A spiritual retreat
Firstly, when you enter from the main gate, it would appear as if you are entering a resort. Yes, a spiritual resort.
Originally conceived as a community hall for devotees to carry out spiritual and social activities, it has transformed into a lively temple bustling with activities such as yaagas and havans as per Her directions.
Nestled amidst hills & forests, the simple but beautiful temple is an ideal example of deep faith, devotion, dedication and sacrifice exhibited by Her devotees.
Devotees firmly believe that the all-pervading, all powerful, omnipotent Goddess Shri Mahalasa Narayani, in the celebrated form of Van Devata, grants Her grace to all those who submit to Her.
An important feature of Shri Mahalasa Narayani Devi Kshetra at Harikhandige is the Datta Peetha, where devotees are themselves allowed to perform the worship rituals of Lord Shri Gurudatta and His Padukas.
Devotees undoubtedly give credit to His Holiness Guruji Suresh J Pai. Guruji’s main aim, apart from of course the continuous worship of Shri Mahalasa Narayani, is the enlightenment of our society through spiritual awakening.
This is also one temple where the devotees are themselves encouraged to take part in several rituals, japa, tapa and so on. A devotee can himself/herself performed many rituals such as offering Abhishekha and Kumkumarchana to the Supreme Mother and Lord Gurudatta.
It is important to note here that His Holiness Guruji Shri Suresh J Pai has authored the book, The Charitra of Goddess Shri Mahalasa Narayani, which is considered as the Bhagwad Gita for Kulavis and other followers of Shri Mahalasa Narayani. For more on the Charitra, click here.
Many astrologers, vaidiks (learned priests) and even common devotees have vouched for the presence of Shri Mahalasa Narayani at Harikhandige and have been fortunate enough to receive Her grace.
Apart from Shri Mahalasa’s main temple and the Datta Peetha, there are temples devoted to Lords Ganesha, Ishwar, Hanuman, besides Navagrahas and the Nagadevata.
There is also a Yajnamantap, where havans and homas in connection with frequent anushtans are carried out by vaidiks and priests coming in from Maharashtra and Goa, besides Karnataka.
Devotees and visitors are also definitely inspired by the Narayani Teertha, the temple tank, which miraculously bore water in an area perennially short of the precious commodity. Indeed, it was by Her grace and directions to Guruji, the Teertha was sunk and water gushed out copiously even after many had given up hope.
Indeed the entire Kshetra was a barren, rocky wasteland: now it is lush and green with many varieties of flowering and fruit-bearing trees and plants, a miracle by itself, all thanks again to Shri Mahalasa Narayani’s grace and boundless efforts of the visionary Guruji, who is also known as the Singing Saint.
- Satsang with His Holiness Guruji Shri Suresh J. Pai every Sunday at 11:00 am.
- Anna Santarpana every Sunday afternoon to devotees.
- Shri Gurudatta Paduka Pooja at Datta Peetha by devotees every Thursday at 7:00 am
- Sankashti: Shri Ganesha Pooja at night followed by Arghyam by devotees.
Programme Calendar 2017-2018 Hemalambi Nama Samvatsara Shalivahana Shake 1939.