveni sangam of river Kaveri, Kabini and Spatika is just opposite the temple .

The small village presents a perfect picture any would love to see. Sylvan surroundings,the cool breeze, the river flowing in front., cattle roaming peacefully, birds chirping is enough for anyone to forget self and get drown in the total scene.

The temple is at 35 kms from Mysore.
The town derives its name from the temple deity.

 Lord Narasimha  is seated here with a  small Gulganji seed in his hand.  This temple is as as sacred as Kashi, as said by the Lord Himself.,this was in response to  his great devotee a washerman,who built the temple on orders of the Lord .After building the temple he wanted to attain moksha by visiting Kashi. Lord Narasimha told him he has already attained more punya by the weight of a gulganji than by visiting kashi .

More details can be found here
There are also shrines for Thayar , Andal and other Acharyas.
There is a huge Gulganji tree in front of the temple.