The Swarnapureeswarar Temple is located in Thenponparappi and is dedicated to God Shiva. The Linga is made of a single special stone having the characteristics of Navapashana (9 herbal medicines) and is 5.5 feet tall and set on the Brahma and Vishnu peetams. When abhisheka is performed, all items as milk, honey, curd, tender coconut, turmeric water, sacred ashes, sandal paste, sugarcane juice, lime juice, Panchamirtham (fruit mix made of five fruits with ghee) ghee, rice flour, oil, sacred water all come down to the peeta in 16 lines without any residue staying on the linga. They turn blue in color as they come off the Linga. The Linga is Shodasa a Linga with 16 faces. This abisheka is performed during Rahu Kalam time.

Entrance Of Sri Swarnapureeswarar Temple
Entrance Of Sri Swarnapureeswarar Temple
The Linga is made of a single special stone having the characteristics of Navapashana (9 herbal medicines), 5.5 feet tall and set on the Brahma and Vishnu peetams (Peetam - a platform having certain dimensions in accordance with Vedic rules), having the Trinity (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva) in a single Linga form. The Linga will echo a bronze metal sound when tapped. The Samadhi of Kakanda Bhujangar is near the temple where a lamp is lit every day. We may see that Nandhi turning slightly on a side in other temples to enable devotees to have the darshan clearly. Here, the Nandhi being a Bala Nandhi without much growth of the horns allows a clear view of the Lord especially during the Pradosha days.

Sri Swarnapureeswarar Temple Complex
Sri Swarnapureeswarar Temple Complex
As the temple has the power of Vayu and Panchaboodha Sthalas, the sanctum sanctorum is Ugra-hot in nature. The lamp in the sanctum is always oscillating as mentioned in the palm leaves of Kakanda Bhujangar. The other wonder in the temple is that the abisheka with 16 items as honey, milk, curd, rosewater, green coconut, turmeric, sacred ash, sandal, tirumanjanam, sugarcane juice, lime juice, pachamirtha, ghee, rice flour, oil, and holy water fall down from the head of the Shivalinga separately in 16 line tracks without any missing and finally confluence at the bottom.

Sri Swarnapureeswarar Temple Vimanam
Sri Swarnapureeswarar Temple Vimanam
Mother Swarnambika with all attributes of Mother Mahalakshmi graces the devotees facing east in a standing posture with Her face just turning towards Lord. The Jeeva Samadhis of Kakanda Bhujangar and his wife Bahuladevi are at the direct view of Ambika. Siddha Kakanda Bhujangar was born from the crescent moon adoring the head of Lord Shiva and had the power of taking the form of a crow-Kaka in Tamil. Those facing problems from Moon and Saturn planets pray in this Samadhi. As Nandhi in the temple is of a calf size, it is called Bala Nandhi-Child Nandhi. Those facing adverse aspects of Rahu-Ketu planets, perform abisheka to Balanandhi which turn blue. Lord Vishnu behind Lord Shiva appears with Rudraksha to tell Kakanda Bhujangar that both are one.

Sri Swarnapureeswarar Temple Main Deity
Sri Swarnapureeswarar Temple Main Deity
About 1300 years ago, head of the Siddhas, Kakanda Bhunagar performed severe penance on Lord Shiva for 16 years and had the darshan of Lord with 16 faces. He wished that future generations also should have this darshan and be blessed.He made and installed this Shivaling with 16 stripes. King Vanakovarayan ruling this Then Pon Parappi region built this temple with all the features that exclusively belong to the temple. Lord is a Shodasa Linga with 16 stripes. The rays of Sun fall on the Lord through the horns of Bala Nandhi on Aavani Poornima day and Panguni Uthiram day in August-September and March-April respectively between 6.00 a.m. to 7.30 a.m.

Temple Timings:

05:30 AM To 09:30 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

Thenponparappi Swarnapureeswarar temple is one km west of Ammai Agaram bus stop on the Salem-Kallakurichi road. This temple is present in Salem – Chennai Highway. Its 1.5 km, from a place called Ammai-Agaram, which itself is 2-3 kms from Chinna Salem. NH is damn good to drive through. In case you don’t want hectic village routes, and want a NH way, travel till Veppur, take the Salem highway, and its around 40 kms from Veppur.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Swarnapureeswarar Temple,
Ammaiyagaram, Melnariyappanur Road,
Thenponparappi,
Villupuram,
Pin Code : 606 201,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 04151 257057 ; 94432 40127

Ananthapura Lake Temple is a Hindu temple built in the middle of a lake in the little village of Ananthapura, Kasaragod District of Kerala, South India, at around 6 km from Kumbla. This is the only lake temple in Kerala and is believed to be the original seat (Moolasthanam) of Ananthapadmanabha Swami (Padmanabhaswamy temple) Thiruvananthapuram. Legend has it that this is the original site where Ananthapadmanabha settled down. The lake in which the Sanctum Sanctorum is built measures about 2 acres (302 feet square). An interesting spot to keep in mind while visiting the temple is a cave to the right corner of the lake. According to the local legend, the deity Anantha Padmanabha chose to go all the way to Thiruvananthapuram through that cave. Hence both the places retain similar names, in spite of being on either end of the region.

