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Enchanting Divine Eyes that stole the heart!

Dhanurdas was a wealthy businessman and a good wrestler living in Srirangam. He got acquainted with the temple dancer, Hemamba who was extremely beautiful. Her eyes especially were most captivating and Dhanurdas was lost in admiration for them! He was seen very often carrying an umbrella over her head shielding her from the scorching sun.

Once she wished to participate in the annual temple procession of Lord Sri Ranganatha, the presiding deity of Srirangam. And both of them went.

Sri Ramanujacharya, the greatest saint philosophers (born in the year 1017AD) was also there along with his devotees to witness the beautiful procession of Lord Ranganatha. The mangala vadya was playing, the hymns were being chanted and everybody’s eyes were in the direction in which the Lord’s procession was about to enter the street. Sri Ramanujacharya’s eyes suddenly fell on this couple. The Acharya saw the young man, Dhanurdas turned completely in the opposite direction, gazing intensely at Hemamba. Fascinated with her beauty and especially her eyes, he kept looking at her and covering her head with an umbrella to protect her eyes from the sun’s rays! Dhanurdas did not even bother to turn around and look at the Lord’s procession.

Seeing such a public display of enslavement to physical beauty, Sri Ramanujacharya was filled with compassion for this mortal soul. He summoned Dhanurdas and asked him as to what made him turn away from the Lord, when everyone present there were craving for a glimpse of the Lord. Without batting an eyelid, he said, “Her beautiful and enchanting eyes! I have not seen a pair of eyes more beautiful than these!!” The Acharya challenged him saying what if he showed a more beautiful pair of eyes – most beautiful in all the whole world. Dhanurdas said that it was impossible. Sri Ramanujacharya insisted. Dhanurdas accepted the challenge and said if that be true, he would from then onwards follow that person if he found the eyes more enchanting and captivating than Hemamba’a eyes.

Sri Ramanujacharya asked Dhanurdas to follow him and they entered Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple. The Acharya went inside the inner sanctum and invoked the Lord: “O! Lord, Most Compassionate One! Here is a lost soul who can be reclaimed and redeemed if you but cast one loving glance at him”. The doors were opened to have darshan of the Lord. The Lord’s divine, beautiful, and captivating eyes moved! The Lord’s grace descended on Dhanurdas. Witnessing the never before seen Lord’s resplendent divine form and eyes, Dhanurdas broke down and surrendered himself completely to the Lord. Dhanurdas subsequently became one of the greatest disciples of  Sri Ramanujacharya. He became one of the greatest Bhagavathottama, whose devotion to Lord Ranganatha was considered to be on par with that of Azhwars.

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The Making of Brihadishwara temple tower

Brihadishwara

Rajaraja I (Rajaraja Chola) was one of the greatest chola ruler  (984 – 1014 AD) who not only ruled Southern Indian but also the entire northern half of Sri Lanka. He built the great Brihadiswara temple at the Chola capital, Tanjavur. Built out of granite, the vimana tower above the sanctum is one of the tallest in South India.

Thousands of workers were engaged to work round the clock during the construction of the temple. The King’s desire was to build the tower in a such a unique way such that the shadow of the tower should not fall on the ground, at any part of the day. All the people of Tanjavur were in some way or the other involved in the construction of the temple.

In the city lived an old woman called Azhagi. She felt sad that she could not be a part of the temple construction work. However, she decided to distribute buttermilk to the workers as a “service to the Lord”. She would daily distribute buttermilk to all the workers. The construction work of the temple was coming to an end. Only one more huge chunk of rock was needed to be placed on top of the tower. Talking to one of the chief architect she expressed her sadness that she had not made any contribution towards the temple. The architect told her that they were in search of a huge chunk of rock to complete the top of the tower.

She suddenly realized that there was a big mass of rock right in front of her house and suggested to the chief architect that they can use it, if suitable. The rock was brought and the architect found it most apt with respect to its size, shape, composition, colour etc., to use it to complete the top of the tower! Hence, the temple construction was completed. Raja Raja Cholan was immensely happy for having built such a huge towering temple for Lord Shiva and prayed to the Lord for His Grace and Blessings.

That night, Lord Shiva appeared in the King’s dream where the Lord mentioned that he was happy to rest under the shelter of the rock gifted by Azhagi.  The King was shaken by the dream and immediately woke up. He was keen on meeting this great devotee. The next day the king made enquiries and himself went to meet the old lady in her hut. The old lady mentioned that she only served buttermilk to the workers and had asked them to use the huge stone-piece lying near her hut to complete the top of the tower. The King was dumbfounded at her devotion. In memory of her devotion, the king built a tank near the temple which exists even today.

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Palace becomes a Temple for Lord Rama

 

             1.  Ram Raja Temple                                             2. Chaturbhuj Temple

Chaturbhuj temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu situated at Orchha (16 kms from Jhansi), in Madhya Pradesh. It was built in the 16th century and is noted for having one of the tallest vimana standing at 344 feet! Lord Krishna and Radha are worshipped there.

The temple was constructed by Bundela Rajputs in 16th century who ruled over the kingdom of Orchha. The then ruler Madhukar Shah’s wife Ganeshkuwari had a dream of Lord Rama instructing her to build a temple for the Lord. The Queen went on foot to Ayodhya to bring Lord Rama. On reaching Ayodhya, near the banks of the Sarayu river, she undertook a vow of fasting and prayed to Lord Rama. But unable to have darshan of the Lord, she jumped into the river to give up her life.

Something miraculous happened! Lord Rama appeared in the form of a child in the Queen’s lap. Lord Ram told the queen that he was happy with her prayers and she could ask for a boon. The queen asked Rama to come with her as a child to Orchha. The Lord agreed but put 3 conditions: 1) He would travel only on the day of Pushya nakshatra, when the nakshatra ends, he would stop and resume again when Pushya sets in. 2) The Lord would be the King of Orchha and not her husband. 3) Since the Lord would travel in child’s form on Queen’s lap, the first place where she seats the Lord would be the final place of His stay and the Lord would be known as Ram Raja.

The Queen agreed and started with baby Rama in her lap. Since she could only travel during Pushya nakshatra, it took 8 months and 27 days for the queen to reach Orchha from Ayodhya on foot (between 1574 and 1575). On returning to Orchha, the queen went back to her palace with baby Rama and retired in her room for the night. She planned to take Lord Rama to the Chaturbhuj temple the next day forgetting the 3rd condition put-forth by the Lord. The place where child Rama was placed first by the queen in the palace became his permanent abode. Hence, Lord Rama transformed into an idol and got transfixed in the queen’s palace itself. To this day the Ram Raja Temple is in the queen’s palace.

Lord Rama’s idol continued to be worshiped in the palace and the palace was converted to “Ram Raja Temple“. Raja Ram is accompanied by Sita (on the left),  Lakshmana, Sugreeva and Lord Narasimha (on the right). Durga Maa is also present in the darbaar on the right side. Hanumaan ji and Jambavant ji are praying just below Sita. The specialty of this temple is that Lord Ram has a sword in his right hand and a shield in the other. Shri Rama is sitting in Padmasana, with the left leg crossed over the right thigh. In India, this is the only temple where Lord Rama is worshiped as a King and that too in a palace. A Guard of Honour is held everyday, police personnel have been designated as Guards at the temple, much in the manner of a king. The food and other amenities provided to the deity at the palace-temple is similar to that offered to a king. Armed salutation is provided to Lord Rama every day.

Lord Krishna is instead worshipped in the Chaturbhuj temple which was built for Lord Rama, and Lord Rama made the palace His place of worship!

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