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Aalayam Kanden (Temples I noticed): Dharapuram Dasa Anjaneya Darisanam

 Vyasaraja Theertha Supply: Annie Gracy, CC BY-SA 4.0 

Vyasaraja Theertha  was the Rajaguru of the Vijayanagara Kingdom. He was referred to as Vyasaraya initially and after he took over the dominion from King Krishnadevaraya through the time when he was affected by Kuha Yoga, he got here to be referred to as Vyasaraja Theertha. He’s believed to be the reincarnation of Prahalada and the earlier avatara of Guru Sri Raghavendra Swamy.

Because the Rajaguru and as a Dvaita thinker, he travelled throughout the nation extensively. Throughout these travels, he’s mentioned to have created and put in 732 Hanumans elsewhere. Most of those hanumans are concentrated in South India, the place the Vijayanagara rule was in place. With Penukonda having the very best variety of Hanumans, the others are unfold round in clusters.

It has been my very long time need to go to the Vyasaraja Hanumans and doc them. The Hanumans differ in measurement and type, however most have the frequent options of a raised proper arm, with the left hand holding the uncommon Sowgandhika flower, the ft are turned sideways, the tail is raised above the top with a number of bells swinging from it. 

The Kongu area was underneath the Vijayanagara rule within the early sixteenth century when Dharapuram which had earlier been referred to as Paranthakapuram and Rajarajapuram through the rule of the Cholas, was the capital. Vyasaraja Theertha had travelled to and stayed on this area throughout which era he has put in a number of Hanuman round right here.

Out of those ten have come to be recognized by students and the primary time I noticed the map was in  Shri. Amman Sathiyanathan’s Raghavendra Mahimai.After planning for years, lastly obtained to go to Dharapuram final week. Previous to my journey, I attempted to get assist to establish the precise places of the Hanumans depicted roughly on the map. Nevertheless, I used to be not very profitable. So I made a decision to go away to Guru Raghavendra Swamy to information us and what a visit it was!

1. Sri Kadu Hanumantharaya Swamy Temple

If you’re planning to do that journey, then the Kadu Hanumantharaya Swamy temple could be the central level from the place the opposite Hanumans join. It is usually the most important and hottest among the many ten Hanuman temples. 

Sri Kadu Hanumantharaya Swamy Temple, Dharapuram

Earlier, most a part of at the moment’s Dharapuram was enclosed inside a fort. There was dense vegetation across the fort and this idol was discovered within the open right here and due to this fact got here to be referred to as Kadu Hanumantharaya Swamy. It is just in 1810 that the British Collector of Coimbatore District, Deelan, who had been affected by a dysfunction referred to as “Rajapilavai” (an enormous Carbuncle) worshipped Sri Kadu Hanumanatharaya Swamy and was cured of the identical. As a token of gratitude, he constructed a shrine for the deity. When an try was made to cowl the ceiling, the Lord appeared within the dream of his devotee, asking for the ceiling to be stored open. To today, the ceiling has a gap above the deity who’s 7.25 ft tall and three ft vast, making the solar rays and rain fall on the deity.

Sri Kadu Hanumantharaya Swamy with the opening within the ceiling

The idol falls into the usual description of a Vyasaraja Hanuman, with minor variations. The raised proper hand has the thumb folded into it within the type of a Abhaya Hastha. The tail has three bells as an alternative of 1. The Sowgandhika flower is held within the left hand and the ft turned sideways.The face of the Hanuman is formed to resemble Hayagriva. He carries a sword in addition to a dagger. His waist band holds the Yali face which is the mudrika of Sri Vyasaraja Theertha.

Utsava Idols made by Sri Vijayendra Theertha

The Utsava Idols of Rama, Sita and Hanuman (no Lakshmana) are these made by hand by Sri Vijayendra Theertha, the successor of Vyasaraja Theertha and the Paramaguru of Sri Raghavendra Swamy. Sri Vijayendra was a exponent of all 64 crafts and was expert in making panchaloka idols. He’s the one individual to have been the witness to 2 avatars of Prahalada – particularly Sri Vyasaraja and Sri Raghavendra.

Picket pillars within the Artha Mandapa

The Artha Mandapa has eight beautiful picket pillars depicting the Dasavathara. There are cradles hanging on this mandapa bearing testimony to answered prayers of childbirth. To the suitable of the principle sanctum, are two shrines, one which of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha and the opposite, the Mrithika Brindhavana of Sri Jaya Theertha, additionally referred to as as Teekacharya for writing commentaries of the works of Sri Madhva. Jaya Theertha was a disciple of Sri Akshobya Theertha, who was a direct disciple and successor of Sri Madhvacharya. 

