Bikshalaya

Bikshalaya

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Eka Sila Brindavana

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Entrance to Ekasila Brindavana

Bikshalaya or Bichali is 20 Kms from Mantralayam in Raichur district, Karnataka state.There are many Autos , Jeeps and Taxis are available in Mantralaya and this is the place of Sri Appanacharya, the prime Sishya of Sri Raghavendhra stayed here with Appanacharya’s House for about 13 years and the house where Sri Raghavendhra Swami stayed is still there.

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Tungabhadra river

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Steps to River side

Bikshalaya is a garden place just on the banks of river Tungabhadra with plenty of Big trees.

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Way to Ekasila Brindavana

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River View

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Tulasi Katte

Ek Shila Brindhavana of Sri Raghavendhra is present here as per the wish of Sri Raghavendhra himself. This is without any roof and is the Brindhavana in the world open to the Mother Nature.This Brindavana is on top of the Japadakatte(platform) where Sri Raghavendra Swamy and Sri Appanacharya used to sit and discuss.

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Grinding Stone

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Varalu kallu Rayaru Used it

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This is the Rubbu Gundu and Varalu kallu used for Manually Gring Chatni and Sri Appanacharya was Grinding Dal Chatni for the Naivedya of Sri Moola Rama Devaru and to Rayaru,Rayaru was Fond of Dal Chatni and Sweet Appi Payasa.

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Appanacharya House

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Life History of Rayaru

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Serene Atmosphere

When Sri Raghavendhra Swamy decided about his Brindhavana in the year 1671, he purposely sent Appanacharya away from Mantralaya because he knew Appanacharya could not bear that very moment. But the news of Raghavendhra’s Brindavana spread like a wild fire and on hearing the shocking news, Appanacharya rushed to Bichali. He had to cross Tungabadra but the river was in full flow. But he didn’t care and remembering his Guru, crying and weeping, Appanacharya started crossing the Tungabhadra creating a slogan for his guru.. Appanacharya’s devotion, faith, firmness made Tunghabadra to pave the way for him by spliting up the water in to two sides. But by the time Appanacharya reached Mantralaya the last slab was already placed and he could not see his Dear Guru. Tears gushed out from his eyes and his voice choked. The stotra had reached its final stanza but he could not utter any word while crying and weeping beyond.Then Sri Raghavendra completed the stotra from inside the Brindavana itself.

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Appannacharya used to beg (Bikshe) for food. The Rice that he gathered was put on a cloth and tied to a tree branch. After performing the Pooja he used to just sprinkle some holy water on the Rice and it turned into cooked rice. With the passage of time it came to be called as Bichali.

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Ugra Narasimha temple Entrance

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Ugra Narasimha

Idol of Ugra Narasimha Devaru and It was installed here by a great Madhwa Saint Sripadarajaru ( Mulbagilu ) under Ashwatha Tree near Japada katte.

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Anjaneya Installed by Rayaru

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Ganapati Vigraha

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Pravachana Hall

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Idol of Lord Hanumantha or Anjaneya and this idol was installed and worshipped by Sri Raghavendra swami himself. This Hanumantha or Anjaneya idol has been carved from the same stone that is used for making the Brindavana of Swami in Mantralayam.

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Rayaru Sleeping Place

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Small Pravachana hall

This is the Hall of Appanacharya’s house called Padasale and one centre place where Guru Rayaru was Sleeping taking Rest at this Spot and kept Sacred Moola Rama devara Pettige or Box in the Corner.

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Naga Silas

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NagaSilas are in the Circles in Steps and its prathistapana was done by Great Madhwa saint Jitamitraru of Shesha Devaru near Japadakatte,People who wish for Santhana Bhagya needs to install Nagasila and get Blessed.

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Sri Purandara Dasara Mantra

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Surya Narayana swamy
If one Visits to Mantralayam please make it a point to Visit Bishshalaya also where Rayaru Lived for 13 years in Penance on the Banks of River Tungabhadra and get Blissfull feeling and Blessed.

          ————- Hari Om ————–

 

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Sri Prasanna Anjaneya Swamy Temple – Mantralayam

Sri Prasanna Anjaneya Swamy Temple – Mantralayam

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Sri Anjaneya Swamy

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Sri Prasanna Anjaneya Swamy temple is just 1 Km walkable distance from Sri Raghavendra Swamy Moola Brindavana in Mantralayam very near to Krishna Nagar.

