- Jamardhaaaswamy Ambalam
fantastic legend of its origin takes us back to Kritayuga and the characters
involved for the emergence of this regularly visited Vaishnava kshetra are no
mortals - they are the Creator Brahma, the Protector Mahavishnu, the
Trilokasanchari Narada and a few unfortunate Satyalokavasis. The legends begins
with Narada's entry into Brahma's chamber and ends with the building of a grand
independent big shrine for Janardhanaswarny, who emancipated the deserving
divinities. First let us understand the significance of the name.
is the corrupt form of valkala - a word for garment in Sanskrit. A temple
dedicated to Sri Janardhana swamy came up at a place, where Narada's valkala -
upper cloth fell. Seems odd, isn't it? But true, a hundred percent.
to legend, once Brahma managed to steal a few seconds from his arduous work and
slipped into the lap of Morpheus - the Goddess of sleep, during office hours. It
so chanced Narada - the Kalahabhojana entered then singing in praise of
Mahavishnu in such an ecstatic joy that he not only became oblivious of the
environs, but made the listeners too share his state. Awakened by his melodious
tune, the napping Brahma fell prostrate before him forgetting the decorum,
decency etc. In the open assembly at it. The gods assembled there burst into
laughter that alone brought Brahma to the world real. Feeling humiliated, he
cursed them to go to Bhuloka to purify themselves by penance. They regretted.
Narada advised the disconsolate to do penance at a place, where his varkala fell
for reinstatement. They descended to the present Varkala, where his garment fell
anal did penance. During then Brahma came to this spot to conduct a yagna. Lord
Janardhana, who visited to attend it, blessed the gods doing penance. In token
of redemption, the gods built a temple and installed Janardhana's icon. The Lord
brought holy Ganga here with his sudarsan disc and now called Chakra thirtha:
The temple and its thirtha won fame on account of many miracles - curing of
diseases and solving of problems of the true bhaktas. It is a modest sized
temple containing at the essential parts and built on a high mound resembling a
lies at about 2 km west of Varkala railway station on the Trivandrum-Quilon line
in Kerala state.