(Hidden details about the revered idols worshiped in Mantralaya - Part1)

Date Nov 23, 2023


Dear Devotees : Namaskara.

| Sri MannMoolaRamastu Mannmathe Moolamahasamsthhaana Mantralaya Sri Rayaramathe||

The descriptions unveil hidden details about the revered idols worshiped in Mantralaya(1065) part 1.


I consider myself incredibly fortunate and joyful to have the opportunity to write about the Mantralaya Samsthana Pooja, also known as the Pooja of Sri Lord Rama Devaru.

Whenever you visit Mantralaya, you may witness the Pooja of Sri Lord Moola Rama Devaru conducted by Sri Subhudendra Teertha Swamiji. With unwavering devotion, Swamiji takes the idol from the sacred box, wholeheartedly immerses himself in the Pooja, and later carefully returns the idols to their designated containers. This ritual is diligently performed by Swamiji every day without fail.

Let's explore the significance of this Pooja and understand the sacred nature of these idols in a more profound manner.

During Kruta Yuga, Dwapara Yuga, and Treeta Yuga, meditating upon the Lord and witnessing His presence was relatively straightforward. However, in the current Kali Yuga, governed by the power of Kali, who presides over this era, meditating upon the Lord has become a more challenging endeavor. As many are aware, following the Dwapara Yuga, Duryodhana assumed the role of Kali in Kali Yuga, and Kali sought to proliferate rapidly on Earth. Despite his efforts, the potency of Sri Krishna prevented Kali from entering the Kingdom of Parikshita.

Kali appealed to Parikshita, asserting that it was unjust to bar him considering his dominion over the current era. Parikshita, acknowledging Kali's role, permitted him to manifest in specific realms—places associated with gambling, alcohol consumption, prostitution, immoral relationships, and violence. Finding all these locations impure, Kali requested one more place, and Parikshita granted permission for his presence in the sacred Saligrama. Consequently, during Saligrama Pooja, the tradition of initially washing with water before preparing Teertha is observed due to this accommodation of Kali.The initial washing with water serves to cleanse Kali from the Saligrama before the preparation of Teertha.

Aware of the challenges posed by Kaliyuga, Lord Brahma harbored a desire for a captivating idol of Sri Lord Rama that could serve as a source of purification for the people in this age. In accordance with his wish, Lord Brahma instructed his architect, Vishwakarma, to craft a stunning idol. Following the divine directive, a beautiful idol of Sri Lord Rama was brought into existence.

Lord Brahma dedicated numerous years to the worship of the idol, infusing it with spiritual energy through the recitation of mantras. The vibrational resonance created by such chanting is the reason why visiting temples often evokes a sense of well-being, as these sacred places retain the accumulated spiritual energy over time. Following Lord Brahma's worship, sages like Sanaka, Sadanand, Durvasa, and others continued the tradition of performing Pooja to the Rama idol.
Over the course of time, the idol found its way to the Suryavamsha, where kings such as Raghuraja, Dilip, Ikshaku, Dasharatha, and Jambavanta dedicated years to its worship. Notably, Sri Rama himself partook in the worship of this idol, elevating its significance. As a result, it gained widespread recognition as the revered Sri Moola Rama Devaru idol.

In Kali Yuga, the idol of Lord Rama found its way to the esteemed Guru of Sri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt, Sri Madhwacharyaru. Recognized as the incarnation of both Lord Hanuman and Lord Bhima, who held special places in Lord Rama's affections, Madhwacharyaru became the chosen one for the divine worship.

