Divinity born from the depths of the ocean

The Great Preserver, the Lord who sleeps in Anantha Sayanam, the Lord who dwells in the cosmic ocean blessed this Yuga with sacred emblems of faith from the depths of the cosmic ocean of life.

It was in the ancient seas that a sacred log came floating back to shore, a log that was referred to as Daru in the Rig Veda. No one knows the origin of this piece of wood but it has powers, powers that could rule the world. It came ashore along the eastern coastline of India, finding its home within the topography of Shankha Kshetra. 

Subsequently it is believed, as the days of the great Buddha came to an end, his bones and teeth were buried within the sacred Stupas, a symbolism that depicted his Samadhi. One piece of tooth enamel is believed to have been embedded within this sacred log of wood. And this mysterious log of wood now became the center of worship not just for Hindus but also the Buddhists.

It is very rare, that the earth gets sanctified and carries on its surface the topography of a conch shell as rare as the Dakshinavarta Shankha. This rare form, with its south facing opening marks the land up to a distance of 10 miles along the coastline. It is believed only 40% of this sacred earth is accessible while the rest has been absorbed by the sea.

What possibly could the mysteries of this land be, to which four* of the greatest faiths that shaped this country stake a claim, where an ancient log of wood is most revered, and where mysterious temples sprung up to define the sacred contours of this holy land.  

This is the land of Jagannatha, the sacred soil of Puri that marks the iconic emblems of Lord Vishnu. This sacred earth is defined by Lord Shiva as Lokanatha and Nilakantha at its apex, followed by 8 other Shiva shrines that mark this land. The form of this Shankha is defined by 7 concentric folds, the first and the innermost being the navel of the Shankha, at the seat of which resides the sanctum of Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra.

This land is a representation of the heavens on earth, starting with the main temple of Lord Jagannatha that has 9 gates leading towards it. 4 gates in the cardinal directions lie along 2 boundary walls that surround the temple and one that leads towards the ethereal realm beyond. There are little intertwined streets that lead from the temple up to 114 other sanctified residences and Tirthas that surround this great temple.

This land that surrounds Puri is called Shankha Kshetra, that surrounding Bhubaneshwar is the Chakra Kshetra, Jajpura is the Gada Kshetra and Konark is the Padma Kshetra. This makes the land around this coastline conceptually powerful though when we descend into its real world, the Brahmin corruption kills every pulse of divinity on this earth.
And yet the air is powerful, the feel is mystical, the architecture is supreme and faith is unlimited. This is the land that gave birth to great poets and saints like Jayadeva and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. But slowly and surely with the chaos of today and the lack of understanding of this sacred divinity, in these times this faith is dying a slow death. 

Om Na Mo Na Ra Ya Na Ya

* [Vaishnavism, Tantricism, Buddhism, Jainism]

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YOSEE said...

I had not known that the Daru came with Buddha's tooth enamel. Thanks for the intersting piece of info.

Puri is a wonderful temple with a great tradition. Unfortunately, its soul has been butchered by the Pandas today. Sad.

Sudha said...

thank you for sharing this.such a divine aspect

JC said...

Quite ineresting! About the 'present times' and its impotence, 'I' might however add that ancient Hindus were very clear about what to expect during a particular duration of time, because they realised the one and only omnipotent formless Vishnu (Nadbindu) continues to witness its creation eternally from Satyuga to Kaliyuga, the four eras (or four hands of Vishnu)represented by Shankha (the sound energy at the beginning), sudershan chakra (wheel-like Milky Way Galaxy), gada (the mace symbolically representing the planetary system), and Padma representing our Sun (seat of Brahma the creator, or the source of energy for sustenance of life on earth),,,the characteristics of the different yugas also reflected by the efficiency of human beings ('virtue' or 'moral character'), declining from 100% in Satyuga to 0% in the beginning at the start of the 'churning' or the start of Kaliyuga, that is, 'present', which occurs 1080 times during one day of over 4 billion years in the unending life of Brahma...Human efficiency is thus also seen to have been gradually heading towards zero in the 'present', perhaps as it is expected to lead to night of Brahma, or to the beginning of Satyuga, naturally!

JC said...

"Hari anant/ Hari Katha ananta" (God being infinite, stories about Him also are infinite)...

Here is the English version of 'my' comment on 'truth' in Hindi as recorded in the earlier post, to be visualised with the background that earth is referred as 'Bhavasagar', ie, an ocean with the gravitational force, that preserves it in a certain form, concentrated at its centre (believed as the centre of our universal void the point that is enlarging like a balloon since time immemorial).

The truth of life is that on a particular subject, at any given point in time, the picture that appears in the mind of a particular individual is based on one’s experience and training etc. And one thus attempts to present that picture in words,,, and as the thoughts in a blog are in written words, any doubts that arise in the reader’s mind do not get clarified immediately as those otherwise could have been when the subject was discussed on a person to person basis...

If ‘I’ were to tell the truth in brief, as ‘I’ have realised it, each individual is a medium or an instrument that, while reflecting the characteristic properties of the panchbhootas through the five physical senses, apparently views the activities related to the ‘present’ (Kaliyuga), and after duly analysing it in the instrument called brain, that is housed within ‘my’ head, presents it beore ‘me’, as the user or the concerned spectator, and based on the capacities of my different senses ‘I’ form a certain concept, which however may not be the same as that of the other individual(s),,, as it apparently appears to happen in real life too, for man is a part of the ever changing and hierarchical ‘Nature’...Therefore, when ‘I’ use an instrument, ‘I’ have a certain expectation from it, and if it doesn’t come up to my expectation ‘I’ throw it and look for a better instrument,,,and perhaps this is what the real witness, the creator, also would do (?) Like ‘I’ invent and use an instrument with a particular purpose in mind, it might be necessary to find out what purpose of the creation ‘He’ had (or has) in mind (?)...However, it is quite clear that (although temporary and evolving with time) man is a wonderful instrument!

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