Trishunda Ganapati

Not a long time ago I briefly blogged about the Trishunda Ganapati - a Ganapati who has 3 shunda or trunks. [ click on the link and you can read abt the temple history]  It is the only known temple in the world where Ganesha has said to be having 3 trunks but this is one of the least curious feature of the temple.  When one goes through the carvings and walk through the designs of the temple and try to understand the structure and the features and if one has to conclude and sum of the experience in a sentence it would be –  Are these carvings real or fake?

The entire construction is in black stone. The plan is a square, with a dome (gopuram) shaped roof. The architecture is a blend of north and south and is represented by some very intricate carvings and figurine

Sitting on the mayura – peacock instead of a mushaka is also a normal feature of Ganesha, he has many vahanas and mayura is one of them.

 

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Look at this unique sculpture of the rhinoceros (??) well not really, have a closer look and you will realise it isn’t the regular rhino.  It is apparent that the sculptor had no intentions of carving a rhinoceros – well apparently he knows how a bull elephant looks and garuda looks so when it comes to this particular rhino { well not sure what to call it} rhinoceros had the body of a bull, feet of elephants the head starts of as that of an elephant and ends up with the beak of a garuda and a horn is later stuck into the beak … ofcourse it cant be an imagination so this left foot chained unknown animal is a mystery

Vinayaki Stotra

Written by Ekaakshara

 

vinayaki stotra

Please note : This is a self composed stotra, it is not a translation from any scriptures.   Thank you.

 

Sarva Ganesharpanamastu _/\_

Kollur Balamuri Ganapati.

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Kollur is a significant pilgrim, and also one of the Saptamukti Kshetra created by Parushurama.  It is located near Kundapura, about 140 km from Mangalore- Karnataka.  Just outside the Mookambika temple , towards the west fo the temple is a small shrine to Balamuri Ganapati.  As the name suggests, Balamuri or right side trunk or Siddhi vinayak is made of marble.

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Image courtesy: Shrinath Udupa

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Shri UchishtaGanapathy – Tirunelveli, Tamilnadu

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Shri UchishtaGanapathy 

atha uCiShTagaNapatidhyAnaM || mudgalapurANE ||
nIlAbjadADimIvINA |
shAlIguMjAkShasUtrakaM |
dadhaduCCiShTanAmAyaM |
gaNEshaH pAtu mEcakaH |
graMthAMtare |
nArIyOnirasAsvada |
lOlupaM kAmamOhitamiti ||8|| nIlavarNaH

He has six arms. He is blue in colour. His hands show the rosary, the pomegranate, the paddy ear (shalyagra), the nocturnal lotus, the lute (vîna); his sixth hand sometimes bears a guñja berry, embraces the goddess. The Ucchista Ganapati trunk is placed on the goddess’s thigh

166994d1347971962-a-unique-temple-lord-ganesha-uchishta-ganesh-statueThere is this wonderful temple to uCiShTa gaNapati located in Tirunelveli, Tamilnadu.  Of course the temple dates back to a 1000 yr old one.  The main deity of the temple being uCiShTagaNapati  and this is among one of the largest temples of gaNapati in Tamilnadu.    Unfortunately the temple is in a very bad shape and needs renovation and good management.  Architecture wise, there is a five level rajagopura and an impressive prahara.  The length and height of the compound wall (which is almost broken and might need extensive renovation) is matching the architecture of any large temple from South India.  There is a long open space after the tower to enter the temple. There are no idols in the Mahamantapa.  

if you plan on visiting , here is the route – while travelling via Madurai have to turn at Tirunelveli bypass road and proceed 1 km further towards Mahalingapuram turning. There is a sign board guiding to the temple. The temple is on the banks of River Tambiravaruni

Dhwajapura Mulle Maha Ganapathi & Kotilingeshwara

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The entrance of the temple, Kerala style of architecture

Koteshwar or dhwajapura is located 2 Kms. north of Kumbhasi has an important temple dedicated to Lord Shiva known as Kotilingeswar and is one  one of seven muktistala’s of Karnataka.  The temple is built in typical Kerala type temple architecture.  This temple is said to have seven ‘prakara’(circular path around the central deity). To read more about the architecture of the temple and other details please visit my blog – Koteshwara . Here I have added only about Ganesha Shrine in the temple.  Pandavas said to have built this temple.

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Mulle Ganapati

 This chaturbhuja Ganapati, has Japasara, danta in 2 of this arms [top one] and modala [lower arms]

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Ranga puja

 Rangapooja is a very auspicious seva done in this temple.

The main shrine has a big idol of Shiv linga and next to the shiva shrine in this prakara in south corner  is another Ganesha, known as ‘moole ganapathi’ and can be seen from outside through a window. The main deity is still inside and only priests can enter here.  The large number of devotees that visit this Ganesha speak of the power of this Kshetra.

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Images : Shri Srinath Udupa.

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Basrur Gajarudha Ganapati Mahalingeshwara Devasthana

2013-03-13Basrur [Vasupura] also historically known as Barcelor, Barcalor, Basnur, Bares, Abu-Sarur and Barsellor is situated on the bank of the river Varahi near Kundapura. Considered to be the center of all cultural activities during 12- 18th century, this place is a combination of seven regions. Mudukeri, one among them has a sacred pond and Adinatheshwara temple. Next to it is Kashi mutt of Gowda Saraswat Brahmin community. The Ramachandra temple opposite to it, has two beautiful ponds namely Bhuvanendra thirtha and Keshavendra thirtha. Rahutageri has a beautiful devi temple.  The specialty of the place is that all the statues are made of wood.

The Mahalingeshwara temple of the region belongs to 11th-12th century and the temple has statues of Durga, Ganapati, Thandaveshwara, Narayana, Mahishamardini and Veerabhadra.   The information given by the innumerable inscriptions found here are complementary to the fact that Mahalingeshwara temple had worked as the power controller of the social and economic activities of Basrur, standing within its religious framework. Here is an account of the conditions of the temple both in the ancient and the modern times.

Architecture of this temple.

2013-03-13(2)This ancient temple structure has two spacious walls around it. The different parts of this temple are Mahadwara mantapa [grand entrance] .  There was a dwajasthamba, main garbhagriha and prakara [the walls]. The inner prakara, consists of Nandimantap and a shrine for  Ganesha.  [I have covered only about Ganesha aspects here, for a detailed study on the  architecture please visit my blog, Journey of the Soul]

 If  you get across the Mahadwara and go towards the inner prakara, you will find a giant bronze deepastamba, beautifully cast facing the garbhagriha.  Elephant faces are sculpted on the bronze lamp post. On the shoulder of the elephant facing the sanctum, there is Ganesha.  A concrete mantap has been built for the purpose of  worshiping this Ganesha whose vahana is a gaja [elephant].  The noted thing about this temple is that though the main deity is Shiva, Ganesha is placed higher than Shiva.

Notes

Dwajasthamba :  A medium for the heavens to connect to the earth, in other words a spiritual connector between earth and heavens.  Sanksrit meaning for flag is dwaja – or whatever is raised. In spiritual meaning it signify whatever raises a man to the higher level of understanding and activity is dwaja.  Dwajasthamba refers to the pride and prosperity of the temple

Etat Sarvam Ganesharpanamastu