Gunja Narasimha Swamy is Udbhava murthy . In those days there was no temple , He says temple is more than 1000 years old. It was a jungle. The river Cauvery , Kapila and gupta vahini flows. Hence it is It is known as Thirumalakoodu Narasipur (in short T.Narsipur). A washer man had a dream and Lord Lakshminnarasimhan appeared in dream and told that he is in a Ant hill and asked the washer man to take him out and build a temple for him. Then our washer man tells Lord that He is poor man who washes everybody's clothes and leads a contended life, and for building the temple he requires a huge amount of money. How he will construct the temple, For that our Karuna murthy tells that please go and look beneath the washing stone you will find the large amount of treasure. Then our washer man goes and lifts the stone and behold he gets a Hidden treasure. Then with that money as instructed by the perumal he builds a temple Garbhagudi, Then Swami asks what he wants in return for having built the temples. Then our Washer man tells in those days after taking birth as human being it is one life time ambition to visit Kashi. Then Swami tells this Kshetram will be known as Daskshina Kashi and the Puniya will be one Gunji ( a measurement in olden days) more than Uttara Kashi ( Since Swami told this Kshetram is having Puniya of One Gunji More hence he got the name GUNJA NARASIMHA SWAMI). How Ganga Yamuna And Saraswathi flows in North here in south at Thirumalakoodu Narasipur Kaveri Kapila and Spatika Sarovara flows and like Saraswathi in north Spatika Sarovara is Gupta Gamini the River which is in flowing in front of temple is Kapila it comes from Kerala, Then on the other side is Kaveri which comes from Tala Kaveri in the middle is Spatika Sarovara and since the river bed is closed the Idekam is Spatika Sarovara flows beneath and all the three river join here hence this is known as Thirumalakoodu. Then the Washer man asked for Moksha Pradhana , and since Lord Maha Vishnu is only giver of Moksha , the washer man get it. In the Nelapadi of Main Sacred Santorum the figure of Washer man and his wife is carved because he prayed Sriman Narayana that all the Bhaktha s legs dust should fall on him. Then later on the Mogur Pallegara did Perumal Kainkaryam. Then Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar built Praharam etc.
The Sri Manikarnika Gunja Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Temple at Baburayan Koppal near Sriranga patna is situated on the banks of the sacred river Cauvery and near the confluence of Lokapavani and Cauvery rivers.
The word "Manikarnika" reminds one of the famous Manikarnika Ghat of Kashi where it is said that Lord Vishnu dug a pit with his chakra while he was performing severe penance. The pit was filled with his perspiration. When Lord Shiva shook his head in admiration at this sight, his jewelled ear ornament glowed in space and fell into the pit with a resounding murmur. This is how the famous bathing ghat "Manikarnika" in Kashi got its name.
At the temple here in BR Kappal, the deity Lord Narasimha has a small bead (gulaganji) held up in his right palm to indicate that this kshetra is more sacred (by the weight of a gulaganji) than the Manikarnika Ghat at Kashi. That is why the deity here is called "Manikarnika Sri Gunja Lakshmi Narasimha.
Nearby are situated the famous Karighatta where Lord Srinivasa is worshipped and Naimishamba on the other side of the river. The story goes that Bhrigu Maharshi performed severe tapas at this place as instructed by Lord Narayana and Sri
Lakshmi Narashima appeared before him. The temple was looked after for many years by the ancestors of the Manikarnika family who were reciding there. As the prakaram was in a dilapidated condition, "Manikarnika Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Seva Trust (Regd.)" was formed for the upkeep of the temple and it has taken up renovation and other works.
The Trust has also been celebrating, every year, the Souramana Narasimha Jayanthi at the temple.
The temple is about 120 kms from Bangalore on the Bangalore-Mysore road and just before the bridge on the river Cauvery before entering Srirangapatna, a left turn on the highway leads to Babu Rayan Koppal and the temple. It is about
two kms from the main road. A. T. Narasipur Thirumakudalu Narasipur is in Mysore District.
It is about 35 kms from Mysore. It is located at the confluence of Cauvery, Kabini & Spathika Rivers. It is a place of religious importance. It is considered as a sacred place equal to PRAYAG. Sri Gunja Narasimha Swamy Temple and Agasthyeshwara Temples are there apart from other temples in the surrounding area.
Sri. Gunja Narasimhaswamy Temple The temple is on the left side of Cauvery River. The temple is about 450 years old and has inscriptions dating from Sri Krishna Devaraya period – Lord Narasimha Swamy with Sri Mahalakshmi Thayar in the sanctum sanctorum has in his Right – Hastha a Gulaganji seed (seed of the Gunja Tree) along with an indicator of a balance. (As narrated by the ARCHAKAR of the temple). It signifies that this Kshetra weighs. More in PUNYA (mahime) by the weight of a Gulaganji than KASHI Kshetra. Hence HE is called Sri Gunja Narasimhaswamy. There are separate sannidhi’s for, Thayar, Alwars and Acharayas etc
The Temple Timings are Daily Morning 9.00 Am to 12.30 Pm and Evening 5.30 Pm to 8.30 Pm.
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