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Sri Gopinathaswami temple



Moolavar : Gopinathaswami
Urchavar : Sri Krishna
Amman / Thayar : Gopammal
Thala Virutcham : Neem Tree
Theertham : NA
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 500-1000 years old
Historical Name : NA
City : Reddiarchatram
District : Dindigul
State : Tamil Nadu

Singers:

   NA


Festival:

   Every Saturday including Saturdays in the month of Purattasi (September-October) and Pongal falling almost on January 14, are festival days in the temple with special pujas. On the Krishna Jayanti day (Lord Krishna?s birthday in August-September) in Avani Tamil month, Lord graces darshan very handsomely wearing all the ornaments.


Temple's Speciality:

   In days of yore, this was just a small temple in a forest-like place on the hill worshipped by shepherds and villagers in the place. The hill is called Gopinathan Malai (Malai-hill) from where the Lord graces the devotees fulfilling their prayers.


Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m


Address:

   Sri Gopinathaswami Temple, Reddiarchatram, Dindigaul district.


Phone:

   NA


General Information:

   River Mangarai flows at the foot of the 619 feet tall hill on which the temple stands.?There are steps to reach the temple.??At the entrance, the devotee is graced by Sri Garuda and Sri Anjaneya.??Presiding deity Gopinathaswami graces is seen playing the flute.??The procession deity Sri Krishna is seen holding ball of butter feeding the devotees.??Mother Gopammal graces from the left.


Prayers:

   Lord graces all those seeking child boon and transfers of job places and boons of their choice, protecting the cattle.


Thanks giving:

   Devotees perform Tirumanjanam to the Lord with Vastras.


Greatness Of Temple:

   In days of yore, this was just a small temple in a forest-like place on the hill worshipped by shepherds and villagers in the place.??The hill is called Gopinathan Malai (Malai-hill) from where the Lord graces the devotees fulfilling their prayers.


Temple History:

   During days of the Naicker rule, a Brahmin on his way to Kasi reached?Bellary?in Andhra Pradesh then.??The place faced drought due to failure of monsoon.??King Vallala ruling the region then had a huge number of cows.??His wife was Gopammal and son Gopinathan.??The hungry Brahmin came to the king and begged for food.?The king extended all hospitality to him.??The Brahmin suggested that the king moves to Pandya region where he would be blessed with all prosperity to his family and his cows.??Following the Brahmin?s advice, king Vallala moved to this region with family, cows and a few servants.??They stayed at this place called Reddiarchatram at the foot of this hill to relax which was the gateway to the temple.??The place was very fertile where they grazed the cattle and lived happily.The time here too changed negatively. Rain failed. Gopinathan prayed to God that he would offer his very life itself to the Lord if his cattle would have sufficient fodder and he relieved of his poverty. It rained incessantly that night and prosperity restored to the place. As promised, Gopinathan tied a bull with a neem tree and fell on its horns and executed his promise. Unable to bear the grief, mother Gopammal also accompanied the son in death. A few years later, a feudal lord of Kannivadi came to his place in his bullock cart for hunting, but the bulls could not proceed at a place and fell down. The cattle left by Gopinathan appeared as deers to the eyes of the Zamindar which he wanted to hunt but none fell to his sport. Returning back with disappointment, he called a soothsayer and explained him his experience. At dusk in the evening, a Siddha appeared and told the Zamin that Gopinathan was in the hills who loved cows. The Siddha advised him to build a temple for Gopinathan, donating cows and arrange regular festivals and pujas. The Zamindar followed the advice, built the temple with an idol of Lord Vishnu (Gopinathan) in flute-playing form. He also installed an idol for Gopammal carrying a pot of Kanji, a porridge-like dish.


Special Features:

   Miracle Based:?The procession deity Sri Krishna is seen holding ball of butter feeding the devotees.?


*Sources from Dinamalar.com




 
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