Panduranga Mandir, Sri Sukratendra Kalamandir, Kamath Lane, Near Railway Station, Calicut
was inaugurated on 4th May 1969. The Vittobha Rukmi idol made from Krishnashila
by the famous sculptor Gopal Shenoy was consecrated by Srimat Sudheendra Tirtha Swamiji of
Morning and Rathri Poojas
are being performed regularly in the temple. Every year the Prathista Divas and the
Ashada Ekadhashi Divas are celebrated in the Mandir. Other celebrations are Yugadi,
Rama Navami, Sree Krishna Jayanthi, Navarathri and Deepavali.
Adjacent to the Mandir is the Shree
Sukratheendra Kalamandir which has a Marriage Hall, rest rooms and a retreat
for Swamiji. The Samoohya Sathya Narayana Pooja conducted in Shravana month
by the Samaj members in the Kalamandir is very popular. The Kalamandir and the Panduranga
temple are owned by Panduranga Trust founded in 1942 AD.
Shree Vittoba Rukmai idols
The Sukratheendra Kalamandir is
located in the heart of the town about 500m from the Calicut railway station.
In the 16th
century some Konkani families reached the Malabar Coast from the Konkan and settled in
Calicut. As time passed GSBs grown as a trading community. Many Konkanis from other parts
of Kerala migrated to Calicut, realizing its rich potential as a centre of world trade.
As the GSB community grew, the
members, who believed in temple culture, felt the need of a temple. On 1 Oct 1942 the
Panduranga trust was founded by the son of Sri Hari Naik, a lanthropist and a respectable
figure among the bullion dealers. Under the auspices of this trust, Sri Venketesh Naik
constructed a small Mandir adjacent to Shree Sukratheendra Kalamandir, a
building owned by Sri H. Venketesh Naik, and made Prathista of Shree Vittobha
Rukmai idol in 1969. This came to be known as Shree Panduranga Mandir.
The Silver Jubilee was celebrated in 1994.
Vittoba is a form of Krishna.
The Vithoba-Rukmini are the Divine couple. Of Krishna's eight wives, Rukmini is
considered to be his most favourite and beloved because of her satvic character and her
devotion to Him. The story of Rukimini's marriage to Lord Krishna is a very
interesting love story. Rukmini's father, the king of Vidarbha, decided to give away
Rukmini in marriage to Shishupala, the king of Chedi. Her brother also consented to the
marriage and the wedding preparations were in full force. Rukmini, however was in love
with Krishna even from her younger age because she heard so much of His virtues. So to
escape her pre-arranged marriage to Shishupala, she sent one of her confidants to Krishna
with a message. Krishna along with Balarama came down to Vidarbha and took away Rukmini in
a chariot and killed Shishupala in the battle followed. On reaching Dwaraka He married
One day it so happened that Lord Krishna, while
feeling lonely, was reminded of his early days in Mathura. He particularly remembered his
his love, Radha. Though she was dead, he longed to see her again. By his divine powers he
brought her back to life and seated her by his side. Just then his queen, Rukmini, entered
the room. When Radha did not rise to pay her respect, Rukmini left Dwarka in anger and hid
herself in Dandirvan forest.
Lord Krishna set off in search of Rukmini. He first went to Mathura,
then to Gokul. The milkmaids and cowherd boys also joined in the search. They went to
Mount Govardhan in her search. They reached the banks of the river Bhima in the Deccan.
Krishna justify his companions at Goplapura, and he entered Dandirvan forest alone in
search of her. At last he found her and managed to calm her.
Krishna and Rukmini came to Pundalik's ashrama. But at that time Pundalik was busy
attending to his parents. Though he knew Lord Krishna had come to see him, he refused to
pay his respect to the god before his duty towards his parents was done. He, however,
threw a brick outside for lord Krishna to stand upon. Impressed by Pundalik's devotion to
his parents, Lord Krishna did not mind the delay. Standing on the brick he waited for
Pundalik. When Pundalik came out and begged God's pardon, Lord Krishna replied that far
from being displeased, he was pleased with his love for his parents.
Lord Krishna then ordered His worship on Vithoba, or God who stood upon a brick. An
imposing temple was built at the place (Pandharpur in Maharastra) where Krishna and
Pundalik had met. Inside the temple stands Krishna's image on a brick with image of
Rukmini on his side.