| In Srimad Bhagavatham, Sri Krishna has
told Uddava, that in Kaliyuga, Bhakthi through namasankirtan is the Only
easy way to attain spiritual Salvation and that there is no separate Avtar
in Kaliyuga. All the great souls like Narada, Vyasa, Sukha etc. of the
previous three yugas will be appearing in the earth in different parts of
the country as Purandaradasa, Jayadeva, Tulsidas, Kabir, Namdev, Gnaneswar etc. to spread the Bhakti cult and Lord Krishna
will descend as Lord Panduranga at the request of Saint Pundalika and He
will be gracing these saints and Bakthas to spread the greatness of Bakthi
cult through His different Leelas in their lives. That time onwards devotess
started thronging to Pandarpur to have the Blessings of Lord Panduranga,
particularly on Ashada Ekadasi and Karthigai Ekadasi.
With Gurunathar's Blessings, Sri
Guruji started visiting the places of these Bakthas and saints to know about
their lives and infuse the same to the devotees as Maha Baktha Vijayam
during his discourse sessions. On one occasion, in the course of His
travels, Guruji visited the village around Pandarpur. In his dream, Sri
Gnanananda appeared and directed him to go to Pandarpur.
|| As per this
direction, when Guruji arrived at Pandarpur, the priests ( pandas ) of the
Panduranga temple received him and took him round the temple; after
performing Archana and Abhishekam gave him the idols of Sri Panduranga and
Sri Ragumayi which were worshipped there for a long time. When asked for
reasons for their doing so, the priests said that Sri Panduranga appeared in
their dream and wanted them to do so.
From that time onwards, the idea to
have a shrine for the idols sprouted in Guruji's mind. As one can see,
it is the blessings of His Master alone, accomplished our Gurji to build
this great Temple which provides access to the bakthas from the south to
easily reach and pray here instead of going to Pandarpur. The North-South
meet at the temple signify our national integration.
||The uniqueness of this temple is
reflected in the following. The Garba-Griha, Gopuram (
sanctum-sanctorum ) on the model of Puri Jagannath; the Chola type of
Rajagopuram in its artistry and the presiding deities from Maharashtra. The
tiny idols of Panduranga-Ragumayi manifested to a big size ( viswarupam )
are a feast to the eyes. The main mandapams are decorated with mural
painting of the leelas of Sri Krishna.
|| The Tulsi-Brindavan in the
center of the Matam is in memory of Guruji. On the western side directly
facing Brindavan is the Shrine of Sri Gnanananda Swami who inspired
and made people aware of the greatness of Namasankirtan throughout
the world through His Chief disciple. On the northern side is the Shrine of
Shrine of Sri Gnanananda Swami
Brindavan of Guruji
|Shrine of Sri Mahashodasi|
||Sri Mahashodasi is the presiding deity
of Jyotir Mutt like Sri Kamakshi for Kanchi Mutt and Sri Sharadha for Sringeri
Mutt. Sri Chakra and Maha Meru, manifestations of Sakthi, are taken for
upasana of Ambika all along and for the first time, a rupa or form is
manifested of Devi viz Maha Shodasi with all its Anga, Prtyanga Devathas such
as Ganapathy, Murugan, Rudra, Varahi, Vaishnavi etc.
so that devotees of all
faith can have their wishes fulfilled through different arjitha sevas like
Homam, Archana etc.
| Initially Guruji thought of
constructing a temple for Lakshmi-Narayan. On the suggestion of stapathi, he
decided to build Shiava-Vishnu temple. At the time of construction, Kanchi
Paramacharya was consulted regarding the name of the idol. And through him,
it was learnt that the original name of the Thennangur is Dakshina Halasyam.
Pandya King desiring to have a child, requested sapta rishis to perform a
||yagna. Accordingly yagna was performed,
a girl child came out of the yagna. The king took the child to Madurai and
named her Sri Meenakshi; therefore Dakshina Halasyam is the birth place of
For the installation of Lord Sunderasa,
Guruji went in search of a proper idol. When he was in Varanasi, at the time
of taking bath in the Holy Ganges, he got a Bana Lingam from the
Ganges with the Blessings of Gurunatha. The same was taken to Thennangur and
installed there. Every year the Meenakshi-Sundareswarar Kalyanam is performed in this temple
||This is a old temple. It was in dilapidated condition when Guruji took upon himself to renovate it.
Every year Sita Kalyanam is performed in this temple.
| Navagraha is being constructed recently
with their consorts and Vahanam. This you cannot see in any temple.