ராதே கிருஷ்ணா 20-05-2014
Madhwa Dakshin Yathra 03-05-2014 to 04-05-2014 (Tour 1)
1. Holinarasipura - Hemavathi River, Narasimha Swamy Darshan
2. Gururu - Gurur Dam Sightseeing - Night Halt in Ramanathpura
3. Ramanathpura - 04-05-2014 Holi bath Cauvery River (Vysaka Maasa Snana) ,
Subramanya Swamy, Gogarbha, Narasimha Swamy Temple Darshan
4, Hanasoge - Kauvery River, Raghavendra Swamy Darshan
5. Hosaholalu - Nambi Narayana Swamy Darshan
6. Akkihebbal - Hemavathi River, Narasimha SWamy Darshan
SRI RAMANATHA PURA STHALA MAHIME
The place Ramanathapura located in Arkalgud taluk is a holy place visited upon
by shri shankaracharya, Sri ramanuja ad various dasas in Karnataka . As per the
local story Agasthya munis wife turned into a river and the muni followed the
river wherever she flew out of passion and in the process installed shivalingas at
various places. One such linga is known as Agasthyeshwara and bathing in this
place relieves one of all the papaas.
VAHNI PUSHKARNI MAHIME: Once Bhrigu muni out of anger due to some reason
cursed Agni to to be devourer of every thing.Worried Agni came here and sat for
tapas and found a shivalinga and carried on performing pooja. Consequently the
devatas did not get the Havirbhagas of yajnas. All devatas approached Lord shiva
and made request for relief as the three world started feeling the heat of Agnis
tapas. Then the Lord appeared in that linga to Agni deva and offered boon to him.
Agni after surrendering to the lord asked that in this place any devotee should
remember him for ever and that he( Agni) be immune for any curse. Lord pleased
with his tapas said that the pushkarni where he was bathing will be known as
VAHNI PUSHKARNI and in course of time Agasthyas wife Cauvery will flow and
flood this pushkarni and will be known as Dakshina Gange and will flow as holiest
among all rivers. Thus shiva who is Vahni nethra is known as Vahneshwara here.
In this place inspite of flooding at various times various species of fish live here
with out being displaced. People see devatas in these matsyas and it is said
king of mysore Mummadi Krishnarja wodeyar during his piligrimage here has
decorated some fishes with pearl.
Sri Rameshwara: Lord Rama is said to have performed pooja of the linga in
his own hand as in Rameshwaram. The lord while ruling Ayodhya after killing
killing Ravana was haunted by brahma hathya dosha for having killed ravana
a Brahman though a asura in conduct. Vashishta on learning of this suggested
that he perform penance in the banks of Cauvery to rid of the dosha and obtain
punya rashi and peace of mind. Then rama followed his gurus instruction as
shruthi vachana and went with his parivara in pushpaka vimana and performed
devotional service with sthotras. As a memoir for having visited this place he
wanted to install a haralinga and asked Anjaneya to bring a an exqusitie featured
linga from gandaki river. However Hanuman could not return in time with it
for installing. Meanwhile rama,as instructed by Agasthya, decided to perform
installation on time, so he searched a all featured Valmikaanthargatha and
Agnis pujitha linga which was aeons old and performed installation and that
swayam bhulinga was called “ RAMESHWARA”. However hanumantha also
brought a shivalinga inspite of delay. Anjaneya was sad that the linga did not have
karasparsha. Rama pacified him and assured that he will install that one too and
would receive the same recognition as the other one and would be famously
called Hanumantheshwara. So it is mandatory that whoever sees rameshwara
also have darshan of Hanumantheshwara – thus he proclaimed, otherwise they
will not get punya. Likewise Ramas companion Lakshmana also installed a linga
and is known as laksmaneshwara and the linga installed at Vahni pushkarni as
Lingadeshwara. Thus ramanatha pura is considered a holy place and is known as
rameshwara in kaliyuga and Vahnishwara in dwapara yuga. This temple sanctum
sanctorum is star shaped and 9 ankanas.
