Deenabandhu Lord Krishna - the Lord of Compassion, presides in the "Temple of the Healer" at Indira Nagar, Bangalore. His benign grace and bountiful blessings have been flowing to His devotees since its consecration by Pujya Swami Chinmayananda in 1978. In the idol of Deenabandhu, the devotees invoke the healing powers (in the Doctors) and the curative powers (in the patients) of the Lord.
Lord Krishna as Kaliya Mardana is dancing on the seven-hooded serpent Kaliya. The seven hoods represent Kama, Krodha, Lobha, Moha, Mada, Matsarya and Ahankara. We can, with constant and complete surrender to the Lord, crush and overcome all negative tendencies in us and in due course come to realise the Supreme Brahman. Explaining the symbolism of Kaliya Mardana, Swami Chinmayananda said:
"Krishna is dancing on the serpent (the ego) which spits forth the poison (vasanas) in our life stream. The Lord's dance within the body removes the poison. Let us revere and worship Him whose Grace blesses all, who is Deenabandhu".
The temple is a blend of North and South Indian architecture bedecked with five Gopurams representing the five Mahayajnas. The crown of the temple depicts the glorious Dashavatars (ten avatars) - Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, Narashima, Vamana, Parasurama, Rama, Krishna, Buddha and Kalki - flanked by Garuda and Hanuman on either side. The front facade mural depicts the Geetopadesha - the Song Celestial of Lord Krishna. After crossing the five steps of the five sense organs and entering the Temple, the Lord of Auspiciousness, Shri Maha Ganapati and the Lord of Valour and Humility, Shri Anjaneya Swami housed in their artistic mandapas bless the devotees before they proceed to the Sanctum Sanctorum to seek Lord Deenabandhu's Grace and Blessings. The ornamental deepastambam - the Light of Effulgence is a symbolic representation for the necessity of self-unfoldment of the devotee.
The front main entrance (Mahadwara) of the Temple is in the form of an Agnijwala (flame of fire). As the devotee enters the temple he is required to shed his ego in this flame of fire and thus purifying himself, with an attitude of surrender and devotion, he seeks the Blessings and Grace of Deenabandhu.