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One must Visit this Temple if one happens to visit Mantralayam and it is very Calm place not crowded and get Blessings from the Lord.

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No one knows the History of this temple and one can feel the Calm Vibrations if one rests here for 5 minutes inside the temple.

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Poojas are conducted in Morning and Evenings and during Festival times and on Saturdays it will attract many and bit crowded.
—- Hari Om —-

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Essence & Greatness of Sri Madhvacharya

Essence & Greatness of Sri Madhwacharya

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Sri Madhwacharya

This below article in Kannada language is on the Great-ness of ” HARI SARVOTHAMA VAYU JEEVOTHAMA ” Prathipadane BY sri MADHWACHARYA a Great Saint founder of Dwaitha Siddantha is Really Great and this article is simple understandable , Pure essence , straight forward answers to all in attaining Salvation and to get Pure Happiness in Life.

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Article on Essence & Greatness of Acharya Madhwa

Saint Vyasaraja elaborating sri Madhwacharya’s philosophy :

Lord Hari is the Supreme Being. The world of multiplicity is an ultimate reality. The Jivas are different from these and among themselves. They are the servants of Lord Hari, and there are distinctions of high and low among them. Liberation consists in the enjoyment of the bliss that is inherent in oneself. Pure devotion is the means of attaining it. There are three ‘pra-manas’, namely perception, inference and revealed scripture. The sole purport of the entire vedic revelation is Lord Hari,It is the sole purport of the vedic revelation which we try to see and achieve when we offer pure devotion to Lord Hari or Lord Krishna.

Sri Madhwa insists on Bhakthi as the method to attain the Lord. It is supreme attachment to the lord based on the complete understanding of the greatness and the supremacy of the Lord which transcends all kinds of love. This kind of amara Bhakthi alone secures Moksha or Heaven.

Some of ‘Acharya Madhwa’s’ unique contributions:

1) Vedas are the only source to know the lord, Prthyaksha Anumana and Agama are the way to know the lord.

2) The Lord is Sakara as well as Nirakara. He is Saguna as well as Nirguna.

3) The Lord is ‘Sarvagunapoorna’ and ‘Sarva doshavivarjitha’.

4) His ‘‘Jeevatraividya’'(Sathvika,Rajasa and Thamasa) was a unique concept which was not known earlier.

5) He said that every sound, every letter is an epithet of the lord.

6) Madhwa says that this world is a Dependent reality and Not a myth.

7) Pancha Bheda was his concept (Paramathma –Jeevathma, Jeeva-Jeeva, Jeeva-Jada, Jada-Jada and Jada- Paramathma).

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Pancha bheda Tatva

8) As god is omnipresent, he is there in the idols also. So we should worship the intrinsic Paramathma in the idol.

                                                     ——– Hari Om ——–

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Pitru Paksha

Pitru Paksha

This year Pitru Paksha or Mahalaya Paksha starts from 17th September 2016 to 30th September 2016 and end on Mahalaya Amavasya day on 30th September 2016.Here are the Details day wise:
September 17th –Sat – Mahalaya Pitru Paksha begins – Prathama thithi shraddha

September 18th –Sun – Dwitiya thithi Shraddha

September 19th –Mon – Trithiya thithi Shraddha

September 20th –Tues – Chaturthi thithi Shraddha

September 21st –Wed – Panchami & Shasti thithi Shraddha

September 22nd –Thu – Saptami thithi Shraddha

September 23rd –Fri – Astami thithi Shraddha

September 24th -Sat – Navami thithi Shraddha

September 25th –Sun – Dasami thithi Shraddha

September 26th –Mon – Ekadasi – NO Shraddha will be done on this Day – Fasting Day

September 27th –Tue – Dwadasi thithi Shraddha — Yathi Mahalaya

September 28th –Wed – Trayodasi thithi Shraddha

September 29th –Thu – Chaturdasi thithi Shraddha

September 30th -Friday – Mahaalaya Amavasya – Most important day of Shraddha – FOR ALL

 

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One Has to Read the above it informs how importance is Shraddha Karmas for the Pitrus already Departed and very inner depth Meaning & Information upon on the Soul.

Shraaddha and Tarpana

Shraaddha is the name of the ceremonies performed by Self or Relatives to help the Jeeva ( Soul ) who has departed off his physical body in death. A Jeeva who has cast off his physical sheath is called a Preta. The part of the Shraaddha performed to help him at this stage is called the Preta Kriya.

