From it's genesis in the year 1399 to the Independence of India in 1947, the Wodeyar Dynasty built the glorious kingdom of Mysore. The Wodeyars progressive-administration saw Mysore emerge as a prosperous state and one of the important centers of art and culture in India. The Wodeyars were not only accomplished exponents of the fine arts, they were enthusiastic patrons as well, and their legacies continue to influence music and art even today.
The last Maharaja of Mysore, Sri Jayachamaraja Wodeyar was an ardent devotee of Sri Gayathri Devi. He named his eldest daughter (b.1946) after the Goddess. In 1951 he initiated the construction of Sri Gayathri Devi temple within the Mysore palace fort. The legendary sculptor Shilpa Siddanthi Sri Siddalingaswamy who had worked on many sculptures at the Palace, entrusted his protege Sri B.Basavanna to work on the temple sculptures. The resulting awe-inspiring architecture and sculptures are a testament to Sri B. Basavanna's amazing skill, Sri Siddalingaswamy's immense experience and Sri Jayachamaraja Wodeyar's devotion.
Sri Gayathri Devi is depicted with five faces (Panchamukhi) representing the Pancha pranas -Prana, Apana, Vyana, Udana and Samana. These pranas consist of the Pancha tatwas namely Prithvi, Jala, Vayu, Agni and Aakasha (Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Sky). Sri Gayathri Devi protects these five life-forces (pranas) of those who chant the Gayathri Mantra. The three forms of Sri Gayathri Devi namely Sri Savithri, Sri Gayathri and Sri Saraswathi are depicted in the form of detailed sculptures at the temple.
Sri Gayathri Devi is the source of creation, existence and manifestation of the universe. She is known as Adi Shakthi. God Brahma is the creator of the universe and his creations are carefully protected by God Vishnu. God Shiva destroys all sins in this universe and thus the creations of Lord Brahma attain Mukthi. The Universe exists by virtue of the three Gods namely Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. The singular force of Adi Shakthi is present in Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva - as the powers of eternal creation, execution and evolution. She constitutes the word "OM".
Sri Gayathri Devi is known as the source of Vedas (Knowledge). She is the presiding deity of The Gayathri mantra which is the oldest and highly revered mantra from the Vedas. The Gayathri mantra inspires righteous wisdom. It means that the Almighty God may illuminate our intellect, which leads us on the righteous path.
The Mysore Palace (also know as Amba Vilas Palace) is one of the most famous tourist attraction in India. Every autumn, the Palace is the venue for the famous Mysore Dasara festival, during which leading artists perform on a stage set up in the palace grounds. On the tenth day of the festival Vijaya Dashami, a parade with caparisoned elephants and floats originate from the palace grounds.
The Palace has a vast, sprawling fort (55 acres) with four entrances built in the Indo-Saracenic style. The Jayamarthanda gate is the main gate located on the east. To the north of the ground floor are the Ayudhashala (armoury) and the Trophy room, to the east are the Gombe Thotti (doll's pavillion) and Kalyana Mantap (marriage pavillion). On the first floor are the Diwan-e-Aam (public durbar hall) and Diwan-e-Khas (private durbar hall). The Palace is surrounded by eight ancient, elegant and beautiful temples -
Each temple with an unique aesthetic and artistic beauty was built according to the tenets of Hindu Temple architecture by well known architects of the era. These temples gives an insight to the architecture prevalent during the tenure of each king and reflects the interest bestowed by the Wodeyar dynasty towards the construction of these temples.
We cordially invite you to participate in this yearly event which marks the installation of the three main idols. For two days, variety of Homas, Abishekas, special poojas and lunch are conducted at the temple premises. The details are mentioned below -
Evening 6pm onwards Ganapati pooja, Kalasa pooja, Samoohika Lalitha Sahasranama and Prasada vinayoga
Morning 8am onwards Sri Gayathri Devi Ammanavara Homa, MahaGanapathi Homa, Navagraha, Mrityunjaya Homa and Kalasa Pratishtapane 12pm onwards Poornahuthi, Maha Mangalarthi and Anna Santharpane
If you would like to participate in Samoohika Lalitha Sahasranama and Kalasa pooja, please contact S.Mahesh at 9845297046 or Gundanna at 9945747571.