Manasi Devi and Chakalesvara Mahadeva Mandir

21 05 2010

Jai Nitai!

As I was taking photos of the project of cleaning the Manasi Ganga  I also took darshan and photos at a number of other mandirs as well. For now I will post the photos I took at Manasi Devi Mandir and the Chakalesvara Mahadeva Mandir.

Manasi Devi is the the Goddess that supervises and controls the Manasi Ganga area. There are four Devis in Braj Mandal that are considered by many as the most prominent. Manasi Devi on the bank of Brahma Kund  in Govardhan,  Yogamaya Devi (zrI pAtala devI) adjacent to the Govinda Ji Mandir in Brindavan, Paurnamasi Devi near Seva Kunj in Brindavan, and Vrinda Devi in Kamyavan.

The Chakalesvara Mahadeva Mandir and the immediate surrounding area is known as Chakra Tirtha. It is said that Krishna’s Sudarshan Chakra is embedded in the northern bank of Manasi Ganga. The Chakra was being used at the time to protect the Brajabasis from the deluge created by Indra at the time when Krishna was holding up the entire Govardhan Parvat.

Chakalesvara Mahadeva Mandir contains a group of five lingas and a beautiful Sri Murti of Nandi sitting and facing the main shrine. This is one of the main Mahadeva Mandirs that are protecting Braja Mandal. The other ones being, Gopesvara in Brindavan, Kundesvara in Radhakund, Bhutesvara in Mathura, Nandesvara in Nanda Gaon and Kamesvara in Kamyavan.

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Kundesvar Mahadev--Radhakund

Kundesvar Mahadev–Radhakund

Nitai Gaura Radhey Shyam
Gauri Shankar Sita Ram

From Sankalpa Kalpadruma by Visvanath Cakravartipad: 

vRndAvanAvani-pate jaya soma soma-
maule sanandana-sanAtana-nAradeDya |
gopIzvara vraja-vilAsi yugAGghri-padme
prItiM prayaccha nirupAdhi namo namas te ||103||

 O hey husband of Uma, O hey Candrasekhara (one whose head is the residence of the moon)! O hey worshipable by Sananda, Sanatana and Narada Muni, O hey Gopisvara Siva! You are situated within the forest of Vrindavan. I offer my pranam to you. You please award me with causeless unconditional prema for the yugala Vraja-bihari, Sri Sri Radhe Shyam.

From Vraja Vilasa Stava by Raghunath Das Goswami:

mudA gopendrasyAtmaja bhuja pariSraGga nidhaye
sphurad gopIvRndair yam iha bhagavantaM praNayibhiH |
bhajadbhis tair bhaktyA svam abhilaSitaM prAptam
acirAd yamI-tIre gopIzvaram anudinaM taM kila bhaje || 87||

I daily worship Gopisvara Sadasiva, who was devotedly worshipped on the bank of the Yamuna by the loving gopis who desired the jewel-like embrace of the arms of Sri Krishna, the prince of Braja, and who thus swiftly attained their desired object.

And at the very end of the Srimad Bhagavatam this verse is found:

nimna-gAnAM yathA gaGgA
devAnAm acyuto yathA |
vaiSnavAnAM yathA zambhuH
purAnAnAm idam tathA ||12.13.16||

Just as the Ganga is the greatest of all rivers, Acyuta is the supreme among Divinities, and Sambu is the greatest Vaisnava, so is the Bhagavata  the greatest of all Puranas.

Jai Kundesvara Mahadev!

Jai Gopisvara Mahadev!