GAYATHRI SHILE: situated in the middle of Cauvery river at Ramanathapura has
special importance. N the ancient times there was a king called subahu. He had
two wives called kapila and Hema. But he did not have any issues. As suggested
by the knowledgables he undertook piligrimage to ramanatha pura and devotedly
bathed in vahni pushkarni and after darshan of ramanatheshwara partook the
prasada and did charity of dana dakshina. At that time rishi Vamadeva was
resident there , the king went there to have darshan of the rishi and touched his
feet and sought his blessings for progeny. The rishi with his insight found from
kings previous births that his wives were devatas and were not sincere in there
devotional service, that is there were lopas . due to that shakra hs cursed them to
be born as childless women. The yogis then realized their mistakes and begged for
relief from curse. Since they realized their mistakes they would be born as human
as high born with glories and their fame will be immortal. So king realized that
his papas of previous birth had resulted in the present situation. The queens also
realized due to their devotion to the husband and understood that time has come
for their GOING BACK and wanted something memorable to be done to bhuloka
and advised king about the moksha and expressed their desire to do good for
humans. Immediately the senior queen turned into a river and is known as Hema
and called hemavathi and eventually joined Cauvery. The junior queen kapila
became a stone rock and stood in the middle of Cauvery. Anyone performing japa
and tapa on that rock will obtain akshaya phala that was her bestowment.
Kaushika raja performed gayathri japa there, and he fulfilled his desire. So it
was known as gayathri shila. Foot prints of rama, sita and lakshmana are said to
be there on this shila. Likewise Gayathris footprints, suryas symbol and other
signs there makes it holier. A script near the stone says that a Gayathri mantra
performed equals 12000 gayathris – a 19th
belief of people in time.
GO GARBHA: In the eternal battle between devas and asuras, asura lineage was
getting extinct and due to that worry they approached their guru shukra who
promised them immortality mritha sanjeevini. To obtain that he went for tapas
at Gayathri shila and stood on one leg. When the intense heat of tapas became
unbearable , suradhipati approached Brihaspati. He suggested that urvashi and
menaka should go disturb the tapas of shukra. To help them kamadhenu was sent
to detract him with material things. To help the cause Kama was also sent so that
he can enter his body. However shukra was strong in his tapas, Shukra sensing
the motivation cursed all the three to become shilas. All the three of them then
regretted their mistakes and begged in no uncertain terms to pardon them and
mitigate the curse, however as the curse cannot be taken back, he assured that
when Rama visited this place in future for parihara of brahma hathya dosha they
will be liberated. Anyone entering the kamadhenu shila from front and exit from
back will have their miseries cleared and desires fulfilled. Then shukra obtained
mritha sanjeevini siddhi and left. Later on Lord Rama along with Vashishta
entered the kamadhenu and exited and in the process one his kirita mani got
stuck and got mixed in sands. It is believed that only animals and birds can see
the gold in Kamadhenu. Also it is found that Hanumantha go gharbha is difficult
to enter and come out. Also there are Urvashi and Menaka shilas. In all the shilas
and vahni pushkarni presence 3 padmas 14 crores 60 thousand theerthas.
Such is the sanctity of the place.
Madhwa Dakshin Yathra 16-05-2014 to 18-05-2014 (Tour 2)
16-05-2014 Friday 4PM Departure by Train No.16201 Bangalore - Shimiga . Arrival at Shimoga and halt after dinner at Mutt.
17-05-2014 Saturday 06:00 AM 1. Visit to Kudli Sangama at Shimoga
2. Darshan of Mrithika Brindavana of Sri Jayatheertharu
3. Darshan of Moola Brindavana of Sathya Dharma
Theertharu at Holehunnur
4. Darshan of Moola Brindavana of Sathya Santharu at Mahishi
5. Visit to Balegaru Mutt
6. Visit to Bheemana Katte Akshopya Thirtharu Mruthika
7. Darshan of Rayaru at Honnali (Dwethiya Mantralaya) and
18-05-2014 Sunday 08:30 AM Departuer for
8. 3 Prana Devaru Darshana 1) BRANTHESHA (Hanuma)
SIKARI PURA Saligrama on the nose
9. Prana Devaru 2) SANTHESHA (MADHWA)
SATHTHENAHALLI Kabala saligrama
10. Prana Devaru 3) KANTHESHA (Bheema)
KADARANAMANDALAGI Saligram in the eyes
11. 1:00 PM Darshan at Savannur Moola Brindavana of Sathya
12. 02:30 PM Visit to Hosarithi Mutt (Dgeerendra Thirtharu Moola
13. 06:30 PM Harihareshwara Temple at HARIHAR
14. Panchamukha Anjaneya Temple and Rayaru Darshan
08:30 PM Upahara and Departure to Bangalore by KSRTC Bus
19-05-2014 Monday Morning 05:00 AM Safe arrival at Bangalore. Rs.2800/- and Rs2700/- for us two.
