Aug 21, 2011

Srimushnam Bhoo Varaha swamy

Srimushnam Bhoo Varaha swamy
Located 35kms West of Chidambaram in the Kattu Mannar Koil Taluk is the historical Bhoo Varaha Swamy temple in Sri Mushnum. Unlike typical moolavar deities in Vishnu temples, the Lord here is in the form of a small idol signifying the Varaha Avataaram. A visit even once to this temple and sincere prayers to Lord Bhoo Varahaswamy is said to help attain moksham in this lifetime, such is the power of Bhoo Varahar.
We worshiped PerumaL on 14th August 2011. 

The main deity is not a sculpted idol but an udbhavamurthy of saligrama shilai. It is said that lord vishnu resides in this particular place in three forms. One in the form of tree outside the temple, as the banks of the sacred tank (nithya pushkarni) and in the form of Bhoovaraha Swamy.


Varaha (Sanskritवराह) is the third Avatar of the Hindu Godhead Vishnu, in the form of a Boar. He appeared in order to defeat Hiranyaksha, a demonwho had taken the Earth (Prithvi) and carried it to the bottom of what is described as the cosmic ocean in the story. The battle between Varaha andHiranyaksha is believed to have lasted for a thousand years, which the former finally won. Varaha carried the Earth out of the ocean between his tusks and restored it to its place in the universe. Vishnu married Prithvi (Bhudevi) in this avatar.
Varaha is depicted in art as either purely animal or as being anthropomorphic, having a boar's head on a man's body. In the latter form he has four arms, two of which hold the wheel and conch-shell while the other two hold a mace, sword or lotus or make a gesture (or "mudra") of blessing. The Earth is held between the boar's tusks.
The avatar symbolizes the resurrection of the Earth from a pralaya (deluge) and the establishment of a new kalpa (cosmic cycle).
The Varaha Purana is a Purana in which the form of narration is a recitation by Varaha.

Prarthana Sthalam 
This is a Prarthana Sthalam for childless couples. Ladies, who have bath in the Nithya Pushkarani, go around the Arasa tree 12times, offer milk and fruits to small kids and recite the Varaha Kavacham are said to be blessed with Children.Santhana Gopalan positioned at uthsavamoorthy.This is also a prarthana sthalam for the unmarried.

While BhooVarahar is a Swayambu idol, the temple here in Srimushnum is said to have been constructed by Four Nayak kings- Achuthappa, Ananthappa, Govindappa and Kondappa Nayak.Beautiful Front mandapam has depiction of Dasavatharas, Boovarahaswami, Ambujavallithayar in Huge paintings.

We visited The Temple and Worshiped Lord on Vaikunda Ekadasi day ,24th Dec 2012. 
The Mandapam in the Frontal portion is an Architectural Beauty that parallels Darasuram and Vellore. We spent Quite sometime enjoying the carvings on The stones.  Many Forms of Vishnu , Varaha, Narasimha, Krishna , and Rama Avatharams, Gajalakshmi, are part of the Exquisite carvings , by unknown Artists of that time. Roof ceilings have Beautiful Flower Designs so mathematically done. Some of the Pictures are Posted here. 

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Sri Vittal Rukmani Temple - Govindapuram

 Sri Vittal Rukmani Temple
The Temple is the result of Untiring Effort of Sri Vittal Das, Who has Constructed this Great Temple of This age, by Performing Namasankirthanam in many parts of India. This Temple in Govindapuram Village (Dhakshina Pandari Puram)  , about 15 Kms from Kumbakonam, in Thanjavur District.The Gopuram (main tower) of the Temple is 132 ft tall. The sight of the huge Gopuram is a divine treat to watch.A huge Kalasam crowns the Maha Gopuram. The Kalasam itself is 18 ft high.Mahamandapam, where Swamy’s Palli Arai (Sayana Mandapam) is constructed - is an unique structure, as it has an Artistic Dome, which is visible from inside too. The Dome is of South Indian architectural design.Vasantha Mandapam is a piller less huge hall, where Namasankeerthanam, Bhajans, Upanyasams and various uthsavams like Radha Kalyanam etc., will be held. This hall can accommodate more than 2000 Bakthas at a time . The ceiling of the vasantha Mandapm is decorated with fiber class Printing.The Mahadhwar (main entrance) of the Temple is of Maharashtrian style and is a 80 ft tall structural beauty, with a width of 62 ft..Large size of decorative depictions of 16 various Leelas (divine actions) of Lord Sri Krishna, sculptured in high quality wood are fixed inside the premises .
Devotees can go near the Deities of Vittal and Rukmani and Perform Padaseva. At behest of Sri Sri Vittaldas Maharaj, 100 Crore VITTAL Nama Pathram was kept right beneath the Lotus Feet of Sri Vittal & Sri Rakumayi .The Prethista of the same was done on Ashadi Ekadasi July11 2011 .The entire Temple is fully Air-conditioned for the convenience of the visiting devotees. The Kumbabhishekam of the Temple was performed in a grand manner on 15th July 2011. We worshiped in the Temple which is an Architectural marvel, on 15th August 2011.
There is a Well maintained Goshala. Protection of Cows Go Samrakshanam has become the need of the day to revive the nation from the downfall from these sinful deeds and restore prosperity, peace and harmony. Towards this noble cause, a Goshala is functioning inside Sri Vittal Rukmini Samsthan premises. A unique feature of this Goshala is that the Cows are of Sri Brindhavan, Sri Govardhan, Sri Dwaraka origin and descendants of cows grazed by Lord Sri Krishna Himself. Hence this Goshala is rightly named Sri Gokulam. Devoted food, shelter, water, electricity and medical facilities are made available for this Goshala.

We could see  a huge surge of Visiting Devotees, who come from various parts including chennai, Andhra and other places of the Country. A lot f construction is on, within the premised. Also Cottage facilities for visiting devotees are being constructed. All can Enjoy bathing in the River Cauvery Flowing Nearby. Photography inside the Temple is not allowed. Food facility is not available nearby.
I Request the Rukmani Vittal Samasthan to create a beautiful Nandavanam with Flowering plants, and name it as Brindavanam. 
 Imposing Gopuram and Kalasam

Gokulam - GoShala

Sri Vittal Das

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