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At the Outset let me give a brief introduction about the website and also how it was designed. Sorry for taking your time. This Web site is specially created for all the Vishnu Temples located in Karnataka ( Melnadu) .

Once you think South Indian Temples, immediately you will remember Tamil Nadu , All these years I was also thinking the same , but you will be surprised that there are lot of temples and temples especially dedicated to Lord Maha Vishnu and his different avatars In Karnataka. I can say in Karnataka there are lot of temples dedicated to Lord Narasimha in different forms (Yoga, Bhoga, Ugra, Sthambha etc.) . We should be proud that present day Karnataka ( Karu Nadu ) ( Known as Mel Nadu in those days ) has played a very vital role in spreading Sri Vaishnavism ; It has played host to the two pillars of Sri Vaishnavism. Melkote played host to Lord Ramanuja and Sathyagalam (In local Parlance it is known as Sathyagala) played host to Swami Desikan. It is said that in the serene atmosphere of Karnataka, number of divine works of the two great Acharyas were composed.

We originally belong to the small village of Kalyanapuram near Thiruvayaru in Thanjavur District, where Mother Cauvery flows my paternal grandfather settled in Innambur a small village near Kumbakonam and later on he could purchase the same Gruham once occupied by H H KaTandethi Andavan who is my Elllu Tha-tha from both maternal and paternal side. Then due to my fathers service I was brought up at Barauni in Bihar and Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh. For the past 30years , We are living in Karnataka and I can state that we are settled here. Even though I was born in Tamil Nadu, brought up in North India , I am settled in Karnataka , which is my adopted state. I am proud to say that I have married an Iyengar girl from Hassan , a city well known as the home of talented people owning the famous Iyengar's Bakery chain with many branches across the length and breadth of the country. I was married in year 1995 and until 2000 I never went to my wife's native nor travelled much in Karnataka. Then in the year 2000 my Father in Law and his brothers were performing Thirumanjana to their Kula Devatha Sri Varadha Bhoga Yoga Narasimha at Shanthigrama in Hassan district. I travelled with them enjoying the serine beauty of Paddy fields etc. Then we reached the Sri Varadha Bhoga Yoga Narasimha temple, the trustees treated us very nicely. Then Thirumanjana was done I could capture all the moments in my Kodak Digital Camera. Then we went to nearby Sri Sowmiya Keshava temple. Shanthigrama has two different temples in same place and just a road separates it. The Moorthies were eye captivating. What a beauty, it was very nice. For the first time i was seeing old and beautiful temple in Karnataka, then I sent the photos to Sri Diwakar and Sri Mukund of www.pbase.com/svami this website is a repository of Perumal pictures across the globe. It was hosted there. I am thankful to the Tamil religious Magazine " GOPURA DARISANAM " and its Editor and Publisher Sri R S Mani, who gave me an opportunity to write about the temples in Karnataka in his book ; The first temple I covered was Doddamallur, That opportunity led me to think that I should build web site for Doddamallur temple , then next place was Sathyagalam Temple. Then my next place to visit was Kythnahali where my wife’s distant grand uncle was conducting a Yagna after completing his 1 Crore Gayathri Japam and on grand finale day H H Parakala Mutt Jeer and also H H Sri Rangapriya Swamy were there, (I must tell it is a turning point in my life, I met my future Acharyan H H Sri Rangapriya Swamy for the first time there, I was very much impressed at the very first meeting) The Anugruha Bhashanam of H H Sri Rangapriya Swamy was very impressive, Even though I belonged to Ahobila mutt and My Great grandfather ( From both Mother and Fathers side ( They both were cousins) was H H KaTandethi Andavan of Srirangam Srimath Andavan Ashram, I was very much attracted to H H Sri Rangapriya Swamy and then I had my Samasharanam from H H Sri Rangapriya Swamy. I am happy and I have the Bhagyam of meeting my Karuna Moorthy often and with his Anugraham I am maintaining his website and also I also present his Anugruha Bhashanam in form of Pearls of Wisdom in his website.

Then My Guru Bratha Sri Haresh of Singapore ( Presently in Mumbai due to Loukikam ) came to India for getting Samasharanam from H H Sri Rangapriya Swami and then we toured lot of places in Hassan, Mysore etc.Then I thought I should show case the Vishnu temples of Karnataka , it is biggest treasure troves left for us by our forefathers whose value we dont know. Then www.karnatakavaishnavatemples.net  was born. I also consulted my religious mentor Dr.V.Sadagopan Mama of USA , you all will be knowing him , he is moderator for lot of e-groups and also he is our leader in Likitha Kainkaryam about our Sampradaya, and also Sriman Parthasarthi mama who writes articles in Tamil magazine on Sri Vaishnavism topics, and also has a e- group known as Srivaishnavism. He writes lot of article about Vaishnavism under the Name of Poigaiadiyan . They also told to build one single website for Vishnu Temples of Karnataka. Then on request of My e-sister Dr. Padmashri of USA I went on to build a website for Bindiganavile famous for our Garuthaman and I also landed up building web site for Marehalli Lakshminarasimha Temple.

