Thousands throng Melkote to witness twin miracles

Thousands throng Melkote to witness twin miracles

A spring that comes to life on a barren land belonging to a Dalit farmer at Narayanapura, 10 km from Melkote temple, continues to excite the devotees, who throng the temple town to witness the Vairamudi and Rajamudi festival.

The town was celebrating Narayana jayanti on Monday, as part of the festivities, where ‘Theerthasnana’, a ritual, is performed to the idol taken out in procession.

Water gushing out of two 2-feet deep pits on the same day, and three eagles (Garuda pakshi) circumambulating the temple and the pond thrice is considered as a miracle by the devotees.

More than 20,000 people throng temple to witness Cheluvanarayanaswami adorned with Rajamudi, and to take a holy dip in the pond after the ritual to the deity.

As soon as the ritual was completed, three eagles appeared and flew around the temple, amid enthusiastic devotees chanting ‘Govinda Govinda’. The temple administration had organised mass feeding for the devotees.

Spring

Within moments of the ‘Theerthasnana’, water springs at a two-feet deep pit on a barren land, 10 km away from the temple, at Narayanapura, attracted the devotees.

This is being observed every year and did not disappoint the devotees this year too, who had doubts due to the prevailing drought situation. Devotees were seen collecting the water in bottles.

According to locals, the spring is alive only for a day and later dries up. About 50 pots of water is available on the day. Water appears only during the same day next year, they said.

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