Sri Chenna Keshava Swamy Temple
At Kaidala near Tumkur Our
friendly Parthasarthi Bhattar welcomes you and he takes you around the
temple for a good darshan of Sri , Bhoo Devi Sametha ChennaKeshava
Keshava Perumal. His Talks takes you back to Hoysala Period, the Modern
day Kaidala was known as Krida Nagara. This was build after Somnathpura,
Belur and Halebedu. This was known as Krida Nagara because Here Mal
Yudha, TagriKalaga, Gunjaskaliga used to take place in the Playground.
Then he informed that this place is the Birth Place of famous Sculptor
and illustrious Son of Karnataka Jakanachari. It was Jakanachari who
sculptured the famous Somnathpura, Belur and Halebedu temples.
Jakanachari’s life story speaks of romance, love and dedication to art.
The master craftsman’s career began during the reign of Nripa Haya, a
local chieftain ruling Kaidala or Kridapura. Jakanachari, a young
sculptor, leaves his wife behind at Kaidala and travels far and wide,
seeking to perfect his art and attain fame. During the course of his
travels, he built several elegant temples including Belur and Halebedu.
Working and travelling, Jakanachari becomes so engrossed in sculpting
new and beautiful temples that he forgets his wife. Then back home at
Kaidala, a son is born to him and his wife names him Dankanachari. The
young boy grows up to become a sculptor too , it is quite natural,
Puliku Porandadu Poonai Aguma. Attaining adulthood, Dankanachari sets
out in search of his father. Traveling and traveling he reaches Belur,
he notices that a ChennaKeshava temple is being built and goes to see
the same. At the site, he points out a blemish in one of the main images
and says that the flaw makes the idol unworthy of worship. The sculptors
at Belur and disciples of Jakanachari chide him saying that it is not
possible at all, After all great Sculptor Jakanachari is Sculpturing the
same. He pleads with everyone. One day somehow he manages to meet the
King; He intimates the same information to the King. King is in dilemma,
neither he can support Jakanachari nor he can ignore the citizen’s plea.
King should be just, so he calls Jakanachari and informs him of boy’s
information. Jakanachari takes the challenge of the boy very seriously
and declares hastily to cut off his right hand if any defect could be
found in the image he had carved. Then king gives a date for the test.
How will you test the Idol? Raja asks his assistants to grind the Sandal
paste from sandal wood, and then they grind huge quantity of Sandal
paste. Then the idol is covered with sandal paste, They allow the sandal
paste to dry. Sandal Paste all over the idol dries except around the
navel. Then young Dankanachari goes on to examine the idol along with
Jakanachari With the Chisel, Dankanachari gives a gentle tap , behold
out comes first water, then some sand and finally the a type of frog (
Therai in Tamil). Jakanachari Accepts defeat ,King asks the young lad
his Poorvika ( His family details etc) Then Jakanachari gets a shock of
his life in knowing that the young lad is none other than his own son (
Jakanachari’s wife was pregnant when he left Kaidala) , Then
Dankanachari tells his father that since he is his own father , he need
not cut his hand, but inspite of his son’s pleas Jakanachari cuts off
his right hand as promised. Subsequently, Jakanachari gets a vision
directing him to dedicate a temple to lord ChennaKeshava in his native
place, Kridapura present day Kaidala. Then both father and Son take
leave of the King, and he gets the Correct stone from Belur itself (
Each type of Idol require different type of stones ) Accordingly, he
returns to that place and with his blunt hand and his sons help he
builds the ChennaKeshava temple and sculptors a beautiful moorthy of
ChennaKeshava and legend says that no sooner was the temple completed
than his right hand was restored. They say Kai Kotida Dala (Place where
his hands got back is the name Kaidala in Kannada) In commemoration of
this incident, the place has ever since been called Kaidala.
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The Temple Timings are Daily Morning 8.30 Am to 12.30 Pm and Evening 6.30 Pm to 8.30 Pm. On Tuesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays Morning 10.30 Am - 2.30 Pm and Evening 5.30 Pm to 8.30 Pm.
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