I and my wife Geetha travel in Motor bike in Holidays ( She runs her own Pharmacy , She is holds a Degree in B.Sc, Pharmacy and Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research) . We have now covered more than 60 temples in Melnadu and due to paucity of time I have not been able to give details, but the beautiful photos of moorthy including Moola Murthy are available in http://www.pbase.com/svami/melnattu_thirukkoil , I should mention that Sriman Mukund of Singapore and Sriman Diwakar who maintain Pbase.com/svami have given me a special section for the Karnataka (Melnadu) temples. it requires a large heart. I am also thankful to my Sister Smt.Jayashree of USA, she is the person who gives me suggestions ,feedback on the websites and also  helps me in correcting the content.

Due to some problem with Domain registrars i had change the website name as www.vishnutemplesofkarnataka.info .  I am grateful to another brother Sri A.Balaji {It is not necessary that they should be related by blood only , it is GODs gift of giving me lot of e-brothers and e-Sisters} (he is the main person in maintaining ISKCON Bangalore’s websites) who has given me the space for hosting .

I have to mention on more thing, I have to say special thanks to Sri Subhash Sir of News Paper "Bangalore Mirror” for publishing my temple visit to different places in the Column "Tech Venture". I have provided the links of the articles which appeared in "Bangalore Mirror" in Additional Info page. I Thank Bangalore Mirror News Paper.

It is my pleasure to present you the Vishnu temples located in each district of Karnataka. I have added temples of Kaidala, Kalahalli and Settikere for now . I would also request you to Kindly visit this website and the temples and receive the Lord's blessings. Now onwards I will try to present you one new temple's Sthaalapurnam and other details every week.

There was a Controversy that I am clicking the Moola Moorthy and presenting before you , for that on 4h April 2010 I and Sri Haresh had been to meet our Acharyan H H Sri Rangapriya Swamy and he was kind enough to clarify that nowhere in Shastras it is mentioned that Moola Moorthy's Photograph should not be captured by camera , he told Bhagavan’s Sanidhyam cannot be easily lost by mere clicking of Camera and its flash. Swami told in those days camera was not there, and according to change in times what I am doing is correct. Very shortly I will present this topic as one of pearls in my " Pearls of Wisdom ". I have also consulted this topic to Late Jeer of Yathiraja mutt of SriPerumpudhur and also Present Embar Mutt Jeer of SriPerumpudhur, they also presented the similar views. I also Thank Sri Madhavakannan Anna ( Formerly of Singapore )of Mumbai who is now Moderating Sri Rangasri e-group , few years back he also supported me inspite of vehement opposition to my capturing Moola Moorthy. Now I have revamped the website and it is in new avatar as www.vishnutemplesofkarnataka.info .

So no more controversy on why I am clicking Moola Moorthy. I grateful to my patrons who have told that I am presenting them visual treat and bringing the Perumal close to them.

Welcome to www.vishnutemplesofkarnataka.info , a Journey through past going across the treasure troves left by our forefathers

........Sri Rangapriya Smaranam

 

Lord Ramanujar of Melkote

 

Swami Desikan 0f Sathyagalam - Rare Ninra Thirukolam of Swami Desikan

 

This web site was previously known as www.karnatakavaishnavatemples.net, now the name is changed as www.vishnutemplesofkarnataka.info. This website was started with the blessings of My Acharyan H H Sri Rangapriya Swami and also other Holiness of Sri Vaishnava Sampradaya.

What belongs to us is given as Bhiksha (ALMS) to us by Sriman Narayana and Pirati and hence All are free to use the contents and pictures of this web site with permission. Self and my Wife Geetha Sridhar travel extensively and locate all these ancient treasure troves left by our forefathers. We have been doing this as our Social commitment to the society , since last 6 years , hence as the fruits for our hard labour if you take permission and use , we will feel delighted. Please do not generate any controversies. For feedback etc please contact Lakshminarasimhan Sridhar, Bangalore, Mobile: +91 0 9448322378 (BSNL) / 08050778093& (Tata Docomo), email: shrihi@gmail.com.

Website conceived, designed & Sponsored by us  with Blessings of Perumal, Pirati and All Acharyas of Sri Vaishnava Sampradaya by Lakshminarasimhan Sridhar & Geetha Sridhar