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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).”
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.
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