Benefits of Shraaddha And Tarpana of the Departed Souls

Gifts to deserving Brahmanas for the benefit of the PitrUs, in the proper time and place and with faith, are known as Shraaddha. Shraaddha gives satisfaction to the Pitrus by the offering of the sixteen Shraaddhas, the son helps his father to dwell in joy with the Pitrus. The son should perform the Sapindikarana rites for his father. Performance of Shraaddha and Tarpana relieves the hunger and thirst of the departed soul during its journey to the Pitru Loka ( world ).

Those who go to hell are extremely oppressed by hunger and thirst. Performance of Shraaddha and offerings of Rice and oblations to them, relieve their sufferings. Hence, performance of Shraaddha is indispensable. Those who dwell in heaven also get satisfaction, strength and nourishment.

Cremation is the best way of destroying a dead body. This is highly beneficial for the departed soul. If the body is not burnt; the Jiva is linked to the earth. The soul hovers round or hangs about the dead body on account of Moha or attachment to the physical body. Its journey to the celestial regions is interfered with. The vibrations set up by the recitation of Mantras and the offerings and oblations of water, bring solace and comfort to the departed soul. The Sapindikarana ceremony helps the Jeeva to pass from the Preta Loka to the Pitru Loka. He is then enrolled among the Pitrus or the ancestors. The son walks three times round the dead body of his father before fire is set to the pyre and sprinkles water once, reciting the Mantra: “Go away. Withdraw and depart from here.” The bones and Ashes are collected on the next day and immersed into a river. Those who can afford take them to Benares or Haridwar and immerse them into the Ganga River. It is believed that the soul whose mortal remains are consigned to the sacred River Ganga attains to the higher regions of spiritual light and splendour and in the end to salvation.

Immediately after death, the Jiva obtains the Ativahika body which is made up of fire, air and ether. Later on, it may have a Yatana Deha for suffering the tortures of hell if it had done great sins on the earth-plane, or a celestial body for enjoying the pleasures of heaven if it had done virtuous actions while living in the world. In the Yatana Deha, the air-element preponderates; while, in the celestial body, the element of fire is dominant. It takes one year for the Jiva to reach the Pitru Loka.

There are two classes of Pitrus, viz., the celestial Pitrus who are the lords of the Pitru Loka, and the human Pitrus who go there after death. Brahma is the paternal grandfather of all. Kasyapa and the other Prajapatis are also Pitrus, as they are the original progenitors. Pitru Loka or the Abode of the Pitrus is also called by the name Bhuvara Loka.

The word Pitrus primarily means the immediate ancestors, viz., father, mother, etc. Shraaddha Karma is performed for three generations of Pitrus, or to all Pitrus. Main Three Pindas are offered to the father, the grandfather and the great grandfather. Two Brahmins are fed first. Seven generations can mutually influence one another by the giving and receiving of food.

Here is a Useful Dwadasa Pitrugala List ( 4 Pages ) a detailed ones and everyone who is performing Mahalaya Shraddha during the Pitru Paksha must carry all the Details filled in before starting the Shraddha karma.  

 

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Origin Of The Pitrupaksha – A Story from the Mahabharata

The renowned hero of the Mahabharata, Daanavira Karna, when he left the mortal coil, ascended to the higher worlds and reached the region of the heroes. There, the fruit of his extraordinary charity while upon earth came to him multiplied thousandfold, but it came to him in the form of immense piles of gold and silver. Karna had done limitless charity of wealth, but had neglected to do Anna-Dana. Thus he found himself in the midst of wealth and plenty, but with no food to appease him. He prayed to Lord Yama. The Great Ruler responded to Karna’s prayer and granted him a respite for fourteen days to return to the earth-plane once again and make up for his former neglect. Karna came down from the Mrityu Loka, and for fourteen days, he fed the Brahmins and the poor, and made offerings of water, etc. He performed the prescribed rites also on the last day. On his return once again to the higher world, the effect of Karna’s observances during this fortnight removed all his wants there. The time of this occurrence was the dark fortnight of Asvayuja.

