Interesting Sri Anantha Padmanabha swamy temple, Perdoor, Karnataka

sri Anantha Padmanabha swamy,Perdoor,Karnataka.

The village  Perdoor located 20 Km from Udupi and 32 Km from Hebri in the state of Karnataka  is famous for its  `1000 year old ancient temple Shree Anantha Padmanabha swamy - lord Vishnu.

sri Anantha Padmanabha swamy,Perdoor, temple

According to Sthala Purana, the temple was  built by a Brahmin named Krishnasharma of Kotikunja province during the reign  of a ruler by the name of  Raja Shankara. The temple is  believed to have been built  in the  6-7th century. The consecration of the main deity took place in the same period  according to some records as mentioned  by Col. Kalis Mekenji around 200 years ago (1754-1821) and  one Sri Krishna Hebbar of Perdur Magane had consecrated the main  idol. The then ruler Raja Vijayappa Wadeyar donated  Banampalli village as Umbali to the Temple .

 Sri Anantha Padmanabha swamy idol, in standing posture, is two feet high and has  Shanku (conch) and  Chakra (disc) in his hands , just like other forms of Vishnu.
The hood of the serpent - Aadhisesha  is over the head and a Padma on the navel.  The stone inscriptions point out two different names for the almighty here. According to the stone inscription of 1458  earlier the presiding deity was known as Janardhana Deva and  later Ananta Deva at the end. However another  inscription of 1520 mentioned the name of the lord as  Sri Anantha Padmanabha.

 An interesting attraction here is the presence of  a Rudralinga in the sanctum. There is a Ganapati idol on a pillar at Theertha Mantapa  and the tradition has been that  only after offering pujas to Ganapati here, the presiding deity  is worshiped . The place where the temple stands now  was once a wooded area. A Gramadevata Mariyamma temple is nearby. During Rathotsava period the lord Sri Anantha Padmanabha utsavamurti is being worshiped in Kunjadakatte.

A Padma Sarovara  with stone steps is on the northern side of the temple Lord Padmanabha is said to be  fond of bananas - Kadalipriya  and  the devotees offer Kadaliseva to the lord very often. The temple is popular for the offering of 1001 (savirada ondu) bananas, to the  main deity, by devotees  
upon fulfillment of their wishes (Harike seva). It is during Kumbha Masa for a period of 5 days -  (Boatikotsava) the Rathotsava of Lord Sri Anantha Padmanabhaswamy will be held with pomp and splendor. The Perdoor festival is a major  attraction  and  chariots are drawn around the temple premises by the ardent devotees as part of their prayer.  Large number of devotees, particularly from Dakshina Kannada District, Uttara Kannada District and Chikmagalur,  attend the  temple  festival with great devotion.