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    Thousands participating Baba Hira Bhumia's annual fair in Gwalior.




    Gwalior, Sep.12: Thousands of people are thronging the Baba Hira Bhumia Temple here to participate in an annual fair, attended mainly by childless couples and people affected with various physical ailments including snakebites.

    The month-long fair is organised during the Hindu month Bhadrapada or Bhadon (August to September).

    According to Pita Ram Batham, the priest the temple was constructed in 1933. A big fair takes place at this place during this month. People from Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and other places gather in the fair.

    Pitha Ram says that childless couples are blessed with progenies on visiting this shrine. Also those who are bitten by snakes and those suffering from Kanthmala (glands in throat) get cured after a visit to the temple.

    Devotees say that Baba Hira Bhumia, when alive, was famous for his 'supernatural powers' that could bless childless couples and cure people from snakebites.

    As per a local folklore, at least 500 years ago, Baba Hira Bhumia was born in Pahargarh Village which today falls in Madhya Pradesh's Morena District.

    It is said that Hira Bhumia scarified his life to save a cow which pleased the local deity and blessed him with magical powers which enabled him to help in curing infertility and snakebites. His ardent followers in the village later started worshipping him as a saint.ANI)


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    Mannu - (Soil) - Aariya - (Dried) - Sala - (Place.) = Mannarsala.

    One legend says that Mannarsala is an area in the Khandava forest of the Mahabharatha times. During the epoch of the Pandavas this forest was burnt down except for a small strip of land which remained unaffected. A lot of snakes and other small living beings took shelter in this patch of land and got saved. After the fire died down, it got its name as Mannarsala.

    Mannarsala is situated in the south of Kerala, near the town of Haripad, about 35-40 kilometers from Alappuzha, on the Alappuzha - Kollam route by road.

    Here there is a temple dedicated to Nagaraja and his consort Nagayakshi and the holy place has become renowned as the Mannarsala Nagaraja Temple where people throng during the Mannarsala Ayilyam Festival . On the day of Ayilliam asterism in the months of Kanni and Thulam (September and October) all the serpent idols (about 30,000) in the grove and the temple are taken in procession to the Illom (house of the family connected with the temple) where the offerings of Nurum Palum (rice flour and milk), kuruthi (a red liquid made of turmeric and lime) and cooked rice are made. Even though the Illom is very small the outlying area admeasures about 16 acres and one can see hundreds of snakes slithering on the ground and it is very difficult to place one's bare feet on the ground without stepping on one of them - an accident to be avoided at all costs.

    The daily pujas are performed by the eldest daughter-in-law of the Namboodiri Illom. She is learned in Sanskrit and is au fait with the other rituals of the temple. She resides in a separate room within the temple where other priests and their family members also live. Even after marriage she remains a virgin dedicating her life to take care of the nagas in the temple.

    I think, the Namboodiri her husband, keeps a Sambandham with a Nair Lady, I am not certain.

    Hundreds of years ago, an issuless Namboodiri family, so goes the legend, brought a bride from the North of Kerala who conceived past her child bearing age - gave birth to a bonny boy, as well as a snake. It is believed that in the present temple this snake has been installed in the Sanctum Sanctorum. The present Namboodri family (fourth generation) who are the priests and caretakers of this temple trace their lineage to the son of the woman who bore her child when she was long past bearing age and it is believed that the mystical Nagaraja to which she gave birth first, continues to live in the Pathazham (subterranean rooms) beneath the temple. It reveals itself only to the high priestess, the eldest female member of the Namboodiri Illom.

    In another twist to the tale it is said, that the old woman from the Namboodiri Brahmin community pleaded with Parasuram with the Kodali, incarnation of Maha Vishnu, for a son. Parasuram directed her plea to Vasuki, Lord of the Serpents, who adorns the neck of Siva himself. Her prayer was heard. And in one of those rare instances she gives birth first to the five-hooded chiranjivi (Mrithyunjayan) serpent and then to her sought-after son.

