SWAMY RAMANUJAS “PANCHANARAYANA KSHETRAM ” IN KARNATAKA

                            SRI  MUDALIANDAN SWAMY VAIBHAVAM mudaliandaan Sri Mudaliandan Swamy-Belur.

All Glories to Swami  Mudaliandan Swamy the first disciple of  Jagath Guru Swamy Ramanujar ( to whose Thirumaligai adiyongal belong to).

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Elders reveal that LORD  Rama incarnated HIMSELF as Dasarathi, nephew of Swamy Ramanujar at Purusha mangalam (presently known as Nazrath Pettai in Chennai). Lakshmana’s servitude was incomprehensible and to repay this gratitude,  Lord Sri Rama  appeared as  as Dasarathi and served Swamy Ramanujar in Kaliyugam.

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  • Swamy Ramanujar appointed 74 simhadipatis (disciples) to propagate Srivaishnavam and  our Dasarathi was their leader.  Hence Dasarathi came to be known as
  • “Mudali “”Andan”.  ( The foremost)
  • Sri Mudaliandan Swamy was entrusted with the job of managing Srirangam temple affairs.
  • Swami Mudaliandan is  also  glorified  as the “paaduka” and “Tridandi” of Swamy Ramanujar.  When Swamy Ramanujar embraced Sanyasasramam, he did not leave Mudaliandan and Kooratazhwan whom he considered as his Tridandam and Pavitram respectively.
  • When Thirugoshtiyur nambi instructed Swamy Ramanujar to come alone to learn about Tirumantra rahasyam, Swamy Ramanujar took Mudaliandan along with him. When questioned, Swamy replied that a Sanyasi should  always carry Tridandam with him .Such was the intimacy between Swamy Ramanujar and Mudaliandan.
  • Kooratazhwan says that he has only “Atma sambandham”with Swamy Ramanujar whereas Mudaliandan has both “deha sambandham” and “atma sambandham”.

Swamy Ramanujar established Vishistidadvaitam with Srirangam as his base and was becoming very popular.

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It was Namperumal’s  divine plan  to make  Swamy Ramanujar leave Srirangam  for a short time , and purify other places by placing his holy feet in Melnadu  and retrieve Thirunarayanan who was worshipped by  Lord SriRamar and Sri Krishna during Tretha and Dwapara yugas  .

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Peria Perumal thus created a difficult situation by which   Swamy Ramanujar had to leave Srirangam after taking Peria Perumal’s consent and thus    proceeded towards north accompanied by Sri Mudaliandan Swamy.

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After many days of travel and undergoing various hardships following the course of Kaveri, Swamy  Ramanuja finally arrived in Karnataka where the local tribals served them. An interesting divine pastime is appended in the below post where Swamy Ramanuja meets Kongi Piratee his  disciple

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More details in the below link

https://kmkvaradhan.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/kongil-piratti-worships-swamy-ramanuja-padukas/

This place is near Srirangapatinam. The local people who were averse to Swamy Ramanujar conspired a plan to do away with him.  Swamy Ramanujar learning their evil intentions ordered Mudaliandan Swamy to place his feet in the drinking water pond in that area  now called saligrama near Thondanur , which he  politely obeyed.

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At  salagrama  ,by  partaking this Sripada theertham, the minds of the evildoers changed and they fell at Swamy Ramanujar lotus feet  seeking forgiveness.  Such was the greatness of our Mudaliandan Swamy .

Ramanujar named this place as “Saligramam” which is near Melkote.  Even today this pond is maintained by the archakar who ensures that no intruder pollutes the pond by locking the gate.  There is a small temple opposite to this pond in which Swamy Ramanujar’s Thiruvadi chuvadugal are worshipped.

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  There is also a deity  of Swamy Ramanujar in Sesharoopam near the garbagriham. At that time, Jainism was prominent in Mel nadu which was ruled by King Bittideva who was a staunch follower of Jainism.  The king’s daughter was possessed by an evil spirit and no one could cure her.  Vaduga Nambi, a disciple of Swamy Ramanujar suggested to the queen that his spiritual master was capable of restoring the princess to normalcy.  The Jain king invited Ramanujar to his palace to cure the princess but Swamy was initially reluctant to enter a palace.

