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The sanctorum of Sri Vittal-Rukmini Mandir at Govindapuram is open to all

Govindapuram, the quiet village sandwiched between Kumbakonam and Mayiladuturai is special for the spiritually inclined, especially those who revel in namasankirtanam. This is where the Jeeva Samadi of Bodhendral, 59th pontiff of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, who professed immense faith in chanting Rama Nama and Namasankirtanam is located. Soon Govindapuram will gain fame for one more reason. The construction of the Sri Vittal-Rukmini Mandir is almost complete and consecration is set for July 15.

The force behind the endeavour, Jayakrishna Dikshitar aka Vittaldas Maharaj, is unassuming, refusing to take the credit for the temple, where he is overseeing the arrangements. “I'll describe it as a penance and the Mandir is a blessing from my guru and ancestors,” he says.

At what point did Dikshitar, whose Harikatha sessions always drew a full house audience, with listeners crowding the aisles and spilling outside, think of building a temple for Panduranga on such a mammoth scale?

“The seed was sown decades ago, when I expressed my desire to build a temple, to Guruji (Swami Haridas Giri),” says Vittaldas. Haridas Giri instructed that funds be collected only by singing bhajans and cited how he had toiled hard for 25 years to build a temple, again for Panduranga, at Thennangur. “We started planning in 2004 and an announcement was made during the December music festival at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai. The bhoomi puja took place on a Guru Poornima Day in 2005. It is Divine will that consecration also falls on Guru Poornima (July 15).”

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-fridayreview/article2148626.ece

Sri Vittal Rukmini Mandir Kumbhabishekam Updates

With the divine blessings of H H Sri Sri Sri Haridhos Giri Swamigal (Guruji) and Paranur Mahathma Brahmashri Krishna Premi Swamigal (Sri Sri Anna), the much awaited and the grand Kumbhabishekam of Sri Vittal Rukmini Mandir, Govindapuram is going to be held on July 15, 2011.

  • The program details of the Kumbabishekam to be held between July 09 and July 15, 2011 will be published later.

  • Devotees who bought their rooms/houses in the Sri Vittal Rukmini Samsthan are welcome to use the same during Kumbabishekam.

  • Since it is difficult to accommodate all devotees within the Ashram premises during this grand event, we request all Bhakthas to book their accommodation in Kumbakonam, Mayavaram or Thiruvarur on their own well in advance.

Opportunity to do FREE service in Sri Vittal Rukmini Mandir

  • Bhakthas have a great opportunity to participate in the free Nithya Seva service to the Mandir which comprises of Sri Garbagraha Cleaning, Garland preparation, Pooja Vessels maintenance to Lord Sri Vittal and Sri Rukmini.

  • Only two persons will be allowed per day to perform the Seva.

  • In order for more Bhakthas to participate in this Seva, one person will be allowed to participate only once in a year.

  • Anyone irrespective of caste, religion can participate in this seva and get the blessings of Sri Vittal Rukmini Devi.