OM SHAKTI
SRI CHOWDESHWARI MAHIME
SRI CHOWDESHWARI PRASANNA

Ever since the creation of the universe, there has been a continues conflict between the good and the evil forces. Whenever the evil elements grew stronger and became harmful to the society, the all pervading power manifested itself on earth in one form or the other and protected the good and the saintly and saved Dharma. This has happened in Krutha, Tretha and Dwapara yugas.

It was Sri Rama in Ramayana and Sri Krishna in Mahabharatha who were the guiding forces for the welfare of the world. But the moving spirit behind them was Sita and Draupadi. Even before them, did not Mahasati Anasuya convert Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara into babies and satisfy them by breast-feeding? This could mean that Stree Shakti is more powerful than Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara. The same Stree Shakti is called Jaganmatha (mother of the whole universe), Jagadrakshaki (the saviour of the whole world), Jagadeeswari (the empress of the universe). In order to protect the world she took countless forms. She is being worshipped and adored as Kali, Durga, Chandi, Chamundi, etc., etc., at various holy places in India. Mathikere, Near H.M.T. Layout, in the heart of Bangalore City, Karnataka, is one such abode. Here the holy Mother is worshipped as Sri Chowdeshwari.

We all know that king Bhagiratha brought holy Ganga from heaven to earth to see that his forefathers the sons of Sagara Chakravarthi get moksha. The same holy Ganga is still flowing in our country purifying the sinners. Hundreds of years ago, it is said, that there was a kingdom called Nandavara on the banks of the river Tunga in Karnataka near Raichur district. According to a legend the king of Nandavara was a Shakti Upasaka. With the help of Mantra Shakti, the king used to wake up at 4 'O' Clock in the morning, reach Kasi, bathe, in the holy Ganga and return to his Kingdom before dawn and offer worship to Devi at Nandavara. This was his daily practice. Maharani becoming suspicious of his absence and questioned the king. The king revealed everything in detail. She having made up her mind to test the king compelled him to take her also with him. The king reluctantly accepted. The next day, he took her to Kasi along with him. Rani had her monthly course (menses) during their stay at Kasi. This affected the king and he lost his Mantra Shakti. As he was unable to return to his kingdom as usual, the King became restless and worried.

While walking along the banks of Ganga being unable to find a solution, he saw a group of Brahmins performing Chandi Homa and went near them. The Brahmins, having learn the reasons for his restlessness promised to pass on to the king one fourth of what they had acquired as punya by offering Arghya to Lord Surya every day at the appropriate time which would purify Rani and enable them to return to their kingdom.
They asked the king what he would give them in return for their help. The king promised to give Jahagirs to them for purposes of their performing Dharmic deeds whenever they approached him. Thus the king got the power from the Brahmins and returned to his kingdom. He did never again make use of Manthra Shakti.

Years rolled on. There came a terrible famine in Kasi. The Brahmins having remembered the king's promise went to Nandavara and met him. They reminded him of his promise. The king had totally forgotten his promise. He abused the Brahmins and incurred their displeasure. From that day onwards all the efforts of the king started yielding negative results. The Brahmins worshipped Sri Chowdeshwari and requested her to come down to Nandavara as the lonely witness for the king's promise. Devi did as they desired. The king realised his mistake. He appealed to Devi and Brahmins.

The dynasty of Brahmins thus settled at Nandavara came to be known as Nandavariks and Chowdeshwari became their Kuladevatha, she is also the family deity of Togataveeras. There still exists a beautiful temple of Chowdeshwari at Nandavara on the banks of Tungabadra and she is being worshipped on all the days of the year.

About 300 years ago, there lived a paleyagar called Jasavantharaya near Tiptur. He desired to extend his kingdom. Having come to know of the powers of Sri Chowdeshwari, he went to Nandavara and prayed and worshipped her sincerely with all devotion. Devi appeared before him and asked what he wanted. The paleyagar revealed his desire. He requested her to follow him as a protector during all his expeditions. Devi agreed on the condition that she would stay permanently at a place of her choice. Paleyagar continued his expeditions and conquered kingdom after kingdom. While marching in this way, Devi came across a plain land surrounded by beautiful dales and mountains with lush green patches of forestland. Devi decided to stay there and informed the Paleyagar accordingly. This place came to be known as the town of Jasavantharaya. The same Jasavantharaya town is now called Dasarighatta. Devi is installed here on an anthill. The unusually long vertical wild date tree (eechalu) in front of the temple is a special feature here. A Samivruksha too has added significant beauty to the temple.

At Mathikare in Bangalore, the notable feature here is that Devi converses with here devotees through writing and guides them to get out of their troubles. She writes on the slate to answer all the questions of the devotees. She thus gives them relief from all the problems. Miracles have happened by her grace to thousands of the people. Her temple constructed at Mathikare, H.M.T. Layout, Bangalore in less than five months is one such standing testimony.

Every day hundreds and hundreds of devotees visit Mathikare and offer worship. Not only people of Karnataka but also from other parts of India and Abroad, irrespective of caste and creed, have obtained the blessings of Devi and have come under her protective umbrella. Calling herself as 'Sevakara Sevaki' (Servant of Devotees) this kindly Goddess is offering all boons and fulfilling the desires of thousands of devotees who surrender to her.

Sri Chowdeshwari Devi has been showering on her devotee grace and blessings at all times and more so when they encounter with specific problems and seek her guidance for rightful solutions. All works and the temple management are going on according to her directions, suggestions and guidance. The divine mother is receiving with open arms all those coming in search of her help and blessings. This is really a rare divine opportunity open to public to grace her blessings.

 
INVOCATION

Sri CHOWDESHWARI, our Titlark Deity
Radiates her divine grace from the temples,
In Mathikere, Dasarighatta and Nandavaram which was once the

Capital of King Nanda who is gratitude for
Having been saved once by Brahmins
On the banks of River Ganga at Kasi,
Willingly gifted his capital to them by a solemn
Declaration in the presence of Sri Chowdeshwari.
Eshwari, O Devi
Sri Chowdeshwari graciously wended
Her way from Kasi to Nandavaram
Where, on her testimony, Nanda gave
Away his capital to the Brahmins.
Rejoicingly we are children of immorality
Illustrious nomenclature of NANDAVARIKS

Divine Mother Chowdeshwari!
Endow thy abundant grace on us, thy
Votaries, who in ecstatic fervor
Invoke thy benigh blessings!