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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Sri Torana Ganapati decorated with Suvarna Kavacha Alankara


The Jagadgurus of Sringeri used to stay near the Shankaracharya temple in Sringeri. It is only after the 33rd Jagadguru, Sri Sacchidananda Shiva Abhinava Nrisimha Bharati moved to the southern bank of the Tunga, have the succeeding Jagadgurus made Narasimhavana their place of residence.
The 32nd Acharya of the Peetham, Jagadguru Sri Vriddha Narasimha Bharati Mahaswamiji used to reside adjacent to the temple of Goddess Sharada. One one occasion, the Acharya had a vision of the Ganapati when he was contemplating on resolving and issue in the mutt affairs. He offered His prayer by offering a dhurva to the image of Lord Ganapati carved on the Torana of the door nearby, and the problem got resolved. Since then, the Ganapati has come to be worshipped as Torana Ganapati.
His disciple and the 33rd Acharya of the Peetham, Jagadguru Sri Sacchidananda Shivabhinava Narasimha Bharati Mahaswamiji used to offer his prayers and dhurva everyday to Sri Torana Ganapati.
The succeeding, Jagadguru Sri Chandrashekara Bharati Mahaswamiji offered Him silver kavacha.
Jagadguru Sri Abhinava Vidyatirtha Swamiji organized for the nitya puja.
Jagadguru Sri Bharati thirtha Mahaswamiji got the reconstruction of the place and has offered a Golden kavacham.
To this day, this unique shrine of Lord Ganesha still stands as testimony to the Acharyas’ prayer to the Lord to avert obstacles. It is customary for devotees and pilgrims visiting Sringeri, to first have darshana of Sri Torana Ganapati and only then proceed to have the darshana of Sri Sharadamba and the various deities and the Jagadguru.
The paadukaas of Vriddha Narasimha Bharati have also been place ther for worship.
Daily puja is offered to Ganapati. He is very popular among the devotees, as a vara prasadi and a kshipra varaprasadi. He fulfils the wishes of the devotees. (Prasada means tranquility)
Dhurva, coconuts and modaks made of jaggery/sugar are offered. Devotees submit their special offering and prayers on every chaturthi and also on Tuesdays. Apart from this, the following sevas can be performed at the shrine of Lord Sri Torana Ganapati.