Where is ‘Chandra Kanchi’? ‘Chandra Kanchi’ is the name of the place where Sri Guru Raghavendra Mrithika Brindavanam is proposed to come up as per the wishes of Guru Rayar. This place is on the outskirts of Kanchipuram. For a detailed route map, please do visit:
Chandra means ‘Moon’. This particular site that has been chosen for this divine activity is very close to a small lake. Since ‘Moon’ owing to its cool nature is associated with ‘water’ in our ancient scriptures, it was felt that ‘Chandra Kanchi’ will be an apt name for this place.
We later came to know by divine grace that, the great work ‘Guru Gunastavan’ created by Sri Vaadindra Teertaru (5th pontiff after our great Sri Guru Raghavendra) compares the Chandra (Moon) with our beloved Guru Sri Raghavendra and just like the light from the moon dispels the darkness during the night times, the light (grace) from Guru Ragavendra dispels all the ignorance and sins of his ardent devotees (Quote from the work: yenaisa candrika pi tribhuvanavisada satpathodancitasrih
lebhe sarvajnamauliprakatitavibhava tvatta eva prakasam)
Sri Lakshmi Nrsimhar Guru Raghavendra Trust has been registered with an intention to come out with this new mrithika brindavanam for Guru Rayar on this place.
The initial version of the design layouts for the various portions of the temple have arrived:
The artha mandapam and the main vimanam would like as follows: The left hand side part of this scanned picture gives a side view of the sanctum sanctorum and the ‘artha mandapam’. The right hand side of the scanned picture shows the front view of the gaja prashta vimanam that is the planned vimanam for the main sannidhi.
The ‘maha mandapam’ enclosure with a flight of steps on the three sides leading to the artha mandapam and sanctum sanctorum will look as below:
The following scanned picture gives a bird’s eye view of the complete plan – Not to scale as far as the plot layout is concerned.
The center portion is going to be the main sannidanam with Lakshi Nrsimhar, Hanuman and Sri Raghavendra Brindavanam followed by the ardha mandapam and maha mandapam. On your left hand side where you see the two small portions at the top and bottom portion is where the different sannidhis for Pandurangar and Rukmini for one location and Sri Ramar, Lakshmanar and Sita for the second location is being planned.
Unique features of this project:
- This is going to be one of the very few mrithika brindavanams for Sri Guru Rayar that is following the pancharatra agama sastra as of now
- Here Rayar is being planned to be seated under Sri Lakshmi Nrsimhar and Hanuman. Reasoning behind this is as follows: Sanku karnar as the first avatar – Prahalad – was instrumental and played a role in having the Nrsimhar avatar on this earth. Then in the next avatar as Vyasarajar (ignoring the small avatar of Bahlika Rajar), he was instrumental in creating 732 hanuman idols. And as the last avatar, Guru Rayar brindavan is coming up in that order
- This will also convey subtly the concept of “Hari Sarvottama, Vayu Jeevothama, Guru Vijoyattama” in the same order
- This order of Nrsimhar, Hanuman and Rayar is not there in any of the
brindavanams of Rayar – although other avatars of Narayana like Sri Krishna, Sri Rama, Srinivasa are present with Rayar mrithika brindavanam in different places.
For the latest updates on the project, you can visit the page “Chandra Kanchi – progress updates“
For the different options in which you can help in this project and thereby get the blessings of Sri Hari, Vayu and Guru Rayar, you can visit the page “Request for donations/sponsor“