Due to the grace of Lord Yama, it came to be so ordained that such rites done at this particular period acquired the following unique merits. Offerings made at this time reached all departed souls, whether they were kins directly in the line of the offerer or not. Even those who died without progeny received these oblations given on this Pitrupaksha Amavasya day. All those who had failed to do deeds of charity and Anna-Dana and were thus denied these comforts in the Pitru Loka, benefited by these ceremonies. Those deceased whose date of death is not known and whose annual Shraaddha cannot be done, they also get these oblations of Pitrupaksha. Souls whose life was cut off by violent, accidental or unnatural death and to whom, therefore, offerings cannot reach in the ordinary course, to them, too, the Pitrupaksha offerings reach directly. All these the boon of Lord Yama made possible from the time the great Karna performed the Asvayuja-Paksha rites. The Hindus now observe this Paksha with great faith, with strict regulation, taking bath thrice, with partial fasting, etc. On the newmoon day, Sarvapitru Amavasya, the full rites are done and plenty of charity given.

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Paksha details

Propitiation Of Departed Spirits

The day of Mahalaya Amavasya is a day of great significance and importance to all Hindus. It is the annual festival for propitiating the spirits of our ancestors, with devout prayers for peace. The Hindu Itihasas say, that on the Mahalaya Amavasya, there is a conjunction of the sun and the moon and that the sun enters the sign Virgo (Kanya). On this day, the departed manes, i.e., our ancestors, leave their abode in the world of Yama and come down to the world of mortals and occupy the houses of their descendants.

The fortnight preceding the new moon is specially consecrated for the propitiation of such departed spirits. The ceremonies performed in honour of the manes or ancestors during each day of this fortnight are considered to be equal to those performed at Gaya. The principle in all such rites is the worship of the departed souls and the satisfaction of their wishes so that they might be in peace during the rest of the year.

———- Hari Om ———-

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Venkateswara Temple – Krishna nagar – Mantralayam

Sri Venkateswara Temple – Krishna nagar – Mantralayam

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sri Venkateswara Swamy

Rayaru Sculpting Lord Venkateswara

Rayaru Sculpting Lord Venkateswara

It is nearly 380 years old Sculpted by his own Hands of sri Raghavendra Swamy Himself and installed it here.

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Way to Krishna Nagar

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Way to the Temple

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A Walkable distance of 1 km from Raghavendra swamy mutt Mantralayam, its on a small hillock by the side of Tungabhadra River it is called Krishna Nagar and it is just Opposite Road from Panchamukhi Darshan Guest House.

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Many people are not aware of this wonderful Venkataramana temple Carved and installed by sri Rayaru himself and even today daily Poojas and all Festivals are carried out and Devotees get Blissful experience.

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Tulasi Vana

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Sri Venkateswara swamy

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Nagara kallu

There is a small Tulasi vana to cater to the temple needs and daily Hastodaka or Prasadam offered on prior informing to authorities.

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Lord Anjaneya swamy

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If one visits Mantralayam i feel they also need to find some spare time to visit this sacred sri Venkateswara or Venkataramana temple and get Blessings.
——— Hari Om ——–

 

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Namakkal Narasimha Temple

 Sri Namakkal Narasimha Temple

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Namakkal Narasimha

Namakkal is 58kms from Erode Via Tiruchengodu and from Salem it is about 55 Kms via Rasipuram is the Famous Narasimha Rock Cave Temple at the Saligrama Cave Hill in Namakkal.It is surrounded by the Kollimallai Mountain Ranges and Just Opposite to the Narasimha temple is the Anjaneya temple where he is seen in a standing posture facing Lord Narasimha. Behind the Narasimha temple on the Eastern side is the Ranganatha temple, where the Lord is seen in a Karkodaya Sayana posture.

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History dates in Krutha Yuga the two gate keepers of Sri Vaikunta on curse of Rishies were born as cruel Hiranya Brothers, Younger Hiranyaksha was killed by Mahavishnu in the Avathara of Varaha, for his harmful deeds.The elder Hiranyakasipu concentrated his mind and did serious Thapas for so many years. As a result of his Thapas, he got boons from Lord Brahma, that he will never meet the death by human beings, animals, earth and sky, by any instruments in and out of the houses etc.
Then Hiranyakasipu, on the Power of the boons, gave much troubles to Rishies and Devas and compelled them to pray them as “HIRANYAYA NAMA” only; and ordered that there is no other god to pray except him. As all were afraid of Hiranyakasipu, no Yagas and Deva Poojas were done. Then, worried Devas and Rishies with Brahma, prayed Lord Sri Narayana to get relief from HiranyaKasipu.

