The Venkatraman Temple is a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu Temple. It is located in the town of Kumta ( Khumbhapuri ) Uttar Kannada district of Karnataka. The Punar pratishtha of this temple was done by H. H. Shrimat Vidhyadhiraj Tirtha Swamiji on 23rd May 1991.
About the temple
Shri Venkatraman Dev Temple is managed by Shri Samsthan Gokarn Partagali Jeevottam Mutt, this temple is also known as a Mutt (spiritual, divine and social center). Besides the presiding deities, Lord Gopalkrishna and Venkatraman, other deities such as Lakshmi, Satyabhama and Mukhya Pran Dev are worshipped
It is a center for social activities for Gowda Saraswat Brahmin Community.
About the Deity
The presiding deity of this temple is Shri Gopalkrishna and Shri Venkatraman. Other Deities that are worshipped in this shrine are Shri Laxmi, Satyabhama and Shri Mukhya Pran Dev.
Legend and stories
Long time back Lord Gopalkrishna was the main deity who was worshipped in this temple. Later on a beautiful idol of Lord Venkatesh was brought here by a wandering Sanyasi, who before his pilgrimage to northern India, installed the idol in this temple. Since then, this town saw all round progress and this temple was renamed as Venkatraman Temple. In front of this, there was a small temple of Shri Hanuman. It has now become a popular holy center for numerous devotees of the community in and around Kumta.
This temple under the control of Shri Samsthan Gokarn Partagali Jeevottam Math.
In 1981 under the auspicious guidance of H. H. Shri Vidyadhiraj Tirth Swamiji "Ati Vishnu Mahayag" was performed. It was a important event and was regarded as the first Mahayagna in Karnataka State.
The Chaturmasya Vrita of H. H. Shrimat Vidyadhiraj Tirth Swamiji performed in the year 1993 was another important event. The annual religious functions like Rathotsav, Kartikotsav, Saptaprahar Bhajan, Champashasti Utsav, Ugadi, Ramnavami, Mukkoti Dwadashi, Anant Vritha, Akashaya Triteeya, etc. are celebrated with due dedication and all members of the community participate with unity and solidarity.
The Car Festival celebrated in the month of February and Establishment Day of the temple in the month of May are the two main occasions of the temple. Some of the other religious functions that are organised in the temple include Kartikotsav, Champashasti Utsav, Saptaprahar Bhajan, Rathotsav and Ugadi. Mukkoti Dwadashi, Akashaya Triteeya, Anant Vritha and Ramnavami are some other festivals that are celebrated at this temple.
Panjim and Mangalore International Airports are nearest airports.
Kumta and Hubli railway stations are nearest railway stations.
Buses will be available from the major cities of Karnataka. Bus NH/17.
The Venkatraman Temple,
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Freedom from diseases
- Relief from adverse effects from bad planetary aspects
- Relief from bondage
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.