Sri Madhwacharya (believed
to be an incarnation of Lord Hanuman) appeared in the dreams
of Sri Vyasathirtha and instructed him to install an icon
of Lord Anjaneya (Hanuman) next time. The next time Sri
Vyasathirtha saw the image in the middle of his meditation,
without any delay, he drew the image from his mind on to a
rock using an Angara (coal used by Brahmins during Pooja
performance). To his surprise, a monkey came to life from
the rock and jumped out of the rock and his drawing would
disappear. He repeated the process of drawing and every time,
a monkey would jump out of the rock and the drawing would
disappear. This happened 12 times.
Full of surprise, Sri
Vyasathirtha finally decided to bind the image of Lord
Hanuman in a Yantra. A small temple was built there and hence
the temple has the name Yantroddhara Anjaneya. In the core of
the Yantra is the statue of Lord Hanuman in Padmasana position.
This is probably the only temple of Lord Hanuman in a sitting
position which is generally in a flying or blessing position.
The Yantra here is a form of binding which looks like a 6
cornered star. The star is encircled in a circle with flames
going outwards giving it the drawing look of a sun. A closed,
benzene like ring of 12 monkeys holding each others’ tails
can also be found around the star and the sun which forms
the outermost structure of the Yantra.
Following this, it is believed
Sri Vyasathirtha installed 732 Hanuman temples all over South India.
It is, to date, very difficult to get a list of all these.
Even to this day, the temple
is a very sacred place and many people visit it everyday. Many
monkeys can be found in and around this temple. They are harmless
as long as nobody disturbs them but if you decide to offer coconuts
or bananas at the temple, be careful because the monkeys might
decide to nick them from your baskets.