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Vaduga nambi persuaded Swamy Ramanujar to resent to the king’s plea which could help in establishing faith in Srivaishanvism. .  Swamy Ramanujar consented and sanctified the place , and drove away the evil spirit by placing a dhastamam (stick) on her head uttering a  mantra and splashed some water and immediately the princess became normal.(This  divine stick is at Yoga Narasimhar sannidhi in Thondanur .  The archakar places the dhastamam on the visitors head and sprinkles water on the face..)

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King Bittideva, true to his word, became Swamy Ramanujar’s disciple  and embraced Srivaishnavism and was  named  “Vishnu vardhana” and thus the entire kingdom became RAmanujar’s followers.  It is told that about 1000 Jain pandits who could not bear this challenged Ramanujar for an argument .

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  To defeat them, Ramanujar advised a curtain to be drawn in between and taking his original form of Adisesha with 1000 hoods, he answered and defeated all the 1000 Jains at a time. This incident happened at Narasimhar sannidhi in  Bhakta nagari (presently known as Thondanur).  Sri Mudaliandan Swamy rendered “Dhaati Panchakam”in praise of Ramanujar at this place. This place is on the way to Melkote(about 16 kms)  from Srirangapatinam . It is important to remember that our AchArya personages did not give room to wasting emotions when their protocol and place of worship suffered disturbance and, instead, concentrated on alternative positive programmes.

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Thus, during his ‘exile’ to Tirunarayanapuram, Ramanuja got the ‘pancha nArAyaNa pratishThA’ executed by  swamy mudali-ANDAn, with the support of the hoySaLa ruler vishNu-vardhana. The wonderful opportunity  given by Swamy Ramanuja to  Mudaliandaan is remembered even today . “Dhati Panchakam” speaks of the victory of  Swamy Ramanuja over other philosophies – both those that accept Vedas and those that don’t – and his establishing the Visishtadvaita philosohpy that was built by Azhvars and Purvacharyas.

As the name suggests, it comprises of five slokas The word  “DHATI” means “attacking” – as this work shows the attack that Ramanuja carried over the other philosophies that were widespread at that time, it is an appropriate name for it.  Swamy out of his love composed a wonderful composition on Swamy Ramanuja called “DHATEE PANCHAKAM” which starts with the introductory sloka .. The Varthamana swamy descendant of Swamy MudaliAndaan was kind to recite this sloka at our residence during his recent visit , a clip presented below

Yath Chakrey Bhakta Nagare Dhaati Panchaka Uthamam

Ramanujaya Sath chaathram vandhey Dasarathim gurum

beloor1   Swamy Ramanujar instructed Mudaliandan Swamy to establish Pancha Narayana kshetrams(5 temples dedicated to Narayana)with the help of King Vishnuvardhana who provided everything required.   All these five temples were consecrated at almost the same time.  These pancha Narayana kshetrams are

:- keerthinarayana PANCHANARAYANA KSHETRAM

Sri Keerthi Naryan Kshetra Talakad

Sri Nambi Narayana , Thondanur

Sri Thirunarayana ,Melkote

Sri Kesava Narayana Temple , Belur

Sri Sowmya Narayana , Nagamangala

Sri Veera Narayana Temple ,Gadag,

Srirangam  and Salagrama

The below picture is of Swamy MudaliAndaan both Moolavar and Utsavar being worshipped at Belur…

. Sri Mudaliandan Swamy-Belur.

(Pl. Note: Some consider  Melkote to be one of the Pancha Narayana kshetrams whereas some archakars with whom we interacted opined that as this temple was renovated by  Swamy Ramanujar and not Mudaliandan and hence is not Pancha Naryana kshetram.

