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Shri Vedavyasa Samputa Narasimha
Subrahmanya Kshetra

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We find this deity in the southeastern sanctuary to the main sanctum of Lord Shri Subramanya at Subrahmanya Kshetra. It is said that the Vedavyasa Samputa and the image of Lakshmi Narasimha handed over to Shri Madhvacharya by Shri Vedavyasa are of paramount importance. (It is said that Ganapathy had been installed and worshiped in this shrine in olden days. But now the idol of Ganapathy is in the inner Mantapam of the shrine of Shri Subrahmanya. Moreover to the south and the north are situated the temple of Bhairava and Umamaheshwara). Festivals are celebrated here on three days on the occasion of Lord Narasimha Jayanthi in 'Vishaka Masa'. The deity belongs to the Swamiars of local Mutt called Subrahmanya Mutt and is worshipped by them.

Shri Samputa Narasimha Mutt:
A Subrahmanya Mutt belonging to Dwaitha tradition of Madhwa religion is situated to the southeast of the outer quadrangle of the temple. It is said Sri Madhwacharya made his brother Vishnu Thirthacharya his disciple and gave this Mutt to him. This is therefore, sometimes called as Vishnuthirthacharya's Sansthana.

Samputa Narasimha:
For Vaisnavas, Subramanya Kshetra also has some significance. On the south-eastern side of the temple of Karttikeya is the shrine of Samputa Narasingha established by Sri Madhvacarya.When Madhva visited the Himalayan tirtha of Badarinatha, he was presented eight salagrama-silas by Sri Vyasadeva known as the 'Vyasa-musti'. Six of these salagramas are presently being worshipped in this temple, while the other two are in Sode Matha and Uttaradi Matha (although there is some controversy whether the eighth is in the Uttaradi Matha, Vyasaraya Matha or the Raghavendra Matha). Along with the eight Vyasa-musti, Sri Vyasadeva also gave Madhva a Narasingha salagrama that is said to be so powerful that if it is uncovered, the three worlds would be engulfed in the flames emanating from Lord Narasingha. Consequently Sri Madhva Muni placed the salagrama within the safe confines of a box (samputa) along with 22 Lakshmi-Narayana silas and five of the vyasa-musti silas (the sixth is worshipped outside the box). This Deity of Samputa Narasingha was so dear to Madhvacarya that Sri Vadiraja Swami, in his Tirtha Prabandha, has referred to Him as 'The heart of Madhva'. Although this Narasingha salagrama is worshipped daily, it is never removed from the box except for bathing, and only then by the sannyasi who is the mathadipati (head of the Subrahmanya Matha). Nobody else is allowed to see this Deity. If the head of the matha becomes sick and is incapacitated, the right of seva goes to the swami of Sri Pejavara Adhoksaja Matha in Udupi. The present mathadhipathi of Subrahmanya Matha is H.H.Sri Vidyaprasanna Tirtha Svamiji.

Sri Madhvacarya established the matha in Subrahmanya and made his brother Sri Vishnu Thirtha the first mathadhipati. Sri Visnu Tirtha is said to still reside in the Kumara Mountains nearby where he is performing austerities at the place known as 'Siddha Parvata'. He returns to the matha sometimes to perform puja to Samputa Narasingha. Many devotees have heard the sound of bells inside the garbha-grha late at night when the temple is locked. It is said that when the Dwaita tradition is almost dead, Sri Vishnu Thirtha will return to re-establish it.

During the time of Sri Aniruddha Thirtha (a direct disciple of Sri Madhva and the second pontiff of the matha), King Ballalaraya of the Hoysala Dynasty stole the box containing the Narasingha salagrama. Desiring to see the Deity, he hired four blacksmiths to forcibly open the box. Unfortunately, when they tried, they all died on the spot. The king also tried to open the box by having an elephant stand on it -the result was that the elephant also died immediately. Because of his great offence, King Ballalaraya felt a great burning sensation within his body, and it was only when he returned Samputa Narasingha to Sri Aniruddha Tirtha and obtained his blessings that he was relieved from his malady. In the compound of the Subrahmanya temple there is a statue of Ballalaraya which commemorates this incident. Pilgrims offer him cotton, mustard, butter and pumpkin to cool his body down.
Along with the salagamas, there are a number of Deities, which belonged to previous acaryas of the matha including a Laksmi-Nrsingha Deity and Deities of Vittala (Krsna), Rukmini and Satyabhama, which were also worshipped by Madhvacarya.

