mighty annihilator of Kamsa’s armies and the protector of cows, Sri Krishna in
Mannargudi, Tamil Nadu is revered by Vaishnavas as “Rajagopalaswamy” or
“Rajamannar”. This form of the blue-skinned Lord depicts him attired in a short
dhoti, fine ornaments, holding an Ankusha or goad, accompanied by a cow and two
glistening bronze statue, Rajagopala strikes a magnificent stance, standing on
an inverted lotus pedestal. The icon is placed on a square platform, shared by
the bovine friends of Krishna, who surround him with affection and devotion.
meditative expression is spread over Rajagopalaswamy’s countenance, bringing
out his divine quality, which is also highlighted by the triangular Srivatsa
symbol on his chest, representative of Sri Lakshmi who resides in the heart of
Alvar traditions, Rajagopala is the form which is known for removing Kamsa’s
sins from earth, as the eternal guardian of all living beings. The temple town
of Mannargudi is reverential as the first “Abhimana Desham”, the 108 sacred
spots where the heavenliness of Sri Vishnu can be experienced.
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