    Issueless couples make a visit to the temple and offer an Uruli made of vengalam (Bell-Metal vessel) to the Lord, and it is believed that Nagaraja would find a remedy for their barrenness. This Uruli is kept face down until their vow is fulfilled. Once their prayers are answered they come back upturn the uruli and express their gratitude.

    This ritual goes under the name of "Uruli Kamizhthal" - an offering to the deity - childless couples conceive after a visit and the taking of the vow.

    The thamburatti of the Mannarsala Family is 'Amma' to every one and thousands of devotees flock there during the festival days to worship the Serpant Gods, and married couples come from far and wide to seek blessings from Lord Nagaraja for progeny and most of them are blessed. Those that are blessed with children come for thanksgiving and make offerings as well as upturning of the Uruli , which is a must.

    There are certain restrictions to enter the temple. One must have a bath, wear clean South Indian style clothes (saree/blouse) or Mundu/Naeriathu). mentally pure and physically clean is a must.

    The menfolk must wear Mundus and an angavasthram/thorthu to cover their bare chest. Keeping silence tread carefully on the ground avoiding the snakes, which are absolutely harmless.

    If faith can move mountains then a belief in this Nagaraja and his blessings have benefitted many a childless couple.


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    Jalna (Maharashtra), Oct 22 (ANI):
    Children are tossed from a height of 20 feet in the premises of a temple in Maharashtra, in the belief that it would enhance the kids' physical health and stamina.
    The Mamma Devi Goddess Temple in Jalna town of Aurangabad District has been witnessing the tradition of child hurling for decades.
    Devotees pray for their wishes, and once their prayers are fulfilled, they express their gratitude to the God by hurling their children from a height of 20 feet.
    The ritual is carried out by the temple priest, who throws the child from a height to land safely in the hands of devotees waiting below tightly holding a cloth.
    "If any child is not keeping well, down with fever, or some couple are not blessed with children then they ask the goddess to fulfil their wish. When their wishes are fulfilled, then the child is hurled," said Jai Singh Pardesi, the temple priest.
    Normally a child from the age of two months to four years is hurled. Childless couples top the list of devotees, apart from others wishing good health to their children.
    "We were not blessed with a child for two years. We had pledged before the goddess that if we are blessed with a child then we would hurl the child. So after the child was born, this year we are keeping our promise," said Ravi Kumar, a father.
    Devotees and priest claim that no child has ever been hurt in the process.
    Devotees throng the temple round the year, but nine days of Navratri hold a special place in the heart of followers. (ANI)


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    hi all,

    there is also one temple in thirukarukavur in tanjore the godess is called karbha rakshambigai amman. though i haven't been there before i have heard lot of incidences from her devotees. the godess also showered her blessings to me during my delivery, she made me to deliver the baby normally which was about to happen as
    c section.

    Every thing is for good. so keep smiling.
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    'Jejuri - The Golden land of Khandoba'
    Paying respects to his family deity and in compliance of his Architecturedissertation, Vikram Pawar takes a thorough perspective of the land of turmeric and journeys through the historical and aesthetically located Jejuri Temple complex.
    Religious tourism or pilgrimage is one of the most popular and ancient forms of tourism, practiced for over 2000 years now. Even in the present day, hundreds of pilgrims throng temples, churches, mosques and monasteries, in search of peace and solace. With the onset of monsoon, yatras to the Himalayan temples of Badrinath and <!--a href="../travel/packagetoura1.asp?cat=17#Kedarnath"><u-->Kedarnath<!--/u></a--> or to <!--a href="../travel/ibcityCatDetail3.asp?category=Sri%20Meenakshi%20"> <u-->Madurai<!--/u></a--> and <!--a href="../travel/ibcityCatDetail3.asp?category=Tirupati%20and%20Tir umalai&cat=HYD"><u-->Tirupati<!--/u></a--> in South India or <!--a href="../travel/ibcityCatDetail3.asp?category=Konark%20Sun%20Templ e&cat=CAL"><u-->Konark<!--/u></a--> and Puri in Eastern India or Pandharpur, Alandi and Jejuri in Western India are a regular phenomenon. As usual thousands of young and old, traverse hundreds of kilometres, sometimes even on foot to reach their destination At God's doorsteps!
    "Ya bai jejuri nagarat;
    korya chandani mahalata;
    mhalsa banai bhandati
    ho aikuni malhari haasati."

