Kalyani Teertham - Pushkarani at Cheluvanarayana Swami Temple, Melkote, Karnataka
Kalyani Teertham - Pushkarani
CheluvanarayanaSwamy Temple (Thirunarayana), Melukote in Pandavapurataluk of Mandya district, Karnataka. Early in the 12th century, the famous Srivaishnava saint Sri Ramanujacharya, who hailed from Tamil Nadu, stayed at Melukote for about 12 years. It has thus become a prominent centre of the Srivaishnava sect.
The principal temple is a square building of large dimensions but very plain, dedicated to Lord Cheluva-Narayana Swamy or Thirunarayana. Theutsavamurthi, which is a metallic image, represents the deity who is called Shelvapillai, Cheluva Raya and CheluvanarayanaSwamy, whose original name appears to have been Ramapriya (meaning "Rama's Favourite"). It is believed that this utsavamurthi belonged to and was worshipped by Lord Rama and the kings of the suryavamsa Dynasty for generations. Later the same idol was given to a king of Chandra vamsam (the dynasty of Lord Krishna) and was worshipped by Lord Krishna and many generations. So CheluvaNarayana is so unique that he was worshipped by both Rama and Krishna.
According to a legend, this metallic image was lost and was recovered by Sri Ramanujacharya.
Also known as Narayanadri, Vedadri, Yadavadri, Yathishaila and Tirunarayanapura.
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