Ananthapura Lake Temple Entrance Archway
Ananthapura Lake Temple Entrance Archway
The temple premises are surrounded by lush green imageries. It is the seat of the deity Sri Padamanabha or Lord Vishnu who is shown to be resting on a serpent. After reaching Ananthapura Lake Temple. The temple’s lake is also home to a crocodile, called Babia who is supposed to be living in the lake for the past six decades. This animal is considered a protector of the sacred temple. This single crocodile very well mingles with the human beings and it never harmed anyone. It takes only the sweet rice provided by the priest. The pond has got variety of fishes. It is believed that there is a single crocodile in the lake and as one dies, its place is taken by another one, though there no other river or ponds near by. Every day after the uccha pooja (noon worship), Babia is fed with the prasad (a kind of gruel made of rice and jaggery) offered by the devotees to the deity.

Ananthapura Lake Temple Entrance
Ananthapura Lake Temple Entrance
The temple also has yet another interesting tale to tell – the story of the guardian crocodile. From very ancient times, one crocodile has been seen there. Though devotees used to take bath in the tank there is no instance of it harming anyone. Babia is the name by which this guardian is known to the world. It is the local guardian and the messenger of the temple. The only food that Babia takes is the offerings of the devotees. Usually it is a special gruel made of rice and molasses. After the worship, the feed offered by devotees is given to Babia at noon. Temple authorities claim that Babia is a vegetarian and has never harmed anyone including the fishes in the pond.

Ananthapura Lake Temple Sanctum Sanctorum
Ananthapura Lake Temple Sanctum Sanctorum
There is an interesting local legend that narrates the entire story behind the guardian crocodile. Once Sree Vilvamangalathu Swami, devotee of Lord Vishnu, was doing penance for his favourite lord. While he was in his prayers, Lord Krishna in the form of a little boy appeared and started disturbing him. Being annoyed by the behaviour of this child, the saint pushed Lord Krishna aside with his left hand. The boy immediately disappeared into a nearby cave and the truth dawned on the saint. The crevice into which Krishna is said to have disappeared is still there. The crocodile guards the entrance and the shrine.

In 1945, when the British soldiers were stationed there, one soldier shot dead the crocodile. To the surprise of everyone the soldier died within few days by a snake-bite. People believe it to be a revenge by the serpent god Anantha. Soon another crocodile appeared in the tank and even now if one is fortunate one can see it. The legend goes that there is only one crocodile in the lake at a time. When one crocodile dies, another one appears in the lake. The devotees pay great respect to this crocodile.

View Of Ananthapura Lake Temple
View Of Ananthapura Lake Temple
The temple is unique in its structural aspects for it is erected in the middle of an impressive lake of 302 feet. The lake is gifted with a perennial supply of pure spring water. We can find the ruins of temples all round the lake which stand testimony to the fact that it was part of a great temple complex. The sreekovil (sanctum sanctorum), namaskara-mandapam, thitappalli, and shrines of Jala-Durga and the entrance of the cave are located in the lake. The namaskara mandapam is connected to the eastern rock by a foot-bridge which is the only passage to the sreekovil. The principal deity is Lord Vishnu. One of the key features of the temple is that the original idols in the sanctum sanctorum were not made of metal or stone, but of a rare combination of more than 70 medicinal materials called `kadu-sharkara-yogam.' These idols were replaced by panchaloha metals in 1972. They were donated by Kaanchi Kaamakoti Mathaadhipathi His Holiness Jayendra Saraswathy Thiruvatikal. Efforts are going on now to reinstall the idols made with `kadu-sharkara-yogam.' The Lord Vishnu idol is in a sitting pose over a five-hooded serpent king Lord Anantha. The lake temple is open to all visitors regardless of caste or creed.

