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									                   Mandya                                                    Districts




                                                  Kalhalli
            Sri Bhoo Devi Sametha Pralaya Varaha Swamy Temple




Kalahalli

Kalahalli It is also known as Varahanathana Kalahalli. It is small village in Mandya district, and it very near to
Bookenekere . Now Bookinanekere is synomyn with Karanatka because the Present Chief Minister of Karnataka,
sri B S Yeddyurarappa ( Bukinanekere Siddalingaih Yeddyurappa) hails from this place. He is the first chief
minsiter from Bharathiya Janatha Party and it is first time the the BJP came to power in South. Now I want you to
travel to Kalahalli village with me and it needs your Patronage. It is a very big treasure which our fore fatheres
have left for us. The Temple of Varahanatha the protector of World now itself needs the protection and I am sure if
we act now atleast for our posterity we can leave something to show them how our fore fathers were great builder
and artitechtures without any modern facility like crane etc. I appeal to younger generation to atleast visit this
place as cultural tourism. it can be covered in a day, You can Visit Kalahalli, then some jain Basthi is there near it
and A Statue of Gomatheswars is there and recently House of Kodhays have rebuild a temple of Venugopala
which was submerged in KR Sagar dam when the dam was built. But House of Khodays who are known to do lot
of social work for human welfare, entered into the picture and they undertook the challenge to relocate the entire
temple when it was lying submerged under dam. When the water was low they started the dismantling act they
meticulously numbered and then transported each and every stone and rebuilt a new temple for Lord Venugopala,
there is also a Narasimha temple there, then last you can visit the K R Sagar dam and Brindavan Garden and end
your Holiday and return safely to your base.
Now let us focus on the Kalahalli It is situated in on the right banks of river Hemavathi in Krishnarajapet taluk of
Mandya district, it is in the distant of 50 Kms of Mysore city approachable by a motor able road via
Krishanarajasagar Which is incidentally the nearest railway station. From Krishnarajasagar the road runs along
the northern banks of the vast water spread behind the dam. The village is called the VArahanatha or
varahanathana kalahalli, because of the famous Varaha situated at a distance of 2.5 Kms from the main village.
Government can do a lot to protect this treasure.

In the year 2005 I and my udanperava sahodaran Haresh Balasubramaniyam from Singapore were touring
different Vishnu Kshetram of Melnadu ( Karnataka) , then one evening we went to Parakala Mutt in Mysore and
Swami ji was there , we went and called on Swamiji , we introduced about ourselves and i told represent Gopura
Darshanam Magazine in Karanataka and cover the Vishnu temples in Karanataka and also put the detials in my
website . Then his spontaneous reaction was that I should Visit the Place known as Varahanathana Kalahalli,
Swamiji just told the rough route,Then we we took leave of Swamiji and we proceeded to Hedathale Which is the
birth place of our Acharyan ( I and Haresh had Samasharnam from him) H H Rangapriya Swami which houses a
Thirukootachala temple for Srikantha Perumal, Lakshminarasimha and Venugopala). Then next morning at 10 we
left Mysore on the trail of Varahanathana Kalahalli, We went to Pandavapura, then Chinakurli and Bhukenekere
and Ganjegere and finally reached the Kallahalli and for our good fortune Sri Vijay Bhattar was there. He normally
comes in the morning 10 Am and he will be there throughout the day and closes the temple at evening 6 Pm and
goes off.He stays nearby place known as Bhukenekere. His contact number is 08230 - 266109. Then i could not
collect much details so i could not write any article.

Then I visited Kalahalli for the second time two years back . That is another interesting story as desired by
Parakala Swamy I was trying to get in touch with Parakala Mutt manager at Mysore , I could not succeed and
finally i got his telephone number and spoke to him , he told he does not know much about the details and he in
turn put me on to Sri Venkatramaiah in Bangalore. I got in touch with him and told he wil introduce me to Prof E S
Dwarakadasa a Srivaishnava and a industrialist who taking deep interest to bring the original glory to this temple
.Then He introduced me to Prof.E S Dwarakadasa. Prof told on Varahajayanthi they all are going to Kalahalli . I
knew Prof Dasa sir thorugh my e-group. Then I went and met Venkatramaih A native from this kalahalli village (a
madhava Brahmin) knew about this temple and he was very much intrested that this temple should be known to
the world. He did a lot to trace the history and origin etc, then he stumbled upon a record which stated this this
temple is gifted to Parakala Mutt & Muzrai Department. As usual Muzrai department cannot take care of this
ancient treasure with limited budget at its disposal. Sri Venkatramaiah told that this temple was deserted and
there was fungus formation on moorthy without any abhishekam and pooja etc. Then he went to Parakala Swamy
many times and requested to visit the temple. then because of his continuous visit One fine evening Parakala
Swamy visited the temple and on seeing the moorthy he shed Ananda Kaneer and from that day Parakala Mutt
started taking active part and arranged a for a full time priest who will come in the morning and stay till evening.
Then on Varaha Jayanthi in the month of Thai on Revathi Nakshatra I once again visited the temple along with
Prof E S Dwarakadasa sir, his family members and Sri Venkatramaiah and had a blissful darshan. Now i have
some details which i gathered from Sri Venkatramaiah .

