Sri Lakshmi Narayan Kaurava Pandava Temple in Kurukshetra

      Dera Baba Shravanthji Temple is also known as the Sri Lakshmi Narayan Kaurava Pandava Mandir in Kurukshetra. It is so called because there are many idols of the Pandavas and the Kauravas in this temple. It is located close to the Birla Gita Temple. The entrance is one of the most colourful ones I have ever seen. As I stood outside the huge gate of the temple and looked at the architecture of the building and the colourful paintings and carvings on the walls, I wondered if this was a temple or a luxurious palace belonging to one of the rich Rajput kings. On either side of the gate, there were beautiful paintings of Radha and Krishna.

      As I walked inside, I found myself in a huge courtyard. There were steps that took me to a locked room. I saw a huge idol of Lord Hanuman in the centre of the room. There were five idols to the left, namely, Shakuni, Dushasana, Karna, Duryodhana, and Guru Dronacharya. On the right were idols of Bhagwan Sri Krishna, Dharamraj Yudhisthira, Draupadi, Arjuna, Gadadhar Bhima, Nakul, and Sahadev.

      There were four paintings which depict the following incidents:

• Dushasana trying to disrobe Draupadi.

• Krishna showing His Viraat Swaroop to Arjuna.

• The game of dice being played between the Pandavas and the Kauravas.

• Krishna and Arjuna blowing Their conches at the start of the Kurukshetra war.

      To the left was an altar which had idols of Lakshmi, Narayan and Durga Maa. In front of the altar, was a huge bell, kept in a glass enclosure. Lots of devotees had deposited their donations inside the glass enclosure. Some people believe that the incident involving Krishna and the Titu bird took place here and hence the bell was kept here to commemorate that episode.

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