Crocodile Babia In Ananthapura Lake Temple
Crocodile Babia In Ananthapura Lake Temple
The Vishnu Idol is like sitting on top of Aadisesha. On each side there is “Boodevi” and “Shree Devi”, besides them Hanuman and Garuda worshiping the vigraha. At the back side there are two ” Devakaanya” fanning vishnu idol. The temple has an excellent collection of wood carvings on the ceilings of the mandapam. These carvings depict the incidents taken from the stories of dasaavatharam (the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu). Some of them are painted. The Nava-grahas (nine planets) are painted at the muktha-mandapam. On either side of the sreekovil dwaara-palakas (jaya and vijaya) are beautifully carved in wood. The temple is open to all regardless of religion or cast.

Ananthapura Ananthapadmanabha Swamy Lake Temple Main Deity
Ananthapura Ananthapadmanabha Swamy Lake Temple Main Deity

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 05:30 AM To 12:30 PM
Evening Timings : 05:30 PM To 07:30 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

Mangalore to Kumble (also known as Kumbla) – 40 km. One can catch the Mangalore-Kasaragod bus to reach Kumble. From Kumble, take an auto to Ananthapura or catch a bus to Naikap (4 km from Kumble) and then get an auto from there. There are daily luxury bus services from Kasaragod & Mangalore to all major South Indian cities like Calicut, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Bangalore, Mysore, Hubli, Belgaum, Panaji, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad & Chennai .

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Ananthapadmanabha Swamy Temple,
Ananthapura, P.O. KANNUR, Via Kumbla,
Kasaragod,
Pin Code : 671 321,
Kerala.
Phone : 04998 214360

The Boodhanarayan Perumal Temple is located in North Mada Street. It is dedicated to Boodhanarayana Perumal. It is an old temple and has one corridor with Sri Garuda, Thumbikkai Azhwar and Sri Anjaneya in front of the God's shrine. Though the Lord appears as a Balaka-child, He is colossal in size as he drank the milk of demon woman Boodhana who came to Gokula to kill him pretending to breast-feed the Lord as a child. He is sitting with left leg bent and pressing the ground with the right. He holds only His conch on the right hand and offering protection with the left hand-abhayahastha.

Sri Boodha Narayana Perumal Temple Front View
Sri Boodha Narayana Perumal Temple Front View
Lord Vishnu is found here in the form of Boodhanarayana, in two places at Surulimalai in Theni and in this temple. The Lord is a child but looks gigantic. He is seen taking the life of a demon woman, Bhoodana, who came to breastfeed the Lord with the intention of killing Him. She failed. The Lord is seated, holding His conch in the right hand and showing his left as an abhayahastha. A tirumanjanam is performed each morning. People pray to the Lord with sugar candy and sweet pudding seeking child with wisdom. The temple is on the Girivalam route in Tiruvannamalai. Devotees begin their walk in the Girivalam around the mountain and end the worship there. They get the theertha from the shrine. It is also poured at the entrance, offering the benefit of the worship to the Lord Himself.

The Lord offers darshan sitting on Sri Garuda. On the last Saturday of Purattasi (English months of September and October, a bag of rice is cooked and spread before the shrine. This is offered as Prasad to devotees. As the Lord is too big, the quantity of rice is also large. On Krishna Jayanthi day, a special Tirumanjanam is performed and also on Ekadasi, Tiruvonam, and on full moon days. Devotees offer Tulsi garlands to Chakkarathalwar on Wednesdays with Sweet Pudding Nivedhana.

Sri Boodha Narayana Perumal Temple Main Deity
Sri Boodha Narayana Perumal Temple Main Deity
Legend says that Kamsa, the uncle of Lord Krishna, tried to kill Lord Krishna, because he was destined to be killed by the Lord. However, Kamsa failed and could not go even near the child. He deputed Boodhana to do this. She went to Lord Krishna in the guise of a woman and played with the child and breastfed Him. Knowing her mission, the Lord pretended to accept the milk, but instead, squeezed her life while feeding. Boodha is another name for demons. This is why he is called Boodhanarayana. A devotee built a temple for Lord Krishna in this design. Sadly, the temple disappeared in the days that followed. After many years, the Lord appeared in the dream of a devotee and told him that he was under the sand. The devotee recovered the idol and raised this temple.

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 05:00 AM To 11:30 AM
Evening Timings : 05:00 PM To 08:30 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

The temple is near the famous Annamalaiyar temple in North Mada Street in Tiruvannamalai. The Nearest Railway station is Tiruvannamalai Railway Station. The Nearest Airport is Chennai Airport.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Boodhanarayana Perumal Temple,
North Mada Street,
Tiruvannamalai,
Pin Code : 606 601,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 96778 56602

Udupi Krishna Temple is one of the famous temples in India and is about 60 kilometres 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)

Udupi Sri Krishna Temple Entrance
Udupi Sri Krishna Temple Entrance
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 Jewellery including contributions from the emperors of Vijayanagara rulers, Mysore Maharajah, etc.

