9th April, 2009, early morning…
Time is around 4:30 am. We go to the temple, and walk down the steps to the Kaveri river. The massive river bed of Aganda Kaveri, has a flow that probably covers less than one fourth of the breadth. But there is a steady flow. The moon is up. There are people already in the river. We walk gingerly into the waters… Old, disused idols have been carelessly thrown here and there in the river. The river bed is all small rock and stone, and the walking is difficult. Somehow, we manage to walk across to a place towards the middle of the flow, near some rocks… And there, we have a bath. This is heavenly. The chants from the temple yagyas can be heard in the distance. The pre-dawn sky and breeze is something else. People are standing waistdeep in the waters, doing Japa. And there, towards the eastern direction, is the portal of the temple, with the idol of Achaladeepeshwarar looking directly at the river. namchivaaya vaazhga!
After the bath, we make our way to the temple yagya. The main altar of Achaladeepeshwar is ablaze with the Sivachariar offering ‘aahuti’, to the accompaniment of the chant of the Mantra.
Another picture of the priests, carrying consecrated waters for the kumbabishekam
The first signs of dawn is seen… Nature is at its beautiful best…
Walking around the temple, one sees many shrines. Here is a shrine that says “Sadasiva Brahmendra Paduka” shrine.
I am told that the Padukas in this shrine are those of the Sri Sachidananda Siva Abhinava Narasimha Bharati Mahaswamigal, who graced this world as the Jagadguru of Sringeri from 1879 to 1912. (To know more about the Acharya, click here).
These Padukas were given by the Jagadguru to one his disciples of Mohanur, whose name was Sadasiva. This disciple had these Padukas installed in the shrine here, made arrangements for daily worship, and endowed the temple with some lands, the income of which was to be used for this shrine. This background about the Sadasiva Brahmendra shrine in the Achaladeepeshwara temple was told to me by Sri Natarajan, an elderly gentleman, native of Mohanur. He said that, somehow, in time, people have forgotten that the Padukas are of Narsimha Bharati swamigal…
Time is around 8 am. The Sun is up. Here is a picture of the scene nearby the temple. Kaveri is seen in the background.
The Shivacharyas have gathered inside the temple, and are waiting….The auspicious time for kumbabishekam is coming up.
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