(Hidden details about the revered idols worshiped in Mantralaya - Part2)

Date Nov 30, 2023


Dear Devotees : Namaskara.

| Sri MannMoolaRamastu Mannmathe Moolamahasamsthhaana Mantralaya Sri Rayaramathe||

The descriptions unveil hidden details about the revered idols worshiped in Mantralaya(1066) part 2.


In the previous series, we delved into the sacred history surrounding the crafting of the Sri Rama idol by Brahma. Sri Rama himself venerated this idol, leading to its designation as Sri Moola Rama. This worship tradition has traversed through various deities, sages, and ultimately reached the Swamijis of Mantralaya Mutt. The present Swamiji, Sri SubudhendraTeertharu, continues the tradition by performing the grand Moola Rama Pooja.

Beyond Moola Rama, numerous sacred idols bear profound devotional significance. Let's delve into the importance of each of these revered symbols.

Following Sri Moola Rama Devaru, the next significant idol is DigVijaya Rama Devaru, revered by Sri Madhwacharyaru. What sets this idol apart is the presence of Dasha Avataras (10 incarnations) intricately carved on both the feet and head of Sri DigVijaya Rama Devaru. Additionally, a beautifully crafted Sudarshana adornment is present at the head and feet of the idol. This sacred idol has been worshipped with unwavering devotion, starting from Sri Madhwacharyaru, passing through Jayateertharu, Sri RaghavendraTeertharu, and continuing to the current pontiff, Sri SubhudendraTeertharu, every day.

The third idol in this sacred lineage is Sri JayaRama Devaru, revered by Sri Jayatheertharu, the Guru of Sri Raghavendra Mutt. Sri Jayatheertharu diligently worshiped Sri JayaRama Devaru daily with profound devotion. This tradition of reverence has been meticulously passed down through generations, remaining steadfast until the present day.

The fourth idol is Santana GopalaKrishna, crafted and worshipped by Sri Raghavendra Swamy. During a visit to Udupi, Sri Raghavendra Swamy experienced devotional ecstasy upon seeing Lord Krishna. Meditating upon Lord Krishna, he had a divine encounter, resulting in the composition of the Kannada song "Indu Enege ni Govinda," a significant contribution to Hari Dasa literature. While in Udupi, Sri Raghavendra Swamy wrote a detailed explanation called "Prakasha Vyakhana" for Chandrika.
In a remarkable turn of events, Lord Krishna expressed a desire for Sri Raghavendra Swamy to create a beautiful idol of GopalaKrishna. Complying with the divine wish, Sri Raghavendra Swamy oversaw the crafting of the GopalaKrishna idol, which he then placed before Lord Sri Krishna. In return, Lord Krishna blessed Sri Raghavendra Swamy. This same idol has been worshipped continuously from Sri Raghavendra Swamy's time to the current pontiff, Sri SubhudenraTeertharu.

Santana GopalaKrishna holds immense power, and the Sri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt bestows devotees with three types of

Yantras placed at the feet of the idol. The Sarva Siddhi Yantra fulfills all desires, the Santana Yantra is for those seeking to have children, and the Bhiti Yantra aids devotees facing depression, fear, and negative energy. The present pontiff, Sri SubhudenraTeertharu, harnesses the power within Santana GopalaKrishna, ensuring that these Yantras effectively assist devotees. Countless incidents bear witness to devotees resolving problems, experiencing the joy of parenthood, and overcoming negative energy by accepting these Yantras.

The fifth idol is Sri Vyakhunta Vasu Devaru. Neela Devi, a goddess and consort of the preserver deity Vishnu, alongside Sridevi and Bhudevi, assumed the name Nagnajiti when Vishnu incarnated as Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna, known for having eight wives, including Rukmini, Satyabhama, Jambavati, Kalindi, Mitravrinda, Nagnajiti, Bhadra, and Lakshana.
Neela Devi, one of Lord Krishna's eight wives, ardently worshipped Sri Vyakhunta Vasu Devaru. This tradition of worship, passed down from the divine realm to sages, continues to be revered to this day, under the guidance of the current pontiff.

The sixth and final idol is Sri VenuGopal Devaru, meticulously crafted by Sri SubhudendraTeertharu during the Graduation ceremony of Chandrika Mangala. This divine idol of Sri VenuGopal Devaru is characterized by four arms, created with great care and reverence.

We are truly blessed to partake in the extraordinary daily worship taking place at Mantralaya Sri Raghavendra Mutt. This hallowed sanctuary serves as the abode for six divine idols—Sri Moola Rama Devaru, DigVijaya Rama Devaru, Sri JayaRama Devaru, Santana GopalaKrishna, Sri Vyakhunta Vasu Devaru, and Sri VenuGopal Devaru—all of whom are revered and worshipped with unwavering dedication by Sri SubhudendraTeertharu.

The atmosphere in Mantralaya becomes charged with spiritual energy during these rituals. As the pooja unfolds, the melodious resonance of Vedic chants fills the air, creating a profound ambiance that permeates the entire surroundings. This sacred symphony of ancient chants not only enhances the spiritual experience but also spreads positive vibrations, creating a divine atmosphere that is palpable to those present.
What makes this worship even more remarkable is the belief that, during the pooja, the divine entities—God, Goddess, Sages, and Swamijis—who once worshipped these idols in ages past, are believed to be physically present, actively participating in the ritual alongside Sri SubhudendraTeertharu. This continuity of devotion, spanning across time and generations, adds a layer of profound significance to the entire ceremony.

The meticulous care with which Sri SubhudendraTeertharu performs the pooja is a testament to the deep reverence and devotion he holds for these divine manifestations. Each gesture, each chant, and each offering is carried out with the utmost sincerity, creating a spiritual experience that transcends the ordinary.

In essence, witnessing this grand and magnanimous pooja at Mantralaya Sri Raghavendra Mutt is not merely a visual spectacle but a deeply spiritual journey, a connection to a timeless tradition that bridges the celestial and earthly realms. It is an opportunity to be enveloped in the divine energy that permeates the sacred space, an experience that leaves a lasting imprint on the hearts and souls of those fortunate enough to be present. Truly, it is a manifestation of the divine in the earthly realm, an embodiment of devotion that transcends time and space.

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.”