Sri Satyadharma Tirtha
|| Shri Sartyadharma Teertha Gurubhyonamaha ||
|| Shri Gurubhyonamaha ||
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Introduction to Shri 1008 Shri Satyadharma Teertharu:
Sri Satyadharma Teertha swamiji was a pontiff of great scholarship known for his great commentaries and praises of Lord where he amazingly dwells into great depths of the meanings of the words. His commentary of Bhagavata available from 7th Skandha is a paradise for the pundits.
Miserably poor during his pre-ashram days and had done severe penance (Seva) to Shri Raghavendra Swami of Mantralaya, who had blessed in his dream that circumstances would so develop that he would become the pontiff of Shri Uttaradi Matha and win very wide name and fame not only for himself but also to his Matha. No wonder then that it was he, as Annyacharya, who spotted out the stolen Moola Rama and other vigrahas of Shri Uttaradi Matha. No wonder again that the previous pontiff Shri Satyavara Teertha got the inspiration before his death to give the pontificate to him.
It was during the 33 year, 21 days of his regime that the matha had a very eventful period. Uttaradi Matha acquired enormous honour and wealth as "Kanike" from Navabs, Peshwas, kings and Dewan Poornaih. Most of his Sanchara was divinely inspired, as for example, when he wanted to travel north, Shri Rama of Panchavati Rama Temple instruted in a dream that he should stay in the South for some years. Again Mahalakshmi of Kolhapur told him in his dream to visit her.
He maintained very close liasion with Poornaiah who was very happy and proud of the achievements of the pontiffs of Shri Uttaradi Matha. It is not possible to give full details of all the honour done and wealth donated to him, in this short sketch of the pontiffs of the matha. Suffice it to say, as far as this narration is concerned by the Muslim king of Hyderabad through a rich man Rajanarayana; honoured by the king of Vijayanagar; by the Maratha king through his chieftain Khorpade, and by the king of Kolhapur who was blessed by him that he would soon beget a son and his kingdom would have plenty of every thing, Subikshe, for a hundred years.
During all these visits he defeated many Advaiti stalwarts in scholarly discussions sometimes lasting over weeks, as for example, the pandit belonging to veerupaksha Matha who had chalienged the supremacy of Tatwavada, by severe adverse propaganda by publishing books like "Kali-Mahatame" and "Madhwa Tantra Mukha Mardana".
The royal paraphernalia of elephants, horses and "sepoys" owned by the Shri Uttaradi Matha became extensive that when he moved from place to place on Sanchara, it was as if a mighty emperor was moving which was a sight for heavens to see. The glory of the Matha idols, Moola Rama and Sita, Digvijaya Rama and Varmsa Rama, Vyasa devas and others, had to be seen to be believed. His name and fame and those of Uttaradi Matha were mentioned by everyone. Thousands and thousands of people used to assemble everyday to see that saint perform his discourses everyday . He performed Sudha mangala 16 times during his pontificate of 33 year which is probably a record for all times.
Poornaiah and the Maharajah of Mysore took intense interest in the affairs of Uttaradi Matha and bestowed large quantities of gold silver and precious stones to it to be used for and during the daily worship of the matha deities. The matha was also given ownerships of large landed properties in the State. Once when over 12,000, people had assembled at the matha for the Theertha Prasad, Poornaiah and all who had assembled were put to great inconvenience because of heavy rain. The saint after his worship , came out in the rain and prayed. As if the rain God had heard his prayers, the rain stopped.
