The Yoga Narasimhaswamy Temple in Thirunarayanapuram is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple is also known as the 'Yadhothakari Kshetram' and 'South Badrikashramam'. Melkote is about 58 Kms from Mysore, in Mandya. It is situated in the midst of lavish green paddy fields. On account of River Cauvery, whose waterways keep this spot green, it has rough slopes known as Yadavagiri or Yadugiri ignoring the Cauveri valley.
About the Temple
The Yoga Narasimhaswamy temple is over 1000 years old and. The engravings talk about the historical backdrop of the temple that goes back to antiquated times. The temple was manufactured amid the Hoysala kingdom. The temple has an enormous drum that was given by Tipu Sultan. It has a delightful ringer that was given by the Mysore Parakalamatha. Amid the guideline of the recent Wodeyar Kings of Mysore, Krishnaraja Wodeyar III had given a gold crown to the temple god. It is trusted that Yoga Narasimha Swamy was introduced by Baktha Prahlada himself. The temple is a square building of substantial measurements however plain, devoted to Lord Cheluva-Narayana Swamy or Tirunarayana. The utsavamurthi, a metallic idol, speaks to the divinity which is called Cheluvapille Raya or Cheluvanarayana Swamy whose unique name seems to have been Ramapriya. As indicated by a legend, this metallic picture was lost and was recuperated by Sri Ramanujacharya.
From the lithic records of the period, presence of Tamil impact and Vaishnava revere in the zone are additionally obvious. The temple is lavishly enriched, having been under the extraordinary support of the Mysore Rajas, and has a most significant accumulation of gems. As ahead of schedule as 1614, the Mysore lord Raja Wodeyar (who ruled 1578–1617) who initially obtained Srirangapatna and embraced the Srivaishnava confidence, gave over to the temple and the Brahmins at Melkote, the domain conceded to him by Vijaynagar ruler Venkatapati Raya. On one of the mainstays of navaranga of the Narayanaswami temple is a bas alleviation around one and a half feet high, of Raja Wodeyar, remaining with collapsed hands, with the name recorded on the base. He was said to be an awesome fan of the directing divinity and a steady guest to the temple. A gold crown set with valuable gems was introduced by him to the temple. This crown is known as the Raja-mudi after his name. A legend says that upon the arrival of his passing, he was watched entering the sanctum and was seen no all the more a while later. From the engravings on a gold's percentage gems and on gold and silver vessels in the temple it is learnt that they were available from Krishnaraja Wodeyar III and his rulers. Krishnaraja Wodeyar III likewise exhibited to the temple a crown set with valuable gems. It is referred to after him as Krishnaraja-mudi. Vairamudi or Vajramukuta, another crown of awesome quality, is by all accounts more seasoned than Raja-mudi and Krishnaraja-mudi and it is not known with reference to who offered it to the temple. All the three crowns are kept in the protected care of the Government and conveyed to the temple on particular yearly event for venerating the picture of Cheluvanarayana Swamy. The vairamudi celebration, which is the boss yearly festival is gone to by more than 400,000 individuals.
About the Deity
Narasimha, Narasingh, Narsingh and Narasingha in subsidiary dialects is a symbol of the Hindu god Vishnu and one of Hinduism's most well known divinities, as confirm in right on time sagas, iconography, and temple and celebration venerate for over a thousand years. In this Temple God Narasimha favors enthusiasts in the Yoga Narasimha structure.
Legend and Stories
It is believed that, in 12th Century, Chozha King Kulothunga Chozhan who was a staunch devotee of Lord Shiva was debilitating Sri Ramanujar to leave Sirviaishnavism and to take after Saivism. Sri Ramanujar chose to leave Srirangam on the solicitation of his follower Koorathazhwan. He stopped Saffron and wore White dress to be far from the King's sights. Sri Ramanujar alongside 1000 of his devotees went along the waterway Cauvery from Srirangam towards West and came to Thondanur (15 Km from Melkote) where Thondanur Nambi (Sri Ramanujar's guideline supporter) was living. The Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple is lavishly decorated and has had the exclusive support of the Mysore Rajas, and has a most important accumulation of gems. As right on time as 1614, the Mysore ruler Raja Wodeyar in the later medieval period who initially procured Srirangapatna and received the Srivaishnava confidence, gave over to Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple and the Brahmins at Melkote, the home was allowed to him by Vijaynagar lord Venkatapati Raya.
On one of the mainstays of navaranga of the Narayanaswami temple is a bas alleviation around one and a half feet high, of Raja (Wodeyar Kings), remaining with collapsed hands, with the name engraved on the base. He was said to be an extraordinary enthusiast of the directing divinity and a consistent guest to the temple. A gold crown set with valuable gems was introduced by him to Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple. This crown is known as the Raja-mudi after his name. A legend says that upon the arrival of his demise, he was watched entering the sanctum and was seen no all the more a short time later. From the engravings on a gold's portion gems and on gold and silver vessels in the temple it is learnt that they were available from Krishnaraja Wodeyar III and his rulers. Krishnaraja Wodeyar III additionally introduced to the temple a crown set with valuable gems. It is referred to after him as Krishnaraja-mudi. Vairamudi or Vajramukuta, another crown of incredible quality, is by all accounts more established than Raja-mudi and Krishnaraja-mudi and it is not known with reference to who offered it to the temple. All the three crowns in Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple are kept in the protected guardianship of the Government of Karnataka and brought to Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple on particular yearly event for loving the picture of Cheluvanarayana Swamy. The Vairamudi Festival, which is the boss yearly festival, is gone to by more than 400,000 individuals of this district who visit Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple. As per the fanciful history of Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple, this metallic picture was lost and was recuperated by Sri Ramanujacharya.
Melkote is closely associated with Sri Ramanujar, who lived here for around 12 years to spread Sri Vaishnavism when he was far from Srirangam. A few miracles were said to be made by Sri Ramanujar amid his stay here and one of the marvels goes like this. He diminished the little girl of the Hoysala Kingdom's above all else named Bitti Deva, from Brahma Rakshasa. On seeing this miracle, he turned into the aficionado of Sri Ramanujar and he was renamed as Vishnuvaradhan. The lord set up Pancha Narayana Kshetrams viz. Belur ( Channagi Narayana), Thondanur ( Nambi Narayanan), Gadag ( Veera Narayanan), Talakad ( Keerthi Narayanan) and at Melkottai ( Chelva Narayanan) to express his appreciation to Sri Ramanujar.
People approach this temple with prayers for popularity, freedom from ailments, wealth, courage, relief from unfriendly impacts of terrible planetary viewpoints, relief from subjugation and removal of sins.
Important (festivals) Utsavas conducted in this temple
Sri Vairamudi Brahmotsava
Sri Krishnarajamudi Utsava
Sri Rajamudi Utsava
Sri Ramanujacharya Tirunakshatra
The nearest airport is in Bangalore. The nearest railhead is in Pandavapura and Mandya.
Melkote is also well connected by roads. One can reach Melkote from Bangalore by car, by traveling on the Bangalore - Mysore state highway and reaching the Mandya. Just after Mandya, there is a right turn which goes to Melkote.
Melukote, Karnataka 571431
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- For fulfilment of wishes
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.