Saturday, October 11, 2014

Godess Bhuvaneswari Temple at Gondal, Saurashtra

There are very few temples of Shri Bhuvaneshwari in India. One of the temple is situated on the bank of river Tungbhadra in the south India and an another is in the western India in Saurashtra at Gondal. Bhuvaneshwari Temple with the Pithastan is only at Gondal. This Temple with the Pithasthan was founded in 1946 A.D. by Brahmaleen Jagadguru Acharyashri Charantirthji Maharaj. Therein the Pranpratistha ceremony of the idol of Mataji was performed by Rev. Lalitaba, wife of Acharyashree.


His Holiness Shrimath Sadguru Shantananda Swamigal with Goddess Bhuvaneswari

Bhuvanam means Universe and Easwari is Ruler. Goddess Bhuvaneswari is the Universal Mother and Ruler of the Universe. Her Bheeja is `HREEM’ and she resides in the Manidveepam – a fort. She has four hands, two of which bless the devotees while the other two holds the noose to draw the devotee closer to her and angusam to rid the devotee of their sufferings. She is one of the Dasa Maha Vidyas while the others are Kali, Tara, Shodasi, Tripurabhairavi, Cinnamastha, Dhumavati, Bagalamuki, Rajamathangi and Kamalathmika. It is believed that the 10 incarnations (Dasavatara) of Lord Vishnu emerged from the 10 fingernails of Goddess Bhuvaneshwari. It is said that one eye of Goddess Bhuvaneshwari is regarded as Raja Mathangi, who bestows prosperity and erudition while the other eye is that of Goddess Bhuvaneswari is Varahi- the Commander-in-chief of the celestial army, who protects devotees from all evil. 

Several temples and shrines are dedicated for Goddess Bhuvaneswari all over the world in places like Pudukottai, Tambaram - Chennai, Adambakkam – Chennai, Tripura Gawhati - Assam, KK Nagar-Chennai, Canada, Trichur, Chengannur – Kerala, Palani, Hampi, Udaipur, Mysore, Hampi, Calcutta, Adilabad District-Andra Pradesh, Mysopre, Mounasami Matam-Chennai, Parpanangadi, Madurai, Bhillawadi, Mandarakuppam near Neyveli, London, Ambattur-Chennai, Mavelikkara in Alappey dist in Kerala, Michigan – USA, Vallivattom-Kerala, Near Trisur –Kerala, Sringeri, Bhuvanagiri of Siddapur, Kovvuru in the East Godavari Dist, Andra Pradesh, Northern California at San Jose, (Akapparambu), Ernakulam Dist, Saurashtra at Gondal, Nittur in Tumkur dist, Nepal, Coimbatore and at Yadgiri in Gulbarga Dist. This article is a compilation of such various temples for this Mother Goddess.