Shree Venkataramana Temple
KARKALA – 574 104, Udupi District
(A Gowda Saraswatha Brahmin Denomination Temple)
Dear Samaj Bandhavas,
Shree Venkataramana Temple, Karkala, popularly known as “Padutirupathi” is one of the ancient Temples belonging to the Gowda Saraswath Brahmin Community. This Temple has a remarkable history of six centuries and is revered by its devotees belonging to the GSB community all over India and abroad. Those who worship Lord Shree Venkataramana of Karkala are blessed by Him.
The blessedness and the glory of Lord Shree Srinivasa and Lord Shree Venkataramana of Karkala are beyond expression. The resilient belief says that prayers offered with devotion standing inside the Garuda Mantap are always fulfilled by The Lord. Every devotee has his own reminiscence of His grace that has protected him/her at the time of need. To the devotees of Lord Shree Venkatamana, He is their Master and the Saviour. A profound expression as “AMGELO DEVU” springs out from the bottom of the heart of every devotee of Lord Shree Venkataramana because of one’s staunch faith in Him.
The daily Pooja Viniyogas, Panchaparvas and the Mahotsavas in the Temple are performed with great devotion and grandeur. “Selfless Service” is a significant feature of this Temple and here this has been practiced by all. In the last one hundred years so many ever memorable historic programmes have taken place here beyond one’s imagination. They speak volumes about the greatness and glory of the Lord and the “Kshetra”.
The Temple has always encouraged academic, social, cultural and religious activities for the benefit of the people of Karkala and outside. In a visionary act, 100 years ago, The Board of Trustees of the Temple started women’s education in Karkala in the name of the Lord. In pursuit of its academic and social causes, the Temple has supported Sri Bhuvanendra College, Karkala, Shree Venkataramana Goshala Trust (R), Vatsalya Seva Trust(R) (Old age Home) and Super Speciality Hospital by giving them acres of valuable land belonging to the Temple on lease.
In the long history of the Temple, it was renovated only twice way back in 1537 AD and 1776 AD. So, now it has been the long felt urge of the devotees to go for the renovation of this Holy Temple. This is our good fortune that the renovation of the Temple is going to take place during our life time. So to achieve this divine task successfully, it is the foremost duty of all the devotees to pray to Lord Shree Venkataramana with all sincerity and unity to get this divine work done through them by Him in a splendid manner.
The Renovation of the sanctum sanctorum and the inner quadrangle structure of the Temple will take place as per the divine guidance and the blessings of His Holiness Srimad Sudheendra Thirtha Swamiji of Shree Samsthan Kashi Math, Varanasi. With this aim in view, the Board of Trustees of the Temple has formed a Jeernoddhara Samithi.
So, for the success of this sacred project, We, reverentially pray for the divine blessings of His Holiness Shrimad Sudhindra Thirtha Swamiji and His Patta Shishya His Holiness Shrimad Samyamindra Thirtha Swamiji of Shree Samsthan Kashi Math, Varanasi, His Holiness Shrimad Vidhyadhiraja Thirtha Shripada Vader Swamiji of Shree Samsthan Gokarna Parthagali Jeevotham Math and His Holiness Shrimad Shivananda Saraswathi Swamy Guru Maharaj of Shree Samsthan Gowda Padacharya Kaivalya Math, Goa.
The present Aaya and Vastu of the Temple will be maintained and the new structure will be built in resemblance with the existing structure in a unique and majestic form. With this objective in view the blue print of the new structure of the Temple has been drawn up by an experienced Vastu Expert and an Engineer.
The Devotees are eagerly looking forward to be a part of this great event which occurs once in several centuries. So on this historic occasion, let everyone of us serve the Lord by dedicating ourselves with Tanu, Mana, Dhana to this memorable task of the Jeernoddhara of the Temple.
We also request you to seek and earn the blessings of His Holiness Swamijis and Lord Shree Venkataramana by your wholehearted participation in this magnificent and sacred work.
Place: Karkala Yours, in the Service of the Lord.
Date: 14.10.2013 K. Jayaram Prabhu
Shree Venkataramana Temple, Karkala