You might have heard about the famous Karamadai Ranganathar Temple. Some of you might have visited this temple also. I just want to tell an interesting fact about this temple.
At the time of British rule in India, a british engineer insisted to construct a railway line very near the temple. The local people disagreed as it will be difficult for them for the visitors. Moreover, at the time of festivals, thiru ula of the deity will be affected. The engineer did not accept the words of the public and proceeded with the work of laying railway line.The sincere devotees prayed to the God to stop the endeavour. God answered to the prayers.
On one day, Lord ranganatha swamy appeared in the dream of the engineer in a white horse and he got beats from the lord. The engineer got instructions from the lord to change the direction of the railway line. Next day he came to the temple and explained everything to them. He cancelled the proposal of constructing railway line near the temple. He also made a white horse in wood and donated to the temple.
Lord ranganathaswamy utsava murthy deity takes procession through the nearby streets in this wooden white horse only even now. Please visit the temple and see the white horse.
We will get bored if we do our daily works in the same pattern. The festivals coming in between keep us lively and help us to forget our boredom. When we think about kerala festivals, the thrissur pooram festival tops the list.Thrissur pooram is known as pooram of all poorams. Many people from all states and other countries visit Thrissur to enjoy the festival.
The landmark of thrissur is vadakumnathar Shiva temple. It is believed that all the Gods and Godesses in and around this temple visit vadakumnathar temple on the day when puram star comes in the malayam month of medam(April).
An exhibition is conducted in a grand manner associated with pooram festival.The pooram processions from all the nearby temples merge in vadakamnathar shiva temple.The ceremonial flag hoisting is done seven days before the main festival and all the nearby temples are also participating in the event. The southern gopuram entrance will be opened during pooram festival. More than 200 artists participate in the panchavadhya mela carnival consisting of instruments thimila, trumpet, madhalam, cymbal and edakka.
More than 50 elephants will be decorated very grandly with nethipattam, ornaments and colourful umbrellas. Decorative bells, venchamaram and alavattam enhances the beauty of elephants.The main attraction of celebration is exchange of colourful umbrellas. The groups enter the temple through western gate and exit through southern gate of vadakamnatha temple after having the darshan of shiva. Variety of innovative fireworks will be displayed which will be a real feast to our eyes and ears. The procession of elephants and the panchavadhyam are the main attractions. Thousands of people gather and watch the celebration.
All the hindus might have gone to Tirupati atleast once to have the darshan of Lord Venkatachalapathi. Those who have not visited already will like to visit in future.
The pilgrimage city tirupati is localted in chittoor district of Andra Pradesh. We cannot visit the temple as and when we like and have the darshan. Lakhs and lakhs of people are visiting the temple daily. We have to book in advance the darshan tickets and wait in queue for at least some hours to see him. Just to have darshan for few seconds, people are travelling hours together. Nobody minds in spending time or money to have his darshan.
It is believed that Lord Venkateshwara, popularly known as Lord Balaji will permit anybody to see him only if he wishes. Otherwise, the person won’t get his darshan, even after reaching Tirupati. Many sevas and utsavs are held regularly and the devotees are taking part in everything very enthusiastically. Lakhs and lakhs of money is deposited in the Hundi. Gold and silver coins and jewelleries are also offered to God by devotees. Lord Srinivasa fulfil the wishes of everybody.
Tirupati is known as temple of seven hills. The seven sacred hills are Seshadri, Vedadri, Garudadri, Anjadri, vrishabadri, Narayanandri and Venkatadri. Lord Venkatachalapathy gives his darshan sitting in the hill Venkatadri. We have to travel through 7 hills to see him. Those who have got specific wishes, will pray and visit the temple.The Lord Srinivasa hears the prayer of all devotees. Please make a visit to Tirupati.