    (Literally meaning: In this town of Jejuri, this bright and sparkling palace, where Mhalsa and Banai (Lord Khandoba's two wives) are quarrelling, while the lord is enjoying the spectre.

    This and many other Marathi ballads aptly reflect the pandemonium that typifies the hill-fort temple of Jejuri. The irony of the place stares in one's face
    The Deity
    Khandoba is one of the two primary male deities of the Maharashtrian community, along with Vithoba at Pandharpur most others being goddesses. Khandoba, Malhari Martand Bhairav are synonyms for this deity, which is one of the 64 aspects of Shiva. Khandoba was supposed have evolved with the aim of ridding the earth of Malla and Mani demons. Martand is the representation of the Sun, as Shiva is said to radiate like thousand suns. Devout pilgrims and priests churn out hundreds of explanations. However, the strength of this deity in granting children to childless couples, is said to be exceptional.

    Jejuri Temple Complex
    The Jejuri temple complex includes many small temples dispersed on steep hillslopes, along with two main temples, viz. the Kadepathar temple and the Jejuri temple. The construction date of the Kadepathar temple is unrecorded, but it is much older than the latter which was built by Ragho Mambaji, a Maratha chieftain in 1608 and located about 300m downhill and near the Jejuri town. This temple town has a visitorship of over 3 lakh pilgrims of all castes, creeds as well as religious beliefs. In fact, the four deepmalas in the temple are said to be built by Aurangzeb.

    Being atop a mountain, the temple itself forms a landmark - seen from a distance on the Pune - Satara highway. The temple is unique in terms of its architectural lineages, as the vimana (crest) with minaret-like structures at the four corners along with the arches of the sabhamandapa, suggests a strong Islamic influence. The ascent to the temple is adorned with imposing deepmalas, lining the flight of stairs. Several curious rituals are being conducted at the venue, and in the background one can see the huge expanse of the Malhar Sagar (Reservoir) formed on the Karha River. The magnificent depressions of the Peshve and Ahilyadevi Holkar Talav, which are man-made tanks almost a kilometre in diameter, form a picturesque backdrop. Other than the warrior communities of Maharashtra, Dhangar (shepherds), farmers, Brahmins, and people of other religions visit Jejuri to get the blessings of Khandoba, in their venture to continue their family tree.
    The Arena
    The passages and steps leading to the temple are an arena of cultural and religious rites/rituals. We come across performers like the Waghyas and Muralis, who sing and dance in the praise of the deity. Other rituals such as Bagad or hanging a man from a pole with the help of hooks inserted in the skin of his back and langar or breaking of steel chains as well as Hal or walking on fire, in fulfillment of ones vows, are also performed. The Holkars, Holams and Khaire families perform Kathya, where they ceremoniously wrap red turbans to tall bamboos and touch the Shikhara (tip) of the temple.