Between the years 1238-1317, Shri Madhwacharya, gave Sanyasa Deeksha (or initiation into Sanyasa) to his brother Shri Vishnuteertha and handed over the charge of the temple to him. Acharya Madhwaanuja (brother of Shri Madhwacharya) has bequeathed many idols like Vyasa Samputa, Vyasa Mushti, Panduranga Vittala alongwith Rukmini & Satyabhama and all benevolent Lakshmi Narasimha. The Matha is situated on the right side of the Subrahmanya Temple. In Vyasa Samputa, there are 144 Lakshmi Narayana Saligramas.
It is believed that Shri Vishnuteertha is still alive and performing penance on Siddha Parvatha, because his Brindavana is not to be found anywhere. It is believed that Shri Vishnuteertha had handed over charge of the Matha and temple to Shri Aniruddhateertha and went to the forests of Siddha Parvatha for penance. It is also believed that Shri Vishnuteertha had carried the Samputa alongwith him to the forests, and sent back the same through the Kumara Dhara river, on the request of Shri Aniruddhateertha. A detailed account of Sri Vishnuteertha is available in Sri Madhvajaya, the biography of Sri Madhwacharya.

When Shri Madhwacharya came to Subrahmanya, there was a Matha following the Bhaagavatha philosophy. The inmates of this Matha, became Shri Madhwacharya's disciples and handed over charge of the Matha to him. The Lakshmi Narasimha idol of this Matha was installed along with the idols of Rukmini, Satyabhama and Vittala alongwith the Samputa.Bala Brahmacharis or young celibate boys perform the Poojas for the Samputa, which are conducted three times every day.

There is a place called Panchamiteertha near the Kumara Dhara river, where the Brindavanas of swamis of the Subrahmanya Matha are located. At a distance of about 15 kms from the Subrahmanya Matha, there is a place called Kaayambaadi, on the banks of the Kumara Dhara river, where there is a Matha called Shri Lakshmi Narasimha Subrahmanya Matha.

Agrahara Somanatha Temple (Panchamithirtha):
Along the road that leads to Kumaradhara River, about a mile from the temple can be found another path which takes us to Panchamithirtha. This also is a particular spot in the Kumaradhara. On the 15th day of Margashira His Holiness Sri Varahathirtha of Shri Subrahmanya Mutt passed away and was entombed by the side of this river. So it is the custom of the Swamiji of the Subrahmanya Mutt to take bath in the river on that day and worship the Vrindavana (tomb) of that Swamiji. It is but natural that the devotees followed the example of the Swamiji and take bath in that river on the fifth day (Panchami). This perhaps is the reason why the river is called as the Panchami Thirtha. This was the very famous place in the past. A Somanatha temple and Brahmins settlement existed here. But Brahmin population thinned away and even those who remained left the place. At present a temple of Somanatha and place where the Swamiji of the Subrahmanya Mutt are entombed on their death (Vrindavan) can be found here.

About 30 tombs of the Swamiji meet our eyes. The presence both of the Kumaradhara and the Somanatha temple add to the beauty of this place. It is learnt that the Subrahmanya Mutt was originally situated in inlaid to the east of Subrahmanya temple. This being so the reasons unknown it was shifted to its present place to the southeast of the Subrahmanya temple. This being so the historical correctness of the belief that 30 tombs found near the Somanatha temple (and these are far away from present) are the tombs of Swamiji of Subrahmanya Mutt of the Madhwa system deserved further investigation.

