Krishna With Rope Scar Around The Waist Damodar Temple

Some Names of Lord Vishnu are very special.

While His name Om Namo Bhagavathe Vasudevaya is His most sacred  Name.

It is His Dwadasa nama, containing Twelve Letters.

The other important name is Govinda, given by Indra.

This is the name which is very special to Krishna and Govinda is the name used in Apara Kriyas.

Another important name is Damodara.

This is one of the Twelve names used in Achamana.

Soumyanarayana Perumal ,Villivakkam.Image.jpg
Soumyanarayana Perumal ,Villivakkam.

Damodara means ,

  • The Lord when He was tied with a cord (daama) around His waist (udara)”, denoting a divine pastime in which Krishna’s mother Yasoda bound Krishna for being mischievous. (Used by various Vaishnava adherents.)
  • “One who is known through a mind which is purified (Udara) by means of self-control (dama)”.[2]
  • “One in whose bosom rests the entire universe.’


Old Temples for Damodhara ae very rare(to my Knowledge)

One temple is in Villivakkam, Chennai.

Moolavar : Soumya Damodara Perumal
Urchavar :
Amman / Thayar : Amirthavalli
Thala Virutcham :
Theertham : Amirtha Pushkarini
Agamam / Pooja : Vaikanasam
Old year : 500 years old
Historical Name : Vilwaranyam
City : Villivakkam
District : Chennai



Devotees can the see the Rope marks around the Waist of Lord Krishna.



Vaikasi Brahmmotsavam in February-March,Gokhulastami in August-September, Navarathri in September-October, Masi Magam float festival in February-March and wedding festival in Panguni Uthiram are the festivals of the temple.

The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.


The Executive Officer, Sri Soumya Damodara Perumal Temple, Konnur, Villivakkam, Chennai – 600 049.

+91- 44 – 2617 3306, 2617 0456, 94448 07899.(check the Phone Numbers)

Lord Perumal is gracing the devotees in a standing form.  The Vimana (tower above the sanctum sanctorum) is Ananda Vimanam.  The temple greets devotees with a three tier Rajagopuram.  There are shrines of Lord Sri Rama, Kannan, Sri Andal, Sri Anjaneya, Nammalwar and Acharya Sri Ramanuja.


The word Damodara is elaborately explained in Vaishnava philosophies.  In short, it means that Lord can be controlled by pure love.  During the childhood of Krishnavatara, He was terribly mischievous boy and Mother Yasodha could not bring Him to order.  She bound Him by a rope, yet he moved with the rope in between two trees, broke them and granted salvation to two demons.  The scar of the rope stayed on His waist deeply showing His willingness to be bound by a mother’s love. Damam in Sanskrit and Thambu in Tamil mean rope.  Udharam means belly.  The rope scar is around the belly, hence Damodara.  Soumya means ever smiling and looking handsome.  Hence, the name Soumya Damodara.

How To reach.

Airport,Rail?Bus Station- Chennai.

Buses are available to Villivakkam, a Suburb of Chennai.

There is another temple for Damodar.

Sri Radha Vrindavanchandra Ji,Vrindavan.Image.jpg
Sri Radha Vrindavanchandra Ji,Vrindavan.

Sri Sri Radha Damodar Mandir is an ancient temple established by Madhav Gaudiya Sampradaya. It was established by Srila Jiva Goswami in the year 1542 C.E. The deities here were served by Srila Jiva Goswami. Sri Radha Damodar deities were manifested by Srila Rupa Goswami, who gave them to his dear disciple and nephew-Jiva Goswami for service and worship. Later due to the terror of the muslim king Aurengzeb, Sri Radha Damodar were shifted to Jaipur for sometime and when the social conditions became favorable were brought back to Sri Dham Vrindavan in the year 1739 C.E. These deities have been served here since then. In Jaipur however a counterpart (pratibhu) of the deity was installed.

Some devotees are under the impression that the Deities of Radhadamodar in the Radhadamodar Temple in Vrndavan are not the original Deities of Srila Jiva Goswami. Some think that the original Deities now reside in Jaipur. However, this is not a fact.

In 1670, when the Muslim fanatic Aurangazeb invaded Sri Vrndavana, he planned to destroy many temples and deface the Deities there. For this reason the principle Deities of Vraja were moved to the safe confines of the city of Jaipur in Rajasthan under the auspices of the Rajput kings. Most of the Deities remained there, such as Govindadeva, Gopinatha and Madana-mohana.



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