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Narasimha Temple below Hillock

Therefore Sri Mahavishnu, determined to kill HiranyaKasipu and blessed them. Hiranya kasipu had a son named Prahaladha. He was naturally very pious to Lord Mahavishnu. So he refused to say “Hiranyaya Nama” but he only prayed “OM NAMO NARAYANA” Hiranya kasipu tried to change Prahaladha to pray his name insted of Lord Vishnu, in so many ways personally and through Gurus, but it proved in vain Prahaladha never said “Hiranyaya Nama” but he prayed bravely “OM NAMO NARAYANA” with the company of other boys.This created great anger to Hiranyakasipu on Prahaladha and determined to kill him. He ordered his soldiers to kill Prahaladha by elephants, cobra, and by giving poison, but all were waste. His Vishnu Bhakthi saved him from these dangers.Hiranya kasipu asked Prahaladha with great anger “Who is your God? Where is He and show Him?”, On the belief of God, Prahaladha replied proudly and bravely “Father listen! MAHA VISHNU IS THE ONLY GOD and He is the Omnipresence and eternal – you can’t destroy him”, he is everywhere in you and me also.

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Single Saligrama Stone the Hillock

Hiranyakasipu with great anger showed a pillar and cried “Is your God in this pillar?” “CERTAINLY” here also replied Prahaladha with belief. As soon as Hiranya kasipu heard the words from Prahaladha he kicked the pillar with full of anger.Immediately he heard a great roar and the pillar was flapped into two halves. Lord Sri Narasimha came out from the pillar with roaring, Hiranyakasipu surprised on seeing LORD NARASIMHA and astonished himself as to what form of this creature, no Man, no Animal, with Lion head and with Human body with a cruel appearance.

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Then the fight began between Hiranya kasipu and SRI NARASIMHA. At last Sri Narasimha dragged Hiranya kasipu towards the entrance of the palace and placed him on his thighs and torn Hiranya’s chest by his nails at the time of sunset in this way Hiranya kasipu was killed by Sri Lord Narasimha.

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Sthala Vruksha

Sthala Vruksha

All Devas were afraid to approach Sri Narasimha swamy, in that angry mood and so also Sri Mahalakshmi. Baktha Prahaladha prayed Sri Narasimha who blessed him with mercy and disappeared in the form of a Saligrama near Prahaladha’s Kingdom ( Ruling Place ) Prahaladha worshipped the Saligrama ever and Sri Mahalakshmi’s prayer made Sri NARASIMHA calm. Then he blessed Sri Mahalakshmi and gave her so many VARAS. From that time, the name to Mahalakshmi was spread as SRI NAMAGIRI LAKSHMI to God Sri LAKSHMI NARASIMHA. Sri Narasimhaswamy is in the cave temple with so many beautiful sculptures.
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Left side Passage

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Right side Passage

In Trethayuga during the period of Ramayana Sri Hanuman saved Sri Rama and others with Sanjeevi herbs which was brought from Himalayas by him. Then Hanuman replaced it in the Himalayas. On his return through the Sky Sri Hanuman brought the Saligrama in which Sri Narasimha swamy disappeared.In the meantime the Sun had, risen. Sri Hanuman got down to the earth to perform Sandyavandana because he was a great sage and bachelor. That is tha place of Sri Mahalakshmi’s Tapovanam with a big holy tank named Kamalalayam where Sri Mahalakshmi was born Sri Hanuman determined to do his morning duties.Therefore he placed the Saligrama near the tank of Kamalalayam and performed SandyaVandana.

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Temple Timings

After he had made his duties Hanuman tried to lift the Saligrama. But he could not move it easily which was brought by him. This confused Sri Hanuman and he worshipped the God. Then the Saligrama grew as a rock a voice rose Oh Hanuman I determined to stay here, I was brought by you. First you go to Lanka and save Sri Ramachandramurthi.If you want to worship me, you will come here after Ramavathara and pray ever in front of me in Kaliyuga. Thus Sri Hanuman is even now at Namakkal Sthala in the western side of the rock standing in the open air, worshipping in front of Sri Lord NARASIMHA SWAMY .

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Namakkal Fort on Top

The SANCTUM SANCTORUM ( Garbhagriha )and Ardhamandapam are in the cave. Sri Narasimhaswamy is sitting in chief place with the sages Sanaka, Sanandana, Soorya, Chandra holding and Chamara and in the last Shiva and Brahma are praying.