It is believed that this Varaha Moorthy was the samputa Moorthy of Kanva Rishi ( Samputa moorthy is one
moorthy which is carried by the rishis in Palm leaves box { Ollaipoti} of Kanva Maharishi who had his hermitage in
the nearby area. It is a unique moorthy . Its hieght is 25 Ft from the ground and the Bhoo devi Thayar siting on his
left Thigh is 6 feet in height. it is said at the back (MUDUGU) of the moorthy there is a Sudharshan chakra
engraved, it is made of Saligrama Shila. Shrines for Varaha are very very rare and to name a few, we have A
varaha temple in Sri Mushnam, Then Near Mahabila puram the Nithya Kalayana Perumal temple,Then Varaha
Narasimha at Simhachalam and Ahobilam, Then Varaha Perumal at Thirupathi. And in Karnataka we have this
Giant Moorthy and also a Sveta Varaha temple at Mysore Palace.

When Krishnaraja Sagar Dam was being constructed 24 villages were submerged but by the grace of Varaha
Swamy this Village and Temple escaped. It is really miracle this temple is located on a High mound with the Three
rivers Cauvery,Hemavathi & Lakshmanatheertha at its foot and the lush green paddy feilds around ,this village
commands a picturesque view of the surroundings and i infer it is under Parakala Mutt. I feel the Lord Pralaya
Varaha has not received the due attention it deserves either as a mega scultputre or as unique iconagrpahy.

The history of this area begins with ganga rulers of talakad,subsequently it became the part of
Hoysala,Vijayanagara, and Wodeyar Kingdom. Only one shilashasna has been noticed from this village , it is
engraved on stone slab lying outside the temple, it is dated Saka 1257 ( It corresponds to reign of Hoysala Veera
Bhallala III.It registers the gift of village of Kalahalli which was converted into a Agrahara and renamed as
Devalapura after Queen Devala Devi. The temple stands on a high mound facing east with a flight of steps
leading to the main entrance .The superstructure has undergone lot of changes from the original structure .There
is also remain of rubble wall around the temple which had functioned as protective wall against the fiery of river
Hemavathi's floods. The temple consists of a garbhagruha, Antardwara,Navaranga.

The main moorthy of Varaha with Bhoo Devi Measures 21 feet .Swami is seated in Sukhasana, with mother earth
Godess seated in the left lap and hold a water lilly ( Lotus) Swami is embracing the lower left arm around
mother.His right lower hand is in Abhaya Mudra. With Chakra and Shanku in his upper right and left arm
respectively. Similarly Mother is shown with two arms , her left hand she sports the Nilothphala flower and her
right hand is around lord waist. Lord wears Kiritamukhuta and Mother is sporting Karanda Mukhuta. from the point
of art and sculpture the Moorthies are carved in beautiful manner.

Now since the politically there is change of guard , i am sure in coming days this place will be recognized and it
will become place tourist attraction.

Now lot of people go and visit in week ends. It is said that people who dont get married visit this place and pray to
Mother Bhoo Devi and she blesses them and they get married soon after visiting this place. Those who are
afflicted by planet Rahu also visit this place and get the dhosha nivarthi. It is place for Vathu Dosa Nivarthi since
Vasthu Purusha is Bhomi Putra.

So please patronize our ancient treasure left to us by our ancestor and please help in restoring the ancient glory
of this Varahanathana Kalhalli temple.we should be happy while building the K R Sagar Dam all nearby place got
submerged but this place escaped, because it is prama dhaya of our Karauna Moorthy Varaha and Bhoo Devi.

The Temple of Varahanathana the protector of World now itself needs the protection and I am sure if we act now
at least for our posterity we can leave something to show them how our fore fathers were great builder and
architectures without any modern facility like crane etc. I appeal to younger generation to at least visit this place
as cultural tourism.

Contact Details

Sri Vikay Kumar Bhattar
Archakar,
Sri Pralaya Varahanatha Temple,
Kalhalli
Tel:08230-266109 & 9731932259

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