2nd February, 2019
Karthick Iyer, Singer
Sri Veerabhadra Swamy Temple, Manchirevula, Narsingi
IndoSoul seeks to introduce Indian Classical music to people around the world, and inspire them to appreciate music that they might not have sought out on their own. What is it about “good” music that strikes such a deep chord with us – no matter where it comes from? Is it the genre, the beat, the instruments, the notes, the voice or something else? Exploring answers to this question has been a rewarding 20+year journey for Karthick Iyer, culminating in the creation of his own unique style of music – IndoSoul. An electric violin, a mridangam, an acoustic guitar, bass and drums along with vocals form the core of the band.
In the words of Kartik Iyer “Indo soul goes beyond the confines of genre, seeks out and welcomes other musical influences – while retaining its core identity of Indianness.
Sri Veerabhadra Swamy Temple – Machileshwarnath Veerannagutta Hill Temple is situated on a hill on the banks of the Musi river in Manchirevula (village), Gandipet. The main deity is Lord Shiva, in the form of a Shiva Lingam, and Lord Veerabadhra, first son of Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati. Lord Shiva is called Machileshwarnath in this hill cave temple. Interestingly, the cave is formed under a huge rock, which forms a sloping roof to a height of about 5-ft in the middle for the passage inside. While going through this constricted passage one has to necessarily lower the head slightly. Thus the very natural formation of the cave itself makes one bow involuntarily to the Lord. The name Machileshwarnath has come to existence as the Shiva Linga is beneath a huge rock which is in the shape of a fish. There is also a belief that if we feed the fish in the Muchukunda river (Musi river) our desires would be fulfilled by Lord Shiva and hence devotes have bestowed Lord Shiva with the name Machileshwarnath.
The specialty of the Shiva Lingam is that it has a total of 39 small Shiva Lingams around the main Shiva Lingam). It is a belief that anyone who does dhyana (meditation) here from 12 am to 1:30 am for 40 days, their wishes will be granted. This Shiva Linga is believed to be installed in Satya Yuga (Krita Yuga) which is before the Treta Yuga by Siddhi Purushas (Liberated souls). The rock on top of the Shiva Linga takes the shape of a serpent head. It is believed that Lord Veerabadhra Swamy manifested himself on the hill inside the cave when the Siddhi Purushas prayed to him to be their Kshetra Paripalaka.