Update on the Vishnu Sahasra Nama portal

The task of adding the shlokas in Devanagari for all pages has been completed today. The next task is to finish adding explanatory notes for all Namas. The first 100+ Namas already have notes in them. The remaining will be taken up from now on.

http://vishnusahasranama.wordpress.com

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Commentary on the Vishnu Sahasra Nama

Due to the kind permission of Sri Philip Hill and the help of Smt Harshala Rajesh, the Vishnu Sahasra Nama portal now has available the commentary of Sri Sri Satya Sandha Teertha on the Vishnu Sahasra Nama.

I have uploaded the same (the original in Sanskrit, in Devanagari script) into the portal under the Resources section (check under “Commentaries” sub-category).

Hopefully, it will be of immense use to all sadhakas.

Links:

Sri Sri Satya Sandha Tirtha

Vishnu Sahasra Nama Portal making excellent progress

Since the last few weeks, the Vishnu Sahasra Nama Portal has been seeing excellent progress. This is all due to the great help offered by Smt Harshala Rajesh.

Harshala has joined the portal as a co-author and in just a few weeks, has completed at least a few hundred pages. We are now close to 700 pages complete.

Of course, once the basic pages are complete, a lot of work is still left in terms of putting together notes for each name, the audio pronunciation guide for each shloka and so on. But the core work has suddenly gathered great traction and I am hopeful now that the basic layout should be complete in just a few months from now.

Thank you Harshala!

Mantra additions – 24th April 2009

Some search engines don’t pick up edit changes to “Pages” on blogs. They only seem to notice changes to “Posts”. So, in order that new additions to the Mantras page become visible, I make periodic posts with a list of the things added. Some recent additions are

  1. Dadhi Vamana Stotra
  2. Hayavadana Ashtakam
  3. Vishnu Ashta Nama Stotra
  4. Vishnu Shata Nama Stotra
  5. Lakshmyaaryavruttam
  6. Anu Vayu Stuti
  7. Madhva Muni Prataapaashtakam
  8. Medha Suktam

These can be downloaded from the mantras page. Kannada and Devanagari versions are available.

Kathelsar – Temples of Tulu Nadu

Kathelsar is a tiny tiny hamlet,  found on the stretch between Nellitheertha and Bajpe. There are probably, just a few tens of houses in this village. One can find a very ancient Vishnumurthy temple in this village. In addition to the main diety, there is also a Ganapati idol in the temple. The Ganapati idol is made of white stone and is significantly different from the idols found in other temples around here.

Sri Vishnumurthy
Sri Vishnumurthy
Ganapati
Ganapati

The temple is not really in a good shape at all. The priest’s family are doing their best to maintain the temple on a daily basis. But the temple could do with a lot of renovation and repair. It is sad to see such a serene place being neglected so badly, although this is not the only temple in Tulu Nadu which is facing such a situation.

Garbha Gudi - Theertha Mantapa
Garbha Gudi - Theertha Mantapa
Prangana
Prangana

The main bhoota worshipped here is Panjurli. Due to the lack of resources, the temple management conducts the annual festival for only one day – during the full moon day in the solar month of Vrushabha (around May-June).

Panjurli
Panjurli
Entrance
Entrance

Name: Sri Vishnumurthy Devasthana

Location: Kathelsar, Dakshina Kannada

Dieties: Vishnu, Ganapati

Bhutas: Panjurli

Address: Sri Vishnumurthy Devasthana, Kathelsar Village, Bajpe Post, Mangalore Taluk, Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka

Contact: Snail mail

How to get there: Reach Bajpe from Mangalore. Take the road to Nellitheertha (Kateel road). Kathelsar is mid-way on this stretch.

Annual festival: For one day – Purnima in the solar month of Vrushabha

More photos: here

Kompadavu – Temples of Tulu Nadu

Kompadavu is a small village in Mangalore Taluk of Dakshina Kannada district. It is very close to Nellitheertha and Muchur. Kompadavu has a small and ancient Vishnu temple. The diety is actually called “Vishnu Murthy”. This temple has close links, in terms of its mythological origins to the Nellitheertha and Muchur temples.

 

Sri Vishnumurthy
Sri Vishnumurthy
Garbha Gudi
Garbha Gudi

According to the legend of the place, when Sri Durga appeared in front of Sage Jabali at the Nellitheertha cave, she bestowed a boon on the region and said that Shiva, Vishnu and Durga would reside in that region. Consequently, the Muchur Durga Parameshwari temple, the Nellitheertha Somanatha temple and the Kompadavu Vishnumurthy temple came into existence. The place is also known as Kovalapura in ancient records.

 

Prangana
Prangana

 

Theertha Mantapa
Theertha Mantapa

The temple is not in a very good condition. The worship, and rituals though, happens without fail. The archaka family which stays close by, is very dedicated to the functioning of the temple. The main Bhootas here are Vyaghra Chamundi and Rakteshwari.

 

Vyaghra Chamundi Bhoota
Vyaghra Chamundi Bhoota
Bhoota Sthana
Bhoota Sthana

Name: Sri Vishnumurthy Devasthana

Location: Kompadavu village, Mangalore Taluk

Main dieties: Vishnu

Bhutas: Vyaghra Chamundi, Rakteshwari

 

Outer prangana
Outer prangana

 

Temple entrance
Temple entrance

Address: Sri Vishnumurthy Devasthana, Kompadavu Village, Manjana Katte stop, Mangalore Taluk, Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka

Contact: Through snail mail

How to get there: From Mangalore, take the Moodabidri road. Cross Gurupura, Kaikamba and Ganjimatha. 3kms from Ganjimatha, turn left towards Niddodi. 4kms on this road, turn left at Manjana Katte. Drive 2kms to reach the temple. 

Annual festival: For 4 days starting on Purnima (full moon day) in the solar month of Makara (around Jan-Feb every year)

Best time to visit: All through the year

More photos: here

Update on the Vishnu Sahasranama Portal work

Its been 15 days since the portal became available. Some updates to the website have been made.

  • A facility to read the stotra online in Kannada, English and Devanagiri
  • An amateur attempt at providing a Vishnu Sahasranama screensaver!
  • The English translation of the specific portion of the Mahabharata where the Vishnu Sahasranama appears

With regard to the development of the portal, we have decided to split up the work into four phases. In the first phase, we will just add the names and their meanings. About 400 names are complete so far.

In the second phase, we will add individual pages for each name. This will contain name, pronunciation aid, meaning and namavali but no detailed notes.

In the third phase, we will add detailed notes for each name, based on several references we are accumulating.

In the fourth phase, we will upload short audio clips which will help one learn pronunciation and namavali. For example, refer to pages corresponding to the first two names in the portal.

My friend Madhusimha has joined in this effort to build the portal. Thanks to him, I am hoping the portal will shape up much faster!