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Gundulpet which is about 2 hours drive from Talakad is considered as Pancha Narayana kshetram.)The places purified by Sri Mudaliandan Swamy’s thiruvadigal during his stay in Mel nadu are :-

Srirangapatinam(entry into Mel nadu),

Nagamangala(Vijaya sthambam erected here),

Saligramam(Sripada theertham-water pond sanctified by  Mudaliandan Swamy),

Dodda mallur ,

Melkote and

Pancha Narayana temples.

Having assigned Swami Mudaliandan with the job of constructing temples, Swamy Ramanujar focused on the spread of  Sri Vaishnavism.  During his stay, Perumal appeared in his dream and informed him 1) about the availability of Thiruman kaapu on the banks of Kalyani Pushkarini,

IMG_0549Kalyani Pushkarini-another view. 2) the place where HE lay hidden by sand dunes .  Swamy Ramanujar with the help of the king retrieved the Moolavar idol of Thirunarayanan and constructed a temple for him and arranged for all utsavams to be performed.

cauvvv 3) When Swamy Ramanujar wanted to have an utsavar deity  , Perumal appeared in his dream and informed that HE was with Delhi Sultan.  At a ripe age of 90 plus , Swamy Ramanujar undertook this journey and brought back the Utsavar Chella pillai-the utsava murthy literally walked towards  Swamy Ramunujar and sat on his lap along with the Delhi princess (Thuluka naachiyar)

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Swamy Ramanujar stayed for 12 years in Melkote and  laid down the system of worship and assigned jobs to specific persons which is being followed even today.

A divine pastime is shared below

https://kmkvaradhan.wordpress.com/2015/07/06/sri-vishnu-loka-mani-mandapa-margadhyayee-ramanujo-vijayate-yathiraja-raja/

PANCHANARAYANA KSHETRAM YATIRAI DETAILS 

 This yatra was done few years ago and the latest details have not been updated .

The Pancha Narayana kshetrams in Karnataka along with important places visited by Swami Mudaliandan can be covered in 4-5 days. Necessary arrangements for our trip like engaging a car for two days, accommodation and food arrangements at Melkote, prashad arrangement at ISKCON ,Mysore were already made. 

The cab driver Ramu  can be contacted on 09964387174 is aware of all these places.

Reaching Sri Keerthi Naryan Kshetra Talakad

1keerthinarayana  From Mysore station, we drove to Talakad which is about 62 kms from Mysore(as per our car reading) and takes about 2 hours.  The driver went to the archakar’s house and requested for the temple to be opened for which he consented.  We then went to River Cauvery for  a holy dip in the holy waters  which is about 2 kms from the temple and then returned to the temple.  On the way, we saw sign boards leading to Pancha Linga temples.  Talakad is famous as one of the Pancha Narayana kshetrams and also as Pancha Linga kshetrams.

The aged archakar, Sri.Lakshmipathy who can be contacted on

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The kind bhattar  opened the doors of the make shift temple.  WE were amazed looking at the divya mangala Thirumeni of Perumal Keerthi Narayanan.  The moolavar in Nindra Thirukolam clad in green dress is about 10 feet height with ubhaya nachiyars on  either side whose height is about 3 feet. The vigraham is carved in Hoysala style which is a wonder. Performed archanai and offered fruits to the Lord.  The archakar informed that as the original temple built by Mudaliandan Swamy collapsed, the deities were kept in this place. This place is declared as a heritage site by Archaeological Department. 

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The ruins of the temple have been collected and numbered accordingly for which ASI needs appreciation.  Hopefully, the temple would be renovated soon.In this place, the moolavar vigraham of Sri KeerthiNarayana Perumal with ubhaya nachiyars is in the centre, the moolavar vigraham of Sri Sundaravalli Thayar is kept on the left side and on the right side, we can see vigrahams of Swamy Ramanujar, Mudaliandan and Desikar. Brahmotsavam is performed for 7 days during Chithirai culminating on Utharam (Perumal’s star).  Thiru aadi pooram which is Thayar’s thirunakshitiram and acharyar’s thirunakshitrams are performed here.The utsava vigrahams which are replica of the Moolavar are housed in a nearby temple.  Perumal seen with chathur bhujam(4 hastams) holding Padmam and Gadam on the upper right and left Thirukaigal (hastams) respectively.  The lower 2 hastams hold sankhu and Chakram on the left and right side respectively.