The lineage of revered figures associated with this tradition includes Sri Hamsanamaka Paramatma, Sri Chaturmukha Brahma, Sri Sanaka Teertharu, Sri Sanandana Teertharu, Sri Sanatkumara Teertharu, Sri Sanatana Teertharu, Sri Doorvasa Teertharu, Sri Jnananidhi Teertharu, Sri Garuda Vahana Teertharu, Sri Kaivalya Teertharu, Sri Jnanesha Teertharu, Sri ParaTeertharu, Sri Satyaprajna Teertharu, Sri Prajna Teertharu, Sri Achyutaprekshacaryaru, Sri Madhwacharyaru, Sri Padmanabha Teertharu, Sri Narahari Teertharu, Sri Madhava Teertharu, Sri Akshobhya Teertharu, Sri Jayateertharu, Shri Vidyadhiraja Teertharu, Shri Kaveendra Teertharu, Shri Vaageesha Teertharu, Shri Ramachandra Teertharu, Shri Vibudhendra Teertharu, Shri Jitamitra Teertharu, Shri Raghunandana Teertharu, Shri Surendra Teertharu, Shri Vijayeendra Teertharu, Sri Sudheendra Teertharu, Sri Raghavendra Teertharu, Sri Yogeendra Teertharu, Sri Sooreendra Teertharu, Sri Sumateendra Teertharu, Sri Upendra Teertharu, Sri Vadeendra Teertharu, Sri Vasudhendra Teertharu, Sri Varadendra Teertharu, Sri Dheerendra Teertharu, Sri Bhuvanendra Teertharu, Sri Subodhendra Teertharu, Sri Sujanendra Teertharu, Sri Sujnanendra Teertharu, Sri Sudharmendra Teertharu, Sri Sugunendra Teertharu, Sri Suprajnendra Teertharu, Sri Sukrutheendra Teertharu, Sri Susheelendra Teertharu, Sri Suvrateendra Teertharu, Sri Suyameendra Teertharu, Sri Sujayeendra Teertharu, Sri Sushameendra Teertharu, Shri Suyateendra Teertharu, and Sri Subudhendra Teertharu—the present Pontiff in this revered lineage.

During the pooja, all the shlokas of the aforementioned Swamijis are recited. As these names are chanted, a profound presence is invoked, and the divine figures join in the worship alongside Sri Subudhendra Teertharu—the present Pontiff. This ritual holds extraordinary power, encompassing the worship of an idol revered from Lord Brahma to Lord Rama, incorporating the divine presence of various gods, sages, and Swamijis. The positive vibrations generated during this pooja are truly remarkable, and those fortunate enough to witness it during Sri Subudhendra Teertharu's visits are considered truly blessed.

The Pooja of Sri Sri Lord Moola Rama Devaru in Mantralaya, led by Sri SubhudendraTeertha Swamiji, is a profound expression of devotion, cultural heritage, and spiritual connection. The sacredness of the idols and the ritual itself are deeply intertwined with the collective faith and tradition of the community, creating a spiritual haven for those who partake in the experience.

On your forthcoming pilgrimage to the sacred grounds of Mantralaya, I earnestly implore you not to let slip the rare and profound opportunity to partake in the divine spectacle of this sacred pooja. As you step into the hallowed atmosphere, immerse yourself in the palpable energy that resonates with centuries of spiritual devotion. Allow the intricate rituals to unfold before your eyes, each gesture a testament to the unwavering dedication of those who have come before.
The air will be charged with the echoes of ancient mantras, reverberating through the sanctum, creating a harmonious symphony that transcends time. As the ritual unfolds, witness the convergence of divine energies, a celestial dance that has been performed with devotion for generations.on this spiritual journey, let the resonance of the ritual linger in your soul. Absorb the spiritual vibrations that permeate the air, carrying with them the essence of devotion and centuries-old traditions. For in this sacred place, time seems to stand still, and the divine pooja becomes a timeless testament to the enduring power of faith and ritual.

The forthcoming article will delve into additional idols that all the Swamijis venerate, alongside Moola Rama Devaru, offering valuable insights.

The devotion towards Sri Raghavendrateertharu is the ultimate truth and is the most simple and effective way to reach Sri Hari  - "NAMBI KETTAVARILLAVO EE GURUGALA"! “Those who have complete faith in this Guru will never be disappointed.”