Yesterday, because of Smt. Saraswathi, who is a long-standing devotee and visitor of avery old temple in Vasanthapura...the Vasantha Vallabha Raaya Swami Devasthana, dedicated to Vishnu and Lakshmi, I happened to visit it, and I came away deeply impressed.

Here's the temple....

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Another view:


Here are the beautiful brass Dhwajasthambha (flagpole) and the pavilion behind it:

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Some more views of the decorations outside the top:



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As one enters, one sees haldi and kumkum bowls at the feet of the Dwara Palaka (Guardian of the entrance):

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Here's a view of one of the Dwara Palakas:


At the entrance is the Sannidhi of Garuda, Vishnu's vehicle:

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By sheer chance, a Seeta Kalyanam (marriage of the God and Goddess) was happening as we visited. Here are the Utsava murthis, bedecked in regal grandeur:

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Here is the adorned idol of Amman, facing the Utsavar:

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The "thirai" (curtain) was held in front of the Utsavar after the abhishekam:

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Each time, the priests exchanged the garlands of the God and Goddess, reciting their lineage for three generations "Naphtrae/Naphthreem; Pouthrae/Pouthreem; Puthrae/Puthreem) as we do for our weddings, too:

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Arathi was shown to the idols:

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Click here to see a short video that I took, you can hear the relationships being chanted (for the Goddess).

In front of this temple is another small and old temple, dedicated to "Sri Rama Jaya Rama Anjaneya":

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This, too, has an ancient pavilion for people to use:

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The public space around this temple is still lovely, with flower sellers hawking their wares, and several trees.

A wonderful piece of history, heritage, and the Hindu religious tradition of our beautiful city, that I was lucky enough to see by serendipity...thank you, Smt. Saraswathi!

For more info about the temple, visit heritage architect Krupa Rajangam's article