Once a fire broke out in the Matha store. It engulfed the entire matha and become unmanageable . It was a miracle indeed that the Swamiji, the Samsthana deities and the works of Srimadacharya could be saved by a few self sacrificing disciple of the legal documents of the matha and some wealth was destroyed. Jewellery that could not be recovered from the debris of the fire was made up by Diwan Baburao and the religious activities of the matha continued as before. Shri Satyadharma Teertha Swamiji had a matha building built at Holehonnur with the grant of the Maharaja and stayed there for a long time.
He was a facile writer and has written tippanis on many parts of Bhagavata, Tatvasankhyana, Tatva Nirnaya and others. He was a devotee par excellence . Once it so happened that he had performed Rudrabhisheka to the deity in the Ishwara temple and was about to have his bhiksha. A very old man with Vibhuti on the arms chest and forehead came and begged that he be fed before the Brahmins Santarpane and his own Bhiksha. The Swamiji readily agreed and not only fed him personally with all reverence but sent him afterwards with all reverence and appropriate matha honours befitting an honoured guest. The old man was thoroughly pleased with great hospitality extended to him and when he went out of the matha premises he disappeared from human sight. Some fanatic Madhwa Brahmins who had assembled there were angry. The Swamiji came to know of all this criticism. He was least bothered but was content and happy with what he had done and told the complainants that time alone will reveal everything. In the evening, when the doors of the Garbhagudi of the Iswara temple were opened , lo behold ! the miraculous sight ! All the things offered to the old man that morning were on the Shivalinga.
A year after this incident, he bade his followers goodbye and passed away peacefully, after handling over the reins of the Matha to Shri Satyasankalpa Teertha. Swamiji's Brindavana is in Hole-honnur.
|| Shri Krishnarpnamstu ||
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Sri Satyabodha Tirtha
|| Shri Satyabodha Teertha Gurubhyonamaha ||
|| Shri Gurubhyonamaha ||
|| Shri Harihi Om ||
नैवेद्यगविषं रामे वीक्ष्य तद्भुक्तिभाक् गुरुः।
योऽदर्शयद्रविं रात्रौ सत्यबोधोऽस्तु मे मुदे॥
|| naivedyagaviShaM rAme vIxya tadbhuktibhAk guruH .
yo.adarshayadraviM rAtrau satyabodho.astu me mude ||
Introduction to Shri 1008 Shri Satyabodha Teertharu:INTRODUCTION
Shri Satyabodha Tirtha was a saint who was known for his un-rivaled scholarship, miraculous achievements and dynamism. He was also blessed with great intelligence and a heart which was overflowing with devotion towards the Almighty and towards his guru. All these extraordinary qualities, naturally, qualified him to adore the pontifical seat of Sri Uttaradi Math and gave him a great opportunity to serve Lord Moola Rama and Digvijaya Rama.
Born into a pious family at Raichur, he was known as Ramacharya before he was initiated into sanyasa by Sri Satyapriya Tirtha. Sri Ramacharya belonged to a very poor family. Shri Satyapriya Tirha was very kind enough to bless this child Ramacharya, and took full responsibility of teaching him all the shastras. Ramacharya continued to live in the Math, learning scriptures from Sri Satyapriya Tirtha.
DARSHAN OF SHVETA VARAHA DEVARU
Once, as usual, Sri Ramacharya, was offering worship to saligrama and shanka, completly covering himself and the saligrama with a cloth. It is said that Lord Shvetavarha gave darshan to him in a miniature form. That he was given darshan by Lord Svetavaraha Himself, stands testimony for the deep devotion Ramacharya has for the Lord and the unaccountable blessings he received from his guru Sri Satyapriya Tirtha.
ORDAINED INTO SANYASA
Pleased by his devotion and completely assured of his ability to lead the greatest and holy seat of Sri Madhvacharya, Sri Satya priya tirtha crowned Ramacharya on the pontifical seat of Uttaradi Math on an auspicuous thrayodashi day of Chaitra Masa blessed him to be henceforth called as Sri Satyabodha Tirtha.
Notwithstanding his great scholarship and soft and devoted nature, some people began to think, because of their jealous nature, that Ramacharya was not enough of a saint to honour the pontificate of the great Uttaradi Matha, which opinion they all had to revise soon enough.