    During festivities like the Somvati Amavasya (a new moon day falling on Monday, December 25, 2000), the entire temple complex is one continuous stream of yellow colour of the sacred turmeric powder, hence giving this destination the name Sonyachi (Golden) Jejuri. However, the pilgrims undergo immense strain standing in the scorching heat, bare feet on the hot stones, without shade, water or even decent facilities for eating, resting, for morning ablutions or to attend to nature's call. The modernised construction and ugly utilities added to the complex has damaged the architectural image of the beautiful temple.
    Dr. G.K. Kanhere in his book 'The temples of Maharashtra', describes the Khandoba temple at Jejuri as a classic example of destruction of an architectural heritage due to lack of knowledge of Architecture. Plastic tanks, gaudy colours, shutter doors and gratings almost mar the beauty of the temple. Provision for resting and eating areas, as well as architecturally similar structures, and decent toilet facilities are being planned with the help of architects in Pune.
    Doctor Sontheimer
    Dr. Gunther Sontheimer, from Germany, since 1976, was deeply involved in the recovery of the folk culture and art forms of Jejuri. Even at the ripe age of 92, Dr. Sontheimer spent hours trekking in these hills with shepherds, discovering the marvels of nature. After his death, a museum is being established at Jejuri with his archival collections and documentaries on the cultural heritage of Jejuri.

    With the religious, architectural, cultural and trekking potential of Jejuri, it is not surprising that the area vibrates with life and entices thousands of tourists, to endure and enjoy the Golden land of Khandoba...
    When asked about the hardships, it is not uncommon for the devout to vouch -
    "Sweet as grapes are the stones of Jejuri, said Chaitanya.
    He popped a stone into his mouth and then spat out Gods."

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    Kanchipuram



    This City of a Thousand Temples is one of the seven holy cities of the Hindus. Only 126 temples remain in Kanchipuram now but the town still attracts visitors from around the country. Pilgrims, customers of silk, and the simply curious come to see the numerous carved temples and participate in the bustle of this busy town.
    The town is home to several important temples, and perhaps the most important among these is the Ekambareswar. Legend (and a panel in the temple) has it that the Ekambareswar Temple marks the spot where Lord Shiva forgave his wife Parvati after her penance. Her prank of covering his eyes for a second had plunged the mortal world in darkness for years. The Ekambareswar temple is best known for its gopuram (tower) that rises to 58.5 metres. The granite walls are covered with intricate sculptures of mythical figures and Shiva and Parvathi. Originally built by the Pallavas, it was later reconstructed by the Chola and Vijayanagara kings. There is a `thousand pillared hall, which is quite impressive. In the compound is an ancient mango tree, which has been grafted and now bears four varieties of fruit. Childless couples hang miniature cradles on its branches and pray for offspring.


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    from Mangalore. The temple here is dedicated to Mookambika and stands on a spur of the Kodachadri peak. The Goddess Mookambika is in the form of Jyotir-Linga incorporating both Shiva and Shakthi. The Panchaloha image (five element mixed metal) of the Goddess on Shree Chakra is stated to have been consecrated by Adi shankaracharya during his visit to this place. There is an exquisite sculpture of Panchamukha Ganesha here.

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    Mythology:
    Long ago when a demon called Kaumasura obtained a boon from Lord Shiva was reigning pompously, Kodachadri became the hiding place for all the gods and divine beings who became helpless against his harassment.

    While the Saptarishis were engaged in prayers and poojas to bring about the end of demon kaumasura, Guru Shukracharya enlightens him about his impending death at the hands of a woman. Learning this, kaumasura performs an austere penance t please Lord Shiva. When Lord pleased with his prayers, appears before him and asks him to name the boon that he wishes, Vagdevi, the Goddess of speech senses that this could lead to a greater devastation and makes him speechless. The dumb Kaumasura then becomes unable to verbalise his wishes and then onwards he is called Mookasura. Soon after, on the request of Kola Rishi, the goddess creates a mystical power by bringing together the individual powers of all the gods who had assembled. This Divine Power wages war on Mookasura and brings about his destruction, thereby granting him salvation. The place where devi killed Mookasura is known as "Marana Katte".
    Since that day, the Goddess has resided at this holy place Kollur by the name Mookambika, fulfilling the wishes of all her devotees.
    Here resides Sreedevi in the Padmasana posture, of a serene countenance, and with three eyes, bearing always a shankha, a chakra and with a pleasant appearance as the embodiment of mantra to bless the devotees.
    Significance of Swayambhulinga:
    Swayambhulinga manifested itself when Parameshwara drew the Srichakra with his toe and Kola Maharshi performed a long lasting penance in its vicinity, as a result of which power of meditation spread far and wide on the earth. Udhbhava linga is the tangible form of Sri Chakra Bindu that is said to have the proximity of all gods. It has a very high significance since Shri Mookambika Devi has merged with this Linga and fulfills the desires of devotees. A golden line has formed in the swayambhu Linga and it is wider on the left side as also taller. It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi, Parvathi and Saraswathi have all merged in the left side and the Lord Parameshwara, Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma resides in the right side of the Linga. Besides the golden line, it is also said there is an image (carving) of Shiva injured by Arjuna's blow during the clash of Kiratharjuna, on the right side of the Linga. Towards the left, we may find the image (carving) of Gopada (foot of the Holy cow) at the Shakthi Peeta.

