Sri Raghavendra Swamy Temple is dedicated to Lord Ragavendra. It is located at Erode, Tamil Nadu.
About The Temple
The Brindavan is built on the banks of Cauvery in Erode. This is the largest one in Tamilnadu. Crowd is always huge. The foundation soil for constructing the Brindavan was brought from the Original Brindavan in Mantralaya. People belonging to various communities and religions, castes and languages contribute their services to Sri Raghavendra. The temple belongs to Madhwa community.
Legend and Stories
Acharya Sri Raghvendra was born to Sri Thimmanna Bhattar and Srimathi Gobikambal in 17th Century. They were living near Hosapet in Bellary district. His brilliance began to show even when he was too young. Young Raghavdndra learnt all Vedas and Sastras under the tutelage of Sri Sudhindrar in Kumbakonam.
His marital life was a tragedy. His wife committed suicide by falling into a well. Sri Raghavendra took to pilgrimages to various shrines. His miracles include elevating an ignorant man to a high post, bringing a famine in Thanjavur to an end and making it a fertile land again and bringing back to life his sishya (disciple) who died of snake bite.
Sri Raghavendras came to know that Mantralaya was the place where Vishnu Bhakta Prahlada perform Yagna and wanted to have his Brindavan (Samadhi-monument) there for himself. He chanted the song composed by himself, "Indu Enake Govinda" and reciting the Narayana Nama, entered the Brindavan and attained Jeeva Samadhi.
Construction of Brindavans began then throughout South India. Responding to the devout appeals of people of Erode, 250 years ago, a Vedic Scholar Ramachar went to Mantrayalaya in Andhra and brought the Mruthika (holy sand), carried it on his head and returned to Erode all the way by walk and built a small Brindavan on the banks of Cauvery and conducted the consecration – Kumbabishekam.
This Brindavan is very ancient and the first in Tamilnadu and the third in India. There was a stone Mandap and a tower on the Anjaneya Shrine. A Sanskrit scholar working in Mahajana High School, Krishnachar collected donations from the devotees, constructed a Brindavan with seven peetas using granite stones and built a huge Brindavan in Mantralaya in the year 1912. The consecration of the Brindavan was also celebrated the same year.
A Rajagopuram – main tower – with Ram-Sita-Anjaneya was built in the year 1938 and consecration performed. There was a dark mandap here infested by bats and was called bat mandap. This was demolished and a new Mandap is built now.
Aadi Pooram in July-August; Purattasi Navarathri in September-October; Karthikai in November-December; Vaikunda Ekadasi and Tiruvadhirai in December-January; and monthly pradoshams are celebrated in the temple. This is a twin temple for Both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.
Nirmalya Visarjana puja at 6.00 a.m, Milk and Panchamirtha (made of five ingredients as milk, curd, ghee, honey and fruits) abishek at 9.00 a.m., offering of Nivedhana at 11.00 a.m., Deepa Aradhana at 12.00 a.m. Sandhyakala puja at 6.00 p.m. are the puja procedures devotionally followed in the temple.
People throng the temple of Sri Raghvendra with their prayers for relief from debt burdens, child boon and for remedy from illness.
How To Reach Sri Raghavendra Temple, Erode
The nearest airport is at Coimbatore Airport.
The nearest railway station is at Erode Railway Station.
Sri Raghvendra Brindavan-Temple is in the heart of Erode city.
Sri Raghavendra Temple,
Erode, Erode district,
Tamil Nadu, Pincode - 638003.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- To be cured of illnesses
- To be blessed with childbirth
Daivi Hyesa Gunamayi Mama Maya Duratyaya Mameva Ye Prapadyante Mayametam Taranti Te
Meaning -According to this sloka, the heavenly maya of God is very complicated, but those who worship God will be able to overcome it.
Balam Balavatam Caham Kamaragavivarjitam Dharmaviruddho Bhutesu Kamo'smi Bharatarsabha
Meaning -According to this sloka, God is the isolated and aloof strength of the controlling and virtuous craving in men.
Ye Caiva Sattvika Bhava Rajasastamasasca Ye Matta Everti Tanviddhi Na Tvaham Tesu Temayi
Meaning -According to this sloka, though the only source of satva, rajas and tamas (good, obsessive and dark) elements is God, they are not present within the God or the deity.
Tribhirgunamayairbhavairebhih Sarvamidam Jagat Mohitam Nabhijanati Mamebhyah Paramavyayam
Meaning -According to this sloka, the entire world doesn't recognize the eternal God beyond them, because they are consumed by the elements of satva, rajas and tamas (good, obssessive and dark).
The temple is opened from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 08.00 p.m.