LORD KRISHNA’S BHOJAN THALI ( WHEN THE ROCK MELTED INTO A PLATE )


The Supreme Personality of Godhead , out of HIS causeless mercy appeared as Sri Krishna in Vraj bhoomi during Dwapara yugam to protect the good and destroy the evil.  Sri Krishnavataaram is considered as the poornavataram amongst the innumerable avatarams taken by Mahavishnu.

KRISHNA’S APPEARANCE

Lord Krishna appeared as the eighth son to Devaki and Vasudevar but as per HIS instructions, Vasudevar carried the just born little child across Yamuna river and exchanged HIM with a just born girl child who was Yogamaya.

VASUDEVAR CARRYING LITTLE KRISHNA TO GOKULAM

 Sri Krishna was very affectionately brought up by HIS foster parents-Nand Maharaja and Mother Yashodha in Gokulam for the first few years  and then later shifted to Vrindavan where the Lord lived with the gopis till the age of 10.  Gokulam is known as AAyarpaadi.

MOTHER YASODHA WITH KRISHNA

 Mother Yashoda is the most blessed devotee in the whole world as she had the opportunity to see all the pastimes of little Krishna.  Kulasekhara Azhwar who is known for Rama bhakti, has dedicated 10 pasurams to Sri Krishna avataram in his devotional  outpourings in  “Perumal Thirumozhi”. Assuming the role of Devaki, he has lamented that he missed all those sweet pastimes of Krishna saying that Mother Yasodha and Nand bhabha were really fortunate.

KULASEKARA AZHWAR-AUTHOR OF PERUMAL THIRUMOZHI AND MUKINDA MAALA

 Innumerable devotees like Vallabhacharyar, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, shat goswamis, Soordas, Pundalikan, Sakkubai, Namdev,Tukaram,Jayadev,Meerabai, Nammazhwar, Andal,Periazhwar,Kulasekhara azhwar , acharyars like Nathamuni, Nampillai, Prabhupad,Oothukudi — the list is endless-—  have experienced the sweet pastimes of little Krishna who is bound only by unconditional love.

SURDAS -THE GREAT KRISHNA DEVOTEE THOUGH BORN BLIND COULD SEE KRISHNA WHO WAS ALWAYS AROUND HIM

As mentioned earlier, Krishna lived in Gokulam,Nandgaon and Vrindavan upto HIS 10th age and later moved to Mathura and then to Dwaraka.  In Vrindavan, Krishna used to go out with HIS friends to gaze calves and return in the evening.  Azhwars and many devotees have beautifully described about these pastimes in their works.

KRISHNA BALARAM GAZING COWS ALONG WITH HIS FRIENDS

 Krishna playfully killed many demons sent by Kamsa like Putana , Sakatasuran, Dhenukasuran, Bakasuran, Agasuran,Vatasuran, Prahlambusuran, Vyomasuran etc.

Krishna chased Vyomasuran upto our present Rajasthan border  around 40 to 50 kms from Barsaana  near Vrindavan  and finally killed him there.  After killing Vyomasuran, Krishna and HIS friends were feeling were hungry and decided to have food packed by their mothers there itself.

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The small hillock on which Krishna sat, transformed a part of it into a hollow round shape so that it could be used as thaali( plate ) by Krishna for having food.   There are two such natural formations in the rock which were used by Krishna Balarama for partaking food.  A local lady shared with us an incident regarding this which is shared below.

BHOJAN THALI-A NATURAL FORMATION ON THE ROCK AT KAMYAVAN

At the end of Treta Yuga, a king named Koblaas(not very sure about the name) who ruled Ayodhya was blessed with a daughter named Krishnavati whom he got her married and continued to keep his son-in-law with him.  

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As he was greedy in expanding his kingdom, he along with son-inlaw attacked the neighbouring kingdom known as Bhadravati and finally in the war , both the king and the son-inlaw lost their lives.  Krishnavati started ruling the kingdom .

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She was very detached and had no interest in material pursuits and was always engaged in meditation and used to strictly observe Ekadasi vrutham.  On one such Ekadasi, when she was observing Ekadasi vratham on the banks of Sarayu, Lord Vishnu pleased with her prayers appeared before her and granted her a boon.  She remembered her ancestor, Srirama redeeming Ahalya from her curse.  Ahalya who was cursed to turn into a stone was redeemed by Sri Rama’s paada sparsham.

AHALYA WHO WAS CURSED TO TRANSFORM INTO A STONE BEING REDEEMED BY LORD RAMA

Krishnavati recollected this and opted to become a stone so that the same blessing would be conferred upon her by the Lord. Lord granted the boon but said that HE would fulfill it in HIS next avataram as Krishna. In this case, it was not a curse but a boon which she opted for.

Krishnavati appeared as Indrasena parvath, a small hillock in Kamyavan (presently in Rajasthan) and was waiting for the Lord . Inspired by Goverdhana giri’s fortune to have Krishna’s association, she continued to pray to the Lord to place HIS lotus feet on her and bless her.

Krishna, in order to answer her prayers, rested on this hillock after killing Vyomasuran.  Krishna’s friends noticed that though they had brought all the bhog, they didn’t have a plate to offer it to Krishna.

