Tuesday, May 15, 2012

MALLESWARAM SRI LAKSHMINARASIMHA SWAMY TEMPLE



Ugram Veeram Mahaa-Vishnum
Jwalantham Sarvatho Mukham
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Nrisimham Bheeshanam Bhadram
Mrityu-Mrityum Namaamyaham
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Malleswaram is one of the areas in Bangalore where there are many temples.

Venkoji Rao, brother of Chathrapathi Shivaji, had a divine dream wherein Lord Shiva told him to build a temple. While searching, he found a small hillock, where he saw the Udbhava Murthy of Lord Shiva and in that place he built a temple, which is today's Kaadu Malleswara Temple. It is from this temple the place got its name "Malleswaram".

There is another small hillock next to Kaadu Malleswara temple, and it was here the Udbhava Murthy of Lord Sri Narasimha Swamy was discovered.

Narasimha avatara has great significance and importance. It was an instant avatara, where the Lord appears in a very ferocious form. This avatara was taken to prove the words of His devotee, Prahlada, who said "THOONILUM IRUPPAAR THURUMBILUM IRUPPAAR" and proved His omnipresence. HE is the 'Great Protector' who defends and protects his devotees in times of need.

We were blessed by HIM to visit the Sri Lakshmi Narasimha temple on the Narasimha Jayanthi day this year (5.5.2012). It was a pleasurable experience. There was a long queue, 
outside the temple, and devotees were standing to have a glimpse of Lord Narasimha. The roads had a festive look. All sides of the temple walls were illuminated.   The street and roads were also illuminated. 


ILLUMINATED  LAKSHMINARASIMHA TEMPLE


 STHAMBAM OUTSIDE THE TEMPLE

 ELEPHANTS ON TEMPLE ENTRANCE
It took almost 45 minutes to reach the entrance.Climbing the steps near the sthambam, leads to the main entrance of the temple. Beautifully sculpted elephants are on both sides of the steps and sthambam. There is a main hall which leads us to the Garbagriha where we can worship Lord Narasimha, with Sri Lakshmi on his lap, tongue out, yet with a gentle look, and abhaya hastham, telling us "don't worry I am here for you". 

There is a belief that incurable diseases will be cured and the evil spirits will be driven out and all our desires will be fulfilled by the Lord AT ONCE and He doesn't say tomorrow if one surrenders to HIM. "நாளை என்பதே நரஸிம்மனிடத்தில் இல்லை".

We had a very good darshan and while coming out I felt like Nammazhwar.

Aadi Aadi Agam Karaindhu - Isai 
Paadi Paadi Kanneer Malghi - Yengum 
Naadi Naadi Narasinghaa Endru 
Vaadi Vaadum Iv Vaanudalae - Tiruvoimozhi - 2.4.1.

Coming out from the sanctum sanctorum, on the right side of the main hall is Anjaneyar sannidhi and adjacent to that is the Utsava moorthy with His consorts and azhwaars, acharyans sannidhi. Beautiful idols are sculpted on the outer prakaram. There is one Mandapam and madapalli also. The temple is cleanly maintained.


THE STREET WITH A FESTIVE LOOK




Some more captures of the temples nearby. Just opposite to Lakshminarasimha temple is another temple called Dakshina Mukhi Eswara Temple where water comes from Nandi's mouth and falls on the Shivalinga. It is said that no one knows the origin of this water. The holy water is carried home by the devotees and is believed to cure many diseases and ailments. 


DAKSHINA MUKHI ESWARA & NANDI TEMPLE

Just adjacent to the Narasimha temple is the Gangamma temple, The deity is Goddess Gangamma, Ganga matha (Ganges), is believed to be the living goddess in Hindu mythology. Ganga represents the inner purity and coolness.  Lakhs of people from all over India, come here during the Navarathri festival.


GANGAMMA TEMPLE


IDOLS OUTSIDE GANGAMMA TEMPLE

Malleswaram Narasimhar Temple Address and contact details:
Postal Address: Sri Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy Temple,
15th Cross, Malleswaram,
Bangalore – 560 003

3 comments:

  1. nice post..wish to visit the temple

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  2. You are indeed blessed.Thanks for the abundant information on Sri Lakshmi Narsimhaswamy temple and the adjoining temples with pictures.Will make it a point to visit these temples.

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  3. A good informative post. Malleswaram has many temples. But the Sri Lakshminarasimhaswamy temple is one of a kind, traditional, ritualistic. The abhishekam is a must see.

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