Friday, 22 September 2017

Childless Couples Are Blessed With Children - Sri Aprameya Swamy Temple - Dodda Mallur, Ramanagara

About 60Kms from Bangalore, on the Mysore - Bangalore Highway (one mile from Channapatna), the tall tower of a famous temple peeking through the swaying coconut palms seems to beckon your attention. The highway road sign identifies the place as Mallur Agrahara. The curious traveller, who pulls over to explore this tower, would have reached the temple of Lord Aprameya, His Consort Aravindavalli and the renowned ‘Ambegal’ Krishna. This is a Divya Kshetram and a Punya Bhoomi. The verdant greenery, Punya Theerthams, the temple complex and its avaranams all provide for an atmosphere conducive for religious piety.

Sri Aprameya Swamy Temple Entrance Archway
Sri Aprameya Swamy Temple Entrance Archway
Lord Aprameya (another form of Lord Vishnu) is the presiding deity here. The temple also houses the Ambegalu (Crawling) Krishna Temple and the Rama Temple. This temple is rich in history and stories from the past. The temple is believed to be 3000 years old. It is believed to be built and expanded by Chola King Rajendra Simha. It is said that the temple is standing on sand rather than a strong foundation. Apparently Lord Rama stayed and prayed here before leaving to Lanka to rescue Sita Devi. It is believed that Sages Kapila and Kanva still live in the temple in some form or the other. Apparently even today you can hear the sound of the garba griha door opening and the sound of performing poojas and tolling of the bells can be heard once the temple doors are closed.

Sri Aprameya Swamy Temple Outer Wall
Sri Aprameya Swamy Temple Outer Wall
The Ambegalu Navneetha (Crawling Krishna) that is more popular in this temple. The idol of baby Krishna crawling with a handful of butter that has the devotees coming in large numbers to this temple is believed to installed by Sage Vyasa. It is believed that childless couples praying to Ambegalu Krishna are blessed with children after their visit. These couples later return to the temple and tie little cradles as a thanksgiving to the Lord. Legend also has it that some 130 years ago the then Maharaja of Mysore on a visit to Aprameya Temple was so enamoured by the Ambegalu Krishna that he took the idol back to his palace to worship it. That night he dreamt about Lord Krishna appearing in his dream and ordering him to return the idol to the temple, failing which great misfortune will befall him. The King dismissed the dream and did not comply with the Lord's demand. Soon enough a part of the King's Palace was consumed in a fire and he promptly returned the idol to its rightful place in the temple.

Sri Aprameya Swamy Temple Raja Gopuram
Sri Aprameya Swamy Temple Raja Gopuram
Legend has it that Lord Rama stayed here, in Dakshina Ayodhya, for many years and during this time, he worshipped Lord Aprameya. Hence Lord Aprameya is also known as Sri Rama Aprameya. Lord Rama also performed Homams and other rituals in this place and even to this day, there are remnants of the structures where he conducted the Yagnams. In kshetram Mahatmiyam Kandam of Brahmanda Purana there is a description of Lord Aprameya in twelve chapters. The specialty of the temple is it is standing on sand and not on any solid foundation. It appears from the style of construction of the temple, that it was expanded during the regimes of certain kings who ruled Mallur in the past. Standing outside the temple, one can see the towering and beautiful Raja Gopuram. Built in the dravidian architectural style, one finds sculptures from the Dasa Avataram adorning the side walls (Madal) of the Raja Gopuram. The Maha Dwaram is 30 feet high. Opposite the Maha Dwaram is the tall Deepa Sthambam made from a single stone which vies with the Maha Dwaram in height, at 30 feet.

Sri Aprameya Swamy Temple Inner Prakaram
Sri Aprameya Swamy Temple Inner Prakaram
Facing the Rajagopuram, is the Purandaradasa Mantapam, a tribute to the composer of the famous krithi “Jagadoddharana Adisidalu Yashoda” which immortalizes his ecstasy on seeing the Navaneetha Krishna here, for generations to come. As you enter the temple you pass the Mukha Mantapam, where you can see the huge Vahanams of Garuda, Shesha, Gaja, Ashva, Simha, Chandra Prabha, Samarabhoopala, Hamsa, Puppet Ashva and Hanuman. They are made of copper. Walking around the Prakaram, you will find ancient stone pillars adorned with figures from the Dasa Avataram and Lord Krishna’s Bala Leela. You can find inscriptions from the holy Granthams on the walls.

Sri Aprameya Swamy Temple Vimanam
Sri Aprameya Swamy Temple Vimanam
Other important deities found in the temple are Sri Ramanujar, Kurathazhvar, Vaikunta Narayana Perumal and Lord Hanuman as a swayambu Moorthy in a Pillar. A little further in a separate sanctum is Sri Ramar along with Sita devi in sitting posture, Lakshmana and Hanuman are found standing, waiting for His command. After coming out one will come across sannidhi of Venugopal (Lord Krishna with flute) and lastly the sannidhi of Sudharshanar and Narasimhar.

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 08:00 AM To 12:30 PM
Morning Timings : 05:30 PM To 08:30 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

Dodda Mallur is a village in Channapatna Taluk in Ramanagara district in the Indian state of Karnataka. Mallur is located on the banks of the river Kanva. Dodda mallur is well connected by rail, road and air. There are plenty of trains, which run from Bangalore and Mysore, which stop over at Channapatna from where the pilgrim can access the temple by local modes of transportation (the popular rickshaw, etc.). It is just off the state highway that connects the two famous metropolises of Karnataka - Bangalore and Mysore. Plenty of buses service this route for those dependent on public transportation. One can even avail of taxi services from Bangalore to get here.

Navaneetha Krishna At Sri Aprameya Swamy Temple
Navaneetha Krishna At Sri Aprameya Swamy Temple

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Aprameya & Navaneetha Krishna Temple,
Dodda Mallur, Channapatna Taluk,
Ramanagara,
Pin Code : 571 501,
Karnataka.
Phone : 080 27200015 ; 080 27200030 ; 94480 77348 ; 94480 58057 ; 080 27200024

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