    Adi Shankara (Vedic scholar and saint) has perceived and realized Goddess Mookambika as residing thus. Adi Shankaracharya appeared here leading Shri Saraswathi with a view to finding a place for enshrining her. He stopped at this temple, fixed Shrichakram and on it installed the idol of Mookambika which is the central idol behind the lingam. On the either side of this are idols of Kali or Parvathi and Saraswathi. The place where sage stayed and did penance and the gate by which he left are at the back of the Mulasthana and to north respectively. Votaries to the temple are allowed the privilege of sitting at the place and passing under that gate for a fee. The temple has been patronized by ancient Hindu Kings and several parts in it are still believed to contain valuable treasure. This was the state temple for the Nagara or Bednore Rajas and many of the jewels now adorning the idol are said to have been presented by them and by their overlords of Vijayanagara.
    Sanctum of Shri Mookambika:
    The installation of the idol at Mookambika temple has a history as ancient as about 1200 years. As suggested by Rani Chennammaji, the feudal lord by name Halugallu Veera Sangayya has covered the inside of the temple with stone. When we look at the temple structure, we find the sanctorum, then entrance hall and then the Lakshmi Mantapa. There are four pillars at Lakshmi Mantapa and on upper portion of each of these pillars, we find beautifully carved images of various gods. Prominently, they have sculpted the images of Ganesha, Subrahmanya, Naga, Mahishasura Mardini and the goddess in different postures as delineated in Devi Mahatma. Earlier, this made up the total temple structure and the outer prakara was not present. So Veera Sangayya also took up the prakara, as per the principles of temple architecture. We may also find beautiful images of Ganapathi atop the doors situated at the entrance to Garbhagriha, Lakshmi Mantapa and the Mukhya Dwara (main entrance). It is normal practice in any temple to depict the main deity over the entrance, and the fact that all three doors carry the carvings of Ganesha is considered to be of special significance.

