Sunday, 15 July 2012
This temple has sannidhis for Sri Ugra Narasimha, Sri Sowmya Nayaki, Sri Narasimha Nayaki, Sri Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman, Sri Yashoda Krishna and Sri Srinivasan, and alwars. Mother Yashoda is seen breast feeding Lord Sri Krishna in the sanctum. Lord Brahma is seen held from Lord Sri Krishna's nabhi. In the final days of Mahabharatha Arjuna requested Lord Sri Krishna to give him a darshan of Lord Sri Narasimha. Lord Sri Krishna mentioned that this would not be possible as the Narasimha was a Ugra (angry) avatar. He requested Lord Brahma to craft a stone replica of Ugra Narasimha. This was installed in Maddur temple. In earlier days Maddur was called "Arjunapuri" as Arjuna worshipped in this temple. Later, Kadamba rishi worshipped here using the waters from a nearby river stream. The place was called "Kadambha nadhi kshetram" because of this. This place later became Maddur owing to kings using the place for making bombs for warfare. Maddu meaning gunpowder in Kannada.
Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Earlier the name of Satara city was Saptarishi. Sangli was the previous Southern Satara. The place where Rishi Vashishtha came down to live is the current Vasota fort. The residence of Brug rishi is the current village Bhuinj. The residence of Parashar rishi is the Panhala fort. Earlier it was called Parashar Gad. The residence of Dhaumya Rishi is the current Dhom. Dhomya rishi had narrated Ramayana to the Pandavas here.The Virat Nagari of Mahabharata is nothing but Vai. The place where Balaram and Krishna were given guidance by Parashuram is Mahuli. The avatar of Narasimha although happened originally in Multan, Lord Narasimha had come to the Krishna river to soothe his anger. Krishna river itself was “Vishnurupi” and therefore He found peace there.
The current Narsinghpur is the Jwala thirtha of Krisha river. It was here that Parashar the father of Ved Vyas did penance. The Idol that emerged out of his mediation had fire flames emitting from its mouth and therefore it was immersed in the Krishna River. After some years, King Bhim, encouraged by an enlightening dream fallen to a Brahmin, took the Idol out and placed it for worship. Earlier this place was the ashram of Parashar rishi. Subsequently Siddheshwar Maharaj came to this place. There existed a Math of Parashar Rishi at Buvachi Saundati which after years got destroyed. The Goddess at Saundhati is Sugandha Devi who is no one but Satyavati mother of Vyas Rishi. Parashar was known also as Buva. The union of Parashar and Satyavati happened in fog filled Patra of the Krishna river. There exists a temple now.” Manj” means Fog .The village Manjiri got its name as was called by Satyavati. Out of the ancient folk , religious stories emerge the geographical truth.
Plans are to create a Math in the name of Parashar rishi In this pious and holy place called Narasinghpur and also to renovate it.