Palayachyuta Stotra

The Palayachyuta Stotra, also known as Krishnaashtaka or the Krishna Stuti is another great composition by Sri Vadiraja Swamy. It has only 9 stanzas and very easy to chant. It praises Lord Krishna as the one adorning Udupi (Raupyapeeta pura).

This stotra praises Krishna starting from his face and then goes on to describe his neck, hands and so on. It may be recalled that the first stotra of Sri Madhvacharya’s Dwadasha Stotra praises Vishnu starting from his feet and moving upwards. Therefore, some people consider it equivalent to a Mangalarathi if the first stotra of Dwadasha Stotra (Vande Vandyam….) and the Palayachyuta Stotra are narrated one after the other.

I have uploaded the Kannada transliteration of this beautiful shloka to my mantras page.

In addition, I have also uploaded a second version of Sri Rama Raksha Stotra in the same page.

Did you know? 27th October 2008

It was Sri Madhvacharya who revealed for the first time that the Valmiki Ramayana was NOT the first Ramayana. The Mula (original) Ramayana was narrated by Lord Hayagriva himself to Brahma and comprises of 100 crore shlokas!

Sri Rama Raksha Stotra

I have uploaded the Kannada transliteration of Sri Rama Raksha Stotra to my mantras page today.  As usual, comments and corrections are welcome.

Bali Kallu – Temples of Tulu Nadu

No, this is not the name of a temple ūüôā I am writing today about another unique aspect of temples in Tulu Nadu. Almost all the temples here have “Bali Kallu” or “Bali Stones”. These are small stones laid around the sanctum sanctorum and the outer perimeter of the temple. ¬†


Bali Kallu

Bali Kallu



In front of the Dhwaja Sthambha

In front of the Dhwaja Sthambha

These stones are representative of the various GaNas present in the temple. I have seen these Bali Kallus in almost all temples in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi. They represent the various Grahas, Matrukas, Adityas, Rudras, Kshetrapala and so on.



Kallu - inside temple

Kallu - inside temple



Multiple deities

Multiple deities

During the annual festival in temples, a majority of the ceremonies concern these Bali Kallus. It is said that the festival is actually meant to please these lesser deities as they are the ones who really take care of the Grama (village) for one whole year. Hence, there is a system of bringing the God’s idol out for “Bali” or rounds during the festival and during these rounds, the various Bali Kallus are offered Puje. In some sense, it is equivalent to the boss of the organization (Lord) offering annual bonuses to the employees (gaNas).




Avahana Mudras

Avahana mudras are to be shown everyday during Puje. They are ritualistic methods of inviting God to “place” himself in the idols so that we get the opportunity to worship him. These mudras are not shown to Shaligrama and Balamuri Shankhas because HE resides in them always.






Distances between…

Travelers may find this useful. Will update this more as and when I figure more distances. All distances approximate.

Bangalore РMangalore (via Kunigal РChennarayapatna Р Hassan РSakleshpura РUppinangadi) : 360kms

Bangalore – Mysore : 140kms

Mysore – Madikeri (via Hunsur – Periyapatna – Kushalnagara): 120kms

Madikeri – Mangalore (via Sampaje – Sullya – Puttur – BC Road): 140kms

Mangalore – Udupi : 60kms

Udupi – Kundapur : 40kms

Mangalore – Dharmasthala (via Uppinangadi) : 70kms

Mangalore – Subramanya (via Uppinangadi): 90kms

Subramanya – Dharmasthala (via Gundya): 60kms

Madikeri – Subramanya (via Sampaje – Sullya – Puttur) : 120kms

Udupi – Bajpe (via Mulki – Kinnigoli): 55kms

Mangalore – Bajpe (via Mulki – Kinnigoli): 30kms

Dashavatara Stotra and other mantras

I have uploaded the Kannada transliteration of Dashavatara Stotra by Sri Vadiraja Swamy at my mantras page. Just like all his other compositions, this one is a pleasure to recite. Even for someone like me who is a novice with music, I find his compositions very rhythmic!

Along with this, I have uploaded two other stotras at the same page.


  1. Sri Krishna Dvadasha Nama Stotra – from the Aranya parva of Mahabharata
  2. Avatara Traya Stotra – By Sri Vadiraja Swamy
Feedback and corrections are, as always, welcome.