Surendrapuri Kunda Satyanarayana Kaladhamam A Centre Of Artistic Excellence
Kunda Satyanarayana Kala Dhamam is created as a centre of artistic and sculptural excellence and an adobe of all divine worlds. Sixty km from Hyderabad, it bestows on the visitors the boon of vision of all gods. The wonderful and beautiful sculptures make visitors recollect the skills of the creator. The Kunda Satyanarayana Kala Dhamam is a mythological awareness centre (Padmavyuham) that everyone must see to get transported into a new world of joy. One can have the darsan of the deities of all the pilgrimage centres of India at this all-in-one Surendrapuri Centre.
The great celestial worlds of Brahmaloka, Vishnuloka, Sivaloka, Nagaloka, Indraloka, Yamaloka, Narakaloka, Patalaloka, Padmavyuham, Padmadweepam and the myriad holy gods are all seen in this wonder world. They are now not limited to the Puranas or other sacred books but can be seen there. It is truly a rare opportunity and a boon that gives us the pleasures of ephemeral world and divine gods.
The fascinating events of the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the Bhagavatgita and Puranas are carved out as eye-catching sculptures in an unparalleled and unprecedented way employing ultra-modern artistic techniques and they all give us an inexplicable experience. The churning of the Ksheera Sagaram (Milky Ocean) using the Mandara Mount as the staff by the gods and demons, is moulded in a heart-moving way. In the same way, the sculptures of the coming of Lord Vishnu along with His weapons and Goddess Lakshmi to save Gajendra from the clutches of Crocodile stand as wonderful symbol of devotion.
Sri Kunda Satyanarayana
THE CREATOR OF THIS WONDER DIVINE WORLD
A unique feature of Indian culture is its symbolism. Variety is its spice and expression is its strength. Never perhaps in the history of the world, we come across a varied culture as that of Indian culture and a beautiful expression as that of the Indian religion. India is a land of temples, shrines and holy abodes. Far beyond the identities of religion, Indian temples architecture is exceptional and magnificent. Indian epics like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata are crest jewels of literature. The many scriptures of the land are replete with wonder stories of the creator, the creation, the abode of Gods called “heaven”, the place of punishment for sins known as “hell” and the splendid other worlds of this vast universe. To see the existing thousands of sacred lands of India from Kashmir in the north to Kanya kumari in the south, one needs years of time, travel of pilgrimage, and lots of money. To imagine these mysteries one should read many scriptural books and struggle to visualise the wonders of the other worlds.
A unique and unprecedented thing happened in India bringing all these different worlds together at one single location. That is the creation of a mythological marvel called Surendrapuri Kunda Satyanarayana Kala Dhamam- the abode of all Gods and a mythological awareness center, which offers to the visitors a total view of all the famous temples and holy places of India with all their architectural splendours and unknown and unseen divine worlds like heaven, hell, Vaikuntha, the abode of Lord Vishnu, Kailasa, the seat of Lord Shiva, Nagaloka—the serpent world and many other worlds alike as described in the scriptures and epics of the great land. The architectural beauties and the divine idols of all Gods offer transcendental joy and blissful experiences to the viewers.
Many thought-provoking events of the world-renowned Indian epics like the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and the Bhagavata such as the incarnation of Lord Rama, the organization of Bharata war, Lord Krishna giving his sermon to Arjuna churning of the milky ocean for ambrosia and many more things have been brought to life at this mythological awareness center.
For the first time in India and perhaps for the first time in the world we come across a mythological agglomeration of divine wonders. The creator of this new world is Sri Kunda Satyanarayana who rose from a humble life to dizzy achievements. He desired to do something to the world not to make them feel fascinated or awestruck with simple size of a structure or skill of an artiste. He desired that the new creation must be educative and enlightening, showing to the modern generations the great heritage of a nation, reflected in the temples and religious shrines of India.
He desired that the global nations that have well appreciated the spiritual culture of India should also know the foundations of that culture through these sculptures that stood as witness to the great things that have happened in history. He worked with this idea for 12 years. He is a man of high spiritual principles. Through his exemplary life and achievement he demonstrated to the world that where there is a will there is a way and through determination man can achieve anything. He was more than 70 yrs of age by the time he finished it. He has a strong desire to see that the future generations do not forget the great moral values that are abundant in the everlasting epics of the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and the Bhagavatha. This museum has won enormous popularity, attracting millions of devotees from all the corners of the country.
The 36-foot high sculptures depicting Lord Krishna enlightening Arjuna with the message of the Bhagavadgita, showing the armies ready for the Kurukshetra war touch the hearts of the Viewers.
Equally fascinating is the dancing of Bal Krishna on the hoods of the snake-king Kaliya. The sculptures showing Lord Krishna lifting the Govardhana mountain, his romantic acts, deeds with the shepherded maids—gopikas—taking away their robes in fun, the killing of various demons, look beautiful and wonderful and create a heart-elating atmosphere. While the visitor enters the sculpture showing the killing of Bakasura by Lord Krishna, one can see numerous goddesses with their varied postures and attires.
The story of the Hanuman is made out in captivating sculptures, showing the major events in his life from childhood to the events of the Ramayana. The modules showing the birth of Anjaneya, his learning of scriptures, killing of demon Lankhini, bringing the Sanjivani Mountain, carrying of Rama and Lakshmana, flying in the skies and bringing them to Sugriva are all really surprising. The visitors get awe-struck with the sculptures of events like Hanuman killing the Akshayakumaras; Indrajit holding Hanuman with Brahmastra and Hanuman giving prasad to the devotees with his own hands. One can drink a cup of hot coffee made from the milk straight coming from the cow.
Many more wonders showing delightful events from the ancient classics await the devotee visitors at the Surendrapuri Kunda Satyanarayana Kala Dhamam —the artistic mythological awareness centre. This stands as a creation against creation and one has to experience the divine thrill beyond description and to enjoy the wonderful holy complex.
By Vijay Kumar from Surendrapuri