Friday, June 3, 2011

Beladhadi & Venkatapur - A few pictures

Sri Rama Mandir at Beladhadhi, Temple built by Sri Brahmanand Maharaj and Idols installed by Shri Maharaj. The temple is now being renovated by Shri Dattatreya Avadhoot of Hebballi.

"Sri Rama Theertha", a well constructed by Shri Brahmananda Maharaj at Beladhadhi.

Kariyammana Gudi, where Shri Brahmananda Maharaj used to sit for Meditation.while at Beladhadhi.

Shri Venkateshwara temple at Venkata Pur.
The Small Dhyana Mandir in the Basement at Venkatapur. Shri Brahmananda Maharaj's idol is placed at the place where he used to Meditate, while at Venkatapur. His Padukas are also kept there.

Sri Brahmachaithanya Maharaj's Paduka Mandir at Kurtkoti.

A copy of the article by Smt. Nirupama Sriram in her blog.

Brahma Chaitanya Maharaj’s Paduka Mandir, Kurtkoti

A new temple is being built by Dr.N.R.Patil, who is my mother’s cousin in Kurtakotidedicated to Brahma Chaitanya Maharaj’s Paduka.
Shri Brahma Chaitanya Maharaj
History about the Paduka:
Shri Maharaj visited Kurtakoti in 1908-1909 and stayed in Kurtakoti during Chathurmasya.  During this time, a sculptor by name Manappa Kampli bought three Padukas sculpted by him in stone.  Along with the Padukas, he also bought a Hanuman statue.  The Hanuman statue is installed in the Rama Temple.
Brahma Chaitanya Maharaj’s Paduka Mandir, Kurtakoti
Shri Maharaj stood on the Padukas one pair at a time and the Paduka pooja was performed.  During this visit, he also installed the Rama idol in the Sri Rama temple. Shri Brahmanand Maharaj and Shri Kurtkoti Mahabhagavataru who were the prominent disciples of Shri Maharaj and the other disciples wanted to install all the three padukas in Kurtakoti itself.  When Shri Maharaj heard about it, he asked them not to install them and to wait for the right time to install.  Hence, the Padukas were kept untouched.
Brahma Chaitanya Maharaj’s Paduka Mandir, Kurtakoti
In 1912, when Shri Maharaj attained Moksha, there was a need for the Paduka. Shri Brahmanand Maharaj and Shri Kurtkoti Mahabhagavataru took one of the best sculptured Paduka from Kurtkoti and installed it in Gondavali. Another Paduka was taken by my great grandmother Smt. Kashi Bai’s father Shri Venkanna Nadigar to Hebballi and was installed behind their house.
Brahma Chaitanya Maharaj’s Paduka Mandir, Kurtakoti
Now, the time has come for the installation of the third Paduka in a new temple on 3rd June 2011.  The celebrations are from 1st – 4th June 2011.  Shri Koodali Shankaracharya Swamiji has agreed to grace this auspicious occasion.
I would like to thank Shri Subhas Master and Shri Ganesh.G.Patil for the information.
Brahma Chaitanya Maharaj’s Paduka Mandir, Kurtakoti
Facilities have been made for staying and food for the devotees during the installation celebrations.
Place Statistics:
Type of Place: Temple
Situated: Kurtakoti, Gadag DistrictKarnataka
Distance: 450 Km from Bangalore, 60 Km from Hubli, 15 Km from Gadag
Transport: Well connected by road
Facilities: Nil 

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