Shiva temple, Villianur
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This is a small quaint temple, near Pondichery hosting a unique Shiva linga. The Linga being made of mud does not endure a direct abhishekam hence the Linga is always covered in the brass vessel before the water is poured. It’s a small temple that speaks volumes on devotion.
I walked around, savoring every minute of this temple. As we did the pradakshanam and walked behind the main sanctum, 63 Nayanars caught my attention. A quick photo and it was a snap to keep.
A collapsible gate separated them from me. 63 Nayanars with hands folded stared out at me. They looked imprisoned to say the least. I looked free, or was it the other way around? It seemed like a one to one with them. We stared at each other for a while.
63 enlightened souls appeared to have been barred from walking out and breathing the fresh air, or was it me taking in the foul realities of life.
63 enlightened souls glistened in the darkness while I paled out in the bright sunlight
63 nayanars silently worshipped the Lord in His heavenly abode while I thought I was freely walking the earth.
63 nayanars found a place next to the Lord while I still hunt for my identity.
63 nayanars didn’t care for freedom while my soul breaks every rule in the way
63 nayanars display humility with folded hands while I carry a heavy ego through my living days
63 nayanars silently speak faith while I voice mine like I know it all
63 nayanars have given up their souls for peace while I still hold on to mine, fearing to let go.
63 nayanars taught devotion to the world while I drop ego into every word.
63 nayanars glow with enlightenment while I still look around in the dark.
63 nayanars forever worship the Lord while I drift away trying to control my mind.
63 nayanars teach the meaning of freedom while I try to understand mine
63 nayanars appear to be imprisoned while I still try to break mine.
The Lord works in strange ways towards those willing to learn, it’s a test of endurance for us to see ourselves through. Spiritualism is tough stuff, its something I still do not know how to define.