Sri Satyapriya Tirtha, soon, entered Brindavan, leaving the sacred duty of performing the pooja of the Math deities and protecting and preaching the Vaishnava dharma on the shoulders of the young Satyabodha Tirtha. Sri Satyabodha Tirtha built an excellent Brindavana to his guru at Mana-Madurai and said to have performed a great aradhana in his honor.
True to the dharma of sanyasins, Sri Satyabodha Tirtha, toured extensively all over India, winning over adversaries in philosophical scholarly discussions, acquiring disciples and also considerable wealth, estates and Tamarapatras from kings and Navabs of those times. In a very short period of time, Satyabodha Teertha had earned a reputation as the greatest of Madhva saints of the time for his un-rivaled scholarship, miraculous achievements and dynamism and as the pontiff of the wealthiest of the maths with the largest number of devotees.
KNOWINGLY ATE NAIVEDYA MIXED WITH POISON
The honour bestowed on the Uttaradi Matha both by the rich and poor was unique. Naturally there were many who were jealous of this un-challenged supremacy. They wanted to destroy the Math, steal all the property and as a first step in this direction, wanted to poison Sri Satyabodha Tirtha. They poisoned the "PARAMANNA" which he was to eat after naivedya to the Lord. After the naivedya , and during the Maha-managalarthI Satyabodha Tirtha saw the face of Shri Moola Rama turn dark and knew instantly what had happened. Though all the sishyas present advised him not to eat that poisoned paramanna, he ate it without a second thought saying what was offered to Moola Rama was good enough for him also. He prayed, and prayed, to be pardoned for offering poisoned food to the Lord, even un-knowingly. Everyone there was overwhelmed with joy when the poison had no effect on him. The evil people who wanted to destroy the Matha by killing him were dumbstruck and frightened at this miracle, did not have the courage to proceed with their plans further. They ran away from the scene lest they themselves were destroyed as a result of their evil actions.
GANGA CAME TO MATHA FOR HIM
When he wanted to go North again to have another dip in the Ganga waters before his death, Lord Badarayana came in his dream that night and advised him not to go that far as Bhagiritahi herself will come to his matha under a tree on a particular morning. Lo! Behold! it did happen and Swamiji and everyone had the good fortune of a holy dip in the Ganga at the matha itself.
CHEAP TRICKS WONT WORK BEFORE HIM
One of the sishyas of the Matha had accumulated a lot of wealth by hood-winking people by means of his tantric and indrajal deceptions into believing that he was the favourite devotee of Lord Venkateshwara whose vigraha he used to worship chanting the name of the Lord completely mispronounced and declaring that all his activities were as instructed by him. Shri Satyabodha Teertha , who would not stand such nonsense and people being cheated went to him. The sishya was shocked that his deceptive and indrajal activities would not work in the sacred presence of the saint. Thus humiliated he surrendered all his ill acquired wealth , fell at his feet and begged to be excused promising that he would never again cheat people like that.
When he came to Gaya, he found the Gayawallahs were up to their tricks again in spite of their being taught bitter lesson by Shri Vidyadhisa Teertharu, to whom they had given a solomon promise of good behavior towards the pilgrims visiting this holy's place. The Gayawallahs or pandas demanded Rs. 10,000/- from this saint before they could even open the temple. The latter thereupon established a small shelter near the Vishnupada temple called it Rama Gaya and made all arrangements for the pilgrims. When the Pandas found they were thus completely isolated, they came to the Swamiji on bended knees and pleaded to be excused for their un-reasonable demand. The Swamiji received their allegiance again to Uttaradi matha and its pontiffs. He then went to Kashi and established a Matha office at Durga Ghatta to provide facilities for pilgrims.
HE EXTENDED THE LIFE OF SATYASANDHA TIRTHARU
After thus traveling in the North he came to Savanur and stayed for sometime in the Matha premises which he got specially developed. Many were the miraculous achievements of Shri Satyabodha Teertha Swamiji and it would take volumes to write all of them. Shri Satyabodha Teertha was the pontiff of the Matha for 39 years , 11 months and 13 days. He handed over the pontificate to Shri Satyasandha Tirtha, but found thereafter that the latter had only a short time to live. He prayed to Lord Moola Rama with Raksha-stotram and got the boon of 10 more years of life.