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Dwajastamba

Inner Entrance

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So Namakkal is called as one of the Trimurthy Sthalas. We can see in Ardha mandapa walls, very beautiful sculptures of sri Mahavishnu’s Avatharas! ” Sri VAIKUNTA NARAYANA” with Sun, Moon, Siva Brahma, Markandeya and Boomadevi. Abhaya Narsimha is also here. In the next wall, we can see Sri Ugra Narasimha tearing the Hiranya’s chest by nails. On the other side wall Sri Vaamana moorthy is getting Dana by Mahabalya Chakravarty. Sukrachari is punished by Garuda for disturbing the Dana. Jambavan is drumming in the sky.

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In the same wall Sri Mahavishnu as Trivrikrama is measuring the earth and sky. In the next wall, Sri Varaha Moorthy is bearing the four VEDAS all power heads on the nose, and holding Sri Bhoomadevi by two hands. On the eastern side of the rock there is also a cave temple. Here also we can see Sri RANGANATHA lying on KARKOTAKA NAGA Sayana position who performed Thapas.In the same cave temple one can see SANKARA NARAYANA and on the other side Vamana Avathara as is in Sri Narasimha’s temple. These are protected by the Archaeological Department as the monuments maintained by the H.R. & C.E. Dept of the State Government and Poojas are performed as per VAIKANASA AGAMA.

Nagara Kallu

Nagara kallu

Namagiri Amma Temple

Namagiri Amma Temple
The glories of Goddess Sri Namagiri Thayar is spread in all over India up to Himalayas. The devotees who visit Namakkal first they worship Namagiri Thayar,Devotees offer Kanikies, Sarees and Jewels etc. The Dasara festival is performed for ten days to SRI NAMAGIRI AMMAN with Great Pomp. The Car festival is celebrated for 15 days to Sri Narasimha, Sri Ranganatha, and Sri Hanuman in the star of Panguni Hastha in every year. The Hanumantha Jayanthi is celebrated by devotees of all over in a grand manner during the New Moon day of Margashisha month.

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Lord Narasimha

SRI NAMAGIRI AMMAN’S Lotus eyes are merciful. She is seeing by lotus eyes with mercy. She is sitting on the lotus Sri Namagiri Lakshmi’s eyes are lotus, face is lotus mouth is lotus, hands are lotus, feet are lotus, seat is lotus and her birth place is lotus and her sight is merciful She is also holding the lotus.

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The myth says the ( Sculptures ) cave temples were constructed by Viswakarma ( Divine Mason ) but the Archaeological Department says that caves are constructed by Pallavas. There is no statue without canopy but the great Hanuman of Namakkal is as high as 18 feet but fully exposed.

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Namakkal

Namakkal -All Residing Deities

Namakkal is a famous place because of Sri Namagiri Thayar’s Merciness, the Greatness to Lakshmi Narasimha’s cave temple and the Greatness of the Hanuman.
one must Visit this Ancient Historical Temple at least once in Life time.
———- Hari Om ———-

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Margabandeeswarar Temple – Virinchipuram near Vellore

Margabandeeswarar Temple – Virinchipuram near Vellore

Main Gopuram 110 feet

Main Gopuram-110 Feet

Gopuram

Gopuram

From Vellore it is 14 kms on Chennai – Bangalore Highway you will see a Service Road leading to Sethuvalai Junction take turn right this road leads to Virinchipuram in just 2 km and also one can see or View the Huge Majestic 110 feet tall Raja Gopuram from a far off Distance with 7 Stage East Facing where Main entrance is there.

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Main Entrance

Margabandeeswarar Santum

Margabandeeswarar Sanctum

This beautiful temple is 1300 years old and is known for its impressive Rajagopurams and sculptures. The main shrine of the temple is said to have been built by Raja Raja Chola, Sambara Rayan, the viceroy of Kulothunga Chola. Nandhi Vikrama Pallava, Rajendra Chola, Paranthaha Chola, Kobarakesari Varman, Narayana Sambuvarayar and Vijayanagara kings – Krishna Devaraya & Achutharaya have all contributed significantly to this temple.

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inner Gopuram

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Nayanmars

Sri Maragabandeeshwara with consort Sri Maragadhavalli ambal are a Blissfull to see and the Serenity,Cleaniless is well maintained here.