    There are many inscriptions at Kodachadri that relate the tale of time. The Prakaras, which underwent renovation from time to time, hold a mirror to the changing mores in architecture during bygone cultures. Specifically the Vaasthu of Garbhagriha structure is very ancient and extraordinary.
    The Garbhagriha is single yoni flag size (Eka yoni pramana dwaja aya). Pre entrance has a three flag proportion and is about 3 feet wide and 12 feet long. Lakshmi Mantapa measures 134'. 11". Then comes the prakara. Beyond that, is Navaranga Mantapa. Outside the temple is a large and beautiful Deepa Sthambha ( a pillar to hold lamps). This has 21 concentric circles in which the lamps can be lighted, and when viewed from Kodachadri, one would feel as though we were looking at the Divine Makara Jyothi at Lord Manikanta's Shabarimale. This beautiful Deepa Sthambha rests on a Koorma Peeta (seat with tortoise head); on this tortoise is a huge elephant upon which Lord Ganapathi is astride, looking westward and facing Goddess Mookambika Devi. During Navarathri, and during the Rathotsava on Phalghuni Masa Krishna Paksha Ashtami day (the day after Holi), the age-old practice of starting the pooja by praying to Lord Ganesha present on the pillar is kept up even today. In the inner corridor, just beyond the Garbhagriha, as we move around the shrine in a pradakshina, we will find totally four different idols of Ganapathi being worshipped, beginning with the Dashabhuja Ganapathi.
    Of these, the Balamuri Ganapathi idol that is made of white marble is beautiful and high of significance. Then we have the image of serpent which has formed on the stone in the south-west corner. It is believed that, as we move in pradakshina, if we touch this serpent and offer our prayers, it results in several benefits, like warding of Sarpadosha, averting all doshas, and most importantly, acquiring good fortune.
    Then we see the Shankara Peeta, where Adi Shankara Bhagavathpada meditated, and by virtue of his ascetic powers, visualized the form of Devi in all totality and realized the Devi herself. As we move in a pradakshina at the outer enclosure, we first find Subrahmanya swamy, then Saraswathi and then Pranalingeshwara, Partheshwara, the deity of Mukhya Prana (with a bell on the tail) installed by Vadiraja, Vishnu Brindavana, a beautiful idol of Gopalakrishna within the Brindaana (Considered as upa-pradhana Devatha), the platform for Tulasi and then the temple of Veerabhadraswamy who is the presiding deity. Entrance to this shrine being made of wood, we may see an excellent image, of Nrutya Ganapathi, right at the centre of the arch. It is said that the deity of Mukhya Prana has been situated right opposite the Veerabhadraswamy shrine with a view to balance its frightful appearance.
    Pooja practices:
    Here pooja practices are based on two disciplines- one as per vathula, which is one of the 28 vedas of Shaivagama, and which includes the rituals of Bali (sacrifice); secondly, as per Vijaya yagama Shastra. The five different poojas performed at the temple everyday are during Dantadavana (brushing the teeth), morning, afternoon, evening (pradhosha) and night. Pradosha Pooja is also called as "Salam Mangalarathi". It is said that Tippu Sultan, the ruler of Srirangapatna, once arrived here during pradosha pooja, witnessed the Mangalarathi, and became so impressed with the Devi, that he offered a Salaam in Muslim tradition to the Goddess, hence the name came into use. Complementary to this account is the practice observed every year, when the Muslim brethren visit the temple on a specific day for the darshana of the Goddess. This special feature has been in vogue for many years now. Of the various festivals and other celebrations held at the temple, "Sharannavarathri" which is held usually during October, and "Brahma Rathotsava" held usually in the month of March are both very prominently observed. There are several instances of childless couples, the dumb, the blind and many such other people making a vow to the Goddess and realizing their desires.

    Ornamental jewels of Sri Devi Mookambika:
    There is vast collection of jewels at the temple received as gifts of acknowledgement from the community of devotees who have realized their dreams and desires with the blessings of the Goddess. Of the various jewels of the Devi, the one in emerald is very valuable. Emerald represents knowledge. This temple has two processional deities of gold. One is offered by Rani Chennamma as a substitute for the missing of original one. But subsequently the missing one found and thus there are two processional idols. Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Sri. M.G.R. gifted a god sword, which weighs one kg. And are 2 feet long. The former Chief Minister of Karnataka - Sri Gundu Rao, has gifted a similar type sword made of silver. The facial mask of Goddess Mookambika is completely of gold and gifted by Vijaya Nagara Empire. The gold face mask of Jyothirlinga gifted by Chennammaji of Keladi is another unique ornament.
    Sowparnika River:
    The two rivers Agnithirtha & Sowparnika which flow in the sanctuary of mookambika descend from Kodachadri hills. The wee spring of cool water situated in between the temples of Kalabhairava and Umamaheshwara is the source of river Sowparnika. Legend says that Suparna (Garuda) did a penance on the banks of this river praying to the Goddess for the abatement of his mother Vinutha's sorrows. When the Goddess appeared before him, he prayed that the river be henceforth known after him, Suparna, and therefore came to be called as Sowparnika. At the location where he is said to have sat in penance, there is a small cave even today which is known as "Garuda's Cave".