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Sri Lakshmipathi archakar informed that Melkote is not a Pancha Narayana kshetram and Gundulpet which is about 2 hours drive from this place is considered as Pancha Narayana kshetram.  He advised us drive to  Gundulpet via Narsipur, Nanjangud.  As it was already half past 1, we skipped visting gundulpet as it was not advised by our acharyar and we had to rush back to ISKCON ,Mysore where Sri.Jagjeevandasa, in-charge of ISKCON Mysore (09972096996) had arranged prashad for us.  .

Proceeding to Sri Nambi Narayana Temple  , Thondanur

veera narayana temple gadag We proceeded to Thondanur and reached Nambi Narayanan temple at 5.15 P.M.

This Pancha Narayana kshetram located amidst greenery was closed and the archakar who stays nearby refused to open the temple doors.  We were dejected as it would not be possible to stay for a day and have darshan of Perumal.  The watchman took pity on us and opened the temple door and took us inside which was pitch dark.  We had to satisfy ourselves by standing in front of the locked garbagriham of Nambi Narayana Perumal.  However, the watchman pointed a sculpture and said that it was the replica of the Lord inside. 

Offered humble obeisances to Swamy Ramanujar and thanking the watchman came out of the temple. When we were about to get into the car, we met a Srivaishnava who is the archakar in the nearby Yoga Narasimhar sannidhi  was driving towards  Lord Narasimhar temple and instructed us to follow him.  A small board displaying Swamy Ramanujar’s temple and Yoga Narasimhar temple welcomed us.  The temple is situated on a small hillock near Nambi Naryanan temple is a revered place.  The archakar showed us the divya mangala thirumeni of Sri Yoga Narasimhar and placed the dhastamam used by Swami Ramanujar for driving off evil spirits on our heads.  Then he splashed some holy water on us and gave us theertha prasadam and was narrating Swamy Ramanujar’s pastimes. 

We were then taken to another sannidhi in the temple precincts towards right of Narasimhar sannidhi where Swamy Ramanujar is seen is Sesharoopam.  It was here Swamy Ramanujar defeated 1000 Jain pandits by assuming his original form of Adisesha with 1000 hoods

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0le8xsh2Dg

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The archakar showed us the Thirumeni of Udayavar which is made of swadhai (made from herbs- similar to Thirukurungudi, Thiruthankaal Perumals) pointing to the eyes which were similar to that of a snake, abdomen and the hoods.  Another interesting feature is here Swamy Ramanujar seated in Padmasana  shows Jnana mudhra and does not have Tridandam. This thirumeni of Sri Ramanujar is unique which must be seen by everyone.

The archakar informed that Swamy Ramanujar is in Sookshma roopam here.

veera narayana temple utsavarr   Devotees whose wishes are fulfilled by praying here , offer white veshti to Lord Narasimhar and kaashayam vastram (orange robe) to Swamy Ramanujar. The archakar who preferred to remain anonymous informed that Perumal can be seen in 3 forms:-Nambi Narayanan,Yoga Narasimhar,  Parthasarathy, Venugopalan out of which we were not fortunate to have Nambi Narayanan’s darshan.  We visited  Sri Venugopalaswamy Temple.  The moolavar is Sri Parthasarathy in sitting posture with chathur  bhujam holding sankhu, chakram in his upper arms, right lower hastam in abhaya hastam and left hastam placed on HIS lap.  Sri, Bhudevi nachiyars are also in veetruirundha thirukolam.  Utsavar Krishnar is in dancing style.  The uniqueness about this idol is Perumal’s right foot is in front and left foot behind.  The archakar informed that this temple was about 5500 years old built by Yudhisitra.  The  vigrahams of Chakaratazhwar, Nammazhwar and Ramanujar  are placed outside the garbagriham.  Thanking the archakar profusely, we left the temple at about 7 P.M. and drove to Melkote.