 A part of the stone transformed into two round hollow plates and Krishna partook the offerings made to HIM.  Thus, her desire was fulfilled.

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CLOSER VIEW OF BHOJAN THAALI

 It is a normal practice for devotees to donate plates(thaalis) at this place and it is mentioned on the wall that donating gold and silver at this place is equal to performing ashwamedha sacrifice.

LITTLE KRISHNA RELAXING WITH HIS FRIENDS

The lady pointed out to another stone mentioning another incident. AFter having food, Krishna and HIS friends played for a long time here.  There is a stone ridge nearby.  When a Kamadhenu(cow) wanted to serve Krishna with milk, Krishna left HIS friends and started sucking out milk from its udders.

KRISHNA SUCKING MILK FROM COW

When HIS friends came in search of HIM, Krishna had not swallowed the milk.  The friends punched both HIS cheeks and the milk fell over the place.  This is known as Ksheer sagar.  There may be other versions to this but this was mentioned by that Brajbasi.

The lady shared other pastimes like Brahma mohana leela and Indra’s fury on Brajvasis .how the Lord protected them etc.  adding that Krishna was very furious with Brahma than with Indra because Brahma attempted to separate Brajvasis from Krishna which Indra didn’t attempt to do.

 Because of Indra’s act, all the gopis,cows etc. were together in Krishna’s presence.

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The offerings which we had cooked were placed on the thalis and contemplating on the divine pastimes of  Lord Krishna, we partook the prasadam after distributing to the assembled devotees.

All glories to brajwasis

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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THE TEMPLE WHERE LORD KRISHNA ALONG WITH FAMILY GIVE DARSHAN


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This is one of the  Srivaishnava  divya desams in  Tamilnadu  between Sivakasi and Virudanagar.  The wonderful  temple is  located  on a hillock in a serene atmosphere .  As per the legend  , the banyan leaf on which Perumal laid during Pralaya was converted into this hillock.

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The Soma Sandha Vimanam  is clearly visible even from a distance.  On the way, we  can have darshan  at Papanasini Theertham.  The other  theerthams connected with this temple are Bhaskara Theertham, Sanga Theertham, Padma theertham and Arjuna  nadhi(river).

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After climbing a flight of steps, we reach  the inner precincts of the temple.  Beautiful paintings on the wall depicting Dasavatharam, Ashtalakshmi,  Sri Ramar Pattabhishekam  and on the ceilings  is  a feast to our eyes.

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The  main deity (moolavar)  is glorified as  ” Nindra Narayanan” also known as Thiruthangal Appa in Nindra Thirukkolam  who gives darshan facing east.  Lord’s right hand is pointed downwards towards His  Lotus feet (Thiruvadi)  and left hand is on His waist. The uniqueness in this temple is Perumal ( Lord Krishna) is seen with Sridevi, Bhoodevi, Neeladevi, Jambavathi, Aniruddha, usha ,Bhrigu rish , Markandeya rishi, Garuda , Viswakarma and Aruna.  On Perumal’s right side, Sridevi, Bhoodevi, Aruna,Garuda  and Viswakarma are in Nindra thirukolam ( standing postures ) , Markandeya rishi in sitting posture.  On His left side, we can see Usha, Aniruddha, Jambavathi, Bhrigu rishi.

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 This is the only  temple, Lord Krishna  gives darshanam  with Rukmini(Sridevi), Satyabhama(Bhoodevi), Niladevi , Jambavathi, Aniruddhan in the same sanctorum .

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This  holy place is closely connected  to Aniruddha’s wedding.  Goddess (Thayar) is glorified  as Sengamala Naachiyar/ Anna Nayagi.  

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This is the only  temple,  Thayar  gives darshan in a separate sanndihi in Nindra Thirukkolam with Her right hand in Abhaya mudra and left hand hanging down.  Usually wherever there is a separate sannidhi, Thayar is always seated whereas in this place, she is in Nindra Thirukkolam and grants all the wishes of the devotees. 

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This place itself is named after Her  ”THIRU- THANGAAL  means  Mahalakshmi stays here  and whoever visits this place will be blessed with prosperity in this material life and after death will be blessed with Moksham.

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Banasura’s daughter Usha wanted to marry Lord  Krishna’s grandson Aniruddha,  Banasura was infuriated and he tied up Aniruddha with Nagastra.  Lord Krishna fought with Banasura, let His Sudarshana Chakram which slew his 98 hands.    ParamaSiva pleaded Lord Krishna  to spare his devotee and Perumal conceded the request  . 

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 Banasura gave his daughter in marriage at this place. Perumal appeared before Pururava Chakravarthy who was doing severe penance in this place and continued to reside here. The important theerthams are Baskara theertham named after Sun God who got rid of Brahmahathi dosham by having bath here, Papanaasini theertham- dip in this absolves one of all sins and he will be granted with moksha.  As it is deep, we are  not allowed to go near the theertham.

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There is a small river by name,Arjuna nadhi which is considered as Ganges itself as Arjuna in order to perform mornining rituals prayed to Ganges and let loose Varuna asthram  and water gushed out of the earth.  Hence, this is very sacred.

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Shri krishna sharanam mamah,   Shri krishna sharanam mamah,

Jai Shri krishna.. ….. Jai Jai Sree Krishna

 Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

 Photos : Courtesy : Google images