He passed away in Savanur where his mortal remains have been entombed. So many were his achievements and so well was he liked, admired and respected by people of all castes and creeds, rich and poor, that the Uttaradi Matha in Savanur is known as Shri Satyabodha Matha. Even now , after so many years , many pilgrims visit his brindavana, offer seva and get the blessings of this great saint.
Shri Satyabodha Vijaya is a kavya of twenty one sargas written by Kanchi Acharya who was his own disciple. The Mahakavya describes his life in detail. He was a saint of marvelous powers, his life is full of thrilling events. Let alone Hindus, even Mohammedanas worshipped him with great reverence. Tippu Sultan, Nawab of Ramnad, Nawab of Savanur and many other Muslim princes felt it an honour to be his servants. One English high official bears testimony to this fact that he had telepathic power and could know the ins and outs of everyone. He was worshipped by him as Trikalajnani.
SHOWS THE SUN AT NIGHT
Once, Shri Swamiji spent the whole day in "Samadhi" and took his meals late at night. Some pandits criticised this custom behind his back. Swamiji immediately called these persons and showed them the sun at dead of night. But one of them still doubted stupidly and branded it as some cheap trick. He lost his eyesight altogether for such an act.
The famous Shri Dheerendra Teertharu was his contermporary and met him often and happly passed his time with him in philosophical deliberations and spiritual conversations.
Numerous miracles are attributed to him by his chroniclers. We get some important information in the Bombay Gazetteer, Karnataka Dharwad district Chapter III. Page Nos 58-59 edited and published by James M. Campbell, compiled in the year 1863 A.D -
"The 15th in succession to Ramachandra Tirtha by name Shri Satyabhodha Teertha, during the rule of thirty eight years, Satyabodha Teertha travelled all over India and was respected by all the Hindu kings of the time. He was very learned and holy and performed such great austerities that the people were afraid to approch him, lest he should discover their hidden sins. At the same time he was most generous and popular .... His name is so much revered that the chief branch of the Vaishnava sect, to which more than two thirds of the Vaishnava people belong, is still known as "SHRI UTTARADI MATHA" at Savanur and subsequently after his name called Shri Satyabodha Swamiji Matha, gained great wealth. A throne of gold and silver and precious stones about four feet square and six feet high was made and very costly jewels were bought for "RAM", the god of the math. Most of this wealth is enjoyed by the present chief priest Shri Satyaparayana who is sixth in succession to Shri Satyabodha Teertha. He travelled all over India, where his disciples live, staying only a short time in each place. He passed through Bombay Karnataka about five years ago and is now in Kadapa in Madras.
Thus of the eighteen sects into wich the Madhwacharya Vaishnava community is divided, sixteen sects, the members of the main, and the members of the ten Malabar sects started by Shri Madhwacharya's four immediate successors, though each has a pontiff of its own, agree in considering the head of the main or Shri Satyabodha's sect, their supreme pontiff. On the other hand, the two more modern sects. Rajendra Teertha's which dates from the above from the begining of the fourteenth century, and Vibhudhendra's also called Raghavendra's which stared about fifty years later are independent and are generally on unfriendly terms with the Head of the main sect."
|| Shri Digvijaya Rama Vijayate ||
|| Shri Krishnarpanamastu ||
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Sri Dheerendra Teertharu
There is famous temple built in 12th century during Hoysala's time called Harihareshwara temple (Guharanya Kshetra), from which the city derives its name, which is also known as "Dakshina Kashi".
The god Harihareshwara is a combination of god Shiva and Vishnu. There is a story behind avatara of this god. In ancient days this place was known as 'Guharanya'. A dense jungle and habitat of a demon Guhasura. He had a boon that no human or Rakshasa or god can kill him. And he started harassing people around this place. Then Vishnu and Shiva came together in a new avatara called Hari – Hara (Harihara) and killed demon Guhasura. That is how this place has got the name Harihar. Every year the Car festival is celebrated. Harihar also has a famous Ragavendra Mutt located on the banks of Tungabandra.