MELKOTE

THE PLACE WHERE SWAMY RAMANUJAR STAYED FOR ABOUT 12 YEARS

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After about an hour’s drive, we reached Melkote- the place close to Swamy Ramanujar’s heart. Archakar Sri Narsiraj Bhattar, whom we contacted earlier on 094487 54696 had arranged for our stay in Belur chathiram  which is on the way to the temple.  We dumped our baggages in the room and rushed to the temple which was about to close.

As Bhogam was being offered to Lord Thirunarayanan, the curtains were drawn and we were asked to wait for some time for participating in Sahasranama archana, the last seva of the day.Meantime, we went to obtain the grace of Kalyani Thayar and Swamy Ramanujar.  The archakars in Thayar sannidhi who are related to Narsiraj Bhattar stated that Melkote is not Pancha Narayana kshetram and endorsed Talakad archakar’s views.  They informed that from Talakad one can reach Melkote via Maddur and Srirangapatinam and need not pass thru Mysore.

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Just as we reached Perumal sannidhi, the curtains were drawn out and mangala aarthi was being shown to Perumal.  Had a wonderful darshanam of  Moolavar amidst chanting of Prabhandam pasurams.

We then followed the archakar to utsavar sannidhi which is on the left side in the same precincts and had a wonderful darshan of Sampathkumaran /Chellapillai with ubhaya nachiyars.  We were informed that only in this temple, there is a separate sannidhi for utsavar.  We participated in  Sahasranama archanai and relished Perumal’s soundhariyam..  We were recapitulating how this Perumal showered grace on our Udayavar who is our saviour.

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  After archanai and shodasa upachaarams, Perumal was singing lullaby for taking rest.. A priest came and gave about 6 dosas as prasadam in our hastams.  The priest in Thayar sannidhi with whom we intereacted introduced himself as Sri Narsiraj Bhattar’s brother and took us to their Thirumaligai for honouring prasadam.  The Lord was gracing us with huge quantities of prasadam that we didn’t have appetitive for another meal. At the same time, we could not refuse the archakar’s hospitality. Learning about our next day’s program to visit Nagamangala, Saligramam and Belur, they advised us to to have darshan at  Belur first as it was very far off and then go to Saligrama via Valiya Narsipur, K.R.Nagar and proceed to Srirangapatinam via K.R.Pettai, Bogadhi, Nagamangala.  They called up Sri Krishnaraj Bhattar, their brother who is the chief priest in Belur and informed about our visit.  The bhattar was glad to host us on the following day as it was Amavasya.  .   After taking their blessings and thanking them profusely for their guidance , we retired for the night. We were fortunate to visit  our Thirumaligai  ( MUDALIANDAAN) which is adjacent to the bhattar’s house .

KALYANAI PUSHKARINI DARSHANAM

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We  drove to Kalyani Pushkarini which is nearby.  Sprinkled some water and after purchasing Thiruman kaapu etc., we started off on our journey to Nagamangala and reached at about 9.15 A.M.  The temple doors were closed.  By this time , we got accustomed to this closures.  We tried to enquire from some passerby regarding the temple but unfortunately we just came across a single person with whom we could not communicate properly.  We waited for about 15 minutes and decided to leave.  Meantime, we peeped into the Hanuman shrine nearby which was deserted.  Adiyongal tried to contact  Sri Narayana Bhattar, the temple priest on his mobile no. 094487 50603 but there was no response.  Circumbulated the Vijaya sthambam erected in front of the temple  by Swamy Ramanujar and left the place.  After about an hour’s drive, to our utter dismay, we realized that the diary in which we were jotting out details and which contained imp. information was missing.  WE were guessing that we would have left it at the temple entrance where we had kept our belongings and again contacted bhattar.  Luckily he responded informing that as he was in Bangalore and asked his son to take care of the temple in his absence.  Knowing our plight, he helped us by giving their landline number and asked us to contact his family who would go to the temple and check whether the diary was available or not.  By Perumal’s grace, we got the reply in affirmative and informed the bhattar about the same.  The bhattar opined that this leela was enacted by Perumal to ensure that we visit him again and take HIS blessings as the Perumal is Sowmya Kesavan (Kesavan who is Klesha naasaaya) and suggested us to go back to Nagamangala.  The driver said that it would be impossible to travel so far as we had to board the night train to Bangalore. Hence we decided to visit this place from Bangalore.  nambi narayana temple REACHING BELUR TO HAVE

