lies on the Eastern bank of river Swarnamukhi occupying about five
acres. It has three prakarams pierced by three broad gates lying to
the Western, Southern, Northern sides and imposing towers over them.
Entering through the Northern called Bikshalagali entrance, the
devotees visit Sri Kasi Viswanantha Annapurna shrine first. Crossing
this, they enter Bala Jnanananda Prakaram, they worship here
Subrahmanya, Patala Ganapathi and Suryanarayana each in a separate
shrine. Then they enter through the Hundred Pillared Mandapam built
by Sri Krishna Devaraya adorned with beautiful sculpture. Passing
through Jalakoti Mantapa and Palgar Mantap. they enter the garbha
griha lying in third prakara to worship Sri Kalahasteeswara
installed on a high pedestal in the centre. It is facing the West,
and over the sanctum lies the two-tired Vimana built in the Vesara
style. The Presiding deity being the Vayulinga, the devotees observe
here the eternal fluttering of oil lamps testifying to the presence
of Siva in the form of wind. Hence the offering of all the prayer
services to the Utsavamurthi by priests. (An elaborate account is
given in AGS No.3).
visiting the Panchabhutasthalas, we have to see three more - the
Suryamurti; the Chandramurti; and Yajamanamurti to complete the
darsan of Sivashtamurtis.
the capital of Nepal enshrining the Pasupathinath icon await our
visit. Let us up and, move.