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Whenever we travel from Bangalore to Coimbatore , after salem usually we find small shops on road side with green tube lights (!!!). These green lights indicate that they are selling food there.They will do idly,dosa but usually everybody would like to have parathas here which are very famous. I always...

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Kukke Subrahmanya Temple

Posted by Ashwini | Posted in Subhramanya/Murugan Temples | Posted on 04-01-2011

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Subrahmanya,son of lord shiva is worshiped in many forms.In South Canara,he is mainly worshiped in the form of Snake.The main temple dedicated to him is Kukke Subrahmanya Temple which is near Mangalore.The official website says in detail about the temple history,sevas performed and places to visit etc.My post is all about which is not there in this site and the places which are worth visiting near Subrahmanya.
The main deity here is Lord Subrahmanya is in the form of Serpent king Vasuki(Lord of all snakes).

Inside the temple you can also see Samputa Narasimha Temple which has been established by Shri Madhwacharya.
When Madhvacharya visited the holy place Badarinatha, he was presented eight salagrama-silas by Sri Vyasadeva known as the ‘Vyasa-musti’. Six of these salagramas are presently being worshipped in this temple, while the other two are in Sode Matha and Uttaradi Matha.
Along with the eight Vyasa-musti, Sri Vyasadeva also gave Madhva, a Narasingha salagrama that is said to be so powerful that if it is uncovered, the three worlds would be engulfed in the flames emanating from Lord Narasingha.
Consequently Sri Madhvacharya placed the salagrama within the safe confines of a box (samputa) along with 22 Laksmi-Narayana silas and five of the vyasa-musti silas (the sixth is worshipped outside the box). This Deity of Samputa Narasingha was so dear to Madhvacarya that Sri Vadiraja Svami, in his Tirtha Prabandha, has referred to Him as ‘The heart of Madhva’.

Sri Madhvacarya established the matha in Subrahmanya and made his brother Sri Visnu Tirtha the first mathadhipati to perform pooja of Samputa Narasingha. Now also the main Sanyasi (Head of the mutt) does the pooja for Lord Narasimha here.Thanks to this site for picture and information.
From the main gopuram if you walk towards the north side you will get Adi Subrahmanya temple where you can see great ant hill (hutta in kannada) in the sanctum.Poojas are performed here and the sand/soil is offered as prasadam to the devotees.The soil is said to be very good for skin diseases and any other kind of health problems.There is also a tradition of offering silver body parts to the hundi.You can see silver body parts in the shops outside.


Kumaradhara river flows near by the temple and there is bathing ghat also.Many devotees take bath in the river before offering prayers to god.From Bangalore reaching this place is easy as it has direct train and bus connections.
From few years,specially after celebrities like Sachin Tendulakar’s visit the place has become very popular and a bit commercialized also.Any poojas or sevas you need to perform directly approach the management people and not any brokers.
If you are planning to stay and have time you can also visit other near by places.
Kundappadi Anantha Padmanabha Temple
Erki Mutt
Shri Ramakunjeshwara Temple


This temple is dedicated to Lord Shri Ananta Padbhanabha and has a great importance.The deity here is none other than the main deity of Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple,Thiruvananthapuram,Kerala (as the story says the priest of kerala Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple bought the idol of god and the umbrellas here).As the priest says temple is famous for blessing childless couple with children.Eating or having meal on plain floor without any leaves is one of the auspicious sevas performed here.
The temple is on the way from Uppinangady-Subhramanya near Ramakunja.Temple timings are from morning 10-12.
One more important place to visit here is Erki Mutt.
Erki Mutt is one of the blessed mutts which performs pooja of Lord Shri Kesava given to them by Shri Madhwacharya.


The head of the mutt is Shri Venkataramana Upadhya.His family has been given the authority to do the Mudhradharanam (even though he is not Sanyasi) by Shri Madhwacharya which is very significant.You can also see a small pond near by where Shri Madhwacharya has made the water to come using his stick ( Dandam).Its called as Danda-Teertha.

Another temple which is worth visit is Shri Ramakunjeshwara Temple.Rama came here in search of Seeta and worshiped Lord Shiva.The temple is very ancient and the structure of the temple is similar to kerala temples.



This last picture shows the idol of Gopalakrishna given to our family by Shri Madhwacharya.

Sri Padaraayara Vrindavana,Mulbagilu

Posted by Ashwini | Posted in Madhwa Destinations | Posted on 21-07-2010

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“Kaale phalati surudrumahaa chintaamanirapi yaachane daataa
vararthi sakalam abhiishtam darshana maatraat shripaadaraajo munihi”

The above stotram says chintamani, kalpavruksha are celestial treasures, would give whatever one wants, when pray them. But, Sri Sripadarayaru, fulfills all wishes by mere darshan of his brindavan or even by rememberence of his name.