DARSHINAM OF LORD KESAVA NARAYANA TEMPLE

Closer view of the temple gopuram in Belur. We reached Belur at about 11.30 A.M. The magnificent Belur Chenna Kesava temple also known as Vijaya Narayanan temple is one of the Pancha Narayana kshetrams and attracts many tourists and is a heritage site.  WE proceeded to Chenna Kesava Perumal sannidhi and met Sri.Krishnaraj Bhattar and gave his brother’s reference.  We were asked to come closer to Perumal’s sannidhi and had a good darshanam.  The Lord ,true to HIS name, is very beautiful and enchanting.

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The Lord is seen sporting a nose ring and anklets as HE had taken the form of Mohini.  Since the Lord gives darshan as Mohini, the Thayar is Padithaanda pathini-she doesn’t compete with Perumal by coming outside  due to HER surpassing beauty.  We were wonderstruck at the beautiful sculptures.  The big hall outside the garbagriham was crowded with tourists who were assisted by the local guides in explaining about the sculptures.  Marvellous indeed.  We then visited a nearby shrine which houses replica of Chenna Kesava Perumal.

  This sannidhi was not crowded .  the archakar informed that this replica of Perumal was engraved and shown to Mudaliandan Swamy and King Vishnuvardhana who gave their consent to go ahead with the original vigraham.  This sannidhi and the expenses related to it were borne by Queen Shantala Devi, wife of King Vishnuvardhana.  Pointing to a cenre place in front of the garbagriham, the priest said that the queen would dance in front of this Perumal.  He took us to other shrines in the temple.  When we expressed our desire to have darsanam of Swamy Ramanujar, he informed that it would not be possible as the temple authorities open the sannidhis only twice daily for offering food.  The rest of the day, the shrines remain closed.  We were saddened to know this and decided to atleast stand in front of the sannidhis and pray for our upliftment.  When  two archakars came with the keys to open the sannidhi, our joy knew no bounds.  It was like a thirsty man getting water to drink.   We thanked Swamy Ramanujar for casting his glance on us.  They offered the fruits and gave karpoora aarthi.  We first had darshan of Swamy Ramanujar and then of Sri Mudaliandan whose sannidhi is on the left.  Even the aged archakar who accompanied us was shocked. Thanked the Lord profusely. Now our return journey  was to reach Mysore via Saligramam.

THE HOLY WATER THAT PURIFIED A KINGDOM

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We reached Saligram at about 5 P.M.  On reaching Saligramam, while we were enquiring route to temple, the local residents informed that the temple would be closed and directed us to archakar’s house.  The archakar along with his little son accompanied us to the temple which is about 2 kms from his residence.  The small temple  situated in serene surroundings has Swamy Ramanujar’s Thiruvadigal.  Pooja and all upacharaams are done to the Thiruvadigal.  The archakar removed the copper covering and we could have NIja Paada darsanam of Swamy Ramanujar.  Below RAmanujar’s Thiruvadigal, the figures of Mudaliandan Swamy, Embar and Vaduga Nambi are engraved.  Near the entrance on the left side, we were captivated by a beautiful figure of Swamy Ramanujar as Sesharoopam (similar to the one in Thondanur).  After circumbulating the temple, the priest took us to “Sripada Theertham”- a small pond sanctified by Sri Mudaliandan’s Thiruvadigal.  The archakar ensures that this place is not polluted by locking the gate. The archakar collected some water and sprinkled the holy water on us .  We felt blessed to be purified by the most sacred water.  We were constantly remembering asmath acharyan glorifying the importance of Sripada Theertham.  Only in our Thirumaligai, Sripada theertham is given to everyone..

