Thursday, March 30, 2006

Chronicles of a lone blogger - 3

Standing on the footboard of the bus travelling across the river Kavery, the divine experience of watching the Sun set along the banks of the river Kavery is a sight to behold. When I see the crimson sky, the birds flying back to their nests with a sense of satisfaction and solidarity, the humble coconut trees that never stand straight caressing the river showing gratitude and respect to Mother Nature, a plethora of waves of forlornness deeply embodied in me vanish into thin wisps of oblivion. When the cool breeze caresses me with love, the nascent pores that are deeply embedded in my skin, spring up with ebullient intensity. An experience that needs to be experienced.

The Tiruvanaikaval Jambukeshwarar temple was built by the Chola king Chengot Cholan during the 1st century BC. Chengot Cholan who is also one of the 63 Nayanmars, had already built 70 other Shiva temples all over Tamil Nadu! This temple which was built according to the Saiva Agamas, symbolizes the human body and the idol of Lord Shiva symbolizes the Soul - the eternal entity. There are 5 praharams and I see them as the 5 sheaths or koshas that enclose the Divine Soul - the Atma Linga. (Note: I may be wrong in my assumption :) ).

Built in an area close to 18 acres and measuring 2500 feet by 1500 feet, the temple boasts some of the finests gopurams and mandapams in Tamil Nadu. When Parvati (the goddess and not my dearest blogger :P ) mocked at Lord Shiva’s penance, Lord Shiva got pissed off with her and punished her by ordering her to go to earth! (Is earth so bad? ;) ) Parvati being an ideal wife who follows her husband's orders to perfection (this could be our blogger if she agrees :P) had no other alternative other than to follow her husband's orders, came to Tiruvanaikaval to conduct her penance. Parvati made a Lingam out of the water from the river Kavery beneath the 'Venn Naaval' tree . Thus the Lingam was called as the 'Appu Lingam' (Water Lingam).

The moment we step into the temple, a sense of tranquility sweeps in. As my feet touches the sand filled floor of the temple, the palpitations of my heart grows faster with loads of ardency embodied in my blood. Atrociously known for the extreme mood swings, the very moment I step in, the kama boga thoughts run away from my mind and all that remains is an extreme selfless yearning for the Divine Love of God.

(The journey continues..)


Blogger Parvati said...

Lovely post, Arjuna. And you had all this literary talent hidden in you while writing about suttum vizhi chudare, in your old blog, and I had not the slightest idea that you did !!
You have written it well, the choice of subject matter is of course exalted, and your literary style too, and the words you use too fit like a T the subject of the post.

## Kaduvule, kadavule! - ennai edhukku vambukku izhukkarrel, neengo? Naan undu, en life undunnu themennu quietaa vazhndhundu irukken, and neenga saadhuvai thatti thatti ezhuppi kaadai miralla seyya porrel...I should learn to be ferocious from Madam Viji. Rudra Thaandavam is her second name itseems :D...

30/3/06 22:00  
Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

Thanks a lot Parvati :)..ellam unga blog and agnibharathi's blog-a pathuthaan kathukiten :)

Parvati - he he he - kavalai padathel maami, kumbakonam trip patti eluthum pothu, besha avaalyum patti eluthita pochu :P..avaaloda rudra thaandavatha paarthu romba naalaachu :P - rudra thaandavamnu sollum pothu, bharathiyoda paatu nekku nannaa nyabagam varuthu ippo - "Agini kunjondru kandaen, athanai Aangor kaatilae pondhidai vaithaen..
Vendhu thaninthathu kaadu-Thanal
Neruppinil kunjaendrum mooppendrum undo? - thatharikita thatharkita tha thaa.." :P lol

30/3/06 23:22  
Blogger Priya said...

hey, u r back!!
happened to see ur comment in jeevan's post!! good!!

31/3/06 00:26  
Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

hey kutti priya - welcome :) - yes I am back! - no where to go :)

31/3/06 01:21  
Blogger Jeevan said...

My dad also used to tell about the Lingam in River Cauvery and its power (shakthi). I feel happy when I cross the Cauvery in car; it is a biggest nature in south India. Nice photos of Temples.

31/3/06 02:09  
Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

Thanks jeevan :) - yeah the kavery is beautiful (if there is water in it :) )..

31/3/06 13:11  
Blogger Venky Krishnamoorthy said...

Welcome back, Arjuna. Great post. Did you know that Adhi Shankar realized the power of "Sri Chakra" in this temple.

2/4/06 10:45  
Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

~Thanks a lot Venky - no I didnt know that - and thanks for the info too :)

3/4/06 00:36  
Blogger Viji said...

Arjuna- yen maanatha vaangardhe umakku velaya pochu... :(

5/4/06 03:09  
Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

viji-ya vita - ennaku yaar iruka? :P

5/4/06 15:08  
Blogger krishna said...

"sAveri rAgam kAvEri snAnam"

17/4/06 14:35  
Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

Krishna - :)

18/4/06 05:26  
Blogger Radhika said...

Hey Arjuna,
I have something to beat your Aberdeen blues..I know that you love music, so check out my blog where i have posted some songs and my audioblog where i have posted more...Here is the link
And enjoy...

19/4/06 02:05  
Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

radhika - thanks a ton - I will come there right now :)

20/4/06 00:43  
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