The harihar serves as a major industrial base also. It is served by the Kirloskar industry and at present Aditya Birla Group's Grasim Industries, Synthite, Shamanur Sugar's and more. Kirloskar Engineering company has closed down, resulting in a loss of nearly 15,000 jobs. As Harihar is geographically located in the center of Karnataka, it was proposed to be made the capital of the state. However, Bangalore was chosen as the capital. The major lifeline of this small town is the Tungabhadra river, which continues to be exploited and polluted as a result of heavy industrialization.
The following are details that may be useful to you to travel all the three Mukhyaprana Devara Sannidhanas on a single day.
1) Kadaramandalagi is about 15 Km from Ranebennur on the way to Byadagi. You have to go towards Haveri on NH-4 about 6 Km & there you will get a Big arch on left side with Hanuman Statue on it. That road leads to Byadagi via Kadaramandalagi. Thus it is between Ranebennur & Haveri . Have Darshan & Pooja of Kantesha.
Vaishishtya of Kantesha is Morning Alankara will be of Hanumant Devaru, in the afternoon He will have a Alankara as Bhimsen Devaru & Evening Alankara as Madhvacharyarau.
2) Kadarmandalagi-Byadagi-Chikkerur-Satenahalli. Have Darshan of Shantesha. If U have no restriction about Darshan of all the three Mukhya Prana Devaru before Teertha Prasad,there are few Brahmin families there & They may arrange for Naivedya & prasad on prior intimation and of course on some payment. if you intend to have your prasad there. You may kindly contact Shree Timmanachar Satenahalli for Naivedya & Teertha Prasad arrangement at Satenahalli on Phone Number 08376258668.
3) Satenahalli-Hirekerur-Shikaripur. Have Darhan of Bhrantesha
Shree Raghavendra Swamy's Math SHIKARIPUR, the details are as under.
Name : Shree Guru Raghavendra (President of Rayara Math Shikaripur)
Mobile Number : 9916808587. You may kindly contact for Naivedya & Teertha Prasad arrangement here too.
Harihar is popular for temples.
- Harihareshwara Temple
- Sree Parvathi Temple at temple premises.
- Omkar Math: Shri Math has its building or boundary to the south of Shri Harihareshwara Temple on the banks of the holy river Tungabhadra. By the influence of Shri. Adi Shankar on the universal thought of Advaita, Shri Shivananda Teertha established Omkar Math with the co-operation of local devotes on 1941 march 28 where in Sri Sharadambha,Sri Dattatreya and Sri Adi Shankara on the idols of Sri Math. Swami Sri Shivananda Teertha trust is being established to keep the activities of Sri Math alive and jubilant. For more information visit on [www.omkarmath.org Omkarmath]
- Banashankari Temple on the Banks of Tungabhadra.
- Kannyaka Parameshwari Temple in Temple Street.
- Jai Hanuman Temple opp Old Shoba Talkies.
- Rama Mandhira in Rajaram Colony and Narayana Ashrama on harihara-Hosapete highway.
- Raghavendra Swamy temple (popularly known as Raayara Matha)
- Ayyappa temple other side of the river.
- Rajanahalli Hanumappa temple (Hanuman temple in Rajanahalli, around 6 km from Harihar on bypass highway)
- Graamadevata temple
- Maargadha Dhurgamma temple (towards ranibennur on NH4, around 3 km)
- Kumaranahalli Sri Ranganatha temple and Sri Ranganatha Ashram built by Swamy Shankaralinga Bhagavan (towards Malebennur, around 20 km) www.shankaralingabhagavan.org/komaranahalli.html
- Sri KAALIKA Devi Temple
- Mother Mary's Church (Shrine Our Lady of Health)
- Hazarat Chaman Shah Wali Dargha at Bathi Sharief, 6 km towards Davangere
- Hazarat Naadband Shah wali baba Dargha
- Hazarat Ahmed Shah Wali Mahmood Shah Wali Dargha
- Kondajji situated a few kilometers from Harihar is a picnic spot. It is also a major Scouts and Guides camp. It has a lake, where boating is available and hills.
- Ranibennur Blackbuck Sanctuary around 20 km