India known in the world for its faith. There are so many amazing and mysterious temples here. There are many such temples in these whose mysteries could not be solved even by scientists to date. One such mysterious temple of Lord Krishna is situated at Thiruvarappu in the South Indian state of Kerala. This famous and wonderful temple said to be around 1500 years old.
Many legends tagged with this Lord Krishna temple. One such story is that during the exile, the Pandavas used to worship the idol of Lord Krishna and offer them bhog. Responding to the request of local fishermen to leave the idol here, the Pandavas left this idol of Lord Krishna in Thiruvarappu after the end of their exile. The fishermen then started worshiping regularly Lord Krishna as the village deity. But the fishermen were once in trouble, an astrologer told them that you are not performing all the pujas properly. After this, they immersed the idol of Lord Krishna in a sea lake.
Once Vilvamangalam Swamiyar, a sage from Kerala was traveling by boat. His boat got stuck in one place. Even with very serious efforts, the boat could not move forward, so the question began to arise in his mind what is it that his boat is not moving forward? After this, after taking a low dip in the water, he found an idol lying there. Sage Vilvamangalam Swamiyar lifted the idol out of the water to his boat.
While moving with the idol he stopped to take some rest under a tree keeping the idol there on the ground. When he started leaving, he tried to lift the idol, but he could not move the idol, it stuck there. After this, the idol installed in that place. Lord Krishna in this idol is present for the time when he killed Kansa. Krishna was young and very hungry. Lord offered Bhog always because of this belief.
Bhog offered 10 times a day
It believed that the deity of God, young Lord Krishna, situated here could not handle hunger and because of this special arrangements made for his food. Bhog offered to Lord Krishna ten times a day. If bhog not offered then his body dries up. It also believed that slowly offerings from the plate disappear and it believes that Lord Krishna himself eats this prasad.
The temple remains open even during the eclipse period.
Earlier this temple closed like normal temples during the eclipse period, but once what happened, everyone surprised to see what happened. By the end of the eclipse, Lord’s idol dries up, and the waist belt also loosens and slipped down. When Adi Shankaracharya came to know about this, he himself came to enquire about the fact. He also astonished to see the truth. After this incident, Adi Shankaracharya ruled that the temple should remain open even during the eclipse period and the Lord should be offered food on time.
Temple closes only for two minutes
As decided and ordered by Adi Shankaracharya, this temple closed only for two minutes in a whole day. The temple remains closed from 11.58 minutes up to 12 that means, for two minutes and the temple reopens at exactly 12 o’clock. The priest of the temple given an axe along with the key to the lock. The priest ordered to break open the door if it takes time to open the lock with an axe, but there should be no delay in offering the Lord.
No devotees are permitted to quit without consuming Prasadam. Every day at 11.57 pm (before closing the Krishna Temple Thiruvarappu) the priest calls out loudly “IS THERE ANYBODY HERE WHO IS HUNGRY?”
This is to make sure all devotees share Prasadam. Another important thing is once you have the Prasadam, you won’t be hungry and lifetime you won’t have any trouble getting food.
Lord Krishna is taking care of all devotees who pray once and take prasadam.
One More Surprise in Krishna Temple Thiruvarappu:
Moreover, during the Lord anointed, surprisingly the head of the Deity dries up first and then the rest of the body dries up. Abhishek takes a little time and Bhog cannot be offered during that time. People surprised to see this incident.