If you read the Bhajana Chandrika book everyday then you can see the above stotram which descibes the greatness of SriPadarayaru.
Mulbagilu was the residing place of Sreepadaraja Swamiji or simply Sripadaraya, a direct disciple of Saint Shri Madhwacharya.Its believed that he is the very incarnation of King Dhruva.Also referred as Dasa Pitamaha (Godfather of Dasaru) he was one of the outstanding Yathis of the Madhwa Parampara.”Sri Madhvanama” is a legendary composition of Sri Sripadarajaru, which explains the greatness of Hanuma, Bhima, Madhva avataras.
His vrindavanam is at Narasihma Teertha which is 2km from Mulabagilu in Kolar District.Official website of the mutt is : http://www.sripadarajamutt.org/ which has the address and other details.



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SriPadarayara Vrindavana,Mulabaagilu


When we went it was closed. I managed to take few pics from outside.Its around 100km from Bangalore and good for spending a whole day.
The below one is the Lord Hanumaan installed by Shri Vyasarayaru which is at Narahari Teertha,Mulbagilu.

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You can get stotras and more information here.

Dwiteeya Mantralaya – Honnali

Posted by Ashwini | Posted in Sri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt | Posted on 06-04-2010

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Honnali is a small town in Karnataka around 50km from Shimoga.”honnu” means gold in kannada. During the Vijayanagara Emperor’s time, people here used to sell gold on the street it seems.So the name Honnali .Honnali has many pilgrimage centers one among them is Shri Ragahavendra Swamy Mutt.
The mutt which is on the banks of River Tungabhadra is also known as Second Mantralaya.There is a interesting story behind this.When they wanted to do the pratistapane of the Brindavan [i.e. build this Mutt], they were coming in a procession to Honnali taking mruttika from Moola Brindavan,Mantralaya. Meantime an aged person, dressed in khavi came,went inside the Mutt premises and never came back.It is believed that Ravaru or Raghavendra Swamy was the one who came inside the Mutt and he still exists there.Hence the name “Dwiteeya Mantralaya”.



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Brindavana


Its a very calm and quite place.River Tunga flows in front of the Mutt where you can take a nice bath.There is not much facilities for food and accommodation.We stayed in a small room of the Mutt itself.Below is the address and contact number of the Mutt.

Shri Raghvendra Seva Trust(R)
[Dwiteeya Mantralaya] [ದ್ವಿತೀಯ ಮಂತ್ರಾಲಯ]
Honnali,577 217,Davanagere District
Ph:958188-251494

Paajaka Kshetra,Udupi

Posted by Ashwini | Posted in Madhwa Destinations | Posted on 08-02-2010

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Hanuma Bheema Madhwa


Prathamo Hanuman Nama Dwitheeyo Bheema Eva cha
Poornapragna Treetiyasthu Bhagavat Karya saadakaha

Rigveda says Mukyaprana came in three incarnations (avatars) to lead the world as a Marga Darshaka (guide), and to uplift the world.His first avatar was Hanuman,second is Bhim and third is great saint Shri Madhwacharya.

Ananta Padmanabha Mandira in Pajaka is the home/birthplace of Sri Madhva. Here you can see a small shrine dedicated to Sri Ananta Padmanabha. Vasudeva [ original name of Shri Madhwacharya] spent his child hood in this house.There are some archaeological evidences of the life and times of Sri Madhwacharya at this place.
One such spot is the stone where his Aksharabhyasa was done.Now also people will come here and do the Aksharabhyasa for their kids on the same stone.

Goat view

shila

There is small pond called Vasudeva Teertha in the house. Madhwaharys’s parents used to collect water from 4 near by ponds [Parashutirtha ,Dhanustirtha , Baanatirtha, and Gadhaatirtha which are created by Parashurama] to take bath and perform daily rituals.When they become old,they couldn’t able to go,so Vasudeva created a fifth pond which has water from all the 4 ponds and it is called as Vasudeva Teertha.Taking dip in this pond is equivalent is to taking bath in all the other 4 ponds.

Once his father had incurred some debts.That time Shri.Madhwacharya took the creditor under a big tamarind tree and gave him handful of tamarind seeds.Those tamarind seeds turned in to gold coins.Now also there is a big tamarind tree in that place.

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tamarind tree

You can also see 2 big stones which the small boy Vasudeva had kept on the pots where his mom had kept curd and milk.

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mosaru patre

Manimanta was a demon and he tried to kill Vasudeva.Vasudeva used his big toe to press down on the demon’s head, and killed him. The impression of Vasudeva’s toe where Manimanta was slain, can still be seen in Pajaka.

Near by there is Madhva Mandira.
This is the place where Sri Vadiraja Swamy has installed the idol of Sri Madhva Acharya. You can also see the foot prints of Sri Acharya here.

Other places of interest here are
>>Kunjaru Giri Temple
which is 1km from Pajaka where Sri Durga resides. This small hillock is very beautiful giving the glimpses of Western ghats one side, Manipal at the another other side and the Arabian sea. You can do a nice trekking to reach the top.

>> Parashurama Temple
Opposite to the KunjaruGiri, there’s one more hillock where a temple is built for Lord Parashurama. At the base of the foot hill is one of the teertha he created thorwing his weapons which is called as Bana Teertha.

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Bana Teertha

There are buses from Udupi to Pajaka but the frequency is less.
http://www.pajakakshetra.org/index.html is the official site of Pajaka Kshetra.