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Ananthapura Lake Temple

Overview:The Sri Ananthapura Lake Temple, in Kasaragod is the residence the Mahavishnu . The Temple was implicit the ninth century and is the main lake temple in Kerala. It is likewise accepted to be the moolasthanam (unique home) Ananthapadmanabha, the divinity of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram. The sanctum sanctorum of temple is reachable just by an extension. A crocodile at the temple lake, said to be 150 years of age protects the templeAbout the Temple:Ananthapura Lake Temple is implicit the center of a lake in the little town of Ananthapura. It is likewise accepted to be the first seat (Moolasthanam) of Ananthapadmanabha Swami (Padmanabhaswamy temple) of Thiruvananthapuram.The temple is extraordinary in its auxiliary viewpoints for it is raised amidst a noteworthy pool of 302 feet.The lake is skilled with a perpetual supply of immaculate spring water. We can discover the remnants of sanctuaries all-round the lake which stands affirmation to the way that it was a piece of an extraordinary temple complex. The Sree kovil (sanctum sanctorum), Namaskara-mandapam, thitappalli, and holy places of Jala-Durga and the passage of the cavern are situated in the lake. The Namaskara mandapam is associated with the eastern rock by a foot-span which is the main entry to the Sreekovil.The key god will be God Vishnu. One of the key elements of the temple is that the first symbols in the sanctum sanctorum were not made of metal or stone, but rather of an uncommon blend of more than 70 therapeutic materials called kadu-sharkara-yogam. These icons were supplanted by panchaloha metals in 1972. They were given by Kaanchi Kaamakoti Mathaadhipathi His Holiness Jayendra Saraswathy. Endeavors are going on now to reinstall the symbols made with kadu-sharkara-yogam. The God Vishnu icon is in a sitting stance over a five-hooded serpent ruler God Anantha. The temple has a great gathering of wood carvings on the roofs of the mandapam. These carvings portray the episodes taken from the stories of dasaavatharam (the ten incarnations of God Vishnu). The Nava-grahas (nine planets) are painted at the muktha-mandapam. On either side of the sreekovil dwaara-palakas (jaya and vijaya) are wonderfully cut in wood.Legend and Stories: This is the most acknowledged rendition with respect to the sancification of the Temple and identifies with the well known Namboodiri Brahmin sage by name Vilvamangalathu Swamiyar. Three Vilvamangalattu Swamiyars have lived amid diverse times, as indicated by some. Vilvamanagalam I dates to the ninth century and Vilvamangalam III to the sixteenth century( around 1585 AD) with Vilvamangalam II coming in the middle. Regardless of the fact that the ninth Century holy person is acknowledged as the Central figure in this Sthala Puranam, erroneous date is glaringly self-evident. The story essentially keeps running on the same lines as that of Divakara Muni, going astray just at specific focuses. The area is in North Malabar and the Kasargode Sree Ananthapuram Temple included in both. Here the tyke does not stay with the swamiyar but rather would steadfastly seem consistently amid the Puja time of the sage. The Salagrama scene is the same and here the holy person demonstrates his inconvenience by pushing back the minimal one with the back of the hand. (Right up till the present time it is esteemed ominous to push somebody away, with the back of the hand).The following distinction in the story surfaces somewhat later on. It is said that the Sage pursued the youngster however soon forgot about him. The sound of the chimes on the anklets embellishing those little feet and on the waistband guided him for some additional time, then they excessively stopped. The Sage meandered from spot to place, sancifying numerous famous sanctuaries of today in transit and getting numerous perfect experience. He moved from North Kerala toward the South Kerala in his interminable mission of the perfect Child and Ananthankatu where he would discover him. One night he rested under a tree, physically and rationally tired. From the inverse side where stood the cottage of a Pulaya, he heard the raise voice of a furious Pulayi undermining her child who might not quit crying, that she would toss it into Ananthakatu on the off chance that it did not quit wailing. The blissful Sages raced to the hovel and in answer to his question, the lady indicated the close by woodland which was the destination of his long inquiry. In the wake of gift her and taking a solitary lit wick from her to help his advancement into obscurity looking for the Supreme Light, the Swamiyar entered the timberland.After a short time, the beyond all doubt recognizable sound of the waistbells and anklets could be listened. In the pre-first light hours, abruptly a lluppa tree smashed down with a powerful stable before him and an incredible brilliance showed. On coming to the spot he got the Darsanam or Vision of God as Sree Padmanabha Swamy leaning back on the serpent boss Ananta. The degree of this structure and the consequent decrease in size because of the petitions of sage to God are the same as in the tale about Divakara Muni. Having nothing else to offer to the God, the Swamiyar took a little unripe mango from an adjacent tree and putting it in a dry coconut shell presented the same to the God in a flood of feeling. The offering of a salted mango in the coconut shell which is accounted for to be the same one utilized by the Swamiyar however now secured with gold and diamond studded, proceeds as a critical day by day Nivedyam right up till the present time. In this association it merits specify that the wood of this Iluppa tree is accepted to have been used to cut the figure gracious Sree Padmanabha Swamy and till the season of Marthanda Varma the Great, the Idol is seen to be of this wood. The Naduvil Madhom Pushpanjali Swamiyar's premises misleading the west of Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple additionally contains a Sree Krishna Temple which is accepted to have been blessed on the Villvamangalathu Swamiyar Samadhi. This adds much weight to the savvy connection with the Temple.Legend has it that this is the first site where Ananthapadmanabha settled down. The lake in which the Sanctum Sanctorum is assembled measures around 2 sections of land (302 feet square). A fascinating spot to remember while going to the temple is a cavern to the right corner of the lake. As per the neighborhood legend, the divinity Anantha Padmanabha decided to go the distance to Thiruvananthapuram through that buckle. Thus both the spots hold comparable names, disregarding being on either end of the area.About the Deity:God Padmanabha is found in a leaning back type of Anantha. On both the sides of the God are Bhoodevi, the Goddess of Earth and Sreedevi, the Goddess of Prosperity. Garuda and Hanuman stand before them supplicating with collapsed hands. Heavely ladies tan the God and his partners from behind. Jaya and Vijaya,the chaperons of God Vishnu, stand in gatekeeper at the passageway.Uncommon Facts:The temple likewise has yet another fascinating story to tell the account of the watchman crocodile. From exceptionally old times, one crocodile has been seen there. Despite the fact that fans used to clean up in the tank there is no occurrence of it hurting anybody. Babia is the name by which this gatekeeper is known not world. It is the nearby watchman and the delivery person of the temple. The main nourishment that Babia takes is the offerings of the enthusiasts. Generally it is a unique gruel made of rice and molasses. After the love, the food offered by aficionados is given to Babia at twelve. Temple powers guarantee that Babia is a veggie lover and has never hurt anybody incorporating the fishes in the lake. There is an intriguing nearby legend that portrays the whole story behind the gatekeeper crocodile. Once Sree Vilvamangalathu Swami, enthusiast of God Vishnu, was doing repentance for his most loved God. While he was in his supplications to God, God Krishna as a young man seemed and began irritating him. Being irritated by the by the conduct of this youngster, the holy person pushed God Krishna aside with his left hand. The kid instantly vanished into an adjacent hole and reality unfolded on the holy person. The cleft into which Krishna is said to have vanished is still there. The crocodile protects the passageway and the sanctum. In 1945, when the British warriors were positioned there, one trooper shot dead the crocodile. To the astonishment of everybody the fighter kicked the bucket inside of couple of days by a snake-chomp. Individuals trust it to be reprisal by the serpent god Anantha. Before long another crocodile showed up in the tank and even now if one is blessed one can see it. The legend goes that there is one and only crocodile in the lake at once. At the point when one crocodile kicks the bucket, another shows up in the lake. The fans pay incredible appreciation to this crocodile.Dharshan Timings : 7:00 am to 1:30 pm, 4:00 to 7:30 pmHow to get there or Accessibility :AIR: Kozhikode is the nearest airport which is about 200 km from here RAIL: Kasaragod railway station which is about 12 km from here ROAD: To reach there by road one has to take a deviation from Naayakkaapp (5k m from Kumbala) on the Kumbala-Badiyatukka road.

