notice the chain on the leg, anklet the dress worn for Bharatanatya See Chennakeshava from the from, see Allalanatha from the rear there is a saying such this is the Zari on either sides there you can see the knot in the ancient times this statue was Being taken to Belur Chennakeshava temple since the Garbha griha was small this statue could not be accommodated there at this Kondajji this statue was stopped during transportation we are at Hassans Kondajji village Here we are in front of the Sri Lakshmi Varadaraja Swamy temple this is a very unique temple what is the uniqueness, that we will know from the Halebidus Tourism guide H M Ambreesh, come let us see now we are at Kondajji Sri Varadarajaswamy temple in ancient times this statue was Being taken to Belur Chennakeshava temple since the Garbha griha was small this statue could not be accommodated there at this Kondajji this statue was stopped during transportation the sculptors who where bringing it later an old lady of this village she purchased it and installed it here this is the history of this place I am Krishna Murthy Since generations we have been serving in this temple My grandfather, my father We all this is Lakshmi Varadaraja swamy Garuda the vehicle of Vishnu the Lotus platform Shanku, chakra, gadha, Padma Lakshmi on the Chest Hence Lakshmi Varadaraja base is 4 feet high and the statue is 11 feet tall the specialty is on the waist of the statue is the emblem of Hoysalas means this was made by the Sculptors who did Belur and Halebidu to prove that they have left behind a sign this statue was made for Belur temple due to unforeseen situations the garbhagudi was completed first due to that this statue could not be taken inside the temple Here an old lady for see the future Since she installed this statue here, hence this village got the name Kondajji (Kond- bought/brought and Ajji – old lady in kannada) this is the saying here since this was made for Belur the same Sculptors have made a nose ring similar to the nose ring of Belur Chennakeshwa Mohini avataara even this statue has the nose ring of Mohini avatara rings to the toes, leg chains, anklets the bharatanatya style costume is engraved in the stone there is a waist belt the same way on the crown above there is the hairstyle hence this is very different from others, because all statues will be flat at the rare side like a mold 11 feet tall, even the other side is complete the peetambara is also on the rear the janivara is seen on the back on top is the crown along with the hairdo , on the leg is the chain, anklet and toe rings here the ritual was such that people would see all gods front, and Varadaraja Gods rear it is very rare that in both the side, completely carved on both the sides is very very rare March 22nd and September 22nd on these two days, on sunrise, directly the sun rays fall on the feet on the Gods statue to see that many people come here on seeing that light, we get filled with so much happiness off late since here tress have frown, yet till 8 or 9 am the light falls here even last month also it was there on that day that is the specialty i told the PWD people that if possible please avoid that pillar there i told them not to do it but they did not agree march 22nd and September 22nd motion of the sun going from south to north is called Uttarayana – the sun is moving towards north and when it reaches north it starts moving south and it is called Dakshinayana it will come straight inside See Channakeshawa from the front and see Allalanatha from the rear this is also known as Allalanatha see Allalanatha from the rear See Channakeshawa from the front this is the saying here this is made of Black Saligrama Stone where is this black Saligrama stone available ? in North India near Nepal on the banks of river Ganga this is available from there it was brought and the sculptors carved it, is the place history Vkshasthala (on the chest) Lakshmi Varadaraja on the right chest god has kept lakshmi generally where there is Vishnu Lakshmi will be there rarely it will not be there Lakshmi Narasimha Lakshmi Ranganatha Lakshmi Venkataramana Lakshmi Varadaraja this way in all from has lakshmi along with him in all places to show that it is Mohini avatara, there is the toe ring, leg chain, anklet, bharatanatya style dress in Mohini avatara, and on top of the crown is the hair do all these are have been made to show the beauty of Mohini avatara hair do on the crown anklet this is the chain this is the anklet, this is the bharatanatya dress this is the zari on each sides notice the knot on both the sides on both the side see the design yes please the lotus pedestal and the statue is a single stone this garuda base is different, you can see the notice the joint here do you permit every one to come in and see the rear limited people base is 4 feet and the statue is 11 feet total it is 15 feet in abhaya hasta the flower is held in the hand since that is Abhaya hasta its lakshmi Varadaraja Vishnus 24 names according to Vehicle, seat, weapon and amudamu based on these Varadaraja, chennakeshava venkataramana, Srinivasa, govinda, Madhava, madusudhana such many names are told, for example Ranganatha means lying on Adisheesha if you see Belur Keshava left hand chakra, right hand shanka here he is holding padma, in abhaya hasta on his chest is Lakshmi Sridevi, bhoodevi, like this based on these symbols mainly 24 names are differentiated when will the pooje be? daily pooje is there morning we start at 4 then by 9 it will be over in the morning after cleansing after dressing the statue and decorating it it will be 9 or 10 am if there is abhisheka, then it will be till 11am sometimes i will go beyond 12 in the evening? evening we do Mangala arthi 6 pm my house is right next door if someone comes and calls you would come is it? yes even if you come here we will get to know if we are in town generally i am not out for long, even if i go out to Hassan i will be back in short while the area behind the statue was freely visited by people off late the archaeologist has instructed this is 1000s years old history if it has to remain dont let crowds of people inside previously people on their own would crowd behind the statue since they were habituated since the beginning now a days we are controlling a little , there is no problem for believers it is not the number of people that is important even i dont want too many people let only two people come, a devotees big soul if it reaches god the blessed ones who have done this symbol , it will be worth their effort they are the gods as they say there is no god with out you and there no pot without mud as per this saying there is no greater power than the atma of a person in this world it consists of divine powers eating what comes from it is or consciousness consciousness is the divine form inside every person there are divine powers the way we use it, has been left to us by God we can choose what we what, god has created everything in this world after creating such a vast world god sends man to god and enjoy this beautiful world but we after birth start comparing each other we rupture our atma we spoil our own health and prosperity Mankinds existence kept as it is, this was made possible we dont have existence now be it in culture, mankind or anything , all has lost meaning due to this, although we have so much development around us mankind is drowning in problems Mankind does not have a