Kanaka Gopura At Udupi Sri Krishna Temple
Kanaka Gopura At Udupi Sri Krishna Temple
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 bejewelled Sri Krishna, 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.

Kanakana Kindi At Udupi Sri Krishna Temple
Kanakana Kindi At Udupi Sri Krishna Temple
As the temple comes into view the kanaka gopura welcomes you. Just below the gopura is the famed Kanakana kindi. Legend says that Saint Kanaka dasa, a Krishna devotee was not allowed inside the temple due to his low caste. Back then, only the upper caste Brahmins were permitted inside temples. The distraught Kanaka dasa stood near the wall and poured out his misery in a song he composed (look up Bagilana theredu seveyana kodu Hariye). The Lord was so touched; he broke the compound wall, and turned 180 degrees to give darshan to his pious devotee. Since then, devotees should view the Lord through Kanaka dasa’s window and only then enter the temple. We go ahead and keep our footwear at the stand, wash our feet at the taps and go in. A board near the entrance states that the temple permits only Hindu devotees inside.

Udupi Sri Krishna Temple Chariots
Udupi Sri Krishna Temple Chariots
We enter the temple from a door behind the murthy. The Lord sits behind yet another window with nine small openings. We view the Lord through each of the opening, which symbolises the nine planets. Above this window is a stone carving of Mahavishnu sleeping on Lord Anantha, with Lakshmi Devi at his feet. The Lord is worshipped as a small child here. He holds a kadagola (a wooden stick used traditionally to churn butter from buttermilk) in his right hand. Lord Anantha the serpent stands guard over him. There is a namaskara mandapam in front of the sanctum sanctorum. Thirtham and chandanam prasada is distributed nearby. Behind the namaskara mandapam is a raised corridor where other deities are worshipped. This corridor is right in front of Kanakana kindi. Lord Garuda, Mahavishnu's vehicle and Hanumantha, Rama’s dasa are worshipped on either end of the corridor, facing each other. Devotees can sit on the floor on this corridor.

Udupi Sri Krishna Temple Main Deity
Udupi Sri Krishna Temple Main Deity
The story of the origin of this idol is as follows: Once there was a storm in the sea near Malpe beach and the great dwaitha saint Sri Madhvacharya was present at the shore. Using just his shawl, he helped the ship reach the shore safely. The ship was coming from Dwaraka and in appreciation for the help the sailors offered all the goods that was on the boat, but Sri Madhwacharya asked for the big lump of gopichand and carried it back to the matha (monastery). The idol of lord Krishna was inside the gopichand and Madhwacharya installed this divine and beautiful idol in Udupi matha.

Udupi Sri Krishna Temple Navagraha Kindi
Udupi Sri Krishna Temple Navagraha Kindi
Shri Madhvacharya handed over the puja and administration of Krishna Mutt to his 8 disciples. Each of these disciples has set up their own Mathas around the Krishna Matha complex. Together they are known as Ashtha (8) Mathas, and they are: Pejavara, Puttige, Palimaru, Adamaru, Sodhe, Kaniyooru, Shirur, and Krishnapura. Another prominent event of the Matha is the Paryaya festival. Sri Madhwacharya started the system that the Krishna Matha would be headed by a pontiff who has the right to perform the pooja and manage the Matha for two months. After two months, during Paryaya festival, the management is passed on to one of the pontiff of the other 8 mathas (Ashtha Mathas). Sri Vadirajaru changed the duration to two years during his tenure as the pontiff of Sri Krishna Matha. During paryaaya, the deity is taken in a procession in temple chariots. The street where the chariot is taken in a procession is known as Ratha Beedi. The Ratha Beedi is also a shopping destination for the visitors to carry a memento back home.

Temple Timings:

05:00 AM To 09:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

Udupi 60 Kms north of Mangalore is the seat of Lord Krishna, considered to be one of the holiest places for pilgrimage in southern India. Udupi, south Karnataka, lies in the lap of lush greenery. Think of Udupi, and the mind conjures up images of beaches, great food, and of course Lord Krishna! The famed Udupi Krishna matha is said to have been established by Guru Madhwacharya. Madhwacharya propagated the dwaitha (dual) philosophy, which maintains that the individual soul is separate from the Supreme soul.

Udupi Sri Krishna Temple Tank
Udupi Sri Krishna Temple Tank

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Shree Krishna Temple,
Car Street, Thenkpete, Maruthi Veethika,
Udupi,
Pin Code : 576 101,
Karnataka.
Phone : 0820 2520598 ; 98452 42053
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