This incident dates back to around 250 years, when a baby sleeping in a cradle was seen playing with a cobra.Seeing this, the family and the neighbourhood were sure that this baby was quiet extraordinary. This extraordinary kid was later initiated into sanyasa and was named H.H.Sri Lakshmiramana Theertha , the 23rd pontiff of Sri Shiroor Mutt.
The scenic view of Swarna River
Later on, during one of his yatra to various holy places, while passing by the Swarna river he was astonished by the sight of a cow feeding a cub of a tiger, the herds of cows were playing along with the tigers. He soon felt the super power that vested in this place and rested in the very place for the night. That night a divine being appeared in his dreams his dreams instructed him that there was a snake burrow nearby and there was a deity inside which was to be enshrined as it was before.
The next morning his Holiness found a deity of Sri Mukhyaprana(Hanuman) inside the burrow. With help of his childhood friend Sri Mudradi Ananthayya, who was the then Diwan of Mysore Royal Kingdom, he was able to build a shrine. This place later on came to be known as Shiroor. This place is situated 15 kms from Udupi.
According to a Ashtamangala Prashna, the deity was said to be worshipped by Sri Jabali Muni around 2,000 years ago. It is also believed that the idol dates back to the Thretha Yuga.
Sri Shiroor Mutt which was built in an area of 1 acre in the year 1756 is a wonder to watch. Swamiji even built a shrine opposite to the deity of Sri Mukhyaprana and installed an idol of Sri Pattabhi Rama. The deity of Sri Mukhyaprana has a pair of Kore Hallu(canine teeth) and knife in the waist which makes it one of its kind.
H.H.Sri Laxmivara Theertha Swamiji performing pooja to the deity of Sri Moola Rama
The present pontiff H.H.Sri Laxmivara Theertha Swamiji has been worshipping this deity for the last five decades and people from all over the world visit the place to seek the blessings of Sri Mukhyaprana and Sri Swamiji.This Mukhyaprana has also been called “Sarva-abhishta Pradaayaka” as the person who visits Shiroor seeking something has never returned empty-handed.
The special occasions in this temple are Sri Rama Navami, Sri Hanuma Jayanathi. On every Saturdays people gather for the Ranga Pooje at the Mutt.
Here are some pictures of Sri Rama Navami Utsava at Shiroor:
Special thanks to:
Sri Vadiraj Pejathaya,P.Lathavya Acharya,Anmol Puranik,Guruduth k.,Vishal Acharya.
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