clear strong foundation for man they had it hence they could so easily they could achieve this, with out so many workers, Hitachi cranes what are all these, get out there atmas had more strength than that Hence they could create something this we Indias could show to the world the power of our atma these blessed men left this as a permanent mark their divine powers they have taken and kept it out if they wanted it to be made such, they they could make it such this is how they wanted it to be done here they have kept there divine powers they had atmas for 100’s of years if they ruled for 100’s of years, how? He had no conflicts, but pure atma the atma that has no fear of failure their only aim was development of the world hence, for such people health and prosperity is taken care by itself one example is if we our of anger towards some one shout at them on that day we will not be able to eat food since morning we will be worried and neglect the food every day if we are worried, then it is like we cheating our self Hence, such examples, what kind of a person has made it? if we go into depth, we will realize that they are the ones with atma they are great people who grew up on strong values of mankind they too are poojaris (Worshipers of God) Rama, Krishna, Eshwara every one are human they too were in this world, but they fought for the mankind, today they are poojaris (Worshipers of God) everything if we see, we are talking of the world is changing eshawara the wearer of skin Vishnu is the wearer of Pethambara back in those days there was no clothes human life has come ahead step by step to this level from single celled animals to jumping from trees to trees only due to human Atma so much development could take place Eshwara the wearer of skin yet he did not propagate animal killing great person Eshwara See Eshwara devotees take even now offer Rishi food Naivedya most of the times to Eshwara but as time is changing when we reached Dwaparayuga the dress changed to petambara, along with peacock feather even today we find it beautiful for the times back then they used a peacock feather for decoration he put on some nice clothes which was called as peetambara that way as per the environment then one more example is that this Bhima, Kourava,anjaneya for them its round gadhe but for this god it is not so it is Kadgolu(similar to the stick used for churning the butter) this world, history and culture is churning it in to a new form everyday it is becoming new even our Atma too what every day you are making the same curry? it wishing for change, everyday the same is not acceptable Hey come let us go there, no i have seen it, Atma wants to see something new it will make you reach new levels in this world the plant species what plants i had seen are no more on this earth so many new ones have come and taken its place 90 years of History that i have seen, none of it is intact now not even rituals or lifestyles, festivals previously when it was festivals it was prosperity our atma would be filled and overflowing with the feeling of a festival now from morning to evening you eat the same thing and even if you put plate full of it, yet no one is satisfied this is the world of show off existence without proof like this have we come directly from earth ? that is why it is said that Mother is equal to god there is no God above Mother, one more saying is Mother is the giver of life if our mother delivers us and brings us out to this world and nourishes us we have a very close relation between earth and us that baby struggles and and joins the earth after falling and learning to walk the child does not listen, it will sway, fall, get up again then it makes its existence felt on Mother earth from there starts the relation between it and the earth develops Hence Mother and Motherland are greater than heavens Mother and god are one and the same from young age, the mistakes are corrected, not like this, this is bad, this is money, this is jewelry that is good that is bad, all this is about the world for his lifelong journey on this earth the way towards god is shown after that Mother earth will take us in only if we eat what grows from this earth is it best What do we do? Do we eat god for food. food is life, life is god this is the history of the earth from those days till today A complete divine man is the one who takes man towards humanity Be it Vishnus any form he kills a demon and saved Humanity this too like Bhasmasura when he did penance to Eshwara and when eshwara told him to ask for the boon, he wished for a power to burn anyone whom i touch to ashes in the end he tried to keep his hand on god such a demon was killed and humanity was restored by Vishnu all have a companions for our existence thrimurties what we call them , or be it any moorty be it any godly figures the ones who embrace humanity is a true human Brahma had why did shiva chop off fifth head of Brahma Brahma had five head yet here they did not loose humanity thus they had divine powers to explain this there are various examples and rituals too example is not being said for the sake of it but there are strong basis on which these are being said previously people would say what do yo consider human as God is it possible to search for god? we think , we listen to what god will say he is within us from there when we take the power no other power can be seen as greater than that power and due to scientifically and due to atma if you do this, it will move such, who is the reason is it he ? it is you even in our villages there is scientific advancement how he grows Paddy? oh leave it, he is not alone who is doing it that is monkey smartness, one more will come up with one more such technique i too have done it leave him i will come up with some thing new this is the reason why and how human has seen so much development during their lifetime the desire to find something new such a intellect has been built inside us by god and thus he has made us reach so far to this level see initially Rishis collected water from the ponds and lakes for survival giving due respect to nature later stone wells were constructed, it is still found in our village the water was good in it by use of rope 50 to 100 feet deep if it was submerged water could be drawn out the water level dipped, as per natures law this is struggle of mankind today 100-200 feet down there are able to harvest water this is as per nature and as per time the usage of vishnus great intellect this is the change that has happened which i have witnessed like this in this world humanity will lead to further development all is as per gods will say the truth as it is there is no hesitation to do it what our atma has seen that truth we have to tell the people if they like it let them, if they dont like it, let it be many people say but those who what to listen, they will listen and benefit from it some just leave it, as per their wish there is no other prosperity more than this what we have earned is all very minuscule or momentary our eyes, ears, nose, hands, legs etc, this is the real prosperity, there is nothing more precious than this we cannot gain any other wealth, they all are only momentary now it will be there, tomorrow morning it would have fallen off hence human should use the intellect within him when we direct it towards the divine only then development of all only then there will be completeness and our life will become fulfilled.