ఉడిపి శ్రీ కృష్ణుడు పడమరవైపు ..ఎందుకో ? | Unknown Facts About Udupi Sri Krishna Temple | Mana Devullu
Udupi Krishna Temple is one of the famous temples in India and is about 60 kilometers from Mangalore, Karnataka. Udupi is a major station on the Konkan rail route and is well connected by road too. Upon seeing the front entrance of this historical temple one will be struck by its Kerala style of architecture with slanting roof. Founded by the Vaishnavite Saint Sri Madhwacharya, Udupi Sri Krishna temple was built in the 13th century and the idol was installed by Sri Madhwacharya himself on the Makara Sankranthi day. Madhwacharya found the idol of Sri Krishna in a large lump of gopichandana (yellow clay used by Vaishnavites to wear their religious mark on their forehead, etc; in Tamil it is commonly called Namam or Thirumun). The idol of Shri Krishna installed at the Shri Krishna Temple is carved out of Shalagrama Shila.udupishiroormutt.in. Unlike other temples in India, a fascinating aspect of this holy shrine is, a devotee can have darshan of Sri Krishna only through a window with nine holes called the “Navagraha Kindi” (Nava means nine; Kindi means window) and the window is elegantly carved and is silver plated. Udupi Sri Krishna appears to his devotees as Muddu Krishna, in child form. The temple has a large collection of gold Jewelry including contributions from the emperors of Vijayanagara rulers, Mysore Maharajah, et al. There is a legend behind the presence of ”Navagraha Kindi” for darshan. An ardent devotee of the Lord, one Kanakadasa offered his worship only through the Kanakanakindi, the reason being he belonged to a low caste and was not allowed inside the temple premises owing to his caste.Undeterred, Kanakadasa lived just behind the temple to serve Sri Krishna from outside the temple. One night the temple wall collapsed accidentally and this enabled Kanakadasa to get a darshan of his Lord. Further, it is believed that Sri Krishna himself turned his face in such a way, that Kanakadasa could get his darshan. As for this ardent devotee, a long-cherished ambition had been fulfilled by the lord himself, a privilege that people of higher caste could not get. This incident implies that to the almighty, He treats all this devotees equally, regardless of caste, color and creed Likewise, a similar incidence took place at the famous Nataraja temple in Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu centuries ago where a true devotee of Sri Nataraja one Nandanar, who belonged to supposedly the low caste, was allowed inside the great Shiva temple. Nandanar was unable to see the lord because of the presence of Nandhi (Bull) midway before the main shrine. It is believed, the lord himself moved the Nandi to the side so that Nandanar could see him comfortably.The Sri Krishna temple has simple entrance with no imposing tower. On the right side is the beautiful temple tank called the “Madhwa Sarovara.” When you enter the temple, you can not go near the sanctum Sanctorum and all devotees are allowed to view the Lord one by one through the small windows. You will be enthralled by the bejeweled Sri Krisha, who stands elegantly like a mischievous kid – in Bala roopa. Lord Krishna holds a churning rod (he is fond of butter churned from the butter milk) in his right hand and a rope in his left hand. The oil lamps inside the sanctum are said to have been lit by the saint Sri Madhwacharya himself, centuries ago and still they are kept going with utmost care. There are many ”Salas” for temple rituals in the Pragaram or corridor around the temple; the two important ones are Anuyaaga Sala where offerings are made to the Fire God when puja is being offered to the main deity and Surya Sala, where Pandits recite mantras. Free food is served in the temple for all devotees. Watch this video to know the details..
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