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Story of Krishna and Snake Swallowing Nandagopa

Nanda, or Nandagopa, was the foster father of Bhagavan Sri Krishna. There is an incident mentioned in the Puranas in which Nanda Gopa is rescued by Sri Krishna from the mouth of a snake.

One day the Gopas headed by their chief Nanda performed Maheswara Puja in a nearby forest. They then decided to spend the night on the banks of Kalindi River. They were singing bhajans and keeping vigil.

Suddenly a python emerged from the forest and began swallowing Nandagopa.

The Gopas tried hard to loosen the grip of python on Nandagopa. However, they could not.

Bhagavan Sri Krishna reached the spot and gave the python a kick. It suddenly transformed into a deva, celestial being.

The Deva was known as Sudarshana. He was converted into a python due to a curse by Sage Angiras.
With Bhagavan touching him, he got relieved of the curse and attained his former form.

Vettakkorumakan Temple at Nilambur in Kerala

Vettakkorumakan Temple at Nilambur in Kerala is dedicated to son of Shiva (Kirata murti) and Goddess Parvati. The shrine is located on the banks of Chaliyar River and is near the Nilambur Bus Stand.

The main deity worshipped in the shrine is Vettakkorumakan. He is also referred to as Lord Sashta or Shasthavu.

The subsidiary deities in the shrine are Ganapati, Goddess Bhagavati and Nagas.

Nilambur Vettakkorumakan Temple is a classic example of Kerala Style Architecture.
The shrine is famous for the six-day festival called the Nilambur Pattu Utsavam which is held in Dhanu Masam (December – January).

Nilambur Vettakkorumakan Temple Pooja and Darshan Time

Morning Darshan - 5:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Evening Pooja Time - 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Hindu Concept – What Happens After Death

Hindu philosophy does not accept the scientific concept that death is the cessation of the individual. It proclaims that the soul with its innate spark of divinity continues or may continue its onward journey even after the demise of one’s physical body. The soul is thought to be wrapped in layers of karma or samskara (impressions of past actions) which continue to accumulate or diminish as we pass from one birth to another.

The soul in itself is pure, sublime, and without any attribute. It wears these diverse garbs (of samskara) which makes each one of us look different, act in a different manner and experience different destinies. The cycles of births compel the individual soul to travel through different paths in each birth. Thus, with each rebirth, it accumulates or works on varied experiences, both good and bad.

The eternal urge of the soul is to attain the supreme liberation and it tries to evolve from the lower to the higher states of consciousness, just as a student is promo…