Monday, September 28, 2009

Venugopala Swamy temple at Shalihundam

  • Temple Front View with Piligrims--------------------------------------Temple Side View with piligrims

Salihundam is a village and panchayat in Gara Mandal of Srikakulam district in Andhra Pradesh, India. It is situated on the south bank of River Vamsadhara at a distance of 5 kilometers west of Kalingapatnam and 18 kilometers from Srikakulam town. It was known as “Salivatika” (meaning rice emporium).
on the Buddist hill at Salihundam an old vishnu temple in the name " Venugopalaswamy " temple exists since ancient salivahana era.

on " Bhisma Ekadasi " every year the people of Vomaravilli Reddy family celebrate a birth day festival of the God venugopalaswami as "jatara" locally known as "kondameeda Yaatra" for only one day .

Bhisma Ekadashi, or Bheesma Ekadasi, is observed in the Magha Month (January – February) in South India, especially in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

  • -Bhisma lying on the bed of arrows with SriKrishna & Pandavas arround him.

It is believed that the Vishnu Sahasranama Stothram (thousand names dedicated to Lord Vishnu) was revealed to the Pandavas on this day by Bhisma, who was lying in a bed of arrows after the Great War in Mahabharat.

  • -Bhisma lying on the bed of arrows with SriKrishna & Pandavas arround him.

This particular period in traditional Hindu calendar has numerous auspicious dates dedicated to Bhishma. Some of the important days are Bhishma Ashtami, Bhisma Dwadasi and Bhishma Ekadasi. It is believed that Bhishma chose this period to leave his body and merge with the Supreme Soul (Brahma).

The Vishnu Sahasranama Stothram was revealed to Pandavas by Bhishma in the presence of Lord Krishna, who is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

It is believed that listening to Vishnu Sahasranama Stothram leads to Moksha.

The fasting that is kept on other Ekadasis is followed on this day too.

In North India, on this particular day Jaya Ekadashi is observed.

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