The photos and videos can be viewed here:

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It took about an hour for us to reach Srirangapatinam .  As there was heavy rush in the evening, we paid our obeisances from outside and boarded Bangalore express from Srirangapatinam.

Worshipping Lord Sowmya Kesava  at Nagamangala temple finally

soumya keshava temple soumya keshava temple2   After reaching Bangalore ,  we visited Dodda mallur, the place visited by Sri Mudaliandan Swamy.  Had darsanam of the Lord Navaneetha Krishnan in “Vennai kaapu” and visited shrines of our acharyars.  Proceeded to Nagamangala which took about 3 hours .  Luckily the temple was open and we had darsanam of Sri Sowmya Kesava Perumal along with our ubhaya nachiyars and utsava murthis ,Narasimhar and Venugopalan.  The priest pointed a sculpture on the ceiling explaining that a nagam has coiled itself in such a way that the head (considered to be Rahu) and tail(considered to be Keshu) meet.  Hence this kshetram is famous as Raghu-Kethu kshetram and all malefic effects caused by these two planets get cured by visiting this place.   The priest has returned  our diary saying that the watchman had kept it safely.  The Vijaya sthambam was inaugurated by Swami Ramanujar and later this temple was built.  

On the way to Gadag , Hubli to have darshan of Lord Veera Narayana:

En route to Belur-Mangalore Highway   Vijaya Narayana Perumal popularly known as Chenna Kesava Swamy( We reached Hubli  from Bangalore and took a connecting train to Gadag which is about 60 kms from Hubli and reached the temple at 10A.M. Gadag known as Kruthapuram is one of the pancha Narayana kshetram. The presiding Perumal is Sri Veera Narayanan  is adorned in yellow pithambaram holding chakram on the upper hastam and sankhu on the lower side.  The lower right hastam is in abhaya mudra and the Lord holds blossomed Padmam in lower left hastam (like Guruvayurappan).  A gadam is placed on the right side.

Ubhaya nachiyars-Sridevi and Bhudevi grace us  on either sides.  The utsava murthi is Krishnar . As the moolavar is Saligrama thirumeni, every day thirumanjanam is performed to Perumal. The dasa avataaras of Perumal are beautifully engraved on the arch covering Perumal.

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He said that Perumal here is “Darshana Murthi”-we had Thiruvadi darsanam referring to Lord Srinivasar in Tirumala as Kanchana Murthi, Lord Panduranga as Bhajana murthi and Lord Jagannath in  Puri as “Bhoga murthi”.   As Kruthu muni did penance here, this place is known after him as Kruthapuram” .  While circumbulating the sannidhi, we visited Narasimhar sannidhi which is behind Sri Veera Narayanan’s sannidhi. 

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Jai Jai Narasimha

Opposite to Narasimhar sannidhi, we can find a small brindavan (tulasi pot) with Raghavendra Swamy.  We were told that saint Raghavendra Swamy visited this place and after he attained Samadhi, as per his instructions, little mud from his Brindavan at Mantralayam was brought and kept in this place.  During Sravan month (Aavani), 3days pooja is performed here. Navaratiri utsavam for 10 days and Gokulasthami are celebrated grandly.  They celebrate Sri Krishna Janmashtami when Rohini is ascendant and decorate the Lord with floral garlands..

Sri Krishnachari gudi who is incharge of temple affairs can be contacted on 099019 15561 and the priest Sri Rameshachargudi on 099457 18229

The temple timings are 5A.M.-12 and 5P.M. -8.30 P.M.

Thus by acharyar’s anugraham , adiyongal could visit all the sacred places.  With a prayer to enhance our bhakti and enlighten us more about our Poorvacharyars and Ramanuja darsanam , adiyen humbly offers this write up at the feet of asmath acharyar and seeks forgiveness from the bhagavatas for this agnani’s mistakes and correct adiyen.