Significance

Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-

  • Fame
  • Freedom from diseases
  • Wealth
  • Courage
  • Relief from adverse effects from bad planetary aspects
  • Relief from bondage
Shlokas

Achutham Keyshavam Rama Narayanam Krishna Damodaram Vasudevam Harim Shridharam Madhavam Gopika Vallabham Janaki Nayakam Ramachandram Bhajey

Meaning -Oh Lord who cannot be perished, who also has names like Keshava, Rama, Damodara, Narayana, Sridhara, Madhava, Krishna, Ramachandra the beloved of Janaki, let me say your name regularly.

Vasudeva Sutham Devam Kamsa Chanoora Mardhanam Devaki Paramanandham Krishnam Vande Jagathgurum

Meaning -I bow to you O Krishna, the ultimate guru, Devaki and Vasudeva's son, and the destroyer of Kamsa and Chanur.

Adharam Madhuram Vadanam Madhuram Nayanam Madhuram Hasitam Madhuram Hridayam Madhuram Gamanam Madhuram Mathuraa Dhipate Rakhilam Madhuram

Meaning -Meaning - Sweet are Your lips, sweet is Your face, sweet are Your eyes, sweet is Your smile, sweet is Your heart, sweet is Your gait, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.

Alokya Mathur Mukha Madarena Sthanyam Pibantham Saraseeruhaksham Sachinmayam Devam Anantha Roopam Balam Mukundam Manasa Smarami

Meaning -I think of this Balamukundan as the one who looks lovingly at his mother's face while taking milk from her, who has eyes similar to the red lotus, who is the embodiment of truth and intelligence and other forms.

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