The following are the daily poojas of Lord Shri Samputa Narasimha:
From Morning 7 AM:
1) Neermalya  2) UshaKala Pooja
3) Kalasha Pooja  4) Panchamrithabhishekha
5) Alankara Pooja   6) Sahasra Namarchana
7) Maha Pooja   8) Afternoon Pooja
9) Night Pooja

Postal Corresponding Address of the Mutt:
Sri Subrahmanya Education Trust/Srinikethana Trust
Sri Subrahmanya Mutt
(Sri Samputa Narasimha Mutt)
Kukke Subrahmanya - 574238 (D.K.)
Phone: 91-825-81211, 81221

Seva at the Abode of Samputa Narasimha

Seva at the time of Annual Festival of Narasimha Jayanthi
1 Shri Narasimha Jayanthi ( 5 days Utsava) Rs.25,000-00
2 Mahabhishekha (with lunch) Rs.2,000-00
3 Maharathotsava (with lunch) Rs.2,000-00
4 Bhandi Utsava Rs.1,250-00
5 Palakki Utsava Rs.1,100-00

1. Uttamakalpa Mahapooja Yathi bhiksha (with lunch) Rs.1,001-00
2. Mahabhishekha Rs.308-00
3. Madhyamakalpa Mahapooja (with lunch) Rs.501-00
4. Afternoon Mahapooja Rs.101-00
5. Night Mahapooja Rs.101-00
6. Panchamrutha (Only in the morning) Rs.35-00
7. Sahasranaamarchna with fruit Samarpane (Only in the morning) Rs.35-00
8. Chitraanna Nivedana Rs.35-00
9. Thotlu Pooja Rs.50-00
10. Vasantha Pooja Rs.101-00
11. Mangalaarathi Rs.2-00
12. Mrishtaanna Lunch Rs.250-00
13. Auspicious Occasions - Sthala Kaanike Rs.100-00
14. Laadu Prasaada Rs.5-00
15. Panchakajjaya Prasaada Rs.5-00

1. Hasthodaka Seva Rs.25-00
2. Panchamrutha Rs.35-00
3. Fruit Samarpana Rs.25-00
4. Mangalaarathi Rs.2-00

1. Ranga Pooja during Deeparadhana Rs.25-00
2. Panchamrutha Abhishekha (Only in the morning) Rs.35-00
3. Anjaneya Sthothraarchane Rs.20-00
4. Mangalaarathi Rs.2-00
5. Panchakajjaya Rs.5-00

1. Rathotsava (Along with lunch) Rs.1,500-00
2. Bhandi Utsava Rs.500-00
3. Paalakki Utsava Rs.250-00
4. Rangapooja Donation Rs.25-00
5. Kaarthika Pooja Rs.30-00
6. Panchamrutha Rs.35-00
7. Trimadhura Rs.25-00
8. Kumkumaarchane Rs.5-00
9. Sahasranaamaarchane Rs.25-00
10. Trishathi Rs.25-00
11. Thotlu Pooja Rs.101-00
12. Shri Satyanarayana Pooja Kaanike Rs.25-00
13. Shri Durga Pooja Kaanike Rs.100-00
14. Marriage Kaanike Rs.250-00
15. Annapraashana Kanike Rs.25-00
16. Mangalaarathi Rs.2-00

Maha Pooja Rs.50-00
2. Rudraabhisheka Rs.35-00
3. Panchamrutha Abhishekha Rs.35-00
4. Sahasranaamaarchane with Fruit samarpane Rs.35-00
5. Ranga Pooja Kaanike Rs.25-00

Please Note
1. The prasaada will be sent by post to those devotees who pay for sevas costing more than Rs.25/- by D.D. or M.O.
2. The receipts for Sevas at the Goddess Shri Vanadurgadevi Temple will be given at the Subrahmanya Mutt.
3. The receipts for the Satyanarayana Pooja, Ranga Pooja and Durga Pooja to be performed at Goddess Shri Vanadurgadevi Temple have to be purchased from the Subrahmanya Mutt, at least one day earlier.
4. The receipts for all the above Sevas have to be purchased by 6 p.m. the previous day.

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