376. Aprameya and Navaneetha Krishna


While reciting Vishnu Sahasranamam, we say, “Aprameyo Hrishikeshah Padmanabho maraprabhuh”. Aprameya is one of the names of Lord Vishnu. Chola king Rajendra Simha built a temple in Doddamallur. It is located in Channapatna taluk, Karnataka. It is about 60 KM from Bangalore on the Bangalore-Mysore highway.

The idol of main deity Lord Aprameya is made out of saligrama found in river Gandaki.  The idol is in abhayahastha posture with 4 hands. The two upper arms are holding Shanku and Chakra. The lower arms are holding Gadha and Padma. Sridevi and Bhoodevi idols are also kept.  It is believed that Sri Rama had stayed here for many years and worshipped the Lord here and hence Sri Aprameya swamy is also called Sri Ramapreya swamy.

But the biggest attraction here is the sanctum dedicated to baby Krishna, known here as Navaneetha Krishna – a mesmerising idol of baby Krishna in a crawling posture, with his long locks braided neatly in a pigtail flowing over his body, and carrying a grab of butter in one hand. Those who are longing for baby, when pray to this Navaneetha Krishna, he fulfills the wishes immediately. They come again with the baby and pray their offerings to the God.  Small cradles tied are seen on the ceiling  in this sannidhanam.

The Vaishnava advaitha saint Sri Ramanujacharya worshipped the Lord Aprameya during his visit in Karnataka. The famous music composer Sri Purandaradasa was inspired by seeing the idol of Ambegal Krishna and wrote the song “Jagadho dharana” and sang this song. The Purandaradasa mandapa is also there.

This place is worth a visit for both the divinity of the place and the architectural beauty of the temple.

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