Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Thalassery
|Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Temple|
- 1 History
- 2 Garbha Griha
- 3 Deities
- 4 Main festivals
- 5 Worship
- 6 How to Reach
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
A small group of GSBs migrated from Goa settled in Tellichery in the latter half of 17th century and early part of 18th century. They built a small shrine dedicated to Lord Kodanda Rama, in the Tellichery town.
A Rich GSB Merchant named Devdas Bhandari submitted the Idol of Lord Lakshmi Narasimha to the shrine in the early 19th Century. A proper temple was built in the site of the old shrine in 1831. This prathishta was done by H.H. Srimad Sumatheendra Tirtha Swamiji in 1831 A.D. on Samvatrasra Vaishaka masa Shukla Panchami, Monday, Punarvasu Nakshtra of the Shaka era. H.H.Srimad Sumatheendra Tirtha was the 15th pontiff of Sri Kashi Mutt Samsthan, Varanasi. Apart from the Main Deity of Lord Lakshmi Narasimha the Deities of Lord Kodanda Rama,Venkaramana with his divine consorts of Sri Devi and Bhoomi Devi were installed.
The Garbhagriha or sanctum sanctorum is where the Main idol or Moola Vigraha is placed. The Garbha Griha in the temple is a ‘Bahu-vera Vidhana’ i.e. more than one idol is installed in the same Garbha Griha. Garbha Griha has a three tiered "Simhasana" or throne on which the deities are installed.
Moola Vigrahas or Predominant Deities or Main Deities
On the top most level in the centre is Lord Sri Lakshmi Narasimha, flanked by Sri Pattabhi Narasimha and Veera Vittala on either side. On the second tier are Lord Kodanda Rama along with Sri Lakshmana and Sita Devi, on either side of this group are Lord Hayagriva, Lord Varadaraja with his consorts and Gopalkrishna. On the lower most tier are Lord Venkataramana along with his Divine consorts Sri Devi and Bhoodevi. On either side of this group are Sri Hanuman and Sri Garuda. The saligramas and Naga devatas are installed on a separate Peetha below the Simhasana.
Uthsava Vigraha or Festival Deities
The idol of Lord Venkataramana is used as the Uthsava Vigraha
Sub Deities or Upadevathas
The temple complex consists of an outer ‘prakara’ or quadrangle which includes the shrines of Sri Hanuman, Sri Ganapathy, Sri Lakshmi & Sri Vitoba-Rakhumai. It also contains a Copper clad Dhwaja Stambha or Flag staff on which the temple flag is hoisted during Brahma Rathotsava. A shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva is located near the temple pond.[better source needed]
Lord is worshiped in the Temple as per Dwaitha traditions.
All the Aradhana is done by hereditary Goud Saraswat Brahmin priests, who have performed the services for generations. Only these priests have the right to touch and offer services to the Lord. These set of Archakas are called Bhat.
How to Reach
The temple is near Mukund Maller road, about 0.5 km from Thalassery Railway station and Bus stand. The nearest airport is Calicut International Airport (98 km).
Goud Saraswat Brahmin
- Goud Saraswat Brahmin
- Goud Saraswat Brahmins of Cochin
- List of Goud Saraswat Brahmins
- GSB Temples in Kerala
Maths Followed By Goud Saraswat Brahmin
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