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About Chandralamba Temple

Mythology describes an exciting tale approximately the Chandrala Parmeshwari Temple. It is stated that Chandrala turned into incarnation of Goddess Laxmi and she or he came up to the banks of Bheema to keep her devotee Chandravadni from the captivity of evil king Setu Raya by sending her ‘paduka’ (shoes) to a place referred to as Hongunti. Five bumble bees emerged from her paduka and killed Setu by means of making him drown within the river Bheema. 

Many Brahmin and Hindu families don’t forget Sannati Chanderala Parmeshwari and Hongunti Hingulambika as their own family deities and worship them completely heartedly. As you input the gateway you may discover yourself below a ‘gopura’ (South-Indian term for pyramidal tower over front gate) and this aisle leads you to the shrine, a few historical pillars and a courtyard. The Archaeological Survey of India has found many artefacts at this web page in the course of excavations. 

The most important discovery was that many Buddhist sculptures of limestone were determined. These were the mean ruins of  Buddhist Stupas the larger of which become the break of ‘Maha Stupa’. Also, an unintended discovery discovered slabs having ‘Prakrit’ and ‘Brahmi Script’ inscriptions from the time of emperor Ashoka! So we see that this temple isn’t only a pilgrim place but also is a historical excavation website online.

History

The Goddess Sri Lakshmi Chandrala Parameshwari, popularly known as Sri Chandralamba, symbolizes the Union of three cosmic forces or gunas specifically, Satvika, Rajasa and Tamasa or the three capabilities of the perfect being namely Creation, Sustenance and Destruction (Srishti, Sthiti, Laya) personified into Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara and their lady aspects into Sarasvati, Lakshmi and Durga. The Skanda Purana gives a photograph description of the Goddess Chandralamba in its Chandralamba Mahatmya. A short account of Devi Worship is given beneath.

In the Saguna shape of worship which is prescribed by means of historic texts for not unusual human beings, the God is worshipped as Vishnu or Siva with several attributes. The woman principle of the God namely, Sakti or Devi conceived to be the personification of widely wide-spread electricity in summary is worshipped below special names. She resides in microcosm as well as macrocosm. According to Markandeya Purana, the unmanifest (Gupta rupi) Devi takes the shape of Lakshmi, Sarasvati representing the Rajasa, Satvika and Tamasa attributes or Guna of Prakriti (Matter), at the same time as the Supreme being Vishnu (Shiva) is the Purusha.

The idol of Goddess Chandrala called Sri Lakshmi Chandala Parameswari at Sannati (in Gulbarga District) is basically Lakshmi conserving Sankha and Chakra.

The uniqueness of the temple at Bangalore is that its Garbhagriha and Antarala are built in early Chalukyan style (of seventh Century AD). The stunning temple of Sri Lakshmi Chandralamba at Bangalore became planned and completed with the aid of the widely recognized and across the world acclaimed Archaeologist, Dr. S.R. Rao after his retirement from the Archaeological Survey of India and his wife Smt. Kamalabai who had vision of the Devi. Dr. S.R. Rao is the President of the Chandralamba Seva Samithi and who has to his credit:

Discovery and excavation of Lothal, a Harappan Port Town

Repair of nearly one hundred temple and locations of worship which includes the famous Aihole, Pattadakal and Badami

Discovery of the submerged city of Dwarka

Decipherment of the Indus script.

The stunning photo of Goddess Chandralamba was sculpted through the well-known sculptor Sri Parameswara Acharya, Chairman of Karnataka Shilpakala Academy, Bangalore. The stone idol produced in step with Silpasastra was established by means of the damned Saint Sri Sri Viswesa Tirtha Swamiji, Pontiff of Sri Pejawar Mutt, on thirtieth June 1999.

In 2008, it became viable to feature a stunning trikala (3 storeyed) Shikhara of particular Rekhanagara (curvilinear) type in white granite strictly following the plan and share of Vastu Sastra. The wooden carvings of dwarapalakas, (Jaya & Vijaya) are on the Teakwood door. Ganga and Yamuna (sacred river Goddesses symbolizing bodily and religious sanctity) are on either aspect of the Garba Griha (Sanctum Sanctorum) and a comfort panel of Goddess Lakshmi rising from Samudramanthana (churning of the ocean of milk) undertaken via Gods and Asuras are other points of interest.

In an different panel within the Mukhya Mandapa, the Sapta Matrikas, meaning seven mothers ofMankind or the mom of seven worlds viz., Brahmi, Maheshwari, Kaumari, Vaishnavi, Varahi, Indrani and Chamunda are also depicted. The two walls of the Mandapa, the story of Lakshmi Chandrala, is carved out in crimson sandstone.

The inauguration of Maha Mandapa and Kumbha Abhisheka of the Gopuram of the temple became finished by using His Holiness Sri Sri 1008 Sri Satyatma Tirtha Swamiji, the Pontiff of Sri Uttaradi Mutt on twenty third March 2008.

Recently, on 22-4-2011, the Pontiff of Sripadaraja Mutt of Mulabagal performed Arti to the Devi and the devotees had occasion to do the Padapooja of the Swamiji.

Besides day by day worship and unique puja and alankara on Fridays, the following gala’s are celebrated: Dasara (ten days), Varamahalakshmi Puja, Kuladharma (magha Su Purnima), Chaitra Su Panchami (Rathotsava) or Pallakki Utsava, Annual set up pageant (jyeshta bahula Dwitiya).

Just as in Ancient India, the temples had been centres of gaining knowledge of and cultural sports; Sri Lakshmi Chandralamba Temple has attracted for the duration of the Navratri characteristic well known singers of Karnataka to perform at some stage in those functions, viz.,

Sangeetha Vidhyanidhi Dri. Vidhyabhooshana, Bangalore

Vidwan Sri Ananth Kulkarni, Bagalkot

Vidwan Sri. Raichu Seshagiri Dasaru

Sri Chandralamba Seva Samithi is a registered Charitable Trust and a non-income making body.

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