[Advaita-l] Any Vishnu temples run by smarthas?

abhishek sm abhishek046 at gmail.com
Fri Jan 27 00:28:49 CST 2012

Sri Guru Narasimha temple of Saligrama town, Udupi district is managed
by Koota Brahmins, i.e a form of Smartha brahmins. The most
interesting fact is that, instead of considering Adi Shankara as their
guru, they consider Lord Narayana in the form of GURU Narasimha as
their guru. Adi Shankara is considered only a proponent. Still, they
follow Advaita vedanta. The temple is said to be over 1500 years old,
while the deity is said to be of unknown times. The deity is a 3 ft
tall vigraha of Narasimha carved out of the Saligrama stone on its
own! It is believed to be self manifested.

On 1/27/12, Kalyan K <kalyankc.81 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear Sri Venkat,
>>There is a place called "Annavaram" in East Godavari District of Andhra
> Pradesh.
>>This is nearby Kakinada.  This place is famous for "Satyanarayna Swamy
> Temple"
>>and is popularly known as Annavaram Satyadeva.  Everyday, sAmuhika
> satyanarayana
>>vratams are performed on large scale.
> I have heard of this place as I hail from AP myself, though I did not
> visit it. Just curious, is the deity considered to be self-manifested here?
>>The temple has 2 floors.  The ground floor consists of large yantra which
> is based
>> on the bija mantras of "Tripad Vibhuti Mahanarayana Upanishad".
> Talking of yantras, there is a legend that SrI Adi Sankara established a
> yantra at tirupati. However, I cannot vouch for the authenticity of this
> legend.
> Regards
> Kalyan
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