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inside the Garbhagudi

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Huge temple side Compound

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It is the Oldest and Biggest temple in Vellore district Sung by many Appayya Dikshithar, Thirumoolar, Pattinathar, Appar, Sambhandhar, Arunagiri nadhar and many others.Arunachala Puranam, Siva Rahasiyam, Kanchi puranam and many other Holy books have described this temple in their Puranas.

Dakshinamurthy

Dakshinamurthy

Durga devi

Durga devi

Aadhi Shankararacharya had done the Beejakshara Prathishtapana of the Simha theertham in the temple complex.

Sanctum Entrance

Sanctum Entrance

Sri Vinayaka

Sri Vinayaka

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Ramalinga Swamigal

Lord Brahma was born as Shivasarma here in a priest family. When Shivsarma’s father died at his early days, Shivsarma was to undertake the pooja responsibilities as a small boy. Shivasarma’s relatives had planned to take away the priest’s rights and land from them and so they warned that his rights and land will be taken away, if he does not perform the pooja when his turn comes up. Shivasarma’s mother prayed to Margabandeeswar and He appeared in her dream. It was the last Saturday night of the Karthigai month. The next morning, Shivasarma took bath in the Brahma theertham and Lord Shiva came as an elderly person and conducted the Upanayana Brahmopadhesa and Shiva Dikshai to Shivasharma and disappeared as Mahalinga in the temple tank bund. The small boy was then paraded on an elephant with the holy water pot and the temple door opened automatically to everyone’s surprise. As if he was very experienced in the pooja procedures, he conducted the pooja activities to Swarna Ganapathy and while attempting to do the abhisheham for the Margabandheeswarar, as a small boy, he was unable to reach the head of the lingam. He then submitted his inability to Lord Shiva.Hence the Shiv Linga tilted slightly towards the boy and You can still find the Shiv Linga idol tilted.

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In another legend, once Brahma and Vishnu got into an ego battle and they set out to reach the head and foot of Lord Shiva but both failed. Brahma lied to Shiva that he had seen the head with Tazhampoo as a false witness but here Lord Brahma accepted his inability to reach the head of Lord Shiva and offered his failure to the Lord Himself. Lord Shiva, then bowed His head to accept the abhisheham and Brahma got his curse cleared off and attained salvation. So the Margabandheeswarar lingam can be seen in a slightly tilted position here.

Navagrahas

Navagraha’s

Pooja Timings

Pooja Timing’s

Dhanabalan, a Kundala desa pepper merchant lost his loads to thieves. He prayed to Lord Shiva and He came as a soldier on a horse and not only retrieved the pepper loads but also accompanied Dhanabalan till Kanchipuram. Due to this He is called ‘Vazhi Thunai Nathar’ in Tamil and Margabandu in Sanskrit (Marga meaning way and Bandhu meaning company)

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Shiva shiva

sri Vasudeva

Sri Vasudeva

This temple is also known as — Bhaskara Kshetra — because the Sun God is said to worship the linga when its rays fall on it in the month of Panguni; The name of the place as Virinchipuram came from the legend that the temple was worshipped by Brahma, i.e., Virinchi; The theertham of this temple is said to be produced by Gowri devi and so, this place is also known as Gowripuram; Vishnupuram and Margabandheeswaram are also the other names of the place.

Simha Tirtham

Simha Tirtham

Sthala Vruksha

Sthala Vruksha

Taking a dip at the Simha theertham here will remove the evil effects of bad omens

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This is the birth place of Sri Appayya Dikshithar (1520-1593), the greatest interpreter of Advaitha Sidhantha after Adhi Sankara. His Margabandhu stotram on this Margabandheeswarar is for the protection of people while on journey. By reciting this one can have Lord Shiva with them as Marga-bandhu (protector during journey) along their journey.

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True Benefits one gets by Worshipping Sincerely to the Lord are:
The childless couples take dip in all the three theerthams of the temple, stay overnight with the wet cloth to receive the Lord in their dream and get the boon of a child.
Since Lord Shiva of this temple protected the pepper merchant Dhanabalan, the business people can have this Lord Shiva as the protector for their business.
Since Lord Shiva had conducted the Upanayanam and Dikshai to Lord Brahma here, this is a holy place to have Upanayanams, to get Dikshai and to start education
The last sunday of the Karthika month is considered very auspicious since on that day, Lord Shiva appeared as an elderly person and conducted Upanayanam for Lord Brahma as Shivasarma.

By worshipping here for One Day people get their marriage obstacles removed and Achive Success in Happy Married Life .

———– Hari Om ———–

 

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