    This holy river takes birth at the Kodachadri and flows up to the edge of Anthargami (now oluru) region where two more streams called Bhrungisha and Pippalada join it. Then it flows westward, surrounding Kollur in the name of "Sampara", and proceeds to join the sea near the temple of "Maharajaswamy" (Varahaswamy) at Maravanthe. It is believed that river absorbs the elements of 64 different medicinal plants and roots as it flows, therefore it cures all the diseases of those who bathe in it. Hence a bath in this river assumes significance and is considered sacred.
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    <TABLE cellSpacing=5 cellPadding=5 width="100%" border=0><TD width="100%"><TABLE cellSpacing=4 cellPadding=4 width="100%" border=0><TD width="100%">Established on : 4th April 1968 by Shri Ganapati Prabhu with the blessings of Shrimat Sudhindra Tirtha Swamiji, Kashi Math Samsthan. Presiding Deity : Shri Nagaraj. Other Deities : Shri Laxmi Narasimha Swamy, Shri Satyanarayana Swamy, Shri Maha Ganapati, Shri Vithoba Rukmai, and Shri Annappa Punjurli Devi.
    Important Festivals : Nagara Panchami (Shravan Masa), Ashlesha Sarpa Bali (Chaitra Masa Panchami Day), Bhadrapada Shri Ganesh Chaturthi, Navaratri Chandika Havana, Karthika Masa 108 Ganahoma and Sankranti Pooja.
    Darshan Seva : By Naga Patri Shri Ganapati is held on every Sunday, Tuesday, Friday and on all the days of the festivals. Timings: 12:30 noon to 02:30 pm. at Shri Nagaraj Gudi. With their intention (Icha Kanike) devotees can avail the darshan seva by post.
    ( Darshan Seva : Other Centres)

    GSB Families : 3 Families, Population : 15.
    Welfare Activities : "Mooldhanam" from Darshana with Prasadam, Nitya Annadanam, Help for Upanayanam and marriages is rendered.
    Journey Details : By Road - Bus service from Kasaragod, By Rail - Kasaragod Railway Station.
    Nearby Interesting Places : Bekal Fort and Beach Resort (one of the biggest tourism centre in Asia) - 24 kms, Anjaneya temple - 24 Kms, Shri Madananteshwer Temple, Manjeshwar and Shri Sidhi Vinayaka Temple, Madhur - 14 kms., and Shri Durga Parmeshwari Temple, Malla - 2 kms.
    Principal Office Bearers : Shri Ganapati Prabhu and Family,
    Manager : Ramachandra Pai.
    Other Contact Persons :
    Shri Dinesh Bhat - Kumbla & Shri Vishnu Bhat - Kumbla.

    History : Bovikan is a small village, 16 kms from Kasaragod (on Kasaragod - Mysore Road) which has only three G.S.B. families. It is a rare temple where the presiding deity is Lord Shri Nagaraj, the serpent god. Naga Darshan Seva (Oracle) was started with the blessings of H. H. Shrimad Sudhindra Tirth Swamiji in 1970, when Shri Swamiji renamed this place as "SHRI NAGARAJ NAGAR". During the 5 days Deva Prasana held in the temple in 1972, it was revealed that about 800 years ago this was a place of worship but was destroyed by non-believers. The temple has a "Nagaban Udbhava Stana" of Lord Nagaraj. It has devotees of other communities also who participate in all activities. This temple is also Sarpa Dosha Nivarana, and Santati Pradanam place which means if one has the curse from serpents he will be released of the curse. Then for childless couples, it brings forth children too. This is what the devotees have actually experienced.

    SHRI NAGARAJ TEMPLE, BOVIKAN (Shri Nagaraj Nagar),
    Bovikan, P.O. Muliyar, Kasaragod District, Kerala - 671542. Grams. : Shri Nagaraj.




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