Asmath Acharyar His Holiness Swami Sri U. Ve. K. K. V. A.Kumara Ramanujachaaryar

Adiyen offers humble obesiances to asmath present Acharya Swami MudaliAndaan swami for the mercy on this insignificant servant

Adiyen   Kazhiyur varadan Ramanuja dasan

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About Kazhiyur Varadan

Am seeker of true knowledge , aspiring to serve and share the divine pastimes of Lord and HIS devotees . Interested in meeting devotees and love traveling to all holy places . Major interest is to interact with devotees and be of some use to the world in spreading Lord's divine play . This blog is an attempt of knotting a garland of priceless pearls from Sri vaishnava Divya desam . .....Divya leelai .. .......and .Divyaanubhuthee shared by zillions of hari bhaktaas . Though Adiyen is neither competent or qualified in sharing this elixir of spiritual world , out of abundant mercy from asmath Acharyar His Holiness Sri Sri MudaliAnddan swamigal ,adiyen is attempting to reproduce the same which is done purely by the grace of AchAryar and the Lordships by hearing from various advanced devotees . Am like a bee collecting the nectar from sacred flowers and posting the same in this honey comb blog .. There can be few photographs which would have been uploaded from google images to practically have the feel of the holy place and be of some service to the devotees . In case the owner of the pictures /images, videos has any objections for this adiyen shall remove the same . If any of the images presented here violates copyright issues or infringes anyone copyright or are not under "Fair use" the same shall be removed ASAP . Anything erroneous in adiyens post is completely my fault/ignorance and anything noteworthy goes to the spiritual masters . Any faults are solely due to my poor understanding and seek pardon for my poor expression . All the divine pastimes shared are from the lectures and the ones shared by several advance devotees .All the compliments and praise belong to the great Spiritual masters for their mercy on adiyen ( your servant ) to share and re share in this blog to remain that bliss always ...... Seeking your blessings in this small service of sharing the divine posts .. Adiyen Ramanuja dasan Jai Sriman Narayana IMPORTANT 1) Spiritual Material posted in this blog are just for information purpose and for spreading awareness. Few divine pastimes which was shared in discourses and the holy place is being re shared which are subject to mistakes or discrepancies with time . So, kindly , don't be offensive and don't post any aggressive or illegitimate comments on the blogs due to the differences in opinions. 2) This blog may contain links to other sites through advertisement, user comments, articles. While Adiyen tries to link only to sites that are safe and secure, Adiyen am not responsible for the content or the privacy practices employed by other sites., since the linked site is not under the control of me, am not responsible for the contents of any linked site or contents of the links mentioned in the links site. Adiyen am providing this link just for informational and academic purposes only. 3) This blog may contain inaccurate, incorrect and clerical errors. Adiyen do not warrant nor assure the accuracy/correctness/completeness of the materials/articles or the reliability of any advice, opinion, comment or other information displayed or distributed through this blog . 4) We are in the service of spreading the divine pastimes of LORD and HIS devotees .Please correct adiyen in any shortcomings .
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7 Responses to SWAMY RAMANUJAS “PANCHANARAYANA KSHETRAM ” IN KARNATAKA

  1. KUBENDRANATH BG says:

    Thanks for such a detailed information about PANCHA NARAYANA KSHETRAMS. I felt that physically i was in these Kshetras.

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  2. RESPECTED SIR . URS ARTICL IS VERY FINE . IT IS MORE INFORMATIVE AND INTERESTING .SIR WE AS

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  3. G ANAND says:

    jai HO!! wonderful. dasan

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  4. Kazhiyur Varadan says:

    Reblogged this on kazhiyur varadan's web blog and commented:

    Swamy MudaliAndaan Vaibhavam

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  5. Ramanujam says:

    Wonderful travelogue. Why u missed Narasimha temple on the hill in Melkote.

    Like

  6. deenadayalasrdasan says:

    thanksforgoodinformation-deenadayalasrdasan

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