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Do you know there is a temple which has two Dhwaja Sthambhams on two opposite sides. Which temple?

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Sri: ku:rmam temple in Sri:ka:kulam, Andhra Pradesh


Bhagavad Ra:ma:nuja visited Sri:ku:rmam temple in 11 century AD as part of piligrimage. The main deity was mistakenly worshipped as Shiva lingam, facing east with Dhwaja stham in that direction. Ra:ma:nujacharya showed evidences from Pura:nas to the local rulers and trustees of the temple that it is indeed the ku:rma / tortoise avatar of Vishnu and on keen observation, one can see the shell, the head and tail on the main deity. However, the locals wanted some sort of divine proof before their eyes and challenged Bhagavad Ra:ma:nuja if the deity is indeed form of Vishnu, can He change the direction now? On Bhagavad Ra:ma:nuja’s prayers, the main deity did turn around the next day to dismay of all locals. The second flag post (dhwaja sthambham) was installed in the western direction since then. This is the only temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu in ku:rma avata:ra. Bhagavad Ra:ma:nuja was instrumental in setting up proper practices in many ancient temples like Tirumala, Srirangam, Melkote, etc.

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