Apparently, this temple has the Ishta Devathas of the three avataras of Prahalada – Sri Lakshmi Narasimha, the ishta devata of Prahalada who was discovered within the confluence of Bhavani and Kaveri rivers, Venugopala Krishna, the Ishta Devata of Sri Vyasaraja Theertha and Sri Rama, the Ishta Devata of Guru Raghavendra Swamy. As well as, there are idols of Sri Prahalada within the Mrithika Brindavana of Sri Raghavendra and Sri Madhva within the Mrithika Brindavana of Jaya Theertha.

Sri Jaya Theertharu Brindavana

There are 4 Brindavanas of Jaya Theertha with the unique one at Malkheda and three Mrithika Brindavanas on this area in Salem, Palladam, Dharapuram and Kovaipudur in Coimbatore. A field in entrance of the Jaya Theertha Brindavana accommodates 136 Shalagramas.

The Mrithika Brindavana of Guru Raghavendra Swamy put in by Dwadasi Kattalai Subbarayar has 113 Shalagramas and faces the Rama Shrine which solely has Rama with Seetha, and Lakshmana and Hanuman lacking.

Sri Raghavendra Mrithika Brindavana

Shalagramas are an essential facet of worship for the Madhwas. Shri Guruprasad, the Chairman of the Kadu Hanumantharaya Swamy Temple has joined us by now and explains the heirarchy of worship within the temple that are based mostly on the rules supplied by Madhvacharya’s Tantra Sara Sankraha subsequently simplified by Sri Jaya Theertha for worship of Salagramas. The primary prayers are supplied to the Shalagramas, adopted by worship for Sri Narasimha, Sri Rama, Sri Krishna, Sri Hanuman, Sri Jaya  Theertha and Sri Raghavendra Theertha in that order. He says the principles of worship are strictly adopted with poojas taking place solely as soon as a day.

Sri Venugopalaswamy with Hanuman

The Venugopala Swamy idol discovered on this temple is exclusive and has Hanuman at its ft. Now when did Hanuman who was a part of Rama Avatara come along with Krishna? Sri Guruprasad narrates an fascinating story from the Mahabharata. Hanuman was invited to assist Krishna and Arjuna. Nevertheless, since he solely reported to 1 Grasp – Sri Rama, he agreed to be on the flag of Arjuna’s chariot. After the struggle was over, Krishna requested Arjuna to alight from his chariot. As soon as he did, Krishna too obtained off from the chariot. Hanuman who had been on the flag flew away and your entire chariot went up in flames. It was Hanuman who had truly held the facility of all of the weapons and arrows that had been directed at Arjuna’s chariot.

Necessary level to notice relating to choices to Sri Kadu Hanumantharaya Swamy

Shri Guruprasad talked about a key level with regard to choices at this temple. The Madhwa philosophies and pointers are strictly adopted right here with regard to poojas, worship and choices. Due to this fact, Thulasi garlands that are a traditional providing in Hanuman temples aren’t accepted right here. Thulasi is seen as a type of Goddess Mahalakshmi and therefore thought of to be adorned solely to Lord Vishnu. The Hanuman can solely have it positioned on his head as an emblem of respect for Goddess Lakshmi and can’t adorn himself of it. Equally, different choices like Vadaimaalai, Betel leaf or Lemon garlands are additionally not accepted right here.

The Brahmotsavam of the temple is widely known on Vyasa Poornima day and on Narasimha Jayanthi, the Utsavar idols of Lord Rama are taken out in procession. Strict restrictions are presently in place to maintain the devotees and archakas protected after the pandemic.


1. Sri Amman Sathiyanathan, Writer, Sri Raghavendra Mahimai, Half 6 for the map to go to the ten Vyasaraja Hanumans in Dharapuram

2. Shri Guruprasad, Chairman, Sri Kadu Hanumantharaya Swamy Temple, for his time and endurance in sharing beneficial info and likewise accompanying us the Uttara Veeraraghava Swamy Temple.

3. Sri Mohan of Dharapuram, who got here ahead to assist us with finding the Hanumans alongside Amaravathi river and within the fields.

From right here, we are going to transfer to the opposite places searching for the remaining 9 Hanumans within the upcoming posts.

How one can attain right here:

The Kadu Hanumantharaya Swamy is centrally situated and may be simply recognized. The GPS coordinates for all ten Hanumans is supplied on this map right here.

Temple Timings put up Corona: 

Morning: 8.30 am to 12 pm

Night: 5.00 pm to 7.30 pm

Contact: 04258 220749

The second a part of this collection of articles that includes the 2 Vyasaraja Hanumans in and across the Uttara Veeraraghava Perumal temple in Dharapuram may be accessed right here and the third half comprising of the remainder of the Hanumans in Dharapuram may be accessed right here



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